Need a Halloween pick-me-up? Listen to HG World!

Yeah, you could watch some of your horror flicks on DVD to get yourself into the spirit of Halloween, or catch marathons on some of the cable channels. You could mainline episodes of The Walking Dead or True Blood, sure. Or, you could close your eyes, open your ears, and let the smooth, sultry sounds of a well-produced, kick-ass audio drama fire up your imagination.

I speak, of course, about HG World, the Parsec Award-winning zombie apocalypse podcast audio drama that is the brainchild of friend and fellow word slinger Jay Smith.

In production for two years now, HG World tells the story of various survivors of a global uprising of the undead. Most of the action takes place in and around rural Pennsylvania, and features a cast and crew of volunteer voice actors and production personnel contributing from points all around the world. I could tell you more, but Jay has gone to the trouble of drafting a sweet little press release, and I don’t want to steal any more of this thunder. Read, yo:

Atlanta, GA, September 10, 2011: HG World (, the story of survivors of a global zombie uprising, has won a 2011 Parsec Award ( representing excellence in the medium of audio drama produced for the Internet. The ceremony was held September 3rd at DragonCon (, one of the nation’s largest fan-run popular culture conventions in Atlanta, Georgia. The show, set mainly in northwestern Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth, is the product of a global cast and production team lead by Harrisburg, PA resident Jay Smith.

“When we started the show in 2009,” Writer and Producer Jay Smith said after the ceremony, “I had no idea that audio drama was something anyone really cared about in this age of megapixels and Michael Bay pyrotechnics, but it really is a thriving storytelling medium with hundreds of shows out there to hear – many for free. The field was very competitive which makes this award all the more gratifying. We have actors on three continents producing excellent work and a brilliant, passionate production team led by Michael L Stokes that creates a unique, quality audio drama series.”

HG World was nominated for the PARSEC by fans and finalists were chosen by a yearly steering committee. Those finalists were then voted on by an independent panel of judges from outside of podcasting. Awards are given in several categories ranging from content to audio quality. The award was accepted by show producers Scott Pigg and Bryan Lincoln (who also won a PARSEC for Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation – Fullcast Podcast). Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga & Tracy Hickman founded The Parsec Awards in 2006 to celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media.

When asked why HG World was selected over other finalist, Smith explained, “I have no idea. We simply try to tell a story about good people in a very bad situation. It isn’t about undead zombies and gore so much as it is about the real monsters that still have a pulse. I think our characters resonate with listeners and our growth as a production over the years is the result of a small, but widening community of fans who appreciate the art of audio fiction and we try to make the most of that medium.”

Listeners can subscribe to the show through iTunes or the show’s podcast feed ( to receive new episodes as they are released. HG World is currently at work producing its third season of episodes. Between releases, Producer Bryan Lincoln interviews authors, actors and producers in an interview show called “Behind the Screams.”

So…you know…go and get some of that zombie podcast action. There’s more than enough there to keep you up for a bunch of nights up to and past Halloween. Pass the brains, would ya?

Lay it on me.

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