Features Week #5 November 2018: Good Nightmare Podcast

Sarah is an amazing human that I’m so happy to know. While she and I live on opposite ends of the world, podcasting brought us together and has made us fast, weird friends!

Be sure to follow her on Twitter and wish her a happy birthday/podiversary as well!

How long have you had your podcast?

One year, on November 9! (Also my birthday!)


What inspired you to become a podcast?

I’ve always wanted to do something in the public eye that involved storytelling, whether writing, acting, radio. I tried acting, but I didn’t like not getting to tell my own stories. I love writing, but I wanted to use my voice. Podcasting is similar to radio but allows me to have full creative control.

I decided to cover nightmare-ish topics because of my experience with chronic nightmares.


What kinds of topics do you talk about on your podcast?

Anything a little bit dark or eerie. Paranormal cases, murders, unsolved mysteries. My only rule is that murder cases are very old, so there’s no real emotional impact or so it’s limited for both myself and my listeners. I will never cover a headline case because I don’t want to cause any emotional stress to my listeners.


What inspired the name of your podcast?

I struggle with chronic nightmares and have lucid dreams every night. They’re usually violent, terrifying, and I often wake with hallucinations. I’m so used to nightmares that when I have a more mild one, I consider that a “good” nightmare. Hence the name of my podcast! Good Nightmare! Also, a little play on “goodnight”.


Which has been your favorite episode to record so far?

This is a tough one! Lizzie Borden and Martha Haney are two of my favourite cases. If you’ve been listening for a while, you know I am drawn to axe murders. The’re so unusual. More intimate than a gun, more brutal than a knife.

I’ll have to go with Martha Haney in this case!


What is the most challenging part about podcasting in the genre you’ve chosen?

Sometimes there’s just too much to choose from, and I have trouble staying focused on one topic at a time. I have an excel spreadsheet that I keep that has all my episode ideas and listener suggestions.


Do you have any funny stories from podcasting?

Not yet! Except for making myself laugh. I tend to sing a little about what I’m going to record so I can get my energy up and listening back to that is a bit awkward sometimes.

My favourite memories are all the times my nephew has come running down to my recording room to pick up my mic and sing into it, Mick Jagger moves and all! He’s barely 2 and he’s just such a spirited little dude!


Do you sell merch or have any other links you’d like to include?

No merch yet, but keep your eyes peeled in 2019! (I once had a nightmare about peeling layers from my eyes!)


Is there anyone you’d like to promote?

Goodness. This is a tough one. There are SO many people and pods out there that I ABSOLUTELY adore. I’m gonna go with my current listen.

Brent and PJ of Home Video Hustle are two of the hardest working guys in the pod game. They churn out quality episodes like no other. Brent is hilarious and hearing him make PJ laugh is one of the best sounds in the world (yes, the entire world!). They’re just real quality guys, genuine, kind and I love their work.


Where can we find you on social media?

You can find my musings on Twitter @goodnightmare_s or case photos and life stuff on Instagram @goodnightmare_s

Be sure to follow all Sarah does and make sure you stop by her podcast to send her some birthday/podiversary download happiness!

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