Wow - this interview was SO much fun! 

Tiffany & Nicole of Horror In The Margins have incredible Horror Media knowledge and terrific chemistry to boot. I was so thrilled to join them in chatting about all things OMINIOUS THRILL.

We covered sound and production, but I loved talking about the stories.  Be warned - we spoiled some episodes by discussing the ideas, themes, and approaches to making them.  If you've heard the episodes - this could be some fun insight. And if not - go listen and then catch up on this interview.


Immerse Yourself in the World of Audio Horror with Jeff Schmidt

If you're a fan of indie horror and unique storytelling, you're in for a treat with our latest podcast featuring the incredibly talented Jeff Schmidt. As a creative director and sound designer, Jeff has made a name for himself by creating vivid and immersive soundscapes that bring stories to life in a captivating and chilling way.

In this episode, we dive deep into Jeff's journey into sound design, starting from his early fascination with an old reel-to-reel tape machine to his current work on the groundbreaking audio series Ominous Thrill. Jeff shares his experiences and insights on the importance of sound design in horror media, explaining how sound can operate on multiple levels to create a truly terrifying atmosphere.

One of the highlights of our conversation is Jeff's discussion of his creative process for Ominous Thrill. This anthology series features character-driven dark fiction stories that explore themes of obsession, love, rage, and revenge, all set in murky supernatural and paranormal worlds. Jeff's use of binaural 3D and spatial audio techniques makes these stories incredibly immersive, transporting listeners into the heart of the action.

We also touch on some of the standout episodes from Ominous Thrill, including "Advice After Dark," a story about a radio host who delivers extreme advice to her listeners, and "Secret in Silver Falls," a creature feature set in the 1980s that explores themes of racism and family dynamics. Jeff shares his inspiration for these stories and how he approaches modernizing classic horror tropes to create something fresh and exciting.

Throughout our conversation, Jeff emphasizes the importance of creating strong, multidimensional characters, particularly women, who are forced to confront both internal and external demons. This focus on feminist horror adds a unique layer to Ominous Thrill, making it a must-listen for anyone who appreciates complex storytelling and diverse perspectives.

So, if you're ready to be transported into a world of spine-tingling horror, grab your headphones, turn off the lights, and dive into Ominous Thrill. You won't be disappointed.

Listen to the full episode now and join us on this thrilling journey into the world of audio horror with Jeff Schmidt.