Though horror fans might love the spooky visuals that come from film, horror podcasts are able to capitalize on the frightfulness of what one doesn’t see. That’s why supernatural podcasts are so scary - they aren't restricted by one person's idea of what is spooky, the listener can let their own imagination run wild. The best creepy podcasts make use of sound to emphasize the horror, using eerie music and noises in shiver-inducing ways.
As a continuation of an older medium, radio, podcasts have a long history with the horror genre. Adaptations of Frankenstein and Dracula set early precedents for the power of sound in delivering spooky stories. War of the Worlds will forever be remembered for the country-wide panic it instigated and is a lasting reminder of how powerful audio can be.
Here are a few podcasts for supernatural lovers that carry forward those horror traditions into today. All of the podcasts listed here prove that while a picture might be worth a thousand words, well-written stories and old-fashioned spooky audio are worth a thousand goosebumps. Is your favorite on here? Vote it up to reach the top spot.
Nightmare Magazine's Creepy Fiction Brings Horror To Your Ears
Nightmare Magazine’s expertly produced podcast brings dark fantasy fiction and both fiction and non-fiction horror stories from their magazine, Nightmare, right to your ears. Nightmare Magazine’s stories come from authors of varying stages in their career, referencing classic frights as well as spooky new takes on the genre. With each episode showcasing a new story, there’s plenty of fear to be found.
Legend And History Combine In Lore
Lore is the perfect blend of creepy campfire tales and history. Host Aaron Mahnke takes a deep dive into different legends and myths in each episode. Through historical research, he explores the truth behind well-known horror lore like werewolves, aliens, and ghosts with laser-sharp focus. He also highlights lesser known stories from history, highlighting some of the more bizarre, gruesome, and just plain creepy true stories to be found.
The show’s perfect blend of skepticism and mystery makes it a fascinating listen for even the most die-hard nonbeliever.
Pseudopod's Dark Horror Is A Devilish Delight
Pseudopod is the audio version of the online fiction magazine by the same name. Varying between single readers and full-cast productions, Pseudopod brings horror to life through atmospheric music and experienced performers. With both newcomers and classic authors, this podcast showcases horror through the ages and thus provides insight into the genre’s evolution through the modern era while maintaining roots in the past.
The Black Tapes Explores Skepticism And Belief
The Black Tapes blends the intrigue of interview-based podcasts like This American Life or Radiolab with a fictional, freaky, ever-evolving, supernatural story. In this weekly docudrama, radio host Alex Reagan investigates The Strand Institute, a paranormal research group founded by notable skeptic Richard Strand. As the story unravels, Alex learns that all is not what it seems. Alex's worldview and faith are shaken as she encounters horrors both natural and supernatural.