The Penumbra Podcast

The Penumbra Podcast


At the Penumbra, you might follow Juno Steel, a brooding, sharp-witted private eye on Mars, as he tangles with an elusive homme fatale, tracks dangerous artifacts of an ancient alien civilization, and faces his three greatest fears: heights, blood, and relationships. Or you might enter the world of the Second Citadel, where the merciless Sir Caroline must corral a team of emotionally distraught all-male knights to defend their city against mind-manipulating monsters…even the ones they’ve fallen in love with. These audio dramas and more await you in the Penumbra, dear traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Start with “1.01: Juno Steel and the Case of the Murderous Mask” or “1.09: Second Citadel – The Head of the Janus Beast.”) The Penumbra is created and produced by Sophie Takagi Kaner and Kevin Vibert. Follow us on Twitter (@thepenumbrapod), Tumblr (@thepenumbrapodcast), or Facebook (The Penumbra Podcast). You can find all of our transcripts here. If you would like to view trigger warnings or SFX attributions, you can scroll to the end of the appropriate episode transcript:

Echidnacht is the holiest day for monsterkind, the day when monsters ply each other with spooks and sweets and a monster’s favorite pastime of all: competition. It is also a day for tales of terror, like Caroline is telling the head of WEP security on this particular Echidnacht evening — a tale of three great monsters of Silvershore and the only creatures fearsome enough to defeat them.

Happy Halloween, dear Travelers. We hope you enjoy your stay.

(Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.)


You can find all of our transcripts here:

Transcripts will come out along with the public release of the episode.

On staff at the Penumbra:

Alice Chuang — Head of Design

Ginny D’Angelo — Head of Merchandise and Outreach

Melissa DeJesus — Script editing team

Harley Takagi Kaner — Co-creator, Head of Episode Development, Director, Sound designer

Joelle Kross — Transcriptionist

Noah Simes — Production manager

Grahame Turner — Script editing team

Kevin Vibert — Co-creator, Head of Operations, Lead writer

Ryan Vibert — Composer and performer of original music

Recorded by Mertz at The Bridge Sound & Stage


Attribution: Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. “Kind of Girl” by Jeris, featuring spinningmerkaba

“Horror Music” by Migfus

“Haunting Knock with Knocker Squeak” by bone666138

“Giant4-fe-fi-Steps_0dB_0m20s.wav” by strangely_gnarled

“Horror Sting 1” by SilverIllusionist


Trigger warnings:

– Sudden loud noises

– Violence and threats of violence

– Desecration of graves/bodies

– Depiction of drinking and drunkenness

– Depictions resembling xenophobia/racism

Note: Given the current (October 2022) climate of antisemitism, it is worth acknowledging that this episode uses the word “golem” very loosely and was not meant to hurt Jewish people or disrespect Jewish tradition. If you are interested in supporting the fight against antisemitism, please visit

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