People who have known me for a while, know that I am a big fan of podcasts. I love it that there are ‘shows’ out there that discuss the subjects I am interested in. Now this can range from gaming to book discussions or even podcasts that delve into general knowledge and interesting facts from history or modern day myth busters. As a result of this, I have many, many podcasts on my podcast-app on my phone. My deepest love is for the horror podcasts and the podcasting world is very eager to provide for the fans.
First of all, there are many, many horror based podcasts. And sometimes it can be quite hard to find some really good ones in the (creepy) forest of podcast titles on offer. For me personally, I like a variety of pure story telling, to the podcasts that delve into the world of horror and discussions about it. Therefor, if you are a horror fan like me and you want to listen to some scary subjects, perhaps check out the following podcasts.
Horror movies and Real-Life creepiness
If you want something that dives into non-fiction scary stories, Lore has got what you need. It’s slogan; ‘sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction’ rings very true. Each episode explores historical events that show the dark side of human nature. It is the ideal combination of soothing and scary and almost feels like you’re part of a creepy campfire story experience. I love folklore and this podcast talks about ancient events and some more modern mysteries.
2. Horror Movie Podcast
This is a horror movie review podcast, hosted by Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh Ligairi, Dr. Shock and Dr. Walking Dead himself, Kyle Bishop. It includes ratings and recommendations to help horror fans decide what movie they should be watching if they want to be scared. The episodes are themed and one of their latest themes was honouring women in front and behind the camera of the horror franchise. Especially relevant since March is International Women’s Day.
Much like Lore, Unexplained delves into mysterious real-life events that will keep us thinking about what is real and what isn’t. The host, Richard McLean Smith, takes us on a journey through these mysterious events and the theories to explain them. But as the host himself said: Some things are just better left unexplained. Most of all, I love the research vibe this podcast gives out. You want to dive into the mystery and find out what happened.
Horror stories that feel too real
4. We’re Alive!
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you will love this podcast. It follows a large group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse in LA. Most of all, the voice actors and special effect sounds are brilliant and it was one of the first podcasts that I listened to that felt as if you were part of the story. And even if the show is finished (for now) it will give you many hours of entertainment. While this might sound like ‘just’ another apocalyptic story, this is not your average zombie-story, there is more that’s going on here. And Who is the inked man?
5. Alice isn’t Dead
First of all, I have to admit, I wasn’t quite sure if I would like Alice isn’t Dead. Due to it coming from the same creator of Welcome to Night Vale. While that podcast wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t for me. I have listened to the first few episodes of Alice isn’t dead and I am more pulled into the story than with Welcome to Night Vale. The story follows a truck driver in her search across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. During her search, she encounters not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.
Pacific Northwest Stories
6. The Black Tapes
This podcast has often given me the creeps. Alex Reagan is a podcaster who wants to interview paranormal investigator Dr. Richard Strand. He’s a sceptic and debunks all claims of the supernatural with ease. Alex is intrigued by his collection of Black Tapes, which are the unsolved cases Dr. Strand has stumbled upon. And do these cases have a connection to each other? And what does it have to do with Dr. Strand?
As a result of the success of The Black Tapes, the same producers created ‘Tanis’. In this podcast the producers of The Black Tapes, Nic, wants to find out what ‘Tanis’ is. He gets help from ‘information specialist’ meerkatnip, but they are both being dragged into a world filled with mysterious groups and organisations. While I feel that The Black Tapes is more up my street with it’s subject, Tanis still makes for a creepy podcast. And the big question remains: What is ‘Tanis’?
Bite Sized Horror Stories
8. The Dark Tome
If you like shorter stories, set into a bigger one ‘The Dark Tome’ might be just what you are looking for. Cassie, who is a troubled teen, transports from the basement of a scary bookshop into a story set in the Dark Tome. The listener gets smaller stories, set into a larger one. A book that pulls you into the scary stories it holds, therefor making it the perfect podcast for book lovers. And I also feel that the shorter stories sometimes work better for me, because I often am strapped for time and I can’t listen to a long episode of Tanis or The Black Tapes.
9. Darkest Night
This podcast gave me the same kind of feeling as The Dark Tome, but I would personally rank this one a bit higher. The voice acting is great and I love the short stories, set into one overarching story type of podcast. Each episode delves into the memories of the recently deceased, slowly revealing a horrifying truth about these deaths.
My absolute top pick!
10. The No Sleep Podcast
First of all, this has got to be my absolute favourite! I can’t even begin with explaining how much I love this podcast. The No Sleep Podcast is a multi award-winning compilation of original horror stories. Many of the stories are written by Reddit users on the No Sleep section of Reddit. I find it amazing to hear the stories of the writers come alive by the talented voice actors. Often in the past I’ve made the mistake of listening to some of these stories at night, in the dark, while playing some games or sketching away. Big mistake! Some of these stories have scared me for the rest of my life. Another good reason for picking this podcast would be that there are 10 seasons now, therefor giving you plenty of episodes to listen to. Also the show is just getting better and better with each season!
Ready to start listening?
And now it’s time to download some of these podcasts, turn off all the lights and hope that the creaking sound is just the wind blowing around the house and not something else, lurking at you from the dark.
Which podcast has peaked your interest?