5 Scary Podcasts for the Halloween Season

Updated on October 28, 2017
Strange Times profile image

Todd is a full-time clinical research administrator by day and an avid consumer of weird fiction and esoteric knowledge in his spare time.

Horror Podcasts?

If you are like me, then you love a good scary story. Growing up in rural Kentucky, my grandfather was always ready with a good ghost story or two on cold, rainy autumn nights. Believe it or not, some of the best original horror content in the world right now isn't coming from movie and television producers, and can't be found in libraries or book stores. Podcasts have become a hotbed of creativity, and horror podcasts are no exception! All you need is a a device to play your podcast on (even a computer will work), then just find your podcast of choice on the internet or a service like Apple's podcast app.

Below you will find my review of five horror fiction podcasts that will keep you up at night.

Source

The Dark Tome

The Dark Tome is a horror anthology podcast created by Fred Greenhaugh and Bill Dufris, both audio drama veterans. Each episode of The Dark Tome features either an original or classic short horror story wrapped in a unique framing narrative. The titular "Dark Tome" is a mysterious book with the power to transport its readers into the stories it contains... and perhaps change them in unexpected ways. Each episode the books current owner Mr. Gussy and his troubled teenage friend Cassie explore a new story in the book, often with unintended consequences in their everyday life.

The short horror stories explored within the Tome come from the series creators as well as modern bestsellers like Joe Hill, Catherynne M. Valente, and Christopher Golden with an occasional classic from the likes of Edgar Allen Poe thrown in as well. The intricate interweaving of Mr. Gussy and Cassie's story with the stories they read in the Tome are what make this podcast stand out, along with the superb voice work and audio production values.

Information on The Dark Tome, as well as streaming episodes can be found here, as well as on a multitude of podcast services.

Source

Tanis

"Tanis blurs the line between fiction and reality in interesting and entertaining ways. I prefer to pretend that the entire adventure is real, it makes the world a more interesting place."

Tanis

If the idea of a well told, full cast audio drama that plays like a never ending Lovecraftian trip into an ancient and potentially deadly mystery, then Tanis is for you. Tanis is easily one of my favorite podcasts. A combination of horror, mystery, and investigative journalism; Tanis follow host Nic Silver, an investigative journalist for Pacific Northwest Radio as he investigates the age-old mystery of a mysterious, mystical place called Tanis.

I don't want to give too much away, but the carefully crafted lore around the mystery ties together many, many real-world things you may have heard of with even more things you probably have not. Any aficionado of the esoteric will find themselves gleefully waiting for the next episode as Nic deals with secretive millionaires, disappearing friends, a creepy cult, and an extremely unique cabin in the woods.

Delivered as an audio log of Nic's investigation, Tanis blurs the line between fiction and reality in interesting and entertaining ways. I prefer to pretend that the entire adventure is real, it makes the world a more interesting place. A few episodes in, when the heat starts to turn up for Nic, you will actually find yourself worrying about your new pal and the ever increasing cast of well-acted supporting characters.

Tanis is presented sequentially and is already a few seasons in. This is NOT a podcast you can jump into at any point, so if you decide to start listening start with Episode 1. The first episode of Tanis can be found here.

Source

Lore

Where podcasts like The Dark Tome and Tanis focus on new horror narratives, Lore, created by Aaron Manhke, takes a look at some real-life horror stories throughout history. One part history lesson, one part horror anthology; lore presents us with true stories in an incredibly effective narrative format. Believe me, some of the stories are incredibly creepy... then you remember that they actually happened and your spine does a little wiggle.

From mysterious deaths in New England lighthouses to exploring stories illustrating why our fear of some seemingly mundane things might be well founded. If you want to be reminded, in this modern age, why we still hold a primal fear of the forest, this is the podcast for you. Lore is a fascinating combination of horror and true crime that fans of either should love.

Mahnke's delivery is pitch perfect, engaging but creepy in all the right ways. Obviously I'm not alone in my opinion. If Lore sounds familiar to some of you Amazon Prime subscribers it's because Mahnke recently teamed up with an executive producer from The Walking Dead and an executive producer from The X-Files to bring Lore to life on the small screen in an Amazon exclusive television series.

You can check out details about both Lore the podcast and Lore the television series here.

Lore on Amazon Prime Video

The No Sleep Podcast

The No Sleep Podcast is unique among those I've listed here in that the stories shared via it's well produced audio dramas are entirely pulled from user submissions on the No Sleep subreddit. The No Sleep podcast runs the gamut from spooky to silly to down-right gut wrenching gore-fests. It is NOT for the faint of heart and decidedly not kid-friendly.

Host and showrunner David Cummings selects the cream of the crop from the popular reddit thread and produces fully fleshed out audio dramas. The results are a mixed bag of ghosts, monsters, alien dimension hopping eat-you-alive-and-lay-eggs-inside-you insects slowly devouring reality after reality... you get the picture. It's one hell of a ride.

Voice talent is top notch and varied enough to not sound like the same five people over and over and the sound effects and production values are generally pretty high. Cumming's often tongue in cheek intros and outros do a great job of cutting the sometimes intense tension. I won't lie, I'm a horror fiction fanatic and some of the stories here are almost too intense for me.

If you are interested in a unique and terrifying ride through the minds of some of the best aspiring horror writers (or at least some VERY creative horror fans) then check The No Sleep Podcast out here.

Source

Welcome to Nightvale

"The mood of Welcome to Nightvale hovers comfortably somewhere between tongue-in-cheek and truly disturbing. It's a unique and fun listening experience."

Welcome to Nightvale

The last podcast on my list holds a special place in my heart. Welcome to Nightvale was the first narrative fiction podcast I found as I was searching for something to listen to on the way to work, and its still one of my favorites.

Welcome to Nightvale is a serialized fiction podcast that masquerades as the perpetually intern-challenged evening community radio broadcast of a truly unique small town. Nightvale, the town, is a place where a ghost coaches softball, a sentient rock runs the community college, and the dog park has a strict no dogs rule. From interdimensional invasions to horrific demonic dictators; Welcome to Nightvale host Cecil calmly narrates as the world nearly comes to an end... almost every other episode.

The mood of Welcome to Nightvale hovers comfortably somewhere between tongue-in-cheek and truly disturbing. It's a unique and fun listening experience. In addition to Cecil you will meet local eccentrics like Old Woman Josie, whose housemates are all winged, physically perfect beings that are DEFINITELY not angels and Carlos the devoted scientist.

This show has been around a while, and honestly its difficult to discuss without giving away some of the best surprises. Welcome to Nightvale has spawned an entire menagerie of weird fiction podcasts and all of them are worth checking out.

You can find Welcome to Nightvale here, and there are plenty of links to follow to get to the other Nightvale Presents podcasts.

Horror Podcast Poll

Which of the podcasts reviewed in this post caught your attention the most?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, holidappy.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://holidappy.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)