Harlequin Grim is creating the Mania Podcast and other dark tales.
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♦ Welcome! ♦



    My castle is falling to dereliction in Portland, Oregon, often under a constant downpour. The sound of a clacking typewriter haunts the atmosphere while a broken piano stutters a phantasmic melody. When I can afford it, I do the occasional necromancy ritual to raise up some poor soul to do the laundry for me. For hobbies, I nurse a colony of bats and tend to the gardens of a local cemetery to earn enough pennies to stitch up my only outfit. But, for the most part, I write stories.

   And that's precisely how I like it.


The show where history's most mystifying nightmares and monsters are resurrected in stories.
    Although there is no single motif throughout my writings, there is one which continues to resurface: the complexity of antagonists. I believe that by exploring perspectives we aren't accustom to, we can broaden our sense of possibility. In doing so we make room for new outlooks.

   Mania, a historical fiction podcast, does this by offering a more nuanced view of 'bad' characters in history. I refuse to tell their stories from the perspective of innocent bystanders, as we often hear them. Instead, I like to get in their head and illustrate their view.

   Recent examples are an unsolved murder of Victorian London, the secrets of a Galvanic scientist which inspired the Frankenstein novel, and even the grim history of a chapel during the height of the Black Plague

     But the nature of Mania goes just one step further. It has another motive: to cast light on unlit corners.

     Many stories, events, and individuals have large chunks of their narrative left unwritten by history. At the very least, crucial details which may change their context drastically. Mania treads where history cannot. Each episode is a narrative where historical settings, fiction, and true characters are presented through a single, woven story which gives its audience an intimate perspective that simply isn't offered in other texts.

    It reads like fiction, informs like history, and gets close up and personal like horror.

    Through this, we can look at monsters, nightmares, and that which goes bump in the night, in a completely different light.

    One which seeks to understand rather than fear.

    My hopes for Mania are represented through the creation of a theatre. As the podcast grows, you can watch it become more grand, boisterous, and lively.

    At the moment, I am juggling a day job, the querying of two full-length novels, my blog, and this podcast. A hefty load, but one I happily champion. However, it's far from optimal time and sanity-wise. Most podcasts have entire teams. They have researches, editors, sound technicians, producers, troll-hunters, social media managers, so on and so forth. Mania has, well, me. Not exactly a stunning lineup.

     It just so happens that each episode takes approximately 15 hours to create. I know. You're impressed.

     That being said, the show is sitting at an uneasy schedule of two episodes a month and, at the very least, just one. Ideally, I'd like to make that three episodes a month.

     That's where your support comes in.


   With or without support, Mania is and forever will be free. Subscribing to one of these tiers is merely a way of receiving something more from its creator, and just as well, pledging your enthusiasm for the experience. It also helps it become more frequent, higher in quality, and explorative.

    I feel I should only be transparent. My aim isn't to make a quick dollar from this and, upon meeting my goals, take up Mania full-time and lazily upload monthly. Far from it. Audio, I hope, is only a humble beginning.

   With some help we could create an empire of dark, evocative stories where page and ink is merely a foundation for more explorative mediums. Perhaps into the real flesh and blood of our day to day lives.

    But without effort, dreams sit unbidden. They'll rot in the squalor of thought. It is only through the forge of toil that ideas actualise. Much in the same way that I must stretch myself to bring Mania to life, your support is the pragmatic way in which you, too, fuel the process of such stories manifesting in reality.

You've come this far. Will you trust that I have much, much more to show you?

Warmly,
Harlequin Grim
Tiers
Wisp
$1 or more per month

Your presence does not go unnoticed. Listen to the show knowing that you are helping keep it alive and flourishing.

Wisps Garner:
➳ Access to exclusive patron-only feed.

Phantom
$3 or more per month

Haunt the theatre. Help scare the guests. This bond is more than mere flesh and bone. Some extra features for a listener taking an extra step.

 
Phantoms Reap:

➳ Patron-only feed
➳ Receive the 'Behind the Veil' PDF. A collection of articles concerning the philosophy behind the show.

Includes Discord rewards
Banshee
$5 or more per month

Your impact on the story can't be overstated. In turn, here's a key to a door rarely opened by others, one which leads to chamber of hidden stories. Stranger still, the shelves in this library may seem to be more and more full every time you return.


Banshees Possess:
➳ Patron-only feed

➳ 'Behind the Veil' PDF
➳ Exclusive key to the "Locked Crypts", a growing collection of previously unseen stories on my website.

Acolyte
$10 or more per month

Something truly distinctive for listeners those making a lasting difference. A piece of Mania to hold in your hands. An artifact written, enchanted, and sent individually. 


Acolyte's Rewards:
➳ Patron-only feed
➳ 'Behind the Veil' PDF

➳ Access to the "Locked Crypts"

Handwritten memory card* from a character in one of the Mania episodes sent to your preferred address. (Not your average postcard.)

*The author is not responsible for any demons, spirits, or other supernatural entities entering your home via aforementioned letter upon patron's opening. Under clause 11-S of the IMPS, (Infernal Magistrate for Protection of Sorcerers), you accept responsibility upon breaking the waxen seal. Should your residence be compromised, contact a local exorcist immediately.

Goals
3 of 100 patrons
A silhouette stands outside an abandoned theatre, drawing only a handful of people in with a timid voice. Clutched in one hand, the pages of a story. In the other, a half-broken lantern leaking wax.

