If you’re like me, then you might be of the opinion that summer is the worst. It’s hot and humid and isn’t everything just that much better when the air is crisp and cool?
Okay, so you don’t have to hate summer to love the spookiness that comes with fall. But if you’re craving a little bit of bump-in-the-night to tide you over until Halloween takes over, there are plenty of options in the fictional podcast world. I prefer to listen to these favorites while exploring a haunted mansion. But while working or driving home will do.
Limetown is an episodic adventure centered around a mysterious town whose residents have suddenly vanished without a trace. Literally, no DNA or anything to be found. They took a long hiatus after the first season but announced earlier this year that season 2 will be released around Halloween of this year.
This basically gives you the perfect amount of time to binge the current episodes and get some vivid imagery stuck in your head forever.
My personal favorite podcast is definitely The Black Tapes. I’d describe it as a combination of The X-Files and Buzzfeed Unsolved. The classic skeptic/believer dynamic towards paranormal happenings is in full swing here, with plenty of mystery to keep you guessing.
While not a ‘jump in your seat’ kind of scary, I’ve definitely sat in a brightly lit, crowded office while listening to this and still felt the urge to peer around and make sure nothing was behind me. Listen to this if you’re looking for story immersion to the point that you become a participant.
Tanis comes from the same creators of The Black Tapes and is hosted by a character that appears on The Black Tapes regularly. What starts as a curious mystery turns into a surreal fantasy while our host searches for the answer to one question: What is Tanis?
The storytelling is vivid and shrouded in uncertainty. If you’re looking for something immersive but able to be enjoyed while sitting alone in the dark, this is the one you’re looking for.
It wouldn’t be a spooky podcast list if I didn’t include Welcome to Night Vale. This cult classic in the podcast world combines eerie concepts with irreverent story-telling and absolutely unforgettable characters. As someone who has been to multiple WTNV live shows, I can tell you without a doubt that they are so, so worth it.
For those unfamiliar, WTNV takes place in a desert town where strange and absurd events are always happening. It’s perfect for long drives and road-trips after the sun has started to go down.
Also from Joseph Fink, the creator of Welcome to Nightvale. Alice Isn’t Dead tells the story of a truck driver on a search for her long-missing wife, who she long assumed was dead. In the process, otherworldly events, scientific anomalies, and deep conspiracies unfold. While you listen to her encounters, you’ll for sure find yourself wondering just how all of these puzzle pieces fit together.