Everyone has a podcast. It's the new "I'm in a band."
While it might be easy to roll your eyes at such a thing, it simply means there are a plethora of podcasts to go around. Pros and amateurs alike are crafting tales, narratives, and full-blown audio dramas, making #AudioDramaSunday a must-follow.
Amongst the soundwaves are some seriously terror-filled shows that even the most hardcore horror fan will relish.
Halloween is approaching and we have the most chilling, spooky, and downright creepy podcasts for you to get your scare on this season.
The NoSleep Podcast
For the dark hours when you dare not close your eyes. Brace yourself.
The NoSleep Podcast came about from the infamous subreddit r/nosleep, where readers share tales of realistic horror and plain creepy happenings to keep one another awake at night. Over time it spawned an audiobook-style podcast that has now risen in the ranks to become one of the great storytelling podcasts.
NoSleep is a celebration of horror, encompassing a wide range of styles — from bloody and terrifying to unnerving and anxiety-inducing. With hundreds of spine-chilling episodes to choose from, there’s something for every horror fan.
Scariest Episode: Season 5, Episode 18: "Soft White Damn"
Sometimes truth is more terrifying than fiction.
It's hard to deny the popularity of Lore, as this podcast created and hosted by Aaron Mahnke boasts 158 million listens, a television show, and a book series, for pity's sake. It's with good reason, though, as the podcast retells old legends, myths, and real-life ghost stories from around the world in a seriously engaging (and scary) manner.
Think of it as Are You Afraid of the Dark?, but even more unnerving. It has a campfire story-esque feel, but each tale will leave you both begging for and dreading more.
Scariest Episode: Episode 23: "Rope and Railing"
Spooked stories are the scariest, most horrific kind — real stories from real people who are wrestling with dark forces.
Spooked interviews regular people who have had extraordinary experiences with the supernatural. Told in a cinematic, narrative style, host Glynn Washington claims he was born into a family of ghosts. His background as a student of magic and being the grandson of a seer definitely influences this show, though he admits he can't explain everything… and that's what Spooked is all about.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, after listening to Spooked... you may change your mind.
Scariest Episode: Season 2, Episode 1: "The Wraith"
The White Vault
Follow the collected records of a repair team sent to Outpost Fristed in the vast white wastes of Svalbard, and discover what lies waiting in the ice below.
The White Vault is a slow-burn horror story focusing on isolation and hard choices in which some highly intelligent specialists in their given fields are tasked with making some truly difficult decisions. Slowly, their task grows into something far more sinister.
The podcast, which should be listened to chronologically, is your traditional horror mixed with the classic "found footage" type of storytelling. A fun quirk of The White Vault is that it actively keeps the listener in the same mental state as the characters. What they're feeling, you're feeling.
Scariest Episode: Episode 9, "Stoic"
The tales in Sirenicide tap into the fear and lore that envelope what most would consider fiction. Uncover the dark secrets, murders, supernatural experiences, and mysterious doctors awaiting in this modern epic.
Sirenicide is a serialized horror drama based in the wicked, deranged, and terrifying world that is Morston, Texas. With criminal factions, dark government agencies, and dark secret, this town has a lot of scary things to keep its residents on their toes.
Three seasons in, and there's already a ton to binge-listen to here, including go-to horror tropes such as raising the dead, vampires, cults, werewolves, botched surgeries, hauntings, and more.
Scariest Episode: Season 3, Episode 2: "Shutter Love"
The Grey Rooms
What if a person didn't just read, listen, or watch a horror story? What if they were forced to embody the suffering and terror that a character endures during their journey? And what if that person knew that every single tale of terror they had to experience would lead to their own death, over and over again? This is The Grey Rooms.
Self-described as Tales from the Crypt meets Quantum Leap, The Grey Rooms is a budding new audio drama in the form of a horror anthology. While there is a central story, each episode can also stand on its own as it taps into your worst fears.
The Grey Rooms is currently in pre-season episodes, launching fully on November 30 and publishing new episodes bi-weekly. So far, it is seriously terrifying.
Scariest Episode: "Room #1221 Falling"
The Dark Verse
Short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.
The Dark Verse is a Lovecraftian show with both standalone and multi-episode stories. If you're interested in unfathomable and unmerciful entities, unnerving and occult occurrences, and unforgiving, no-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel endings, The Dark Verse is for you.
The Dark Verse places humanity — within the canvas of the universe, or universes — in a role of terrifying insignificance, making it the most existentially dreadful of our recommendations.
Scariest Episode: Episode 108: "The Sermon of the Shadow in Darkness"