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Critically-Acclaimed Horror Anthology Podcast ‘Undertow’ Rings in the New Year With Eight Season, ‘Narcosis’

Critically-Acclaimed Horror Anthology Podcast ‘Undertow’ Rings in the New Year With Eight Season, ‘Narcosis’


January 19, 2024

New York, January 19, 2024 — Realm, industry-leading podcast studio and one of the world’s fastest-growing independent podcast networks, today released the first episode for Undertow’s new season Narcosis, created by audio writer/director Fred Greenhalgh (Locke & Key) and screenwriter Chris Bernier (Halloween Ends). The season premieres Friday, January 19th, with episodes releasing weekly.

Veronica West never planned to come back to Sinclair. But when her estranged childhood friend goes missing at sea, Veronica returns to the remote island to lead a dangerous recovery dive – only to find herself trapped in a series of underwater tunnels with her oxygen dwindling. But that’s the least of her problems. There’s something unspeakable down there with her. Something the mainlanders don’t want her to find…

Undertow is Realm’s premier horror podcast channel, showcasing original works of elevated audio horror. Notable past seasons include the chart-topping Blood Forest starring Jack Falahee (How to Get Away with Murder) and The Sisters starring Mae Whitman (Parenthood).

Writer Chris Bernier said, “Collaborating with Fred Greenhalgh and the Realm team — and getting to write on a scripted podcast — was a total creative thrill. I’m blown away by what we’ve accomplished in Narcosis. It’s both the latest chapter in the longstanding tradition of American folk horror set in Maine and an extension of the world of weird aquatic horror that New England is known for.”

Creator and Realm’s Head of Audio Fred Greenhalgh said: “We know more about deep space than the deep sea and so as a launchpad for horror the setting is perfect. Narcosis dives into a simple question: what lurks below the water, just out of sight, and what might it do to us if given the chance?”

Narcosis episodes will release weekly on all podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher, beginning Friday, January 19. Episodes will also be available early and ad-free for subscribers to Realm+ and Realm Unlimited.

Narcosis was created and written by Fred Greenhalgh and Chris Bernier. Produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Rhoda Belleza, and executive produced by Molly Barton and John Brooks.

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About Realm:

Led by former book publishing executive Molly Barton and team members from CAA, Disney, Warner Brothers, Spotify, NBC Universal, Realm is an industry-leading studio and global podcast network. Realm partners with top-tier talent and entertainment companies including Blumhouse, Paramount, Warner Bros, DC, AMC Networks, Marvel, Spotify and iHeart to develop, produce, distribute, and monetize immersive audio series that deeply engage audiences.

Realm has brought more top-charting fiction shows to audiences than any competitor with eight shows hitting #1 on Apple Podcasts. Realm’s podcasts have been nominated for and won numerous awards, including Audies, Ambies, Webbys, Signal Awards, and iHeart Podcast Awards. Realm Originals have been translated into 12 languages, reaching listeners in over 200 countries and territories. 8 Realm Originals are currently in development for Film/TV.

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Olivia DeRienzo