The 9 Best Horror Podcasts to Listen to

Listening to horror podcasts can give you the creeps too.

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If you’re a fan of horror, you may watch horror movies, indulge in horror television series, or read horror stories in books. In recent years, however, you also have the option of listening to horror podcasts.

Horror podcasts range from those featuring fictional tales of terror to those about real life horror stories – and everything in between.

In this piece, we’ll be taking you through the nine best podcasts to listen to – but, be warned, even the most ardent horror fan could end up hiding under the covers after listening to these podcasts.

Similarly, you should also check out the best list of paranormal podcasts to freak yourselves out.

1. The NoSleep Podcast

The NoSleep Podcast is a horror fiction podcast. It’s described as being intended for mature adults and not the faint of heart. They even say “join us at your own risk” and suggest listeners “brace themselves!”

Horror Podcasts The No Sleep Podcast

It’s a multi-award winning anthology series of terrifying and completely original tales of horror. It features a cast of talented voice actors, as well as rich atmospheric music and sound effects to enhance and embellish the ghastly tales – and story titles include “Butch Cassidy and the Scarecrow Kid” and “Slumber Party Séance”. Episodes and season passes can all be acquired at the pod’s official site.

2. The Last Podcast On The Left

The Last Podcast on the Left – a play on the title of classic horror movie The Last House on the Left – is a horror podcast hosted by genre fanatics Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski.

Horror Podcasts The Last Podcast On The Left

The show describes itself as covering everything horror-related – fictional and real – from creepypastas to historical serial killers. Specific topics of discussion have included Jeffrey Dahmer, werewolves, Jonestown, iconic hauntings, the history of war crimes and more. You can listen to the show on Spotify and Patreon, as well as the pod’s own website – and the hosts also do live shows all over North America (you can check dates on the website).

3. Bloody Good Horror

Bloody Good Horror is a horror podcast that’s been going since way back in 2007 – which is pretty impressive in itself! Covering both the best and worst of the horror genre, the podcast sees its hosts reviewing the latest horror movie releases, as well as cult classics, on a weekly basis.

Horror Podcasts Bloody Good Horror

Bringing a diverse set of opinions and what it describes as “a healthy dose of insanity”, it’s a podcast aimed at all manner of different types of horror fans. So, whether you’re into hardcore gore or minor supernatural scares, you’re welcome to listen. The pod itself can be accessed via the main website or on its Patreon.

4. The Other Stories

The Other Stories is a horror podcast hosted by five guys (nope, not that place that sells delicious burgers) who simply love horror. In 2015, they joined together and decided to give writing horror stories a stab (pun intended).

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The result was the creation of a podcast that is specifically built to be enjoyed in bite-sized portions. Episodes last between 20 and 25 minutes, with each spine-chilling tale (split into “horror”, “sci-fi” and “WTF” categories) accompanied by incredibly immersive soundtracks and creepily subtle sound effects, both of which really help you to get into the stories. You can get the podcast on both The Other Stories website and their Patreon.

5. Wrong Station

Having premiered in 2016, this podcast is a little different to the others, as it’s presented in the classic radio-style format. Wrong Station is a horror story podcast – with a huge variety of stories – featuring audio engineering that makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the story as it’s being told.

Horror Podcasts Wrong Station

It takes direct inspiration from classic 1940s radio broadcasts like Quiet, Please and Lights Out, but also with a very obvious influence from more modern concepts like The Twilight Zone and camp 1980s horror. As a result, this podcast succeeds in feeling both old and new at the same time, which makes for a very unique listening experience – and one well worth indulging in.

6. Parcast Presents: Halloween

A Spotify original, Parcast Presents is the central hub for special series and podcast events within the Parcast Network. Its Parcast Presents: Halloween podcast is devoted entirely to tales of horror.

Horror Podcasts Parcast Presents Halloween

Every single episode of the podcast is dedicated to a different subject from the horror genre. They include ghosts, ghouls, urban legends, serial killers and a hell of a lot more. You’ll find yourself listening to stories ranging from tales about Marie Antoinette to the classic babysitting-gone-wrong stories that so many horror movies have been influenced by over the years. New episodes are uploaded every few days, so there’s always something fresh to keep you interested.

7. And That’s Why We Drink

The brilliantly-named And That’s Why We Drink is a podcast that fulfills the wishes of anyone who’s ever said “I’d love to listen to a true-crime podcast that also includes weird stuff like aliens and ghosts” – and doesn’t that sound awesome?

Horror Podcasts And Thats Why We Drink

Hosted by horror fans Christine Schiefer and Em Schulz, who are from Ohio and Virginia, respectively – accompanied by gallons of boxed wine, hence the name – And That’s Why We Drink features chilling ghost stories and downright terrifying true crime stories. Episodes are aired every Sunday and you can catch them on both the podcast’s website and on Spotify.

8. Nightlight

Nightlight is a podcast devoted to telling horror stories written by Black authors and performed by Black actors, which is a very cool concept indeed. It’s completely listener-supported, so you’d be doing them a big favor if you tuned in.

Horror Podcasts Nightlight

You’ll hear stories about vengeful dolls, bloodthirsty vampires and more, as creepiness abounds in each installment. Episodes don’t seem to have a particular pattern when it comes to them being uploaded, but new ones appear very regularly (sometimes daily, sometimes with slightly longer gaps in between). You can catch the episodes on the main podcast website, Patreon, Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.

9. Scare You To Sleep

Scare You To Sleep originally began as a vehicle for its host, Shelby Scott, to showcase her own horror stories, but it soon expanded to include stories from many different authors, after Shelby started receiving inquiries from listeners about submitting their own.

Horror Podcasts Scare You To Sleep

A lot of the stories are essentially character studies, but the podcast also doesn’t shy away from delving into slasher stories that are teeming with disembowelment and gore. The best thing about this podcast is that you really never know what you’re going to get from any one episode. You can access the podcast on its main website and on Spotify.

Now that you’re done here, please take the time to look at our list of the best horror movies on NOW and our list of the best gifts to buy for horror movie fans!

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Kevin Stewart
Kevin Stewart

Born and based in the U.K., Kevin has been writing about popular culture (entertainment and sport) since 2013. He's produced content for the likes of NBC SYFY, FourFourTwo, Screen Rant, Digital Spy, College Humor, WhatCulture and Paste Magazine. He's also worked as an editor for a number of those platforms, managing up to 45 writers at a time. A huge fan of movies (especially horror, superhero stuff and anything 1980s), Kevin loves keeping fit, and he supports Tottenham Hotspur FC for his sins.