The Sheridan Tapes: Season Three

Irvine, California | Radio & Podcasts

Horror, Mystery

Trevor Van Winkle

2 Campaigns | California, United States

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The Sheridan Tapes is a serialized Horror/Mystery audio drama written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle and Homestead on the Corner. Now in its third season, the show chronicles Sam Bailey's search for missing horror author and paranormal investigator Anna Sheridan.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

Homestead on the Corner seeks to tell stories that bend the rules, take listens to new places, and emphasize diverse representation, justice, equity, and inclusivity. As a largely LGBTQIA+ creative team, we strive to help people see themselves in our stories, find hope, and foster community.

The Story

The Sheridan Tapes is a serialized horror/mystery podcast written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle, the creator of Homestead on the Corner and Tales of the Echowood. Now in its third season, the show uses a found-audio structure to tell the story of disgraced detective Sam Bailey's search for missing horror writer and paranormal investigator Anna Sheridan. Along the way he's joined by a wide cast of characters with their own links to the mystery, all the while discovering more about his own connection to the strange supernatural world Anna uncovered.

In Season One, Sam went from skeptical outsider to outcast believer. In Season Two, Sam began to discover the depths and dangers of his own abilities as he confronted the sinister forces arrayed against him. And now, at the start of Season Three, he faces the revelation of an impending apocalypse… And the possibility that he might be the one to bring it about.



The Sheridan Tapes is also an ensemble series, and the "Sheridan Squad" assembled through the course of the show returns for Season Three: Bill Tyler, an ex-police officer and Sam's former co-worker – Maria Sol, longtime partner of Anna Sheridan who's struggling to find her way without her – and Anna's estranged sister Kate, who wants nothing more than to rescue Anna and make things right between them. And at the heart of the mystery are the tapes – recordings left behind by Anna Sheridan, chronicling her investigations into the strange and supernatural.

Taking inspiration from gothic fiction, cosmic horror, and classic detective stories, The Sheridan Tapes uses aural storytelling, found-audio, and in-character narration to create an expanding mystery that emphasizes existential dread, uncertain reality, and confrontations with forces beyond our understanding, all seen through the eyes of simple people hoping against hope to find redemption and set old wrongs to right.



Equal parts Twilight Zone, Doctor Who, and True Detective, The Sheridan Tapes Season Three will consist of 25 half-hour episodes along with 4 mini-episodes released in the lead-up to the premiere.


Seasons One and Two are available now at! Pre-production and writing for Season Three is already underway, with the season fully outlined and several scripts completed. Recording is set to begin in March of this year, with the first episode released in Late Spring 2022. In the meantime, we're remastering several Homestead on the Corner short stories and producing another series of B-Side mini-episodes written by several members of the TST cast and crew.

From the beginning, every member of the Homestead on the Corner team has either generously donated their time and talent or heavily discounted their rates, including Trevor. Income from Patreon, ad revenue, and merchandise sales helps to cover the costs of doing business (web hosting, software licenses and fees, etc), but it has not reached a level where we can pay our cast anything close to what they're worth or create a stable income for our full-time crew members.

Podcasts, and especially audio dramas, are still incredibly difficult to monetize, and while that means the barrier to entry stays low and access remains open, it makes sustaining this kind of long-form project incredibly difficult. At Homestead on the Corner, we believe that crowdfunding is the best way to make sure everyone involved gets their fair share, while still maintaining our independence and creative freedom to tell stories that emphasize diverse representation, justice, equity, and inclusivity.

(For information on why we've moved away from Kickstarter after Tales of the Echowood, please check out this article from Mashable.)

First off, you get to help the story of The Sheridan Tape continue towards its conclusion, learn more about the mystery at the heart of the show, and help us maintain a higher level of quality than we could manage on our own dime. Beyond that, you also get exclusive backer rewards for contributing at every level, along with several bigger mystery rewards that will unlock as we reach our stretch goals! Check out our incentives list for more details.

Every cent we make past our goal goes right back into the production and is used to pay our cast, crew, and collaborators a better wage, purchase new equipment (mics, interfaces, etc.), assets (sound effects, stock elements), and software, as well as to cover any unforeseen expenses during production. If we reach our stretch goals, we'll release extra-special secret rewards that will be available to everyone who's already pledged at that level - you do not need to re-pledge once the mystery rewards are unlocked.


Our base goal, and the level at which all members of the cast and crew can be paid for their work. Unlocks Mystery Reward 1: Full Length Short Film "Echoes" (digital reward, available to all backers)


Our first stretch goal, and the level at which we can pay our cast a better per-episode rate. Unlocks Mystery Reward 2 (digital reward, available to all backers)


Our second stretch goal, and the level at which we can pay our writers, directors, and producers a more professional rate. Unlocks Mystery Reward 3 (physical reward, available to $30 and up backers)


Our third stretch goal, and the level at which we can pay our team a full professional rate and quit our day jobs (not really, but we can dream). Unlocks Mystery Reward 4 (physical reward, available to $50 and up backers)

First off, we're not – for our 25 episode run, our base goal breaks down to about $240 per episode, not including credit card fees and taxes (which yes, we do have to pay just like everybody else). While that might sound like a lot for audio drama, that's all the money we have to pay our entire crew for multiple weeks of incredibly hard, stressful, and time-consuming work. Additionally, most episodes feature an average of 4 main characters, with some episodes having up to 10 or 12 different voice actors who all need to be paid for their time and talent. Plus there's the monthly costs of hosting a podcast – paying Acast to host our show, paying Wordpress to host our website, paying for domain name registration, paying licensing fees for sound effects and music… It all adds up very very quickly, and we're putting out 4 episodes a month for 6 months straight.

