33 Cool Podcasts for Horror Lovers
I thought I’d continue the listening theme from my last column where I shared “My 13 Favorite Audiobooks So Far,” but this time move over into podcasts—and toward Halloween. If you’re a horror lover, you’re going to want to bookmark this post, because holy balls are there a lot of spooky podcasts, y’all. I listen to less podcasts than audiobooks personally, but I had a good handful in my subscriptions. I thought I’d dig up a few more, listen to some sample episodes, and pick a top ten.
Ha. Ha. Ha. I didn’t budget my time to listen to over thirty shows! So I can’t personally vouch for each one of these. Think of it more as a smorgasbord of options. They’re in alphabetical order with links for easy browsing, plus quick descriptions of each show. (*Denotes shows I’ve already enjoyed episodes from, and **denotes shows I’ve been involved with in some way.)
An eclectic crew of misfits bringing you the best, worst, and downright weirdest of the horror genre since 2007.
A podcast discussing the deliciously disturbing world of horror fiction.
Max Booth III and Lori Michelle ridicule and laud the massive bibliography of our lord and savior, Stephen King. Sometimes with special guests!
Cosmic Shenanigans is a podcast focusing on cosmic horror in film, television, art, games, music, fashion, pop culture, and just about anywhere else our little tentacles can reach. Host Mary SanGiovanni delves into what makes it timelessly relevant and enjoyable, and examines how it permeates so much of modern culture. Further, as a writer of cosmic horror herself, Mary looks at her and others’ roles in the subgenre and in publishing at large, and explores the female perspective toward and within works of cosmic horror.
Darkest Night is a binaural audio drama that places you, the listener, at the center of a recovered memory that sounds as though it's happening around you in real time. Each chapter delves into the last memories of the recently deceased, slowly revealing a horrifying master plan.
Podcasting from the Horrored Halls of Academia.
Ghosts In The Burbs is a podcast about the ghosties living in Wellesley, Massachusetts and the suburbanites who encounter them.
A bi-weekly horror movie review podcast that releases every other Friday. Hosted by Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh Ligairi, Dr. Shock and Dr. Walking Dead himself, Kyle Bishop.
9. Horror Tales
Horror tales is a podcast in which you can sit back and listen to a scary story written by one of today's horror authors. Narrated and produced by Max Ablitzer with original music and custom sound effects for an immersive listening experience.
Ladies of Horror Fiction was created to bring about a multi-dimensional way to support women (either cisgender or those who identify as female) who either write in the horror genre or review in it.
11. *Ladies of the Fright
For writers and readers who like it dark. We talk about our horror and other dark-themed books. In-depth literary analysis of dark fiction. Conversations with authors, editors, and other industry professionals. Hosted by Lisa Quigley and Mackenzie Kiera. We have interviewed Paul Tremblay, Ellen Datlow, Josh Malerman, Grady Hendrix, and more. New episode every other Monday.
The Last Podcast On The Left covers all the horrors our world has to offer both imagined and real, from demons and slashers to cults and serial killers, The Last Podcast is guaranteed to satisfy your blood lust.
Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (and upcoming TV show) about the dark historical tales that fuel our modern superstitions. Each episode explores the world of mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
14. Lovecraft eZine
Join us as we discuss cosmic horror, weird fiction, Lovecraftian horror, the Cthulhu Mythos, horror movies, books, and related topics. Guests have included Ramsey Campbell, Laird Barron, and many others.
15. *Nightmare Magazine
Edited by bestselling, award-winning anthologist John Joseph Adams, Nightmare is a digital magazine of horror and dark fantasy. The Nightmarepodcast, produced by Grammy Award-winning narrator and producer Stefan Rudnicki of Skyboat Media, is presented twice a month, featuring original audio fiction and classic reprints.
The Sound of Horror. Pseudopod is the world's first audio horror magazine. We deliver bone-chilling stories from today's most talented authors straight to ears. [PseudoPod produced my story “Jack and the Bad Man” in the 2014 Halloween Flash Bonus Episode and “Hide” in episode 511.]
A daily paranormal podcast filled with real ghost stories of horror, told by real people. Stories that encompass all areas of the paranormal, supernatural, demonic, ghost investigations, haunted houses, possessions, shadow people, the unexplained and more.
