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Your Next Podcast Obsession Should Be ‘Lethal Lit: A Tig Torres Mystery’

Everybody is down with podcasts now, right? We can skip straight past the “Letter to Mamaw” paragraph where I try to sell the un-Podcasted on the joys of the Podcast like I’m some cleancut boy in a crooked tie with my bike parked on your curb. Right? You at least listened to Serial, I’m assuming. Maybe followed it with S-Town. Picked up Dirty John or geek out over My Favorite Murder. Or … I don’t know … maybe listen to ONE OF THE MANY F**KING PODCASTS ON PURE FANDOM (editor’s note*).

Good. So we’re all on the same page. Cool.

With the success of Homecoming (and some others), the scripted podcast seems to be on the verge of having a real moment. And this may be where you get all “too cool for fictional podcasts.” But if you do, I’m here to help you be a better human being. Because I am telling you, as a friend. You sound like one of those people who “only reads non-fiction” or “doesn’t even own a TV” right now. Stop being such a dick and let me make a case for what should be your next obsession.

Lethal Lit: A Tig Torres Mystery is a fictional true crime story, starring Tig Torres, a feisty New York teen returning to her hometown to clear the name of her aunt. Ten years prior to Tig’s return, reporter Beth Torres was accused of being the Lit Killer, a serial murderer who killed residents of small town Hollow Falls in methods pulled straight from classic literature (i.e. a Crucible style hanging or a stoning straight out of The Lottery).

The podcast is written and created by Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher. Both have some comics chops, and Segura is the novelist behind the Pete Fernandez series (which, while we’re here, you should totally check out). Segura also brings his Archie comics experience. Therefore, it will come as no surprise that there are echoes of Riverdale here.

But the echoes don’t stop there. If you, like me, are heavy jonesing for some Veronica Mars fix and can’t wait for the upcoming mini-series, Tig Torres is here for you. The second Tig goes knocking on the door of her high school newspaper in search of teen allies, your Marshmallow heart will get all toasty. There are also a few power chords straight out of teen slasher films like Scream. Or, more on the nose, there are some Scream: The TV Series (which is highly underrated, right? … I mean, it isn’t high art. We aren’t talking about Mad Men or something. But it is steady, televised horror. Right? I’m not crazy here, am I?) vibes floating around within this series. We are talking about an all out serial killer, and the body count builds in a bloody hurry.


Episodes 1-4 are available now on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. So you are not far behind. You can come join us to hatch theories (I’m firmly in the Mr. Levinson camp), ship characters (I’m not as much a Tollie shipper as I am a Twynn shipper, but I think I may be wishing for too much), and join in on the bloody, wild ride. I promise you, it is fun as hell.

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Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman writes mysteries, comedies, and irreverent analyses of pop culture. He is the author of JUGGLING KITTENS and GRAFFITI CREEK, both of which have too many bad words for his mom's liking. You can find him at

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