Awards and Platforms

Some very cool news to impart upon you, our loyal listeners: first, Sight Unseen is now on multiple platforms! Wondery Media’s shows are now available on not only Apple Podcasts and Stitcher, but also TuneIn, and Spotify. So you have many new outlets through which to hear the beginning of Amanda’s story. Visit the SU page on Wondery for links.

Second, Pocket Universe has won not one, not two, but three awards in the Mark Time competition through the National Audio Theatre Festival’s HEAR Now Fest in Kansas City, MO:

  • The Gold Nick Danger for the pilot episode of Sight Unseen, “Awaken, Pt. 1”
  • The Betty Jo for Best Performance in an Audio Drama, presented to Julia Whelan for for the pilot episode of Sight Unseen, “Awaken, Pt. 1”
  • The Gold Ogle for P.U.P.’s adaptation of Mary SanGiovanni’s “The Floodgates of Willowhill” (part of the first season of Midnight Matinees)

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Finally, a preview of Midnight Matinees will be unleashed on June 11… Monday, June 11… and the first two episodes will be released on Friday, June 15. You don’t want to miss this!


A while back we announced two new podcast series in the works: we’re pleased to announce the first of the two will premiere Friday June 15, as our “Horrorscopes” series is now MIDNIGHT MATINEES! We have a marvelous hostess in the form of Jayme Mattler, “The Lady in Black”, who will deliver chilling dishes of Poe, Bradbury, and Hautala over the course of nine episodes, seventeen stories total. The best part: Pocket Universe will be uniting with a rising star in the world of podcast networks, Robert Southgate and the Southgate Media Group, to present the first season of Matinees on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Overcast, and YouTube! We hope you’ll join us… as the saying goes, “room for one more…”


Well, we’ve done it. THE X-FILES: COLD CASES is now a reality. And we thank everyone for your kind words and kudos on Audible and on social media! If you haven’t heard our groundbreaking production yet… what are you waiting for?

Further, the embargo was lifted at San Diego Comic Con: there is a sequel coming your way October 3! THE X-FILES: STOLEN LIVES will cover the remainder of Joe Harris’ “Season 10” run for IDW Publishing (including the reveal of the mysterious Prime Elder orchestrating the series’ events), adapted by Dirk Maggs and directed by William Dufris. STOLEN LIVES is available for pre-order at Audible right now, and here is the artwork:

SIGHT UNSEEN moves to its own slot!

As the first season of SIGHT UNSEEN draws to a close on Wondery’s “Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape”, we can announce that SU has been moved into its own slot on the podcast network! A new project page has been added for the production with links (just go to “Projects”), and visit SIGHT UNSEEN’s Twitter feed at:



Alright folks, Audible Studios has lifted the embargo: we can now tell you what Pocket Universe’s AudioComics division will be rolling out in 2017: the full-cast audio adaptation of…

THE X-FILES: COLD CASES, starring DAVID DUCHOVNY and GILLIAN ANDERSON as Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully!

Produced by William Dufris and Lance Roger Axt with Elaine Lee (her last project with AudioComics as a producer), and adapted by Executive Producer Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Neverwhere, Good Omens, Alien: Out of the Shadows, etc.) from the IDW Publishing series written by Joe Harris, the audio drama also stars MITCH PILEGGI as Skinner, WILLIAM B. DAVIS as C.G.B. Spender (aka “The Cigarette Smoking Man”), and TOM BRAIDWOOD, DEAN HAGLUND, and BRUCE HARWOOD as the Lone Gunmen.

Additional roles (about 150 of ‘em) are voiced by Lance Roger Axt, Elizabeth Knowelden, Eric Pollins, Stephanie Diaz, Jonathan Woodward, Alex Hyde-White, Julia Whelan, Johnny Heller, Neil Hellegers, Robert Fass, Dion Graham, Jennywren Walker, Jay Piscopo, Marie Stewart Harmon, Peter Berkrot, Corey Gagne, Casey Turner, Tom Maggs, Lisa Stathoplos, Jonathan Woodward, Christine Marshall, Philip Hobby, and Tess Van Horn among many others, and a production team that includes Fred Greenhalgh, Grace Waldron, Regina Bartholomew, and Kevin Billingslea.

