Spooky Podcasts for October
Aria Meixel, A&E Editor
There are thousands of podcasts out there, and it can be daunting to decide which ones to listen to. If you want to get into the spirit of spooky season, here are some fantastic podcasts, fiction and nonfiction, that have some sort of horror element to them. Happy listening!
Alice Isn’t Dead
This 30-episode supernatural horror podcast follows a woman on the hunt for her wife, Alice, who she believed to be dead, but found out she wasn’t. This woman, voiced by Jasika Nicole, becomes a truck driver and travels across the United States, following clues leading to Alice. Along the way, however, she discovers strange towns, non-human serial killers, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond her and Alice. The series concluded in 2018, so there’s plenty of time to catch up and go on the hunt for Alice yourself.
Casefile True Crime
Although the host of this show has remained anonymous ever since it started in 2016, Casefile is one of the most popular true crime podcasts out there. With a mix of both solved and unsolved cases, the host walks listeners through the facts of well-known crimes that have been committed in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries throughout the world. Put on your detective hat and get ready to dive into the gruesome facets of criminal psyches.
The Magnus Archives
Jonathon Sims is the head archivist of the Magnus Institute, an organization dedicated to researching and cataloguing strange and horrific happenings in and around London, England. Jonathon reads files aloud in an attempt to organize all of the cases, but as he reads more and more, bizarre connections flow between them, and a more sinister plot begins to weave its way through the seemingly unconnected cases. Find out just what is going on within the Magnus Institute with new episodes every Thursday.
A weekly horror fiction podcast, PseudoPod takes tales of fear from authors all over the world and narrates them for your listening pleasure. Since 2006, they’ve been providing the best in horror with over 600 episodes, and you can start anywhere. Some recommendations – Episode 646: “Home and Hearth,” about a mother dealing with a monstrous son; Episode 658: “I Hate All that Is Mine,” about an indie film that demands to be seen; and Episode 660: “Tiny Teeth,” about a mutation that turns children into monsters.
Hosts Amanda McLoughlin and Julia Schifini find the perfect pairings of booze and tales from around the world in this deep dive into mythology, legends, and folklore. Every week they pour a drink and talk about a different myth, creature, or aspect of mythology, interspersed with tangents about pop culture, their lives growing up together on Long Island, and how stories from so long ago can relate to life in the modern world. Every episode is kinda creepy, kinda cool, and completely entertaining.
What’s the Frequency?
Set in 1940s Los Angeles, this psychedelic noir audio drama follows Walter “Troubles” Mix and his partner, Whitney, as they search for a writer who has gone missing in the city that’s quickly losing its sanity. Radio broadcasts all across town are devolving into static, with only one of the most popular radio serials left on air, and even that is constantly being interrupted by a mysterious voice calling for help. Will anyone be able to stop these strange occurrences from happening? Tune in to find out.