Carpenter and Faulkner, two worshippers of an outlawed god, travel up the length of their deity’s great black river, searching for holy revelations amongst the reeds and the wetlands.
As their pilgrimage lengthens and the river’s mysteries deepen, the two acolytes find themselves under threat from a police manhunt, but also come into conflict with the weirder gods that have flourished in these forgotten rural territories.
This is a world where divine intervention takes place through prayer-markings scratched into stumping-posts, and offerings are left squirming to die in the flats of the delta.
This is a world of ritual, and hidden language, and sacrifice.
This is folk horror, and fantasy, and a dark road trip into the depths of unusual faith.
What is The Silt Verses?
From the creators of the highly acclaimed I Am in Eskew, comes a new folk-horror audio drama. Initially the show focuses on two characters, but opens up to include a range of voice actors, multiple cities and towns in the world built specifically around this podcast.
Season One includes 15 episodes between 40-60 minutes, with a fortnightly release schedule. The show is free to listen to and is supported by fans across Patreon. The creators are funding this show entirely out of pocket, so any Patreon subscribers are directly helping us fund the voice actors and audio editors who have been paid to be involed with Season One.
If you want to support us, you can do so by becoming a Patron! We also have a merchandise store, where you can get fan memorabilia.
We are committed to releasing Season One according to the release schedule, but as the creators work full-time we will keep updated if this changes.
The Silt Verses has been received extremely well by listeners and the industry itself. The podcast has been featured on BBC Radio 4, The Wild Hunt and more. The Silt Verses has an average rating of 4.9* on Apple and Podchaser, and we were proud to deliver a live rendition at The London Podcast Festival 2021.
We have plenty of fan reviews and amazing fan art across Tumblr.
"The Silt Verses is one of the best pieces of audio drama I've heard in the past decade. Lyrical, bewitching, and endlessly, breathtakingly inventive, this podcast holds not so much a candle as a bonfire alongside great modern audio fiction like The Magnus Archives, Archive 81 and Unwell. I have fallen in love with this podcast - for its sprawling wonder, its awe-inspiring scope, and the many, varied truths it reflects about the human condition.
Ursula K Le Guin once said that fiction is "a way of trying to describe what is in fact going on, what people actually do and feel, how people relate to everything else in this vast sack, this belly of the universe, this womb of things to be and tomb of things that were, this unending story." The Silt Verses does that.
And it gets bonus points for being both very gay and one of the most diverse pieces of contemporary audio fiction on several axes of marginalisation that I've heard in the past year - with fantastically talented actors of colour and characters and actors across the gender and sexuality spectrum."
Ella Watts, BBC Sounds.
"A creepy, inventive gothic drama...truly epic horror. Plus, the voicework is brilliant."
The Observer, 20 must-listen indie podcast gems
“The Silt Verses is a feral crooning lullaby that lures you out into the tall river grasses only to sink its startling angular and lyrical prose into your unprotected throat and drag you the rest of the way below the deep dark waters of its ever-spreading narrative worldbuilding. It is an utter delight to listen to and I hope you enjoy bated breaths and the edge of various seats because that will be your new home while you listen. Recommended!”
—Jordan Shiveley, author of HOT SINGLES IN YOUR AREA
"A gripping performance of narrative horror...transporting...starring a mesmerising Méabh de Brún."
-The Sunday Times, London Podcast Festival review
"If you’re a fan of expansive, unsettling fiction podcasts in the tradition of Tanis or Welcome to Nightvale, then the Slit Verses will be right up your alley. A self-described "weird fiction" and "folks horror" audio journey, it builds its alternate fantasy world slowly and deliberately, starting small with two characters on a mysterious mission before expanding out. Immersing you in a mesmerizingly eerie soundscape, it’s sure to get your heart racing and keep your mind hypnotized."
-Mashable, Best New Podcasts of 2021.
Jon (Writer, Voice Actor)
Muna (Producer, Editor, Voice Actor)
The Silt Verses is written by Jon and produced by Muna, the husband and wife team behind I Am In Eskew, co-owners of Eskew Productions, and voices of David Ward and Riyo Duale.
Jon and Muna met at University where they were de-facto rivals throughout their writing degrees, then decided that joining super powers would be better. They accidentally stumbled onto audio-drama when creating I Am In Eskew.
All Patreon content is curated or created by this team, but we are supported by a stellar range of voice actors across the season.
You can read all about our amazing cast in our Cast and Creators section.
But below we've added the main voice actors throughout Season One:
Méabh de Brún: Carpenter
Jimmie Yamaguchi: Hayward
Jamie Stewart: Mason
Lucille Valentine: Page
David S. Dear: Sid Wright
Our brilliant Audio Editors are Espii Studios (Episode 1 and 2) and Sammy Holden (Episode 3 onwards)
Statistics and Listeners
The Silt Verses is now 13 episodes into its first Season, and has now been downloaded more than 105,000 times with the number growing daily. It has been extremely well received by fans, old and new.
Some of our amazing fans have been busy creating some incredible art, which you can peruse across Tumblr. All art is owned by each creator.
A transcript is released with each episode, and can always be found here and across Patreon.
As content creators, we're passionate about supporting talent from historically excluded communities, including but not limited to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ talent. See more here if you're a voice actor who wants to audition.
As with all Eskew Productions content, there is disturbing imagery including blood, violence, body horror, body transformation and references to mental health within the worlds we create. Please consume the show at your discretion. We do not recommend any Eskew Production audio-dramas for children.