Audible Australia has dropped its first Australian Audible Original true crime podcast with a story that has been seven years in the making.
Ghosthunter is part family memoir and part true crime story following Western Sydney security guard Jason King, a self-proclaimed ghost hunter, as he uncovers and confronts a horrific and deeply embedded secret.
Created and hosted by documentarian Ben Lawrence, the five-part series has been described as a supernatural S-Town. Paranormal activity, a family’s terrible forgotten secret, and a police investigation converge in a case that reveals that sometimes, the most terrifying ghosts are, in fact, our own.
The first ghost Jason King ever saw was his brother’s. He told Jason that he needed to find their estranged father, who disappeared during their childhood and that day Jason’s life was changed forever.
The moment marks the starting point for the story of Ghosthunter, an Audible Original podcast launched this week.
Over the course of seven years, Lawrence becomes entwined with the eccentric charm and unusual nature of King’s unwavering belief in the supernatural and how it could be the key to unlocking his forgotten childhood. But things get complicated when a three-year police investigation interrupts their research into the King family’s murky past.
“You never know how deep the rabbit hole will take you,” Lawrence says. “There were so many personal twists and turns over the seven years creating Ghosthunter that I found myself deeply immersed in Jason’s life. I was even the best man at his wedding.”
“The podcast format meant we were also free to spend an extended amount of time telling the story, giving Ghosthunter the space and detail it needed to develop fully.”
Ben Naparstek, Director of Original Content at audible.com.au, said: “Listeners will find themselves captivated by the premium sound experience and narrative of Ghosthunter as it examines the intrinsic way human beings deal with trauma. Listeners are taken on a captivating audio journey of paranormal ghost hunts, court hearings and the raw emotion of people faced by hard truths.”
Ghosthunter is part of a slate of Australian Audible Original content being produced locally in 2019 and beyond. The first content launch was It Burns last month, a podcast by media personality Marc Fennell examining the dark underbelly of competitive chilli culture.
Ghosthunter is available now at audible.com.au/ghosthunter. Note that this series contains mature content and listener discretion is advised.