Spooky for Spooky Season 

By Nupur Kudapkar

Breathe in and breathe out. Do you smell that? Spooky season is right around the corner, prepare to feast on horror. In honor of October being right around the corner, I decided to share some of my favorite crime/horror podcasts to get you in the mood for fall. 

  1. Lets Not Meet 
    1. Lets Not Meet is a page on Reddit, and while it is not affiliated with the social platform, Andrew Tate (not the boxer) produces true horror stories emailed to him by those who survived terrifying experiences and made it out alive. In anthology and suspense, Tate uses his voice to tell bone chilling first person accounts of horrid incidents. As someone who has been listening to the podcast since middle school, I have to say that most of the stories are mellow. However, there is the occasional story that makes me check to see if my doors and windows are locked.
  2. The Magnus Archives 
    1. This fiction horror podcast explores what the Magnus Institute— a group devoted to studying the esoteric and the strange— has stored in its archives. Come along with Jonathan Sims as he explores the archive, but beware,as he delves deeper, something begins to glance back. Introduced to me this summer by senior, James Harper, I find this podcast deeply intriguing, making me question the paranormal as well as turning my shoulder to see if there is anyone behind me. 
  3. Crime Junkie 
    1. Can you never get enough true crime? Congratulations, you have found your people, and your podcast! This podcast is hosted by Ashley Flowers and her childhood best friend, Brit Prawat. Together, they join hand in hand to tell you some of the most bone chilling true crime stories. Everything from murders, missing peoples, serial killers, mysterious deaths, infamous killers, and so many more. They cover it all in incredible depth! Their platform has helped solve cases from everywhere, and fans continue to support them as they bring attention to cases big and small. This is not their only podcast, so make sure to check them all out!
  4. Full Body Chills 
    1. This podcast is hosted by Ashley Flowers as well. Gather around and listen close, have you been missing eerie campfire stories from your childhood this summer? Take out your flashlight, turn out all the lights, and prepare for this podcast! This terrifying fiction series begs you to listen. A rotating list of writers appears on the broadcast, some stories written by Ashley Flowers herself. 
  5. Radio Rentals 
    1. Listen to horror stories, including weird crimes and paranormal activities. These fictionalized accounts of genuine events take place in Radio Rental, a video rental business from the 1980s run by the eccentric Terry Carnation (Rainn Wilson). With cutting-edge documentary storytelling, a dash of humor, and inspiration from cult classics, this innovative horror brand twists the boundaries of reality. This is Radio Rental, a work by Payne Lindsey. This podcast has to be in my top 3! Rainn Wilson hosting a true crime podcast? Take my soul! It is so clever and beautiful you will just keep wanting more. 
  6. Crime Countdown 
    1. “Who’s the worst serial killer? Where’s the creepiest cult? What’s the coldest of all cold cases? Ash and Alaina may not be experts. And they may not always agree. But… they’re counting down anyway!” (Parcast Podcasts) Join the two as they take you on a crazy adventure as they countdown, 10-1 on different topics. You learn about these crazy stories with them as each sister has five and the other does not know what five the other sister has. Your interest will be piqued by their impeccable storytelling and comedy, which will have you counting down the time till the next episode releases!
  7. Park Predators
    1.  “Sometimes the most beautiful of places hide the darkest of secrets’ ‘ (Park Predators).  Investigative journalist Delia D’Ambra, a native of North Carolina, began her career in the media in 2014. D’Ambra specializes in re-investigating unsolved cases and cold case homicides. She loves the outdoors, and is now trying to visit all of the national parks in North America. So join her as she discusses the most heinous atrocities committed in national parks.
  8. The NoSleep Podcast 
    1. WARNING: This is a horror fiction podcast. It is intended for mature adults, not the faint of heart. Join at your own risk. For the hours of darkness when you dare not sleep, horror stories meant to disturb and fear. Follow along as the sleepless hours pass, prepare for  the podcast by tensing up. The NoSleep Podcast is a multi-award winning anthology series of original horror stories that uses a cast of excellent voice actors, lush atmospheric music, and sound effects to accentuate the spooky story (The NoSleep Podcast). It is a beautifully crafted podcast that I only listen to once in a while, to preserve my heart of ill fate, hands down the scariest podcast that I have listened to).