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  • Writer's pictureAbby Brenker

The Best: Spookiest Podcasts

Updated: Apr 24, 2022

Hello friends!

I have announced this previously, but I wanted to share more information about my partnership with Vurbl. Vurbl is a new podcast platform that is focused on playlisting and curation. They also have a cool snippet feature, which allows users to clip certain sections of their favorite audio. A great way to share specific moments from your favorite shows.

I have been curating playlists for Vurbl in the paranormal category for a while now. And it’s been a great inspiration to find new spooky podcasts, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites here.

And please comment your favorites below, so I can add them to the playlist in the future.

Let’s get into it.

#1 Lore - A classic. I certainly am not the first person to put Lore in a playlist of the spookiest podcasts. I am always impressed with host Aaron Mahnke (also a great person to follow onTwitter.) Lore explores the dark side of history. A subject that is near and dear to our heart of course.

#2 Let’s Not Meet - A new favorite of mine. On Let’s Not Meet, host Adam Tate reads listener submitted scary stories, based on real experiences they’ve had. Simple and very impactful.

#3 Radio Rental - If we’ve ever spoken you know how I feel about Radio Rental. I will tell anyone who will listen that it’s one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. Produced by true crime expert Payne Lindsay, and hosted by comedy expert Rainn Wilson…the power couple we didn’t know we needed. Radio Rental is similar to Let’s Not Meet, except the listeners tell their own stories.

#4 Last Podcast on the Left - Nothing surprising here. Just one of the best true crime podcasts ever created. I’ve been a super fan of LPOTL since the early days. Hosted by Marcus Parks, Ben Kissel and Henry Zebrowski, a truly hilarious and incredibly well researched show. There’s nothing scarier than true crime.

#5 Sinisterhood - Hosted by Christie Wallace and Heather McKinney, Sinisterhood is both a true crime podcast and a paranormal podcast depending on the episode. Christie and Heather are hilarious. A refreshing show to add to your true crime rotation.

#6 Hidden Oaks - Produced by Patrick Marsh, Owen Swerkstorm and Bob Daun (of Bob’s Short Story Hour and The Pizza Rice Podcast Collective.) Hidden Oaks is a serialized horror story told over many seasons (TBD!) Season three just premiered. It’s been described to me in the past as HP Lovecraft meets Stranger Things.

#7 Dr. Death - Dr. Death is a podcast by Wondery that explores a specific true crime story. I listened to it when it first released. The storyline? Truly horrifying. How about that for click bait?

#8 Buried Secrets - Hosted by our friend Chris, Buried Secrets focused on the paranormal and the occult. Especially in New York City, but also haunted towns and spots outside of New York. Truly recommend that you listen to this podcast if you are interested in the paranormal. Chris is incredibly thoughtful about their research. I’ve personally learned so much from listening to Buried Secrets.

#9 Welcome to Night Vale - One of the first podcasts I’ve ever listened to, Welcome to Night Vale is charming and bizarre. It’s Twilight Zone meets Little House on The Prairie. Set in Night Vale, a fictional town, listeners hear the latest goings on in the form of a radio broadcast.

#10 Haunted Places - Hosted by Greg Polcyn, Haunted Places explores haunted places. Easy enough. It brings listeners along as Greg tells us about histories and paranormal accounts from around the world.

#11 Cryptids - Cryptids Podcast is a full cast, radio drama. It’s science fiction and it’s addicting. Everything you’d want in a scripted horror podcast. Trust me.

#12 The No Sleep Podcast - Something for the creepy pasta nerds (myself included). No Sleep is a horror fiction podcast, unlike Cryptids it features work from many authors read by hosts. This podcast is based on the NoSleep reddit page, one of my first addictions. It’s run by David Cummings, not one to miss.

#13 Lunatics Radio Hour - Oh come on, you knew it was coming. I’ve got to toss my own name into the hat. Every week Alan and I discuss different topics that fall under the History of Horror umbrella. For example, The History of zombies or clowns. Sometimes we dive into hugely impactful horror franchises, like the Halloween film franchise or A Nightmare On Elm Street. And sometimes we talk all about the paranormal. We also love to feature horror stories and creepy literature. Tune in. We’d love to have you.

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