Weird Darkness: Stories of the Paranormal, Supernatural, Unsolved and Unexplained
ABOUT WEIRD DARKNESS... "Bolt your doors, lock your windows, turn off your lights, and come with me into the Weird Darkness…" *** “Best Storytellers in Podcasting” for 2019 by Podcast Business Journal *** *** “Storyteller-Drama” finalist for the People’s Choice Podcast Awards in 2019. *** Darren Marlar tells true stories of the paranormal, supernatural, legends, lore, mysterious, macabre, unsolved and unexplained - with episodes posted daily, even on holidays. Weird Darkness has been compared to “Coast to Coast” with Art Bell, “The Twilight Zone” with Rod Serling, “Unsolved Mysteries” with Robert Stack, “In Search Of” with Leonard Nimoy, and others. Weird Darkness can be found everywhere such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Spreaker, Stitcher, and everywhere else you listen to podcasts, including media platforms like YouTube, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, and you can even ask your home’s smart device (Echo, Siri, etc.) to “Play the Weird Darkness podcast.” DEMOGRAPHICS & MORE... As of February 2020 the podcast was receiving over 650,000 downloads per month. Weird Darkness is heard worldwide, with 78% of listeners from the USA. 6% in the UK, 6% in Canada. Listeners of Weird Darkness are typically over the age of thirty-five, and over half being over the age of fifty-five, and over 67% of all listeners being female. Over 60% of all listeners do so using Apple Podcasts. Spotify 11%. Almost 87% of all listeners consume the podcast via smartphone. 64% IOS, 25% Android. The audience of Weird Darkness is fiercely loyal, sending emails to the host, leaving reviews, liking the Facebook page (Facebook.com/WeirdDarkness), and the private Facebook group (Facebook.com/groups/MarlarHouse) is very active and growing fast. HISTORY OF WEIRD DARKNESS… It was in late September 2015 that the pilot episode “Mothman: The Enigma of Point Pleasant” was posted… not as a podcast, but as a video on YouTube. The next month it was decided to move forward with a regular series at two videos per week, focusing on subject matter such as ghosts, unsolved mysteries, true crime, conspiracies, and anything else that is strange, dark, or bizarre. While Weird Darkness did find fans on YouTube, the growth was slow. A year later in October 2016 it was decided to also offer the episodes in podcast form by simply re-posting the audio from the YouTube videos. It was then that the show truly began to find its base and began growing… fast. Another year later, and in October 2017 the difficult decision was made to stop making videos entirely and focus solely on the podcast (audio-only) version. Doing this not only increased the quality of each episode, but allowed Darren Marlar to post more often – eventually creating new episodes every weekday, and archive episodes on the weekends. The show exploded in popularity. In doing so, Weird Darkness generated over one-million downloads in the first six months immediately following the October 2017 change – and continues to grow even more quickly today with no hint of slowing down. As of September 17, 2019 the podcast was receiving over 678,000 downloads per month! Weird Darkness was named one of the “Best Storytellers in Podcasting” for 2019 by Podcast Business Journal. And was a finalist for the “Storyteller-Drama” award for the “People’s Choice Podcast Awards” in 2019. Weird Darkness has also been recognized widely in the press by Business Insider, Podcast Magazine, Beyond the Bleak, and others.