The Magnus Archives


“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 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 Protocol launches in January 2024.

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  • Luccccccc<3
    Oh gods gimme more
    I've listened to this seven times. It never loses its charm. I love it so much
  • TeaAndFatigue
    A Pretty Flipping Incredible Podcast
    Figured I might as well write a review for this pretty flipping incredible podcast . ( Don’t really have anything better to do with my time , so I might as well do my best to drag more people into this ) Started the day after Valentine’s Day and finished 1.30 AM April 3 . Pretty sure I finished Season 4 and 5 in about 4-5 days for each . After hearing/seeing some dialogue from MAG159 ( animatic for it did not contain Jon + Martin ) I just decided I needed to hear it , originally thinking it was a TV show or something . Turns out it’s a podcast ! And so I start listening and don’t stop , leaning more into the characters that I’ve come to know and love and learning more about the world itself ! Upon finishing , Jon + Martin ( and a whole bunch of other characters ) have since taken up residence in my Sketchbook ( both digital and on paper ) and I cannot stop drawing them . This podcast has provided me with a creative outlet I needed and can easily use , which is only one of the things I love about this podcast . ALSO : Huge thank you to the creator , Jonny Sims , for giving the world the one thing we want : a canonical asexual character who is in a romantic relationship . Or maybe it is just something I’ve been trying to find , but anyway that is incredible and I cannot be any happier with that aspect of the Archivist’s character . This podcast has me so that I cannot look at other podcasts , or movies , or horror books , or really anything without assigning an entity . It’s a fun game to play , which entity does this belong to ? And since listening to TMA , I have gotten 2 people in my Robotics class to listen to it , ( no one has finished yet ) and I shall bring more into this incredible story . ( It’s actually really interesting to see what they think about /certain/ characters ) Anyways I have been rambling for a while and ought to wrap this up . So this podcast contains incredible world building, character development and creation , and a fantastic plot line to follow ! I can honestly not recommend it enough :)
  • NIGHTHAWK061412
    I love this podcast
    I’m not as far into the podcast as some of the other people writing reviews (I’m only a few episodes in) but I love this already. Truthfully, I think that the statements would great to just put multiple in a book, sorta like Scary stories to tell in the dark. That’s all I really have to say so far, since the lore hasn’t quite picked up for me just yet. All in all, great podcast. 💚
  • emmm a
    Insanely Good
    I’m not a big podcast person. I mean I’m not even big on horror (I like it but I don’t really seek it out in media) but this has been my obsession for a week now. I’m only on episode 57 (about halfway through season 2) but I’m in love. I’ve had a lot of free time lately so I’ve been able to listen to 15 episodes a day. Is it a problem? Maybe, but it’s fun :)
  • john 💜
    Love it so far
    I’m only on the beginning of season 2, and I know spoilers from my friends, but it’s honestly so great. The only episode I didn’t like that much was The Piper and Crusader. Crusader was simply for the voice actor (I didn’t like him) and the Piper was just boring. But other than that it’s amazing. Love all the characters, and Tim is just hilarious (statement of Joe Spooky regarding sinister happens in the downtown— TIM) anyways it’s very funny. And I enjoy the voices too Edit: I’m almost done now and I adore it so much. It’s taken over my life. Also just realized my name for the review is “John 💜” which I created like 2 yrs ago that was accident lol
  • The better Finn
    I can’t recommend this podcast enough.
    At first it just seems like some spooky stories, but the plot picks up around episode twenty, and you get flashbanged by how good it is. The stories are interesting, the characters feel real, with real flaws and real feelings. I grieve for these characters, though they aren’t real, and I cheer for their victories. Every single episode is interesting, the plot is well paced, and the representation for queer characters is amazing. I love almost all the characters, and the ones I hate are still well-written. You can’t help but love The Magnus Archives, and the only thing I regret is accidentally spoiling the ending for myself. Give it a listen, I’m obsessed, and will be personally offended if you don’t.
  • I’m a rock.
    Got recommended this by a friend and i don’t regret it, this is an amazing podcast, i recommend to any horror lovers!
  • VenomJaw
    I regret not listening sooner
    This is an amazing podcast, at first I was worried because it just seemed like spooky stories and that’s it, which I liked but it wasn’t something I’d listen to all the time. Then I kept listening and I got more story! And I LOVE story. It keeps getting better and better, I keep being surprised and it’s great! Worth a listen! But it is a little scary sometimes, so if you get scared easily, take a moment to look up some other reviews, the level of fear might change for different people!
  • Rob cantor
    Good spooky fun
    Just some fun campfire story’s with some amazing sound design
  • bonnie88
    One of my absolute favorites
    I can’t write a review to do this podcast justice. Just give it a listen from the beginning.
