If you follow the podcast and like it enough to want to support it on another level, you’ll be happy to know that Stories After Dark is now on Patreon! Although the Patreon page is still in development, you can already support the show for at least the price of a small coffee at your favorite cafe.
A huge thank-you to these people who have pledged their support on Patreon:
Pauline Joyce Mendoza
*This list is updated monthly
What is Patreon?
Patreon allows people like you to support the creators you love in whatever their craft is. Patreon’s About page describes it best:
“With a subscription-style payment model, fans pay their favorite creators a monthly amount of their choice in exchange for exclusive access, extra content, or a closer look into their creative journey. This model is a win-win; creators retain creative freedom while getting the salary they deserve, and fans get to rest easy knowing that their money goes directly towards creating more of what they love.”
What do you get in return for your support on Patreon?
We have a $1 tier for those who want to support the show without expecting much in return, and for this tier we publish their names on this page as a thank-you (the list is above). Patreon members can opt not to have their names published (like some of the ones we have listed so far), but this will be by request. By default, whatever name is provided in the subscription will be what’s published.
We also have a $5 tier for those who wish to receive something extra from the show. As previously mentioned, the Patreon page is still in development, and this includes the perks received by the $5 tier. For now, aside from having their names published on this page as a thank-you, they also gain access to Stories After Dark’s 3 previously public but now Patreon-exclusive episodes as well as all future Patreon-only episodes of the same nature.
We also recently added a $10 tier for serious supporters who will enjoy the lower tiers’ benefits plus more extra content and merch (if there’s a demand for it) as they come, so please stay tuned for those.
All tiers enjoy 24-hour early access to new episodes so they can listen ahead of everyone else.
What 3 episodes were moved to Patreon?
- Pepsi Paloma: Rape or Publicity Stunt? Suicide or Murder? (1982/1985)
- The Maguindanao Massacre (2009)
- The Manila Hostage Massacre (2010)
Why were those 3 episodes moved to Patreon and what do we mean by “all future Patreon-only episodes of the same nature”?
Those 3 episodes were chosen to become Patreon-exclusive because they took the longest to research, write and record. Since Patreon is all about supporting creators in their craft, it seems only appropriate that the episodes that required the most effort to produce be made available only to listeners who wish to support Stories After Dark on a whole different level. It also just so happened that those 3 episodes are the most controversial/sensitive ones and therefore might not exactly be fit for public consumption. In the future, stories of a similar nature will most likely also be available exclusively on Patreon.
Why should you support Stories After Dark on Patreon in the first place?
We’ve been using the plural first person to explain everything here, but in truth, as indicated in our About and Patreon pages, Stories After Dark is run only by a one-man team. Listeners like you have been asking for more episodes uploaded in a more regular manner, and we definitely want to give that to you. Our hope for the show is to tell more true crime and mystery stories without compromising quality or straying from the way longtime listeners have enjoyed every episode, but doing so requires hiring a small team to help with the workload. Your support on Patreon on any tier would greatly contribute toward this goal.
Can you support Stories After Dark without being a Patreon member?
Absolutely! You can subscribe to or follow Stories After Dark on your favorite podcast directory, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts and give it a recommendation on Facebook. Along with social media sharing and good old-fashioned word of mouth, these greatly help with the show’s discoverability.
Whatever form of support you can give is sincerely appreciated. As the podcast continues to grow, who knows, one day Stories After Dark might even become more than a storytelling podcast but a platform that can effect real change in the community. We’re excited to continue this journey with everyone and see where this humble little podcast can lead us.