I’m a podcast addict, I admit it. They keep me connected to the world while working on art, keep me awake while driving long distances, and keep me sane while dealing with the monotony of housework. So, here are my top ten favorite horror genre podcasts that I have been listening to (pretty much non-stop during 2014
I’m a new listener to the Bloodcast, but I am really enjoying it already. I have a feeling it will be working it’s way up my top ten list as it is sure to become one of my regularly listened to podcasts.
This show is Hosted by Ryan Turek (from ShockTillYouDrop.com) and Clarke Wolfe. They don’t just review horror in television and film, they take an analytic look at the genre, and bring some really great insights to their reviews.
I always enjoy a good story and when I find a podcast with good audio quality and great literature being performed, I’m instantly in love. (I’m sure you’ll notice this theme in some of my other choices.)
Each week this podcast discusses all aspects of a story by H.P. Lovecraft. They get into how it reads, why it might have been written and what has been influenced by the story. They also have guest readers and composers visiting their cast from time to time. This is a good brain-flexer podcast for the horror fanatic in us all.
The HPpodcraft Website
Bloody Good Horror is an all encompassing horror review experience. They have an entire archive of reviews for horror films old and new, and each week this dynamic crew gets together on air to share their beer of the week selection and their views on the horror movie of the week. They have a few podcasts under their banner. Sophicticult and Instomatic, but the Blood Good Horror team is the strongest cast. They have great chemistry and their banter is so much fun.
America’s Most Haunted is one of my most listened to podcasts. It would be higher up on my list if the audio quality was a little cleaner- I think they record most of their shows through skype. However, despite their technical short-comings, it is a great show. The hosts Eric Olsen and “the Haunted Housewife” Theresa Argie interview people involved in all aspects of the paranormal. Horror film-makers, ghost hunters, scientists and more frequent their show. They have a fun laid-back air about them in their interviews, and the discussions are always very interesting.
Monster Talk holds number 6, but it was a close race for the top 6 slots. From this podcast onwards I binge listen to often, and everytime I catch up with their newest episodes I dive deeper into their archives for more. Monster Talk specifically satisfies my desire for cryptozoology and my need to look at the possible existence of each creature with a critical eye. On this podcast they discuss the monster of the week and interview scientists, authors and journalists who can help shed some light on the various forms of evidence provided. It’s always an interesting discussion and I’m always learning something new about science and monster lore.
The Paranormal Podcast is part of a collection of incredibly well-produced podcasts on JimHarold.com. I’m an avid listener of his free podcasts and getting very close to actually purchasing a subscription to his plus club, so I can listen to the rest of the shows. This podcast also interviews scientists, authors, and journalists but it goes forward with the assumption that everyone listening is in the “believer” or “looking-for-proof” camp, so they spend less time on debunking and more time discussing the subject at hand. Every week Jim interviews another great guest, and he does so with such ease and comradery that you feel like everyone on the show is a close friend from the start.
Anything Ghost is so much fun. Lex Wahl, host and composer for the show, does an incredible job producing it. This show features true ghost stories, local legends, and creepy music. Sometimes Lex will perform a story emailed in and other times the person themselves will call in and tell their tale. And this show gets a lot of callers who aren’t just american- which adds a fun layer of cultural exploration to the experience. I’m constantly listening to this show, but I especially like listening to it while working on commissions late at night. It makes the hours slip by like nothing.
Seudopod is part of the Escape Artist audio magazine collection. I listen to all of their shows, including the science fiction version, “EscapePod” and the fantasy version, “PodCastle.” All tree of which I highly recommend that you check out. Every one of their podcasts is incredibly well produced, and features great short works of fiction for each genre. In Pseudopod specifically, they feature a performance of one piece of horror fiction and then read the feedback from the previous episode. The fact that they take the time to respond during the podcast to their commentators is great. I love it when I, as an audience member, feel like I can actually contribute to the conversation. Rather than just commenting on a post and maybe being noticed. Because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a little attention from your favorite shows?
Another constant companion of my ear drums, Jim Harold’s Campfire Stories. This is the second of JimHarold.com’s free podcasts and this was the podcast that got me started on my horror listening. In this podcast people call in and share their personal ghost stories with Jim offering a mild amount of support as they share their tale. What I love about this podcast is the honesty that comes through with the callers. Some people you can tell are absolutely terrified to share their experience, but they make their way through and every story is a fascinating one. I can’t recommend listening to this one enough.
Jim Harold’s Campfire Stories Website
Follow Jim on Twitter or Like him on Facebook
My top choice should come as no surprise to anyone who follows me on twitter or facebook, because I’m constantly talking about their show, but here they are, my #1 favorite podcast for 2014 – Trick or Treat Radio. The hosts – Johnny Wolfenstien, Dynamo Mars, Micheal RavenShadow, Tiny White, and Monster Zero talk about the hard-hitting popculture issues of the day, rag on each other relentlessly, and eventually review at least one horror movie per episode. They have very insightful reviews and delve deep into the story, production value, and the score of each film that they review. And they have so much fun along the way.
What particularly places these guys at the top comes down to their fan interaction. They are constantly talking to people on twitter and facebook and they live stream the recording of their show every Wednesday night, where they keep a chat room open for those folks who want to weigh in on the conversation before it goes on itunes. It’s such a fun show and you should certainly go check it out.
Trick or Treat Radio Website
Follow them on Twitter or Like them on Facebook
|Artwork by Patrick Rahall
So there you have it, my top 10 horror podcasts of 2014.