I work at a small advertising agency, and I sit in a cubicle right in the middle of the office. This seating arrangement, along with my introverted tendency, has bread the need for headphones. My workday listening started with music playlists, but quickly evolved into podcast binging.
I've found that my favorite podcasts are the ones that tell stories.
These tales are the audio equivalent of curling up with a good book, and spooky season is the perfect time to explore these campfire stories for the digital age. Please beware that some of these podcasts contain explicit content, and listen at your own discretion.
The NoSleep Podcast offers horror fiction that covers the whole spectrum. It includes tales of monsters, aliens, ghosts, killers and more. There are currently nine seasons (averaging 3 stories per episode in the free version) so it might take you years to listen to everything they have to offer. The production value is fantastic, and the content is consistently good. They also feature a special Halloween episode each season, and those have been some of my favorites. NoSleep is the perfect introduction to the world of horror podcasts.
Standout Episodes: Georgie's (S1E14), Drinking Games (S3E4), Halloween 2014 (S4E15), Soft White Damn (S5E18), The Whistlers (S5E25),
I discovered Lore pretty early on in my podcast journey, and instantly fell in love with it. In the past couple years, it has exploded in popularity, and is now an Amazon Prime TV series. Lore dives deep into urban legends and folklore, presenting interesting tales that sound too strange to be true. It covers both familiar and obscure legends, and is the perfect podcast for history geeks who are intrigued by the stranger things in this world.
Standout Episodes: Steam and Gas, The Castle, Unboxed
Deadly Manners is new podcast, and is a little different than the others on this list. It's an old fashioned murder mystery - one story told over many episodes. It's charming, fun and perfect for the Halloween season.
I love to read dusty paperback copies of old horror anthologies. Something about those forgotten stories is magical and endearing. Campfire Radio Theater is the audio equivalent of those stories. While not as polished or popular as some of the other podcasts on this list, it's a hidden gem that has something special to offer those who seek it out.
Standout Episodes: The Dentist, Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse, Rites of Autumn
While not exactly spooky, Limetown is an intriguing conspiracy mystery that will have you hooked from the first episode. It follows a reporter on her journey to find out what happened to the 300 residents of Limetown, who disappeared without a trace. It's a little bit of The X-Files mixed with The Blacklist and The Twilight Zone. So far, Limetown has only released one season, leaving fans with unanswered questions and a desire to know more.
Standout Episodes: Napoleon, Scarecrow
Knifepoint Horror just might be my very favorite storytelling podcast. The music and narration are stripped down and raw, adding a layer of realism to the accounts told in each episode. There is no set release schedule, so it's always a treat when I see a new episode pop up in my feed.
Knifepoint's expertly crafted tales are beautiful and haunting explorations into the dark corners of the human experience.
Standout Episodes: Trail, Presence, Legend, Staircase, Fields