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Hanging Sloth Studios was founded in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic by then-Virtual Librarian Eira Major. Beginning with Clockwork Bird in June 2020, HSS now produces three fiction podcasts: Clockwork Bird, Spirit Box Radio and Not Quite Dead. All three shows are written and produced by Eira and draw on elements of horror combined with other genres to tell stories with strong mystery elements. All three shows draw extensively on queer experiences to tell narratives which aim to centre LGBTQ+ voices both in their stories and behind the mic.
Clockwork Bird is a philosophical horror podcast about a missing cyborg and the people looking for him. Robin Jaeger is the most synthetic man in the world. And he’s possibly been legally dead for over a decade. Shelly Croft is putting the pieces together, hoping the trail to Robin Jaeger will also lead to her finding her ex-girlfriend, who was obsessed with the company who made Robin’s limbs, and has also disappeared.
Clockwork Bird was created and produced by Pippin Eira Major under a Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution 4.0 International License.
Daisy J Major as Shelly Croft, a child psychologist dragged into investigating Robin Jaeger’s disappearance because she thinks it may help her find her missing ex-girlfriend.
Jessie Jeffrey as Alice Jones, Shelly’s ex, gone missing after getting a job at U-Co, the company that made Robin Jaeger’s limbs. She’s been obsessed with Robin for years after meeting him on a beach and finding him less impressive than the posters of him suggest.
Alex Peilober-Richardson as Dr Sophie Bennett, one of the doctors and researchers responsible for designing Robin’s synthetic limbs, Dr Sophie is morally dubious and follows the rules to a fault.
Gary Major as DI Dave Hughes, the detective actually assigned to looking for Robin, and Shelly’s ex, Alice. Dave is blind but misses nothing, though he may know more than he lets on.
Pippin Eira Major as Noah Davies, whose name crops up a lot in Robin’s file, and E-Liza, the helpful AI preloaded onto Shelly’s computer which is prone to bizarre and oddly precient malfunctioning.