Knowing My Nightmares – Podcast Review

In this episode I talked about my experience with Knowing My Nightmares. This show is a unique mixture, half horror story and half dream analysis. But, will it worm its way into your subconscious?

PodApplaud- Knowing My Nightmares

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to be know it alls when it comes to podcast: Knowing My Nightmares.

Knowing My Nightmares is a storytelling and dream analysis podcast. So far the show has released 8 full length episodes. These episodes run between 15 minutes and half an hour long. So far the release schedule has been a bit erratic so you might want to pace yourself.

I believe I came across Knowing My Nightmares via suggestion when I was asking for some fellow Canadian podcasters I could check out. The show sat around fully downloaded and primed for me, but unfortunately I overdosed on horror podcasts and put it on the back burner for a while. I recently took the plunge and listened to all 8 episodes in a single sitting. The premise of the show is that podcast creator,  Charlie Conlon shares a nightmare he had in the first half of the show and then breaks down what his subconscious may be telling him regarding said nightmare in the second half. On one hand I’m skeptical Charlie is actually having these dreams, but on the other, it would explain his erratic upload schedule. I’m just teasing, in reality it doesn’t really matter the show is pretty top notch either way. When Charlie shares his nightmares it is in the form of a really gripping and well crafted story. The dreams are vivid, full of minute details, strong imagery, and of course horror. The voice is pleasant in both audio quality and delivery. The telling usually ends just as our narrator reaches the pinnacle of his horror story and wakes up. At this point some lovely piano music kicks in and our host retraces the whole nightmare. Point by point we learn the symbolism of the dream, what associations and biases the subconscious mind might be connecting to the dream world. This part feels very tarrot card and palm reading esque. I’m not saying that is a bad thing either. It is entertaining to hear our host connect something in the dream to something tangible in the waking world. I find this second part of the podcast to be exceedingly relaxing. If the first part of the show gets you tense or feeling that nightmarish horror the second half of the show must feel even more cathartic. I can’t quite relate because horror podcasts usually don’t spook me. I’m not trying to be a tough guy,  plenty of things spook me and put me on edge horror podcasts for the most part are not included in that list. This is one of the more unique storytelling podcasts I’ve heard recently the stories are good, although some are admittedly better than others. My favorite episode so far has been benn episode 4- The Windigo. This episode was very atmospheric and included some interesting learning opportunities. If you’re tempted to give the show a try I would really recommend you listen to episode 4.

Here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I give Knowing My Nightmares a ⅘, a round of applause. The show has moments that hold my undivided attention, and also hastimes in which it feels more mundane. What I do know is that when the piano kicks in and we are just pondering about dreams I just feel very satisfied. I’d recommend the show to people who might appreciate a story that winds you up followed by a discussion that will relax you. Oh and dream interpretation fans. I will stay subscribed and listen to episodes that align with my interests. If there’s a bigfoot one I might just roll my eyes and skip it, but if there is an episode about witches for example, I’ll be there.  

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