The Horror of Dolores Roach

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Publisher:
Gimlet

The Horror of Dolores Roach

5.0/5

Critic Rating

With blood on her hands, the infamous Dolores Roach has fled the recent shocking destruction in Washington Heights and gone into hiding deep under New York City in an abandoned subway tunnel. But she’s not alone underground, and her dark night of the soul is interrupted by an extremist faction of similarly self-exiled tunnel-dwellers whose space she's invaded. Facing re-incarceration back above ground, but pushed to the limits of shame, paranoia, lust, hunger, and depraved entrepreneurialism below it, Dolores is the outcast of the outcasts again - until she takes her survival in the tunnels into her own Magic Ha...


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Mark Gorman • Mark Gorman Blog Jul 28, 2020

"This, the Sweeney Todd of Washington Heights, is delicious, if you get my drift. It’s bloody brilliant. The story is ostensibly Sweeney but gathers momentum and ghoulishness as Mark realises his canvas is only as limited as his imagination. So it’s a big canvas."

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Score: 4.9

Nicole • Podcast Maniac Nov 3, 2019

"I would say this is 17+ content. Even when I did know where the story was going, there were moments in each episode when I couldn’t tell if it would take a sharp left, or gently go right. This podcast kept me on my toes, which is a major plus. I recommend a good binge-listening session of The Horror of Dolores Roach (you might actually find it difficult NOT to binge it!)…"

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Score: 5

Gus Wood • Horror Obsessive Jun 12, 2019

"...this podcast was a delight. The bitter pain of Daphne Rubin-Vega (Spaceballs: TheMovie)’s performance as Dolores breaks the listener’s heart. Each disappointment, surprise, and moment of joy is a tangible, physical feeling. Shes’ the blood with which The Horror of Dolores Roach is written. With equal parts radio play and campfire story, The Horror of Dolores Roach captivates and terrifies its listeners on a tightrope of melodramatic plot and real human characterization."

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Score: 5

Syd Shaw • Refinery29 Oct 16, 2018

"Dolores Roach is a fascinating, frightening character who tells her story with surprising honesty. The social and political commentary of the podcast is far from subtle, but it feels genuine rather than forced. The chilling music, eerie sound effects, and layered dialogue add something new, without feeling cheesy."

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Score: 5

Amanda Hess • New York Times Sep 13, 2018

"If the world of “New America” pitches society into the future, “Dolores Roach” burrows into its underbelly. Despite all the indignities visited upon Dolores — and all the crimes she’ll commit in her tragicomic descent into madness — the tale is built on that tender emotional core."

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