My first BrokenSea audio production was both a frightening and exhilarating experience. “The Strange Fate of Matthew Hornblower” is a horror tale about a bar owner named Matthew, who falls in love with a monster in human guise. All the while his friends worry about him as he slowly starts acting more and more strange.
Already the more astute horror fans among you will probably think the monster to be a succubus (or in this case a succufish). There was no sense of suspense one might expect from horror stories nowadays–ones filled with jump scares. The closest this tale gets to that cliche of the movie medium is when the volume goes up and your heart is pounding afterwards. It’s quite effective and not something I’ve heard done in audio horror story. If you are easily startled, this story might get your blood pressure up, but for horror fans that’s probably a good thing.
One of the better aspects is the mystery behind the creature. The humming of the “Jaws” theme near the beginning is a perfect addition to the story as it adds a bit of foreshadowing. After all, a monster is scarier when the individual can’t see it coming, and audio drama is the perfect medium for giving the audience that sense of dread.
Overall “The Strange Fate of Matthew Hornblower” is a tale not for the feint of heart.