18. Shock Waves
Blumhouse.com presents Shock Waves: Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo (Senior Editor: Blumhouse.com, FearNet, Icons Of Fright), Elric Kane (This Week In Horror, Inside Horror) and Rebekah McKendry (Editor In Chief: Blumhouse.com, Fangoria) for a weekly discussion and analysis of all facets of the horror genre! Shock Waves puts the focus on the latest horror films, retrospectives on classic titles and welcomes very special guests for all aspects of the industry to tackle a variety of topics and give listeners candid insight into how some of the best genre films are made. Shock Waves is here to quench your insatiable thirst for all things horror!
19. Spooked Podcast
Spooked features true-life supernatural stories, told firsthand by people who can barely believe it happened themselves. Be afraid. Created in the dark of night, by Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios.
20. **Tales to Terrify
Have you trembled ‘round the campfire as the ghost stories are told? Do tales of horrors wrought by nature and beyond strike fear in your soul? Is it best when you are afraid to turn out the light? Thrill to stories that strike at your deepest fears, as host Stephen Kilpatrick brings the best of horror fiction to your ears and your mind, read to you by the most chilling narrators that podcasting has to offer. Podcasting the finest in genre fiction, Tales to Terrify is where the depths of horror reveal the truths of good, evil, and the human spirit in the District of Wonders podcast network. Like all shows in the District of Wonders, Tales to Terrify is supported by a welcoming community of dedicated fans and contributors. [Tales to Terrify produced my story “So Sings the Siren” in episode 330.]
21. The Black Tapes
The Black Tapes is a weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist's search for truth, her subject's mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?
22. The Bloodlust
We review horror movies. We tackle everything from the well-known blockbuster flicks, to the classics (with the occasional TV show thrown in). Nothing is too high or lowbrow, as we dissect everything from Don’t Look Now to Leprechaun with equal fervor. Join us, won’t you, as we revel in the blood and guts of the genre. Aficionados and noobs alike, everyone will find something to love about The Bloodlust.
This is the podcast where two high school teachers talk about the horror genre. What works, what doesn't, and where it fits in with our current culture. Like any good class, you will get a little news, a little advice, a bit of learning, and hopefully a whole lot of fun.
Two childhood friends get together to dissect, mutilate, dismember & butcher all of your favorite and NOT so favorite horror movies and other horror related events. Every week Joe and Sean will visit horror from the past and present with their own unique comedic style.
The Horror Show with Brian Keene is a weekly podcast hosted by best-selling writer Brian Keene and musician, animation and video game veteran Dave Thomas. Each week, Brian, Dave, and their occasional co-hosts authors Geoff Cooper and Mary SanGiovanni, director Mike Lombardo, the bubbly Phoebe, and nine-year-old Dungeonmaster 77.1 - discuss the latest news in horror fiction, films, comic books, games, and more, along with in-depth interviews with horror's biggest names, historical perspectives on the genre, and much more.
Welcome to The Horror Writers Podcast, the show with two horror authors discussing all things in the world of horror.
A podcast devoted to dissecting the horror genre. Each episode we will go in depth to discuss and analyze the things that scare us.
Make your statement, face your fear. A weekly horror fiction podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join Jonathan Sims as he explores the archive, but be warned, as he looks into its depths something starts to look back… New episodes every Thursday produced by Rusty Quill, featuring guest actors, short stories, serial plots and more.
The NoSleep Podcast is a multi-award winning anthology series of original horror stories, with rich atmospheric music to enhance the frightening tales.
30. The Outer Dark
Weird fiction author and podcast host Scott Nicolay interviews writers, filmmakers, editors, publishers and other creatives from the weird renaissance. The show includes news from the weird presented by editor, Justin Steele.
31. *This Is Horror
The This Is Horror Podcast is a weekly show for readers, writers, and creators hosted by Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella. We interview writers, artists, publishers, editors, and creatives every week. We have interviewed over 100 creatives including Joe Hill, Joe Lansdale, Ellen Datlow, David Moody, Jennifer Lynch, Gemma Files and Josh Malerman.
32. Undead Airlock
Bi-weekly horror (occasionally sci-fi) podcast exploring, recommending, critiquing and discussing stories, books, comics, films, television series and games across the genre.
Unnerving Magazine Interview Series: Discussions with authors, editors, and publishers about the craft, the business, and the culture of dark fiction. Eddie Generous is the creator and editor of Unnerving and Unnerving Magazine, and the host of this series. [I did a mini-interview about my story "The Call of the House of Usher" in Haunted are These Houses. My little bit's the last 6 minutes of episode 16.]
Do you listen to any of these podcasts? Do you have a favorite that I missed?
Feel free to share the link(s) to any podcasts of interest to horror lovers in the comments. Happy listening!
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