Just about this time last year, the great Gregory Burkhart gave us a list of horror podcasts you should be listening to. If, like me, you’re a podcast fiend, you listen to all the ones he listed, but like a gluttonous Dracula, you always want more.
Well, we’re here to help you satiate your appetite for a bit of the creepy and a slice of the freaky. Where Gregory focused on horror podcasts that dealt with movies, books, and other forms of fiction, we’re going to open up the doors a bit more to include podcasts about true crime, the paranormal, and local legends.
Get out your preferred listening device and get ready to download your doom!
Not really your doom, just some great podcasts.
Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff became fast friends when they realized they shared an obsession with murder. The two spent their free time reading and watching anything they could find about serial killers, stalkers, and all out wackos. They creeped people out by bringing up their love of what is not the kind of thing people usually want to discuss, let alone at a birthday party.
Still, Karen and Georgia knew that they were not alone. They knew that out there, among the masses of the uninformed, were people like them; people who knew that around every corner, a killer could be waiting.
Georgia and Karen are doing us all a service with MY FAVORITE MURDER; they are telling us the true stories of some shocking and terrible murders so we can stay alive. The two hosts, who make it clear that they are not murder experts, bring us through these frightening stories with just the right mix of reverence for those who lost their lives and jokes to keep us from getting too scared to breathe.
Along with stories of murder, the women keep us up to date with which of their family members listen to the podcast, hometown murders shared by listeners, if Elvis wants a cookie, and other odds and ends of their lives. If you start with the first episode, and I suggest you do, before you know it, you’ll feel like you’re sitting with two of your friends, having a few drinks and discussing some macabre shit.
Worse comes to worst, Karen and Georgia will help you learn how to stay sexy and not get murdered.
Author Aaron Mahnke has a love for all things spooky, and he’s been nice enough to share what he knows with the rest of us. This bi-weekly podcast is like a dark version of NPR, relaxing if you don’t really listen, but often terrifying if you pay attention to what Aaron is talking about.
With each episode, Mahnke looks into the history of famous urban legends, long lasting myths, and other bits and bobs that give us all the wiggies. I don’t know if there is any other podcast that is so well researched and so well written as LORE.
From vampires, to haunted dolls, to a man trapped on a lighthouse, Mahnke treats every subject with great respect, and the production quality of each episode brings the podcast to new heights.
Lore is being turned into a series for Amazon, and it will premiere sometime in 2017, so if you want to make your friends and family think you’re super cool, you best get to listening right away.
Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re a fan of shows like THE X-FILES and KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER. You dig mysteries and ghosts and other paranormal type stuff.
THE BLACK TAPES may just be your bag. The show is a docudrama that follows reporter Alex Reagan as she investigates all things weird. When Alex interviews Dr. Richard Strand, she finds a group of a dozen or so VHS tapes in black boxes. Each of these tapes, it seems, holds evidence of the paranormal. Together, Alex and Dr. Strand investigate the tapes, looking to find the truth. Because the show is a mystery, I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling things for you, but I really can’t recommend it enough.
The show is instantly engrossing and consistently creepy. Season 2 ended in August, and I’m excitedly awaiting season 3. If you haven’t listened to The Black Tapes, now is a great time to get on it!
I’m kinda cheating here, but I ask you to forgive me. Relic Radio isn’t a horror podcast, it is a treasure trove of classic horror radio. With THE HORROR you can listen to episodes from radio shows like THE WITCH’S TALE, CBS RADIO MYSTERY, SLEEP NO MORE, and LIGHTS OUT. With STRANGE TALES, Relic Radio brings you episodes from THE CREAKING DOOR, INNER SANCTUM, and MURDER AT MIDNIGHT.
Relic Radio gives us a chance to hear the horror stories that created nightmares in kids and adults before TV came along, and I think that, if you give them an honest chance, more than a few of these stories will freak you out a bit too. Take a listen… if you dare!
Imagine, for a moment, a show where two guys do a ton of research on various murders, myths, and conspiracy theories, spending every free moment they have reading and watching and learning all they can so they can then explain these things to another guy who kinda doesn’t seem to care all that much.
Each week, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski teach Ben Kissel about things no one really needs to know, and it is endlessly entertaining. Now, to be clear, there is nothing that these three guys won’t goof on, so it is possible that they could offend you somewhere down the line, but their humor is kind of like Don Rickles in that everything, including the lives of the hosts, is open game for barbs.
Not just the jokes could upset you. LAST PODCAST ON THE LEFT deals with a wide variety of topics, from David Bowie’s connections to the occult, to playing extremely horrifying and shockingly real 9-1-1 tapes, to a three episode look into September 11, 2001. They also mix in reading of creepy pasta and “listener pasta”, in-depth looks into various serial killers, and a fair amount of talk about the women who have left them when, as Henry explains in one episode, “She couldn’t listen to me explain the hollow moon theory again”.
I just started listening to LAST PODCAST ON THE LEFT a few weeks ago, and I’ve gone through over 200 of the episodes now. I can’t recommend this podcast enough. In the least, I believe everyone will love Detective Popcorn, who we’re introduced to in episode 61.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t suggest SHOCK WAVES to you. Coming from Rebekah Mckendry, Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, and Ryan Turek, SHOCK WAVES is Blumhouse’s very own podcast. If you loved Killer POV as much as I did, then you’re likely already listening to SHOCK WAVES. If you aren’t listening, you really should. Rebekah, Rob, Elric, and Ryan are all fantastic interviewers, and combined they become the Voltron of interviewers. With guests like Leigh Whannell, Larry Cohen, Jordan Peele, and Bill Moseley, every episode is chock full of great stories for we fans of horror.
Add in the weekly discussions of movies by the hosts, and you’ll end up with a list of dozens of movies you need to see. Personally, each episode expands my horror knowledge, not unlike that weird ESPN commercial.