And they’re off! Season 3 of the Manor House opens with a sinister tale of retribution by Eric J. Guignard titled Something in the Strawberry Fields. Listening, the story brought to mind a Scott Smith tale of devilish greenery, The Ruins. The plants are hungry and knowing, but beyond that (and the Spanish vibe) this story rolls into a yarn of its own.
Gambling debts, a runaway Mexican fruit picker, and a murdered mob hitman, oh what simple, and yet reliable fun. The supernatural bite is a sweet one, oozing crimson juices. It’s quick and strangely suspenseful, given the source of the terror. For me, using the unexpected to do the heavy task of murder is often a nice catch. It’s entertaining and a sinister start to the season.
As for the technical side, Manor House has come a long way from their first episodes. They do a little more than most, with multiple voices and sound effects, aside from the general narration and music. Overall, this was a quality telling, the music worked, and the host filled the roll ominous gatekeeper, side of cheese on the ready, as expected.
This story is free to stream/download from the Manor House site, as well as the usual podcast haunts.
Performers: Abysmii as Narrator, Atticus Jackson as Luis Castillo, Pete Lutz as Joe, Jeff Niles as Manny, Darren Marlar as Field Foreman, and Rock Manor as Miguel Garcia
Music: CO.AG – “Immortal” & “Poczuc Ciemnosc” | GMC Sebastian Sampieri – “Warning Saliva” | Kevin MacLeod – “Laid Back Guitars” & “Sardana”
Main Theme: “Darkness Falls” by Schreer, Sillescu & Woods
Sound Effects: EttalSFX
Audio Engineer: Jemar Mitchell
Editor-Producer-Director: Rock Manor