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The 25 Scariest 'NoSleep Podcast' Episodes

June 5, 2020 2.0k votes 432 voters 25.1k views25 items

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Sometimes, we're in the mood to be spooked. But like, really spooked. Well, thanks to The NoSleep Podcast, that's possible any hour of the day. Originally starting out as a Reddit thread for users to post their original horror content, NoSleep has since evolved into an audio drama series that brings these chilling pieces of fiction to life. Each episode features around four or five short stories, and there's hundreds of episodes to pick from. How is a horror-lover ever to choose? 

Of course, you could go the traditional route and listen to each episode in chronological order. But for those who'd rather skip around, here's a list of the best episodes of The NoSleep Podcast, hand-selected to give you the most nightmares. This list features a variety of chilling horror stories, some on the more cerebral side and others gory as can be. This is the definitive The NoSleep Podcast episode list to aid you in your listening journey.

If any of these freak you out too much, that's okay — you can always sleep with the light on, right? So without further ado, here are the best The NoSleep Podcast episodes of all time. Keep reading to learn more about each episode, and vote up your favorites! 

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    Season 5, Episode 25 - "The Whistlers"

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    Another season, another excellent season finale. Season 5 Episode 25 is called "The Whistlers", an epic tale penned by Amity Argot. It's quite long, but stick with it, because the final result is worth it. The story is told with journal-style entries, which helps to draw you in to the exciting world of the story. While it's never revealed exactly what a "whistler" is, you can start to deduce its meaning for yourself. The story takes place in the wilderness, so anyone who enjoys a survivalist tale will love it. 

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    Season 8, Episode 25 - "My Dad Finally Told Me What Happened That Day"

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    NoSleep really has the whole season finale thing figured out. The Season 8 finale contains a stunning rendition of Jared Roberts' "My Dad Finally Told Me What Happened That Day". It's just creepy enough to be interesting, but not overbearing. For fans of mystery, the plot takes several twists and turns that will make your jaw drop. This goes above and beyond your average horror short story. 

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    Season 5, Episode 18 - "Soft White Damn"

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    "Soft White Damn" is a story featured on Season 5 Episode 18 of NoSleep, written by M.J. Pack with narration and full production by Jeff Clement. It derives its title from an E.E. Cummings quote, and tells the story of a very disturbing monster. Good luck trying to get this monster's voice out of your head! While the writing is fantastic, the voice acting and sound production elevates this tale to new heights. It's got a wintery vibe, so listen to it on a chilly night for full effect. 

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    Season 7, Episode 25 - "Borrasca"

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    It's the Season 7 finale, baby, and that means you're in for one heck of a ride. Written by C.K. Walker, "Borrasca" features a seasoned voice over cast that brings this hair-raising story to life. It's a true epic, and fans of horror will hang on to every last word. Forget short and concise — this episode is essentially an audio feature-length film. If you want to sink your teeth into some fascinating characters and story details, this episode will satisfy that craving. It's a show-stopper. 

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