Death by Dying is a dark comedy fiction podcast that serves as the obituary column for the charming town of Crestfall, Idaho. The Obituary Writer finds himself deeply in over his head as he investigates a series of strange and mysterious deaths... when he is supposed to simply be writing obituaries. Along the way he encounters murderous farmers, man-eating cats, haunted bicycles, and a healthy dose of ominous shadows.
Writer, Voice of The Obituary Writer
Evan studied Film at Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in screenwriting. He has always been deeply inspired by whimsical dark comedies, from the work of Edward Gorey to the delightfully grim tales of A Series of Unfortunate Events. His passion for Death by Dying came from a desire to tell a story that blended humor and horror while still having an emotional core to its characters. He loves thunderstorms. He hates when you get to the bottom of a cup of tea and you can’t even finish it because tiny bits of loose leaves snuck out of the tea bag. He prefers his eggs scrambled, but if you did them sunnyside up he wouldn’t say anything about it because he’s too polite.
Producer, Voice Director, Audio Lead
Niko's love of audio started after discovering house music from his cousins who'd burn him CDs off of LimeWire. Since then he's been tinkering with digital audio workstations to create EDM and comedy rap about Pumpkin Spice Lattes. He couldn't decide on just one audio major at Columbia College Chicago, so he created his own degree between Audio Arts & Acoustics, Sound For Cinema, Radio, and Voiceover. Naturally, this led to the discovery of radio plays. The ability to blend storytelling, sound, and performance excited him so much that he resurrected the school's Audio Drama Club, which still continues to this day. Nintendo, Power Rangers, and Eurodance will forever influence his work.
Social Media Writer
Sam’s biggest passion has always been storytelling, be it movies, paintings, novels, radio shows, comic books, plays, or musicals. Their specialty is classic literary horror (Frankenstein specifically) and can turn just about any conversation into a lecture on literary theory and how that classic lit character is probably gay. With a degree in literature, a pair of roller skates, a pretty decent singing voice, a makeup kit larger than a suitcase, a background in theater, and an ego whose size is 70% justified, Sam is living proof that if you make yourself enough of a spectacle, you might just get your dream job.
Louise got hooked on podcasting in high school listening to great interviewers like Marc Maron, Terry Gross and Sam Sanders. Through their work she realized her passion lies in helping share stories that teach us more about our neighbors and our world. She attended Columbia College Chicago to study radio and journalism. During her time there she hosted and produced the first all news radio show on WCRX and covered the 2020 presidential election on the road. She currently works as an assistant producer at WBBM Newsradio in Chicago. This is Louise’s first venture into the fiction world as a podcaster and she hasn’t even gotten spooked once! She adores the creepy crawlies: worms, germs, grubs and stick bugs. Louise is also a poet, musician, and bigger Bob Dylan fan than you.