  • SlyFox270
    literally my favorite podcast i’m going insane
    i’m on 181 atm i’ve listened to like 5 episodes a day for weeks now michael distortion is my babygirl i love him in all seriousness, though, this is such a well written and performed show. the voice acting and sound design is immaculate, and the representation of queer identities makes me so happy :) i love (almost) all the characters, but even the characters i hate with a passion are insanely well written. i adore this show with all my heart
  • NerdyEllieB
    Multiple Relistened Fave Show
    I have literally listened to the show 5 times and I love it so so much. I just now realized I never reviewed it. It’s so perfect. It’s an incredible show. I have no notes. It’s just as good on the 5th relisten as it was on the first. I am so excited to be here for the Magnus Protocol!
  • Jonathan swims
    Fantastic, I’m obsessed
    This show is absolutely incredible, I would recommend it for anyone into horror
  • no-recourse
    There’s about ten minutes of audio out of episode i miss because fire some reason it’s recorded down a hallway inside of a trash can Please Jesus it’s like the ads are so loud, barely audible audio, then normal show content. Wish this season was a tv show so i could at least turn on subtitles. I started out with the black tapes, then no sleep, then tanis and a lot of other podcasts. The first time I listened I didn’t realize they were all interconnected. So I had to re-listen....and I’ve been re-listening ever since. (What’s up with the lighter?)
  • Jasmine_BTS
    The Magnus Archives is a podcast distributed by Rusty Quill under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Sharealike 4.0 International License
  • bobert bobington
    Good but needs more focus.
    Alice is a very frustrating character that keeps the plot from progressing.
  • purpledolphinassault
    Content is good, when I can hear it
    I love the show, when it’s listenable, the ads and credits are always extremely loud and clear but about a third of the actual show is filtered for atmosphere so even when my volume is at max I can only hear every third or fourth word because it’s supposed to be overheard through someone’s pocket or something, I tried listening along with the transcript feature but it can’t hear any of it either and there is usually minutes of dialogue where it just shows the three dots as if it can only hear music. The actual content is still good and great for binging though, even with new writers and mostly new actors
  • FailureWithEightO’s
    Not supposed to listen
    I’m technically not supposed to listen to this podcast but it’s to good The guy with the lisp in the episode 80.3 sounds like kahmunra from night at the museum
  • Alliespn
    Love this show!
    Really hate Alice. So mean 😢
  • A_Podcast_Reviewer
    It’s kind of bad now
    Bound to happen now that Sims has moved to an editing role. New writers just don’t measure up. The episodes are simply boring. The office interactions are cringe and leave me wondering why they comprise so much of each episode. Really just a shame. The only way to save it is to put Jonathan Sims back at the helm. Btw, Alexander J. Newall: just accept that you can’t do what Jonathan does.
  • frobg
    going downhill
    i was a huge fan of the magnus archives, but they should have just left it alone instead of starting the magnus protocol— it honestly feels like a mediocre cash grab. plus the recent episode with inksoul and whoever was a really gross half hour of two white guys mocking how they think aave sounds
  • Megs13_23
    Love the original but the new ones are too short
    I am a really big fan of the Magnus Archives original, especially the first few seasons. The last season wasn’t really as interesting for me personally but did answer some questions. The new protocol episodes are nice but too short. Also the experiment with more background noise makes it harder to hear what is actually happening and that is frustrating because it pertains to the larger story arc. Please lengthen them and reduce the background noise. Thanks!
  • Bunnyberrybeauty82
    Not as good as The Magnus Archives and I have to say that the Contant warnings are a bummer and a spoiler for a lot of the stories so I try not to look at them. Also, Alice’s voice sounds different. Is it a new VA?
  • Jdaylyre
    I think this podcast broke my mind
    I cannot say enough good Magnus Archives is without spouting massive spoilers as I squee over how awesome they were. Just… if the first episode appeals to you, buckle in because you’re likely going to want to binge listen the entire thing
  • Willcrimson
    My favorite horror podcast
    This remains my favorite of this format. Wonderful storytelling and superb acting.
  • amortina
    Where do I know this podcast from?
    I’ve heard of this podcast before but I don’t remember where. Oh wait this is a review… great story and I think I might have been brainwashed by this podcast into thinking I know it from some advertisement. 10/10.
  • briluvsscarystories
    I love it I want more 😿(the ending tho 😿 Martin and John were really cute )this was my covid outlet and old friend introduced me to this a while ago and I listened to it during covid but then school went back in session and I forgot and then I suddenly remembered again and i literally binged like 3 seasons in a week
  • photolvr89
    Love it!!
    Twilight zone feels with a underline story to match. Love every minute of it. My cousin and I haven’t stopped taking about it for years.
  • informapauperis
    Oh wow.