For years, we have wanted to put together an American version of Big Finish. Now it’s finally happening. And by hook or by crook, hell or high water, we are going to reunite the cast of “Friday Night Lights” for an audio drama reunion (so if anybody knows how to reach Jason Katims, Kyle Chandler, and Connie Britton, we’re all ears).

You can pre-order the work HERE!

SIGHT UNSEEN on the Wondery Network

Ladies and gentlemen, we can now announce our first big project of 2017: Pocket Universe has produced the first original intellectual property of co-founder Lance Roger Axt, SIGHT UNSEEN, for the Wondery Podcast Network in Hollywood, CA.

Julia Whelan (audiobook narrator; ABC’s Once and Again) portrays 17-year-old competitive surfer Amanda Houston, who loses her sight in a devastating car accident. The catch? The accident also unleashes her long-dormant sixth sense. The series follows her journey post-accident: how her blindness changes her and those around her (her family, school cliques, etc.), even as her “abilities” uncontrollably emerge. Emphasis on the “uncontrollably”. Best part: the two-episode pilot (and subsequent episodes in the first season) will air on Wondery’s flagship audio drama showcase Secrets, Crimes and Audiotape starting Tuesday, April 4.

The first season was written by Lance Roger Axt and Natalie Fedak (of the Bellingham Film Festival) and directed by William Dufris, the first season also includes the voices of Adam Henderson, Liisa Lee, Bernadette Colomine, Brennan Lee Mulligan, Jason Linere White, Shana Eva, Kaleo Griffith, Misty Lee, Lisa Renee Pitts, Jeff Rolle Jr., Bahni Turpin, Jaime Alyse Andrews, Hank Northrop, Elizabeth Knowelden, Teresa Hegji, William Dufris, Lance Roger Axt, and special appearances by Martin Jarvis and Alex Hyde-White.

You can visit the SCA page on Wondery’s website; you can also hear SCA on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts. SIGHT UNSEEN is, to our knowledge, one of the first YA concepts to be presented as a full-cast audio drama, and it’s something we’re all extremely proud of, and we hope you’ll all give it a listen. And let us know what you think!

The “Masque of the Red Death” WINS at the Mark Time Awards

On the cusp of our two wins at the Audies, Pocket Universe Productions/AudioComics is happy to announce our win at this year’s Mark Time Awards Ceremony at the HEAR Now Festival in Kansas City with our Horrorscopes production of “Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe. Winner of the 2016 Gold Ogle Award for Best Horror or Fantasy audio drama, this production is actually the first recorded production in what will be the second season of Horrorscopes, and, like Locke & Key, was recorded on location in New England.

So, for a limited time, we have posted the production to our podcast page; the show will be up proper as part of the Pocket Universe Podcast in 2017, but we are making “Red Death” available now so you can hear why it’s an Ogle winner!


Happy to announce that Locke & Key and The Starling Project, produced by Pocket Universe and AudioComics for Audible Studios won TWO Audie Awards at the 2016 Audiobook Publishers Association Convention in Chicago: Locke & Key for Excellence in Marketing and The Starling Project for Best Original Work!

FOUR Nominations Total for Locke & Key

Some exciting news to report: the final round of Audie nominations was unveiled today, and Pocket Universe Productions/AudioComics is pleased to announce that Locke & Key has been nominated for EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION as well as Excellence in Design and Excellence in Marketing, for a total of FOUR nominations for Locke & Key! (Counting the two nominations for The Starling Project, that’s a total of six nominations for productions produced by Pocket Universe Productions/AudioComics for Audible.) Who will win? We’ll find out at the Audie Award Ceremony in Chicago this May…

2016 Audie Nominations Announced

The nominees for the 2016 Audies, the “Oscars of audiobooks,” were announced today and Pocket Universe is pleased to announce that two productions produced under the AudioComics division for Audible Studios are in the running: The Starling Project in the categories of Best Audio Drama and Best Original Work, and Locke and Key for Best Original Work.

Suffice to say we’re very happy to hear this (the last time we were nominated was in 2013 for Titanium Rain, Episode One for Best Audio Drama and Best Original Work), and are honored to be in such esteemed company with such narrators, writers, producers, and directors as Neil Gaiman, Neil Peart, Stephen King, David Tennant, Tavia Gilbert, RC Bray, Cokie Roberts, Simon Vance, Robin Miles, Michael Strahan, we could go on and on…

Congratulations to everyone! Fingers and toes crossed…

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