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Although we love indulging in murder mysteries all year round, October is truly the time for all things dark and scary to take centre stage.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite spooky podcasts, from the macabre to true crime. Don’t listen in the dark (or do if you dare)!
Here are 10 thrilling podcasts to listen to this month:
Image, RedHanded podcast.
One of the best things about this podcast, besides its hosts, is that it already has over 300 episodes that cover everything from unsolved murders to political assassinations. Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire cleverly recount the most interesting events in true crime, with supporting research and dry British humour.
Where to listen: Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Patreon.
2. Archive 81
Image, Archive 81 podcast.
Although entirely fictional, this podcast will truly send a chill down your spine. Archive 81 follows Dan, an archivist charged with restoring old tapes. The podcast is formatted as found footage, meaning it’s a series of recordings made by Dan that have later been found and “released.” Because of how expertly it breaks the fourth wall, it’ll have you wildly guessing theories from the first episode!
Where to listen: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Radiopublic, Soundcloud, RSS.
3. Magnus Archives
Image, The Magnus Archives podcast.
Another fiction podcast, the Magnus Archives is structured as a series of recorded statements used for paranormal research at the fictional Magnus Institute. The eeriness of each episode is sure to keep you at night (proceed with caution).
Where to listen: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, RSS.
4. The Last Podcast On The Left
Image, Last Podcast On The Left.
Hosted by comedians Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski, The Last Podcast On The Left covers all things true crime with unrelenting humour and detail.
Where to listen: Youtube, Spotify, Twitch, Patreon.
5. My Favorite Murder
Image, My Favorite Murder podcast.
A favourite amongst spooky lovers, this comedy true crime podcast is hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstack. From the execution of Anne Boleyn to unsolved disappearances and serial killers, this cult classic covers it all. Plus, it’s scary and funny, which checks all our boxes!
Where to listen: Wondery, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Spotify.
6. Dark House
Image, Dark House podcast.
Narrated by co-hosts Hadley Mendelsohn and Alyssa Fiorentino, Dark House is a true crime podcast that sits “at the crossroads of true crime, interior design, and the paranormal.” If you’re a lover of the dark histories behind infamous haunted houses, then this podcast is for you.
Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart, Podchaser.
7. Dr. Death
Image, Dr. Death podcast.
Everyone loves a good scary story, but how about a real-life tale about a doctor who botched several spinal surgeries? Dr. Death follows the story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a charming surgeon who, thanks to a “spineless” system that failed to protect his patients, was responsible for several mutilations and even deaths. Listen at your own risk.
Where to listen: Wondery, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart, Amazon Music.
8. And That’s Why We Drink
Image, And That's Why We Drink podcast.
Co-hosts Em Schulz and Christine Schiefer take you on a deep dive into the world of true crime and the paranormal, exploring whatever scary story they’re currently obsessing over with their signature comedic twist. Bring your glass of wine!
Where to listen: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Pandora.
9. Wrong Station
Image, Wrong Station podcast.
Inspired by classic radio horror of the 1940s and The Twilight Zone, Wrong Station is an anthology series of original horror and weird fiction. Each episode is creepier than the next.
Where to listen: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Patreon.
10. Welcome to Night Vale
Image, Welcome To Night Vale podcast.
Welcome to Night Vale is formatted as a radio station for the fictional town of Night Vale, where “every conspiracy theory is true.” Eerie and spine-chilling, this podcast where horror meets the mundane will definitely have you trying to find Night Vale on a map.
Where to listen: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Radiopublic, RSS, Youtube.