Original title Autumn
Genre Zombie, Full Cast Audio Drama
Original run 2007
Seasons 1 (6 episodes)
Studio Darker Projects
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Darker Projects, in association with Infected Books presents David Moody’s vision of apocalyptic horror: Autumn. In less than twenty-four hours a vicious and virulent disease destroys virtually all of the population. Billions are killed. Thousands die every second. There are no symptoms and no warnings. Within moments of infection each victim suffers a violent and agonizing death. Only a handful of survivors remain. By the end of the first day those survivors wish they were dead. Then the disease strikes again, and all hell breaks loose

A Word from the Composer

I have been a tremendous fan of Zombie “culture” ever since experiencing Romero’s Dead series. I can remember a friend’s reaction of horror when he learned I had not seen Dawn of the Dead – at the time I was a little cynical and naive about the whole thing – I didn’t understand what the big deal was. “You have to f***ing see it!” he exclaimed violently. That night we put on the film and around the point of the Monroeville Mall and that line “This was an important place in their lives. ” I was laughing with delight, but I also felt the abject horror creeping up on me. This WAS a delicious sort of existential nightmare emerging. There were (perhaps obvious in retrospect) wonderful societal commentaries as well – the idea of a consumer culture, gobbling up everything and everyone in it’s path; our collective fear in discussing or really dealing with the idea of our own mortality, and unprepared and unable to let go of the ones we lose (you’re going to have to let go, or they’re going come and eat you!); I realized after the film that Dawn of the Dead was not a film for gore hounds, it was a film for intellectuals. Intellectuals unafraid of facing a slightly more morbid subject matter. And, of course, intellectuals with a dark sense of humor.

David Moody’s ‘Autumn’ feels born from the same womb. It hearkens back to the intellectual horror old school – his book had me imagining in black and white movies (pictures like Night Tide, Carnival of Souls, and of course Night of the Living…) with atmosphere and subtext, less gore and more subtly building sensations of isolation and that skin-crawling, existential type of fear. I attempted to convey these qualities in the musical score, along with a few healthy doses of schlock horror music fun!

I must also mention the level of freedom and support provided by Paul Mannering and his Darker Projects team. It’s lovely to be involved in something so close to the (now virtually obsolete) genre of Radio Drama – Bernard Herrmann’s work for Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater productions are personal favorites of mine. And I just love hearing people being operatic and theatrical without any distracting images or CGI effects to get in the way.

Devin Anderson
March, 2007

Our Thoughts

When I started to listen to Autumn I was close to quit after listening to only the first episode due the annoying voice of one of the main characters, Carl Henshawe, especially when he goes mental, and starts crying again for the thousandth time . The thing I thought was really original that the dead don’t turn into zombies right away, only some of the dead people get up after lying on the ground for days. And even then they are not really dangerous and are just walking around. Although original I would have expected that after a longer period the zombies would start attacking the humans. Of course it would be scary as hell, but it doesn’t explain why they are so afraid of them.. Okay they are attracted to noise and having a zombie horde walking through your house could be deadly they are also easily killed… I haven’t read the book(s) by David Moody so i’m not sure if this audio drama covers the whole storyline of the first book.. But after finishing the audio drama/podcast it felt like they left out big parts of the story.

Besides the annoying voice of Carl Henshawe the voice acting is ok. Sometimes there is a lot of background sounds that makes it hard to listen to the dialog, but overall the audio quality is pretty good. OVerall Autumn is not that bad, but it could have been so much better!

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General info

Original titleAutumn
GenreZombie, Full Cast Audio Drama
Original run2007
Type Audio Drama/Podcast
Seasons1 (6 episodes)

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Episode length (free) ( minutes )20 / 30
Episode length (paid) ( minutes )-
StudioDarker Projects
Available on ItunesYes

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