Come one, come all. To celebrate, I'll create a website dedicated solely to Mania's operations. 
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♦ Welcome! ♦



    My castle is falling to dereliction in Portland, Oregon, often under a constant downpour. The sound of a clacking typewriter haunts the atmosphere while a broken piano stutters a phantasmic melody. When I can afford it, I do the occasional necromancy ritual to raise up some poor soul to do the laundry for me. For hobbies, I nurse a colony of bats and tend to the gardens of a local cemetery to earn enough pennies to stitch up my only outfit. But, for the most part, I write stories.

   And that's precisely how I like it.


The show where history's most mystifying nightmares and monsters are resurrected in stories.
    Although there is no single motif throughout my writings, there is one which continues to resurface: the complexity of antagonists. I believe that by exploring perspectives we aren't accustom to, we can broaden our sense of possibility. In doing so we make room for new outlooks.

   Mania, a historical fiction podcast, does this by offering a more nuanced view of 'bad' characters in history. I refuse to tell their stories from the perspective of innocent bystanders, as we often hear them. Instead, I like to get in their head and illustrate their view.

   Recent examples are an unsolved murder of Victorian London, the secrets of a Galvanic scientist which inspired the Frankenstein novel, and even the grim history of a chapel during the height of the Black Plague

     But the nature of Mania goes just one step further. It has another motive: to cast light on unlit corners.

     Many stories, events, and individuals have large chunks of their narrative left unwritten by history. At the very least, crucial details which may change their context drastically. Mania treads where history cannot. Each episode is a narrative where historical settings, fiction, and true characters are presented through a single, woven story which gives its audience an intimate perspective that simply isn't offered in other texts.

    It reads like fiction, informs like history, and gets close up and personal like horror.

    Through this, we can look at monsters, nightmares, and that which goes bump in the night, in a completely different light.

    One which seeks to understand rather than fear.

    My hopes for Mania are represented through the creation of a theatre. As the podcast grows, you can watch it become more grand, boisterous, and lively.

    At the moment, I am juggling a day job, the querying of two full-length novels, my blog, and this podcast. A hefty load, but one I happily champion. However, it's far from optimal time and sanity-wise. Most podcasts have entire teams. They have researches, editors, sound technicians, producers, troll-hunters, social media managers, so on and so forth. Mania has, well, me. Not exactly a stunning lineup.

     It just so happens that each episode takes approximately 15 hours to create. I know. You're impressed.

     That being said, the show is sitting at an uneasy schedule of two episodes a month and, at the very least, just one. Ideally, I'd like to make that three episodes a month.

     That's where your support comes in.


   With or without support, Mania is and forever will be free. Subscribing to one of these tiers is merely a way of receiving something more from its creator, and just as well, pledging your enthusiasm for the experience. It also helps it become more frequent, higher in quality, and explorative.

    I feel I should only be transparent. My aim isn't to make a quick dollar from this and, upon meeting my goals, take up Mania full-time and lazily upload monthly. Far from it. Audio, I hope, is only a humble beginning.

   With some help we could create an empire of dark, evocative stories where page and ink is merely a foundation for more explorative mediums. Perhaps into the real flesh and blood of our day to day lives.

    But without effort, dreams sit unbidden. They'll rot in the squalor of thought. It is only through the forge of toil that ideas actualise. Much in the same way that I must stretch myself to bring Mania to life, your support is the pragmatic way in which you, too, fuel the process of such stories manifesting in reality.

You've come this far. Will you trust that I have much, much more to show you?

Warmly,
Harlequin Grim

Recent posts by Harlequin Grim

Tiers
Wisp
$1 or more per month

Your presence does not go unnoticed. Listen to the show knowing that you are helping keep it alive and flourishing.

Wisps Garner:
➳ Access to exclusive patron-only feed.

Phantom
$3 or more per month

Haunt the theatre. Help scare the guests. This bond is more than mere flesh and bone. Some extra features for a listener taking an extra step.

 
Phantoms Reap:

➳ Patron-only feed
➳ Receive the 'Behind the Veil' PDF. A collection of articles concerning the philosophy behind the show.

Includes Discord rewards
Banshee
$5 or more per month

Your impact on the story can't be overstated. In turn, here's a key to a door rarely opened by others, one which leads to chamber of hidden stories. Stranger still, the shelves in this library may seem to be more and more full every time you return.


Banshees Possess:
➳ Patron-only feed

➳ 'Behind the Veil' PDF
➳ Exclusive key to the "Locked Crypts", a growing collection of previously unseen stories on my website.

Acolyte
$10 or more per month

Something truly distinctive for listeners those making a lasting difference. A piece of Mania to hold in your hands. An artifact written, enchanted, and sent individually. 


Acolyte's Rewards:
➳ Patron-only feed
➳ 'Behind the Veil' PDF

➳ Access to the "Locked Crypts"

Handwritten memory card* from a character in one of the Mania episodes sent to your preferred address. (Not your average postcard.)

*The author is not responsible for any demons, spirits, or other supernatural entities entering your home via aforementioned letter upon patron's opening. Under clause 11-S of the IMPS, (Infernal Magistrate for Protection of Sorcerers), you accept responsibility upon breaking the waxen seal. Should your residence be compromised, contact a local exorcist immediately.