Attention HellMart Shoppers
We were impressed by the execution in this independent comedy radio drama, which appears to be a one-man show. Protagonist Daniel Richmond is a former Wall Street guy convicted of predictable financial crimes. Out of prison on work release, he's dispatched to HelloMart, a suburban super-store that happens to be situated above the gates of Hell. HelloMart is staffed by criminal elements, small-town folk, and - wait for it - magical creatures, and the sour Daniel is not happy to be in their midst. It's unclear whether Daniel might in fact be dead and has entered a miserable (but suitable) purgatory, or if this is a satire about the awful slog of retail, or just a straightforward fantasy horror. Any which way, it's good fun. Characters are all, with one exception, voiced by Thoreau Smiley, who also writes, produces and scores the series. New episodes fortnightly.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: Chekov's Shoelaces - Part 1 (26 Jun 2016)
Style: Audio fiction