180 episodes

Make your statement, face your fear.



A weekly horror fiction podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join Jonathan Sims as he explores the archive, but be be warned, as he looks into its depths something starts to look back…



New episodes every Thursday produced by Rusty Quill, featuring guest actors, short stories, serial plots and more.

The Magnus Archives Rusty Quill

    • Arts
    • 5.0, 122 Ratings

Make your statement, face your fear.



A weekly horror fiction podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join Jonathan Sims as he explores the archive, but be be warned, as he looks into its depths something starts to look back…



New episodes every Thursday produced by Rusty Quill, featuring guest actors, short stories, serial plots and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

NadiaJCB ,

Phenomenal stuff

I was hesitant to listen to this at a friend's suggestion, as I don't normally handle horror very well, but whether it's the excellent writing (which never resorts to shlocky gendered/sexualised violence!) or just the audio medium, I've only been kept awake by a very few episodes, while being genuinely chilled and thrilled by the rest! The structure is a brilliant conceit, and the handling of characterisation and metaplot, once they come into effect, makes it a truly phenomal piece of writing: consistent, complex, and deftly handled. And, added bonus, it's got a wonderfully diverse cast of queer and interesting characters, once they start emerging! If the lack of women in season one puts you off, hold out, because it gets more than made up for in later seasons.

Jonathan Sims is a genuinely brilliant writer, and everyone involved in the production should be lauded for their equally excellent work.

Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended!!

CivilMadman ,

A delicious mix of mystery and unsettling horror

I’m not the biggest horror fan but do enjoy mysteries and weird tales that tend towards the occult/supernatural end of the spectrum. With that in mind I decided to give this a go and quickly found myself drawn into a seemingly simple premise that has proven to be anything but. Why is The Magnus Archives so great? For me it’s the whole package - writing and voice performances are consistently top-notch, episodes work well both as self-contained stories and as part of a slow burn expansion and interconnection of myriad plot threads, the different seasons each have their own very distinct flavour, character and approach, as basic assumptions are repeatedly challenged, and it all feels like a story that is building towards a definite conclusion, rather than repeating itself and ultimately fizzling out. Despite the now-many episodes, I can definitely picture myself re-listening to them all again in their entirety, once the story is finally concluded. Top shelf stuff all around.

Ya Mate Grimsy ,

One of my favourite podcasts

I got caught up on the Magnus Archives very quickly, because once I started listening to it, that was pretty much what I did during every waking hour for the next couple of weeks. I was expecting a bunch of atmospheric and spooky short stories with an interesting premise/framing device, which was what I got, but the overarching plot that ties it all together is better than anything I could’ve expected. It’s a very enjoyable podcast, and I absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit creepy to listen to.

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