horror fiction podcasts: recommended listening
“I could not help feeling that they were evil things– mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss. That seething , half-luminous cloud-background held ineffable suggestions of a vague, ethereal beyondness far more than terrestrially spatial; and gave appalling reminders of the utter remoteness, separateness, desolation, and aeon-long death of this untrodden and unfathomed austral world.”― H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness
Please enjoy my carefully curated collection of horror fiction podcast recommendations, direct from my disorganized podcast feed to your browser. Do expect it to be updated over time.
Pseudopod is a weekly horror fiction podcast hosted by writer and reviewer Alasdair Stuart, and is a two time winner of the Parsec Award (in addition to being a finalist on six other occasions). For the last decade it has been publishing award-winning horror fiction in audio format, including works from classic horror personalities such as H.P. Lovecraft and Agatha Christie, contemporary titans of the genre like Laird Barron and Gwendolyn Kiste, and first-time authors breaking into the industry. Pseudopod–and all of EscapeArtists, Inc. story podcasts–actively seek to lift up content creators from marginalized communities, both writers and narrators alike.
Knifepoint Horror is the work of a single author, host and narrator, Soren Narnia. Each stand-alone story is told from the perspective of a single voice, which, combined with the absence of any introductory material or even a proper title, lends each story the air of a confession.
Nightmare Magazine is another multi-award-winning combination horror/dark fantasy magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams and Wendy N. Wagner, and produced and narrated by the incomparable Stefan Rudnicki. The works published by Nightmare will absolutely run the gamut from the darkly whimsical, to psychological horror; it is the magazine’s stated goal to publish works that represent the best of the genre, and where it is going in the future.
The Dark Magazine publishes horror and dark fantasy fiction, bringing the stories to life via the talent of host and narrator, Kate Baker, who I first encountered over at Clarkesworld. The podcast updates about once monthly.