Everyone needs horror suggestions. Here are some of our favorites at the Society, in no particular order:
Pseudopod. The stories they run have often been accused of being more literary than horror, but that honestly is what makes this podcast so wonderful. Alasdair Stuart is one of the three most gifted storytellers I’ve ever listened to, and his outros are what makes this podcast so special.
The H.P Lovecraft Literary Podcast. These guys give nearly every story H.P. Lovecraft ever wrote a full literary analysis. For fans of the Weird, this is an experience not to be missed.
Skeptoid. Sketpoid is a weekly podcast that examines everything from urban legends to junk science. You’ll find all kinds of interesting stuff here and I can’t recommend this podcast enough. If you like hearing about obscure paranormal events from someone very grounded, this is your podcast. Brian is a first class researcher and he can get to the bottom of any strange happening no matter how strange it is. In many cases, he can trace things all the way back to find out how an urban legend started. Brian’s been out of commission since August 2014, but he should be back sometime Spring 2016. In the meantime the show is run by guest hosts and is by all means still worth a listen.
The Faculty of Horror. Have you ever wanted some really smart people to do some intelligent literary criticism on horror movies? You have? Good! Me too. Andrea Subissati and Alex West have a (mostly) monthly podcast in which they discuss cinematic horror of every kind. These women are incredibly smart, and I have not found a similar podcast of this caliber anywhere. Theirs tends heavily towards cultural criticism, but even if that isn’t your cup of scares their insights and knowledge of the horror genre should make this the very first thing you listen to each month.
King Falls AM. This is a newer find. King Falls AM is a short biweekly podast done as a radio broadcast out of the fictional King Falls. Think of this as a less absurdist version of Welcome to Nightvale. What makes this podcast so fun is its genuine small town feel. To those who visit their site directly, look for the Soundcloud link at the bottom of their page. Their main landing page is otherwise a bit perplexing in that it doesn’t do anything.
The Black Tapes Podcast. Remember Serial? Of course you do, because it was fantastic. Imagine for a moment that Serial had been about the supernatural and the paranormal. Except that you don’t have to imagine, because The Black Tapes Podcast is that podcast. The imitation in style is deliberate, subtle, and quite clever, always given with a straight face and an unironic delivery. On top of that, the content in and of itself is original, interesting, and highly engaging. You won’t be sorry if you listen (which you should go do right now!).
Lore. This is one of the finest podcasts I’ve ever listened to. This is essentially what you would get if The Memory Palace were about the Spooky. Aaron’s meticulous research is certainly an inspiration to me, and I think his true tales are far scarier than any fiction I’ve read lately. Here’s how he describes his podcast: “Lore is a bi-weekly podcast about true life scary stories. The people, places, and things of our darkest nightmares all have real facts at their core. Each episode of Lore looks into a uniquely scary tale and uncovers the truth behind it. Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.” Without a doubt, you should go listen to every single episode, right now. Go now. We’ll wait for you.
I’ll add something here soon. I’m busy watching things that scare me.
The Society forcefully recommends that you go read something. RIGHT NOW. When you’re done with that reading maybe we’ll have some more suggestions.
- Fiddleblack. Be forewarned, Fiddleblack publishes stories with disturbing content that is not safe for work, and includes graphic violence, sexual abuse, and other corrosive subjects. This was the first time I’ve ever been genuinely uncomfortable (rather than scared) reading horror fiction, so make sure you’re up for that sort of thing before you follow this link. However, their philosophy of Antipastoralism and Concept Horror is fascinating, and their work is advancing the genre. For those looking for a literary framework for horror, Fiddleblack is highly suggested.
- Interlands, by Vincent H. O’Neil. Quite simply, I like this book because it’s about a young historian doing historical research. She’s looking into the folklore of the place she lives, and that process itself is something I enjoy doing, and thus reading about. This historical connection and process an excellent example of the Historical Spooky.