Part 2 of my horror/fantasy podcast recs is finally here! (Sorry it’s taking so long @thefestiveoctopusnods!) This is the start of all the fiction I listen to and they’re in no particular order. Part 3 should be up soonish..
Passage Ok. So this is a new podcast (only 1 episode out right now!) And it follows the time honoured tradition of “journalist explores spooky goings on and gets in over their head”. This is based around Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest and is based on GHOST SHIPS! A lifeboat washes up with a bunch of skeletons and an antique pistol and sets the internet on fire when it’s revealed to be a lifeboat from a ship that disappeared 150 years ago. A journalist travels to Puget Sound to find why and how this happened. The first episode is 15 minutes but that may increase as the series goes on.
Spines Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to wake up covered in blood in an attic with no memories of what you were doing or why there’s arcane symbols painted everywhere? If so this is the podcast for you. It follows Wren as she tries to figure out what was going on and why the other people in the attic seem to have really creepy powers. There is quite a bit of body horror in this one just as a warning. Wren is trying to find her “boyfriend” and figure out what he did to them all and why all her “friends” seem to want to kill her now for what he did. Also the main character is bisexual so that’s a giant plus in my book. Each episode is about 20 minutes long so if body horror, secret societies, and creepy superpowers interest you then give this one a try.
Darkest Night One of my favourite new podcasts! It’s narrated by Lee Pace and is another body horror podcast! This one has super secret creepy private company doing human experiments. These experiments boil down to poor lab tech gets a severed head in a box and sucks out the eyeball jelly to put in a machine that plays the last things the eye saw before it died. Each episode is a separate story but with an overarching story about the lab tech doing a casual bit of corporate espionage. Episodes are between 20-30 minutes long and have some of THE BEST 3D audio I’ve heard outside of ASMR videos so you definitely need to use headphones with this one.
The Magnus Archive The Magnus Institute is collecting first hand accounts of the strange and unusual things that happen to normal people for their archives. It’s based around a new archivist who is replacing the last one and going through all the archives and digitising them (as much as possible). Each episode is mostly a stand alone horror story but there are a couple of overarching mysteries that link the podcast together - the three main ones are what happened to the previous archivist and where she went, a private collector’s library of books that come alive as they’re read, and the creepy worm lady. Episodes are about 25 minutes long and it’s just started it’s second season.
Mabel This one is told in a series of voicemails. The narrator, Anna, is a live-in carer for a old lady and she’s leaving messages to the lady’s granddaughter. That’s the basic premise at least. The granddaughter is the mysterious Mabel who is off doing something. Most likely avoiding the creepy house. Each episode is about 20 minutes long. It starts off with a haunted house vibe but quickly descends into something else entirely that makes you wonder if Anna is psychotic, or if the house is influencing her in some way. If Haunting of Hill House is your jam then this is definitely one to check out. I really wish I could explain more about it but you kinda need to experience it to get the full effect. But trust me, it will keep you guessing like all great haunted house stories do.
The Bridge Ok. Ok ok ok. So. Imagine they built a giant transcontinental bridge across the ocean so you don’t have to fly. Now imagine they build hotels and water parks and sightseeing spots along this bridge and kept safe by the Watchtowers. Now imagine that everything goes horribly horribly wrong. That is the situation the guardians of Watchtower 10 find themselves in. It’s 2016 and the ocean has revealed that it’s still not ready to be tamed. Join the gang in these 25 minute episodes as they broadcast to an empty road, fight off weird cults, and struggle to keep their secrets secret. Oh yeah, and no one release the sea monster in the basement please and thank you.
Tales of THATTOWN Welcome to THATTOWN. Found in the deep south (Alabama) THATTOWN is filled with the normal things you’d find in any small town like bands of marauding zombies that like to whisper your deepest secrets to you, casual demon possessions, auto cults, and town mages. Not going to lie - I love this podcast and would urge everyone to check it out. Plus the creators are so nice and will put up trigger warnings for you and are writing up transcripts for free because they want everyone to be able to access it. Episode lengths vary and you need to listen to the first couple of episodes together because the first one is done in such a different style to what the show actually settled with.
The Lift If you ever find yourself in a creepy building that no one else can see, staffed by a dead girl called Victoria who knows just that little too much about you then congratulations - you have a decision to make. Each episode is based around a new person who somehow stumbles into this liminal place. Victoria will take you to the floor that will best help you work out your issues and try and help you. If you deserve it. Of course, it’s up to you if you want to take the help. Each episode is about 30 minutes long and season 2 just started where we’re learning a lot more about Victoria’s backstory and how she ended up trapped as a guardian to that place,
Help Me This is a short, completed podcast about one girl’s journey to find out why her best friend committed suicide. Turns out the answer is - because she didn’t. The podcast quickly takes a turn from trying to find acceptance in death to fighting for your life from the thing that stalks you and wants to steal your soul. There’s a lot more out there than people know and, if you’re unlucky, you can accidentally draw their attention. Fans of slenderman or creepypasta this 15 part miniseries is one you definitely need to listen to. And I really hope the creator decides to put something new out soon!
I’m going to tell you about some of my favorite podcasts because not enough people listen to podcasts!
The Bridge: “It’s an alternate 2016, and Watchtower 10 sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, keeping lonely watch over the Transcontinental Bridge.” This podcast is SO GREAT. There’s lots of cool storytelling and a vague sea monster thing named Bob that may or may not actually be a goldfish (it’s probably not a goldfish).
Hello from the Magic Tavern: Definitely the funniest podcast I listen to and one of my favorites. It’s about Arnie, who fell through a portal behind a Burger King into the magical land of Foon. Features co-hosts Chunt (a talking badger/shapeshifter) and Usidore the Blue (a wizard who has a million names, including many secret names you do not know yet, like Biscuit Meniscus and Papa Mâché). This podcast is improvised, but there’s actually a storyline too occasionally. (Also if you like Starkid, some of them have been on this podcast)
The Bright Sessions: “Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual” This podcast is about a therapist who provides therapy for teenagers and young adults with superpowers (empaths, telepaths, involuntary time travelers, etc.). Features an adorable super gay relationship.
Wolf 359: About life on the Hephaestus Research Station, which orbits around red dwarf star Wolf 359. Features communications officer Doug Eiffel (who is only capable of talking in pop culture references), commander Minkowski (who is just trying to do her job and get everyone else to do theirs), Alexander Hilbert (mad scientist extraordinaire), and my computer wife Hera (the most adorable and sarcastic AI system you will ever meet).
Alice Isn’t Dead: From the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, this podcast follows a truck driver in her search across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. This is a kind of horror-y podcast that centers around a wlw couple. It’s really good and also creepy.
Hi! I was wondering what podcasts you could recommend to me? I love Wolf 359, Lime Town, D&D is for Nerds, and Alice Isn't Dead. I'm looking for a great story line, full characters and good humor. Creepy is also appreciated :3 thank you so much!!
Spines: Wren looks for what happened before her memories vanished, but something is obviously, horribly wrong.
The Bridge: Stories from the people working in the Transcontinental Bridge.
Sable: Characters (human and non-human alike) at the nearing apocalypse.
Within the Wires: A set of super creepy relaxation cassette tapes.