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 David Cummings

82m

average length

409

episodes

The NoSleep Podcast is a multi-award winning anthology series of original horror stories, with rich atmospheric music to enhance the frightening tales.

Alice Isn't Dead

by PRX

19m

average length

52

episodes

A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.

Lore

by Aaron Mahnke and Grim & Mild

36m

average length

155

episodes

Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (as well as a TV show and book series) about dark historical tales. Each episode explores the mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places that fill the pages of history. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.

Limetown

by Two-Up

0

average length

21

episodes

Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this podcast, American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, "What happened to the people of Limetown?" Order the Limetown novel now at http://book.limetown.com Limetown is produced by Two-Up, the producers of 36 Questions and The Wilderness. Thank you for listening.

Knifepoint Horror

by songofsadbirds@aol.com

51m

average length

59

episodes

Tales of supernatural suspense by Soren Narnia. Music by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com, unless otherwise noted. These stories are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, meaning that anyone is free to adapt them as they see fit, even for profit, without the obligation to compensate the author. Email: songofsadbirds@aol.com. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarnia Also by Soren Narnia: the podcast 'Those Snowy Nights You Read to Me, They'll Never Be Forgotten.'

Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery

by contact@ourfaircity.com

22m

average length

31

episodes

Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery is a new audio drama from HartLife NFP. Releases every other week during season. Lillian Harper moves to the small town of Mt. Absalom, Ohio, to care for her estranged mother Dorothy after an injury. Living in the town's boarding house which has been run by her family for generations, she discovers conspiracies, ghosts, and a new family in the house's strange assortment of residents.

Welcome to Night Vale

by info@welcometonightvale.com

26m

average length

229

episodes

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 Black Tapes

by theblacktapespodcast@gmail.com

25m

average length

52

episodes

The Black Tapes is a weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist's search for truth, her subject's mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?

The Magnus Archives

by Rusty Quill

24m

average length

223

episodes

“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.

Up and Vanished

by Tenderfoot TV

24m

average length

149

episodes

Up and Vanished is an investigative true crime podcast hosted by Atlanta filmmaker Payne Lindsey. In Season 1, Payne tackles his first cold case story, the unsolved disappearance of Georgia high school teacher and former pageant queen, Tara Grinstead. The 11-year-old case remains the largest case file in Georgia history and is still unfolding. Season 2 focuses on the disappearance of young mother Kristal Reisinger from a remote mountain town in Colorado. Up and Vanished aims to tell compelling, true stories and give these cases the exposure they deserve.