    I love this podcast. But what was the madness of the Easter special? It borderline triggered a migraine for me. Thoughts?
  • Heathcliffe_Hawthorne
    Perfect Audiodrama
    This is top-tier podcasting. Everything you want from an audio-drama is here, but probably not for the squeamish. Perfect listening for those looking for a spook when it’s dark and you’re alone in the house. The meta plot fantastic. An enormously fun ride.
  • Prince_Charmless
    100/10 would recommend!
    A great podcast! Great at making you feel the dread and fear while also having a great story.
  • GayLore-d
    OH MY GOD!!!
    Some of my friends recommended this podcast to me and I am BLOWN AWAY. I wish I could rate this over 5 stars. Just absolutely perfect.
  • Al from Ferndale
    The best podcasts
    The Magnus Archives is the best podcast I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. The writing, production, and storytelling is second to none. I recommend this podcast to any and everyone when I have the chance.
  • Okami303
    Top tier broadcast
    This podcast is one of the best podcasts I’ve experienced to date. The storytelling is top tier! Thankyou rusty quill for this beauty of story telling. I highly recommend everyone give it a listen. I wish there wasn’t an end. Keep it up
  • Re1koHas_arrived
    I just started season two after hearing about this everywhere and wow I was not disappointed amazing podcast and perfectly written so far can’t wait to see where the story goes!
  • TLHart83
    Not enough
    I need more. My brain is over here exploding with the new TMP episodes. So happy it’s here, I think I’ll never get enough. Constantly gasping at references and voices. Eeeeekkkk
  • Bac0nIsMyLife
    so beautiful crafted it will destroy you it’s perfect
  • JohnDodge50
    Excellent show just like its predecessor!
    The MP is awesome, just like MA. The only down point is the character of Alice. Otherwise, flawless show!
  • juststartedfromBoston
    Great Storytelling!
    This podcast is AMAZING! The storytelling is incredible and the voice-acting is great! Totally reminds me of old-timey radio shows and it is sooo easy to binge! Highly recommend!
  • gameboi-123
    Not caught up but
    Amazing 10/10 absolutely horrific stories
  • LinkScott
    The best!
    Wow! I am so excited for what The Magnus Protocol has in store for us! It was a little jarring (in a good way) to hear the retuning cast, and I am very excited to listen to the new cast as well.
  • S.D.Smith
    Yes but…
  • Rakpottery
    My comfort listen
    I’ve listened since the beginning and it has become my comfort show. It’s nice hearing about people having a worse go of it than you. As my mother always says “it could be worse”
  • Finjfgvdwyehuoiphgfcgj
    True Masterpeise
  • CharZem
    Favorite Podcast
    TMA is my favorite podcast of all time, and I am so excited for the Magnus Protocol sequel! The tragic horror, as Alex put it, of TMA keeps me coming back again and again to relisten to the entire show over and over. Johnathan Sims (the writer) is a fantastic writer, his horror is so visceral and disturbing yet there are significant elements of comedy in his works that help to break the tension. The voice acting of the cast is absolutely fantastic and they embody the characters and the story so well. The foley and sound design helps elevate the horror to a wonderful degree. Listening back to ep 1 of TMA makes me so proud to hear how far they’ve come. It was great from then of course, but the quality has only increased over time since they’ve now gotten studio space and better equipment rather than using a blanket as a sound buffer. Yet despite the increase in quality, the charm of the original episodes is never lost. This podcast is a testament to never give up on your creative endeavors and to give it a go even if you don’t have all of the best equipment because you never know how successful it’ll become. Anyways tl;dr I love this show so so so much and thank you John, Alex, and the rest of the cast and crew of TMA for making this podcast and sharing it with all of us!
  • Aarow1
    Brilliant horror
    Feels like a mix of the twilight zone and HP Lovecraft without any racism
  • jspeyton
    It’s Baaaaaaack!!
    ** excited squeal** 😆 Prior: I love this podcast. The writing, acting, and production are so uniformly great that even though it’s consistently horrifying and/or creepy, I find it as comforting as a warm blanket. This is truly a hidden gem, and more people should listen!
  • isabedona
    my silly goofy goobers
  • Nad Church
    Spooky Fix
    I am a fan of all things horror, and TMA is an absolute hit. From the first episode, where we’re introduced to our Head Archivist, the way through to the show’s stunning conclusion — it is an absolute treat. Each episode lends itself well to the full story, building upon its predecessors and perfectly setting up bigger plot lines down the line. I highly recommend to anyone, horror fan or otherwise.
  • FelixH2008!
    A true work of art!
    the most magnificent, thought compelling and well-crafted podcast. it is a beautiful web, well-woven with intricate characters and plot lines. everything is connected. i am only on episode 78 and i am truly entranced.
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