It’s a dark night. Perhaps you’d like to watch a scary movie, but unfortunately you’ve seen the best horror movies Netflix or Hulu has to offer.
Why not listen to a scary story podcast? Most people may see a podcast as a more journalistic artform. However, there are many podcasts that focus on short-form fiction. Here are five scary story podcasts that are guaranteed to raise the hair on the back of your neck.
- The NoSleep Podcast
The NoSleep Podcast has a 5-star rating on the Podcasts app.
The NoSleep Podcast has an impressive production value and will truly make your skin crawl. Different voice actors are featured in each tale and a new episode appears every two weeks.The podcast features original music from Brandon Boone, who provides host David Cummings an eerie and mysterious atmosphere. Cummings also gives aspiring writers a chance to have their work featured on the show. The NoSleep Podcast has a submission page on their website for original horror fiction.
You might not want to listen to this one alone. The homepage of their website advises: “WARNING: This is a horror fiction podcast. It is intended for mature adults, not the faint of heart. Join us at your own risk…”
The homepage of The NoSleep Podcast’s website forewarns listeners.
2. The Dark Verse
The Dark Verse has a 4.5-star rating on the Podcasts app.
The Dark Verse includes classic horror stories, as well as stories of the occult and metaphysical horror. Prepare to discover hidden universes and cosmic beings. The podcast is written and narrated by M. Amanuensis Sharkchild. Many of the tales are influenced by horror and science fiction author H.P. Lovecraft. This podcast is also an award-winning hardcover book series.
Their website reads: “The contents of the stories range from demented entities to gross worlds, undead recollections to philosophical and psychological possessions, and twisted, inventive imagery to unhindered terror.”
The Dark Verse website warns listeners that the content in the podcast may not be suitable for everyone.
- Real Ghost Stories Online
Real Ghost Stories Online has a 4.5-star rating on the Podcasts app.
Real Ghost Stories Online is a daily podcast featuring real people telling real ghost stories. These are true accounts, not fictional tales. Be prepared to have the world of the undead revealed. Ghosts are all around us, just looking for one last taste from the world of the living. If you have your own story to share, you can call them anytime at 1-855-853-4802 or write them on their website!
- The Black Tapes
The Black Tapes has a 4.5-star rating on the Podcasts app.
The Black Tapes is a continuous narrative about a radio journalist who becomes involved in the paranormal world. Alex Reagan hosts this chilling docudrama about the reporter’s search for the truth and her mysterious subject who is haunted by the afterlife. The main question here is: Do you believe?
Lore has a 5-star rating on the Podcasts app.
Lore is hosted by Aaron Mahnke and features stories rooted in folklore and truth. Each tale is steeped in history with the presence of the paranormal and the macabre. The podcast features original music by Chad Lawson, which is available on iTunes and Spotify. As written on their website, “Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.”