This story was originally published in Art Hive Magazine issue #31, Fall 2019.
The NoSleep Podcast
Now on it’s thirteenth season, the NoSleep podcast is an anthology of horror stories hosted and produced by David Cummings. These original stories are derived from the Nosleep subreddit, where users post their own encounters ranging from the strange to the paranormal to downright terrifying. Each episode usually has multiple tales to enjoy (If you’re not faint of heart) accompanied by a team of authors and narrators who have seen their own works come to fruition. There’s an abundant catalog before you find yourself wanting more, and of course plenty of chills.
Welcome to Night Vale
Welcome to Night Vale offers a unique spin on “mundane” daily news, but nothing in Night Vale is close to mundane just fyi. Announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers in the dog park, and cultural events! It’s just a day in the lives of Night Vales entities, that’s if they actually have one… Nonetheless turn on your radio and hide, and welcome to Night Vale.
Produced by the Paragon Collective and NoSleep, this binaurally recorded audio drama has seen the likes of Dennis O’Hare (American Horror Story), RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and Nancy Grace explore original stories. Each chapter follows two scientists working for the secret ‘Project Cyclops’. Through Project Cyclops, the audience is able to relive a person’s last waking moments and uncover the secrets of the dead. The Darkest Night is narrated by Lee Pace (The Hobbit Films, Guardians of the Galaxy, Pushing Daisies. Halt & Catch Fire, etc) and Keith David (Crash, Coraline, There’s something about Mary, Barbershop and They Live).
Let’s Not Meet
Another anthology comprised of horror stories from subreddits, with first person accounts narrated and produced by Andrew Tate. Each episode dives into real-life encounters with stalkers, murderers, and just about anyone you wish you wouldn’t meet on or off the dark web. You can stomach the vivid and gruesome details with the raw storytelling perspective (like reading conspiracies on Russian sleep experiments with your best friend at 3am).
Creepy, as in creepypasta. If you know the likes of Jeff the Killer, Smile Dog, and the Russian Sleep Experiment… well you probably don’t sleep with blackout curtains and your feet dangling off the side of the bed. Jon Grilz, lead narrator and creator, keeps the thrill of the genre and storytelling that is creepypasta. Most of the time fiction (¿who really knows?), these pastas explore horrific scenarios that could be described as your most abstract fears and your worst nightmares.
Each episode delves into a new dark historical tale in a campfire-like narration. Aaron Mahnke is the creator, writer, host, and producer of Lore, exposing the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest terrors.
“Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.”
A legend and pioneer in the creepypasta Youtube community, Mr.CreepyPasta started his channel in early 2011. Since then he has produced over 1,200 videos, ranging from a few minutes to a few hours. His most notable voice overs consisted of Jeff The Killer, Smile Dog, and Eyeless Jack. Mr.Pasta practically revised the fireside chats in guts and horror, leading a generation of adrenaline-seeking insomniacs, such as myself, waiting for the next chill inducing story.
Everyone has a dark side, but what does it take to become the next serial killer ? It’s not hard to imagine when you’re gridlocked in the early rush hour.
However, what happens when you immerse yourself in true crime, night after night, digging deeper into the lives of serial killers? Scott Benjamin wanted to learn more about what made them tick, and why they did these terrible things. It wasn’t long before Benjamin’s research started to affect him, consuming him day and night. It followed him home at night and into his bed. The work turned him into an insomniac.
Horror Hill: A Horror Anthology and Scary Stories Series.
“A multiple story, horror-themed audio storytelling podcast, spun off from Chilling Tales for Dark Nights and its popular YouTube channel of the same name. The show stars voice actor / illustrator Jason Hill, and the hand-picked work of dozens of accomplished independent and previously-published contributing authors.”
The Bright Sessions
“The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients – each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright.”