Best Horror / Dark / Scary / Creepy Podcasts (2020)

Horror podcasts are one of the most popular genres out there. Goosebumps on your skin, your breath gets shallow, you're on edge, waiting for what happens next. It's a scary feeling. How could it not be? That's how the dark and creepy genre started. Think back on your oldest memory of horror stories. I bet it isn't a movie. It's a scary story around a fire, a flashlight in the dark, ghost stories shared during a blackout.

When it comes to horror, visuals can never live up to oral storytelling. It all goes back to the root of what the horror genre means. The true thrill comes from letting your imagination run wild and the terrible and frightening things it can conjure. That's what scary podcasts are bringing back, the essence of what the genre means for thrill lovers. The horror junkies are tuning in to these podcast shows.

True crime mixed with gory horror is a front runner among podcast listeners. Some people prefer fiction, while others would rather have stories based on true events. It's easy to understand the appeal. The fact that it happened once means it could happen again. That just adds to how real the moment feels to fans of the horror genre.

There's a lot of dark podcast shows out there. Where do you start? How do you separate the quality horror podcasts from the cheap thrills? That's why we're here. We compiled a list of the best horror podcasts of 2020. If you're a true fan of horror, you'll find at least a few creepy stories to keep you on edge in all the best ways.

The NoSleep Podcast

by Creative Reason Media Inc.



This is a horror podcast you should go for if you can't find a good scary movie to scare away your night's sleep. As its name indicates, the NoSleep Podcast terrifies you so that you're wide-awake all night. This series is a vast collection of horror stories from all around the world, told in a spooky manner. Listening to it means you should be open to the idea of getting no sleep.


by Aaron Mahnke and Grim & Mild



This is a podcast that's definitely not going to put you to sleep. Lore features stories capable of giving you goosebumps and some horrifying true stories. Each episode tells a tale from the past, unwinding some scary creatures and places. These episodes are reminiscent of sharing creepy stories around the campfire, with all your nightmarish fantasies coming true.

Knifepoint Horror

by Soren Narnia



Tales of supernatural suspense written and produced by Soren Narnia. The text of these stories is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA. Patreon: Also by the author: the podcast 'Those Snowy Nights You Read to Me, They'll Never Be Forgotten.'

Welcome to Night Vale

by Night Vale Presents



Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, where every conspiracy theory is true. Turn on your radio and hide. Never listened before? It's an ongoing radio show. Start with the current episode, and you'll catch on in no time. Or, go right to Episode 1 if you wanna binge-listen.

The Magnus Archives

by Rusty Quill



“Make your statement, face your fear.” A weekly horror fiction podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join Jonathan Sims as he explores the archive, but be be warned, as he looks into its depths something starts to look back… New episodes every Thursday produced by Rusty Quill, featuring guest actors, short stories, serial plots and more. The Magnus Archives 2 is live on Kickstarter right now you can pledge at the following link - Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Up and Vanished

by Tenderfoot TV



This podcast takes an up-close investigative journey into true-crime stories, with a focus on missing person cases. They interview witnesses, re-examine old leads, and even perform on-site investigations. The best part is that they document it all to keep the public informed and give these cases rightly-deserved exposure. The host, Payne Lindsey, gives listeners a play-by-play of all their investigation and findings.