6 Blood-Curdling Podcasts For Crime And Horror Lovers
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6 Blood-Curdling Podcasts For Crime And Horror Lovers

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By: Josue Brocca

July 4, 2017

Books 6 Blood-Curdling Podcasts For Crime And Horror Lovers
Avatar of Josue Brocca

By: Josue Brocca

July 4, 2017

What do you fear the most?


When we encounter something strange, we often consider it a menace to our own wellbeing. When we walk alone at night, we feel vulnerable because of all that hides in the dark. Our minds twitch from not knowing what lies beyond the light. We fear that which is unknown. When we feel there's something out of our grasp, we drown in the darkness that lurks within our imagination. The moment we let fantasy unfold in our thoughts, we unleash the most terrifying monsters and see ourselves as victims of the most hideous crimes. 


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Radio-horror has always excelled at waking up the monsters that slumber in the corners of our subconscious. There's nothing more terrifying than listening to a horror story at night. In the dark, our minds make us believe that anything is possible. In that sense, it makes us lose ourselves between reality and imagination. Allow yourself to be carried by these stories into the murkiest corners of your mind, where the shadows are so dark you'll shiver from terror. 


1.  The NoSleep Podcast 

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What would happen if people from all over the world just decided to create a podcast with the sole purpose to frighten and disturb anyone who happens to come across it?  Obviously, a petrifying and diverse collection of stories with the capacity of making any of us tremble as we face the darkest fears imaginable. Born from the eponymous Reddit forum, it started out with the intention of taking it's written stories to a different, more intimate medium.
Based on the legendary Tales from the Crypt, the podcast series presents four different horror tales for each of its episodes. Each of them is written by a different creator from all around the globe, so you never know what you'll get from it. One thing is for sure, though: every time you listen to it, you'll feel as frightened as a boy-scout listening to his first story by the campfire. 



2.  Welcome To Night Vale 


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Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor's podcast was created in 2012 and, in a metafictional manner, it's presented as a radio show within the imaginary and chaotic desert town of Night Vale. The show's host is also the series' main character, Cecil Gerswhin Palmer —a part-god, part-human, independent journalist— , who uncovers the mysteries of this forsaken village where every possible conspiracy theory that your uncles believe in comes to life. Its deep and multilayered characters give it a vivacious real-life feeling despite it's bizarre setting and occurrences, which only makes it more enjoyable. A pretty enjoyable show if you're into late night surprises and black humor. 

3.  Lore 

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A perfect treat for anyone interested in the horrific side of our past, Aaron Mahnke's podcast digs deep into the terrifying real life stories that history has left behind. The dark and haunting tales he tells are even more frightening because of the deep research that the author imbues into their facts, filling all these tales of horror with precise and accurate historical detail.  The podcast is not only a spooky experience, though.  It's also a call to understanding the real-life origins of horror and suspicion, as well as how they're always the indicators of the darkest aspects of our societies. 

4. The Black Tapes Podcast 

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Merging both the crime and horror genres, the spin-off to Pacific Northwest Stories tells of a  young journalist named Alex Reagan, who slowly obsesses with trailing a cult that practices paranormal rituals and the life of Dr. Richard Strand, a paranormal investigator whose sole purpose is to debunk ghost stories. 
Within this narrative frame, the show builds a sort of anthology of ghost stories while developing the arc of both characters. Running in a hazy parallel to real time,  the story of the Black Tapes dissolves the limits between what is real and what is not, the serial genre and fantasy horror.  


5. Sword and Scale 

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S&S presents itself as a podcast about crime, yet it goes way beyond the usual way in which the subject is addressed. With the pretense of proving that the worst monsters are those that are real, it takes true-life events to a grotesque dimension, focusing solely on the most atrocious cases that your mind wouldn't even dare to imagine. This show is not for the faint of heart, neither for people who have lost their faith in the world. It's horrid stories are stomach churning, it's characters despicable. However you won't be able to take your ear away from them. 

6. S-Town

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In the same fashion as the unbelievably visceral first season of HBO's True Detective, S-Town presents a noir Southern Gothic mystery that makes us shiver in dread, not only because of its violence, but also because of the existential crisis that this gruesome and lawless universe presents to the audience. As in the grisliest of the stories in the genre, it's not the gore that nauseates us the most, but rather the spiritual vacuum of a place that has been utterly forsaken.   

Are you ready to have the fright of your life? 

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References
Bustle
Geek 
Welcome To Night Vale 
Lore
The Black Tapes Podcast
S-Town.
Sword and Scale
The No Sleep Podcast 

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