8 Creepy Podcasts That Will Have You Sleeping With The Lights On

Nothing says creepy like sitting around listening to spooky stories by someone you can’t see. Am I right? This online version of telling scary stories around the campfire is just what the deranged doctor ordered.

1. The No Sleep Podcast

The award-winning anthology series of ORIGINAL horror stories, The No Sleep Podcast, began as a Reddit forum where it quickly spiraled into one of the best-known, unnerving podcasts to this day. The No Sleep Podcast hosts a plethora of writers—some which have gone on to write their own novels. Each episode offers a unique tale told in a way that is sure to capture your attention. I know it did mine!

2. Last Podcast On The Left

Real or imagined, The Last Podcast On The Left has it all! Cults, Serial Killers, Demons, Slashers—you name it and this podcast will deliver. Also, can we all take a moment of silence for not only the phenomenal podcast name but that cover art as well? If that isn’t enough to catch your attention, their chilling tales will. 

3. Horror Movie Podcast 

The Horror Movie Podcast is exactly that—a podcast about horror movies! This podcast includes ratings and recommendations hosted bi-weekly on both new and old movies. Not sure what spooky movie to watch next? They got your back!

4. Cult Classic Horror Show 

Again, with that cover art—it’s killing me. [Insert drums here] See what I did there? The Cult Classic Horror Show is hands down my favorite podcast and I will never stop recommending it. You will get exclusive interviews with actors and directors, current events, behind-the-scenes secrets to some of your favorite films, and a chance to win some free gear.

5. The Apex & The Abyss 

Are you a fan of true crime? Then this podcast is just for you! It combines chilling music, clips from news, trials, and documentaries to weave a real-life tale that will have you sleeping with the lights on tonight.

6. The Other Stories

The podcast brings you classic bedtime stories with a horrific remake. Shows like The Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, or The Outer Limits are brought back with a modern take and delivered right to your podcast feed every Monday morning. They are relatively short (25 minutes) and perfect to listen to on your commute to work or school.

7. Pretty Scary

Pretty Scary is a podcast with some of the most intriguing conspiracy theories, true crime, ghost, and alien stories. Hosted by comics Adam Tod Brown, Caitlin Cutt, and Kari Martin—these bi-weekly episodes have been named on of Vulture’s 52 best true-crime podcast and one of Uproxx’s top 16 true-crime podcast.

8. Lore

“Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.”

Lore is an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creature, people, and places of our wildest nightmares. This podcast has been the winner of iTunes “Best of 2015,” “Best of 2016,” and “Best History Podcast 2016” by the Academy of Podcasters. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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