Flash Pulp is the work of Skinner Co, a three-person team of Canadians, and just about the most friendly bunch of podcasters you’d ever want to meet.  With an impressive catalog of episodes already online, Flash Pulp presents short pulp fiction with a more modern slant than Howard and Boroughs.  The universe is a massive web of stories, featuring a variety of characters across different times.  There’s Frontier Occultist Blackhall, and his modern counterpart Will Coffin, private detective Mulligan Smith, and zombie outbreak survivor Ruby.  And at the center, at the end of all things, is Kar’Wick, the Cthulhu-like spider-god.  These stories all bend and twist around one another in interesting and unexpected ways, leading listeners deeper into the over-all story of Skinner Co’s universe.
Flash Pulp is a perfect example of serialized storytelling done right.  Every story is a jumping-on point for new listeners, while at the same time rewarding fans who have heard all of them.  It’s a tricky maneuver to pull off, but Skinner Co does it with skill.
Their process is also worth nothing.  JRD writes the stories.  Opopinax narrates them and creates episode art.  Jessica-May records and edits them.  The shared workload keeps everything moving smoothly, and prevents the prolonged delays and pod-fading that plagues the medium.
The other very cool thing about Flash Pulp is The Mob.  Flash Pulp’s loyal and very cool fan community, of which I am a part.  The Skinners work very hard to cultivate the Mob, and stay connected with them.  It’s not a fandom.  It’s a network of friends, and also a fictional evil corporation, but that’s neither here nor there.  The podcast also has a (nearly) weekly Flash Cast episode, where the three  hosts catch up, read from the mail bag, and share segments recorded by members of the Mob.
If you have any interest in podcast story telling, check out the Flash Pulp podcast, and get to know these classic characters and their creators.

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