The Way Out by Rachel Harrison
Book Title: The Way Out
Book Description: In the midst of a vast gas nebula lies a remote watch-station, hanging silently against a tapestry of dying stars. It sits alone, patiently awaiting lost travellers adrift in the freezing vastness of the void. To such souls it appears as a blessing, a safe haven from the warp storms that wrack the immaterium and destroy the ships of those foolish enough to test the tides. To Captain Arq and her crew, it is one thing - refuge. But things are never so simple.
Book Author: Rachel Harrison
Book Format: AudiobookFormat
Publisher - Orgnization: Black Library
Date published: October 26, 2019
Writing - 8/10
Narration - 9/10
Overall - 8.5/10
Narrators: Grace Andrews, Steve Conlin, Matthew Hunt, Jonathan Keeble, Carla Mendonca, Colleen Prendergast, David Seddon, and David Sibley
The Way Out is part of Warhammer Horror, providing a chilling adventure of one crew, and their desperate attempts to survive.
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A Haunting Battle to Survive in The Way Out
The Way Out is a collection of three short audio dramas, all of which focus on the unlucky and unfortunate adventure of Fortune’s Favor. It’s part of the Warhammer universe, but with a special horror twist.
While traveling through the Warp, Fortune’s Favor takes a significant amount of damage, all but stranding them in the middle of nowhere. Conveniently, there’s a watch-station in close proximity. Without bothering to think twice about that particular coincidence, the crew heads in, hoping for help.
Warhammer Horror has become a recent obsession of mine. The world of 40k is shockingly well suited to portraying some of the most horrifying experiences out there, all while still having a semblance of elegance. It’s a unique combination, but has become iconic for the franchise.
The Way Out was written by Rachel Harrison, and it does an excellent job of providing a quirky and terrifying tale. There is no wasted time, no wasted descriptions. Everything that Harrison brings up is done with purpose.
Despite that, the story itself doesn’t feel rushed. We got to know the characters exactly as much as was necessary before seeing the horrors that they were about to face. And, if we’re being honest here, that was the true focus this entire time.
This audio drama had so much going for it. It is atmospheric and dark, unafraid to show what a fracturing mind looks like, or the graphic nature that it can bring with it. It was haunting and chilling, and about a dozen other adjectives.
What I loved about this horror story is that, even though fans could take a guess at what was going to happen, it was still so compelling. It was twisted in nature, and yet I couldn’t look away. In that sense, this story really does fit in nicely with the greater Warhammer Horror universe.
The Way Out is an audio drama. That means that it was more than narrated. It was actually performed. The performers include Grace Andrews, Steve Conlin, Matthew Hunt, Jonathan Keeble, Carla Mendonca, Colleen Prendergast, David Seddon, and David Sibley. Together, they brought the characters and creatures of this haunting tale to life. Each one gave it their all, infusing their words with the horror and other complex emotions that they were dealing with. Additionally, having so many voice actors did go a long way in helping to make each character unique right off the bat.
There were additional audio elements to enhance this story, naturally. Some characters had voice modulations, for example. Likewise, certain scenes had this subtle…sound…mixed in that really enhanced the tension. The sort of sound that makes your spine tingle.
That leaves the question, is The Way Out an experience worth diving into? If you’re a fan of Warhammer Horror, the answer is: absolutely. If you’re not a fan, you mind find some elements confusing, while other elements will probably be even more shocking. Either way, it’s worth checking out.
It’s worth noting that The Way Out was part of an event that happened last year (Digital Horror Week), which means there are a few other stories to dive into if you find yourself liking this one. Also, if we’re really lucky, we’ll get another week of horror this year.
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