It’s spooky season, y’all! That time of year when the leaves are falling, the Pumpkin Spice must flow, the nights grow darker, and the frights keep you up at night.
Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, we all need those escapes that give us some chills and cheap thrills. These podcasts are the perfect antidote to the monotony of 2020 2.0, so dive in and entertain your mind this Halloween season with some audio escapes we recommend.
Full Body Chills
From husband and wife producers Ashley and David Flowers, Full Body Chills is an annual podcast from Audiochuck that tells short spooky stories read by a rotating cast of narrators.
This season they’ve brought us a drunk trucker with some dark secrets, a tinkerer who’s toys mesmerized a town, a ghost found in the machine, a Lovecraftian nightmare in a cave, and an online love story gone oh so wrong, along with many more stories you can binge. These episodes are never a time waster and offer a little something for everyone.
Once again from the mind of Audiochuck’s Ashley Flowers, this Parcast original covers the Supernatural and things unexplained.
To date, Ashley’s covered topics such as alien abductions, Bigfoot, ghosts, demons, urban legends, werewolves, vampires, and even Bob Lazar. The sound design on this show is haunting, even if most of the runtime amounts to an essay. I binged the entire show over the summer, and I was hooked, wide awake some nights and barely able to sleep without one eye open.
Dogman Encounters Radio
Dogman Encounters Radio is a show my brother got me hooked on earlier this year. Hosted by the mysterious Vic Cundiff, the program features live interviews with people who claim to have encountered dogmen, also known as the Michigan Dogman. Or as my brother calls them from his sighting, “The Wolf Creature of Afton.”
These episodes aren’t so much scary as they are fun to ponder. The real fright comes from coming face to face with a dogman, something few guests on the show would wish upon anyone.
This podcast is perfect listening for a long roadtrip.
Ashley McGlothren is going to tell you a scary story. So says each installment of Southern Haunts, a show all about the ghost stories in and around the Southern United States
The show is very surface level with its subject matter, but that only serves to enhance the haunts behind these tales. You’ll leave each episode of Southern Haunts *just* creeped out enough to play the next episode. And if you’re like me and you enjoy urban legends of the American South, this show will strike your fancy.
Old Gods of Appalachia
Old Gods of Appalachia is an eldritch horror anthology podcast. Created by Steve Shell and Cam Collins, the show takes place in an alternate timeline where ancient horrors live across the Appalachian mountains.
The show features a wide range of performers, and the horrors the show presents range from the lovecraftian sort to the grim and gruesome. Definitely not a show to listen to with the lights off.
The NoSleep Podcast
The NoSleep Podcast is a legend in its field. Created by David Cummings, the show got its start as extension of the r/nosleep subreddit and continues to entertain audiences over 10 years into its run.
The catalog of NoSleep episodes is most impressive, but the quality of the stories are what will chill you the most.
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