10 horror podcasts you haven’t heard yet

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We already know about big horror podcasts like Welcome to Night Vale. Thankfully, there are plenty of other scary podcasts out there. Here’s ten of the best

Soon enough, autumn will be here and everything is going to get just a little scarier. Not in the real world, awful politics news sort of sense (we hope). No, I’m talking about the odd, animalistic rush that comes from the Halloween season. You know the drill, to a certain extent. That extra little thrill when you see a pile of leaves, or perhaps when the shadows in your home take on a new and vaguely menacing dimension. Scary stories online or in a book. Horror films on TV. Cheesy yard art around your neighborhood.

Why not let podcasts join in the fun?

Let’s get the most famous ones out of the way: Welcome to Night Vale, The Black Tapes, Lore, and No Sleep. These are generally good, even great podcasts. Chances are high that you’ve heard of them, and for a reason. Seriously, if you’ve somehow missed out on the surreal joys of Welcome to Night Vale or the historical eeriness of Lore, get yourself to the nearest podcast app as soon as possible. Even No Sleep, which takes its material from the subreddit of the same name, is more consistently creepy than you might first imagine.

Yet, many of these podcasts are doing so phenomenally well that they don’t need another boost. Welcome to Night Vale has two books, while Lore author Aaron Mahnke is writing a series and has a successful Amazon show based on the podcast. Even a quick browse of the podcast rankings will show you that these are the big guys.

So, let’s delve a little deeper. As it turns out, there’s a whole world of scary podcasts just waiting for you to tune in. This list collects ten of the best horror podcasts that you may not have heard just yet. These include quite a few fiction podcasts, thanks to human minds that are primed to jump at every odd shadow and spine-tingling noise. There are even a couple of nonfiction podcasts that might make you wonder if those scary sights could maybe, possibly be lurking around the corner – but for real this time.

A warning: since these are horror podcasts, some of the episodes may contain implied gore and intense situations. Use your best judgment when selecting shows and episodes.

Are you ready? No, are you really ready? If you’re sure, then read on for ten of the best horror podcasts available for you to download right now.