Episode 135: Harlan’s Wake by John Mierau

Tyler left home to serve in the military. He was assigned to the security detail for the alien visitors known as Silvers. Nothing could be more shameful in the eyes of his family. You never really can leave home, though. Tyler’s father, Harlan, is dying, and he is called back to be there for his final hours. Tyler thinks he knows what awaits him at the family farm, but he couldn’t be more wrong…

In a first for the show, Big and Rish have the producer of the episode, Bryan Lincoln, as a very special guest star. They talk about the production, its challenges, and how this story is unlike all the episodes that came before it. They’re demons, Lenny!

Special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing today’s story, and to Kathryn Pride, Tobias Queen, Tom Merritt, Larry Bailey, David Robison, Brion Humphrey, James David Jackson, David Mastin, and Bryan Lincoln for lending their voices to today’s episode.

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Related Links:

John Mierau’s Site
Bryan Lincoln’s Fullcast Podcast
Kathryn Pride’s Genesis Avalon
Tobias Queen’s Site
Tom Merritt’s Site
Larry Bailey’s Site
David Robison and Brion Humphrey’s Roundtable Podcast
James David Jackson and David Mastin’s My Epic Heals Podcast
Photo was by Kewl.
Music was provided by Norm Sherman of The Drabblecast.
Some sound effects are courtesy of the Freesound Project.
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4 Responses to “Episode 135: Harlan’s Wake by John Mierau”

  1. I loved, loved, loved the narrator’s tone. The quiet, withdrawn style fits the character of the protag so perfectly!

    I didn’t love the production values quite that much. At times the production values overrode the story; I had to concentrate to comprehend the words from under the banjos and effects. Apart from that, the pacing, the balance, the clarity of different voices was beautiful.

  2. I really liked this story.
    As soon as I heard Michael I was thinking “Boy that sounds a lot like Tom Merritt…” and I was right. You got some TWIT in my Dunesteef. And it is awesome.

    I heard this story once before, but it was the original ending where he makes peace with his father.
    I like the idea that his dad could be changed by his (near?) death experience, but really this ending was just as good because the important thing wasn’t that his dad grow out of his hate, but that he loved his son. And if he had come back changed, it would have been a more painful thing when Michael took his life force back.

  3. I should probably let the episode finish before I comment… Oh well.
    I think that Tom changed when he saw that the alien hadn’t changed Harlan at all.
    Like, he had been raised with the belief that the aliens took a person over and changed everything about them, but then he saw a real alien revive his dad, and his dad was just the same ugly person he had always been, and so what else about these aliens am I wrong about?
    Also maybe a little bit of the contrast between this alien who was kind, and his dad who was a real monster.

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