Also, in terms of production budgets, $6,000 – or even our highest stretch goal of $20,000 – is not as much money as it seems. Most television shows have a per-episode budget larger than our entire season at its most expensive. That's not to say they don't need that much... But for a project that will take up more than half a year of our lives and most of our working hours, we need to find a way to either make it pay the rent, or dial back our vision for the show halfway through our 100 episode run.

I don't want that. I don't think anyone wants that. I want The Sheridan Tapes to remain a show that people can listen to week-by-week. I want to keep the slow-burn tension of the series going, and cutting the number of episodes or spreading the season out over multiple years will make it much less satisfying to listen to. And I don't want to lower the quality of the storytelling because that makes everyone look bad, not just me. So yeah… $240 an episode would be great, but no one's getting rich off this campaign.

If you've read to this point, then I'm guessing you're already a fan of our show, or at least of audio drama in general. If you're anything like me, there are numerous audio dramas whose stories and characters have helped you through rough times, inspired you, or perhaps let you see yourself in a story for the first time. For some of you, that podcast might even be The Sheridan Tapes. That's why I make this show… to help people deal with difficult days, to raise their spirits, and to help them see themselves in the stories I tell. That's why I've donated hundreds of hours and the better part of two years to making this show – because I believe in it, and in the medium, and in the potential for this story to help others.

But belief can only get you so far, and the reality is that bills come due, our bodies break down, and eventually creators have to decide between stepping back from their dreams or doubling down and finding a way to make them work long-term. That's not the way it should be, but that's the way it is – but you can help change that. I want to show people, both in my audience and elsewhere, what is possible when a bunch of people who believe in stories band together, give what they can, and make remarkable things possible. It's idealistic, sure, but that's what's so great about human beings: that indomitable spirit of creativity, perseverance, and community that can, has, and will move mountains.

Beyond all its trappings of mystery and horror, that's what The Sheridan Tapes celebrates, and that's why I believe this community can make this happen. So go ahead… Prove me right.


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About This Team

Trevor Van Winkle (Writer/Creator/Sound Designer, voice of Sam Bailey): Raised in southern Oregon, Trevor was instilled with a love of books, film, and music from a young age. Producing short films with his friends and family members before attending Biola University and majoring in Cinema and Media Arts. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Mammoth Lakes, CA and self-published his first novel, The Gräzland Tales, then began producing Homestead on the Corner in 2019 with several actors from the local theatre community. Following the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, he created the spinoff series The Sheridan Tapes and Tales of the Echowood with co-writer Virginia Spotts. You can learn more about his work on the Homestead on the Corner website.

Virginia Spotts (Writer/Producer, voice of Kate Sheridan): Virginia joined the TST production team at the end of the first season, writing several episodes in Season Two and assisting with production, direction, and planning character arcs. Besides her college experience in Theatre Performance and Creative Writing, Virginia has worked on indie film and stage productions in Albuquerque, Kansas City, Seattle, and Mammoth Lakes. Notable productions include Molly in the world premiere of ShootHorses at UMKC, Jane/Olga in MLRT’s The Women (postponed due to COVID-19), lead roles in two murder mysteries written by Airen Neeley Chaconas, and voice acting work within the Homestead on the Corner universe (Kate Sheridan, Anne Bonny, Esen). You can learn more about her work on her website.

Airen Neeley Chaconas (Voice of Anna Sheridan): Airen first voiced the character of Anna Sheridan in the standalone episode Disquiet, where she played both Anna and the villainous Echo. While she's relatively new to the podcast world, she's starred as the leading lady in community theater productions of The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, and Macbeth. When she is not voicing the character of Anna Sheridan, she is tackling corporate training and binge-watching British dramas.

Jesse Haugen (Composer): Jesse is an award-winning composer whose body of work includes music for film, web, television, podcasts, and the concert stage. Born on a cattle ranch in North Dakota, he moved to California at a young age and fell in love with not just playing music, but creating it himself. Many years later, he frequently collaborates with storytellers, orchestras, and content creators from across the globe, creating music that seeks to bring stories, worlds, and instruments to life. Jesse has written and composed original soundtrack for all Homestead on the Corner productions since Blindsights, and was nominated for the 2020 Audioverse Award for Best Instrumental Composition in a New Production for The Sheridan Tapes main theme. You can listen to his music on his website.

Robin Gabrielli (Editor): Robin is a Bay Area actor, voiceover artist, musician, technologist, and educator. For the past 25 years he's been appearing on stages all over his home state of Massachusetts, and his voice can be heard on numerous productions of Colonial Radio Theatre (available on Amazon) as well as the monthly science fiction podcast Ars Paradoxica and in the role of Allen Gott in The Sheridan Tapes. You can learn more about his work on his website.

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