Greetings, horrorphiles. If you’re like me, always on the hunt for new ways to explore the darkest nooks and crannies of the genre, then you’ve come to the right place. Today, The Longbox of Darkness presents you with the ten best horror podcasts, in our estimation. These shows offer the perfect blend of insightful discussion, in-depth analysis, and engaging reviews that every horror enthusiast craves.
1. The Evolution of Horror
First on our list is The Evolution of Horror, a masterpiece of podcasting horrorology. Hosted by Mike Muncer, this show is an intricately detailed tour through the annals of horror. Each season focuses on a different sub-genre, from folk horror to zombie flicks, providing a comprehensive examination that’s both educational and entertaining. With expert guests and passionate discussions, The Evolution of Horror is a must-listen for any self-respecting fan of the macabre.
2. The Losers Club: A Stephen King Podcast
Stephen King is a towering figure in horror literature, and The Losers Club is your personal guide to his terrifying universe. This podcast goes beyond just reviewing King’s works. It delves deep into the symbolism, context, and layers of meaning that have solidified King’s status as a master of the genre. The hosts also explore the many adaptations, making it a treasure trove for King’s Constant Readers and newbie fans.
3. Faculty of Horror
Brought to you by horror academics Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West, the Faculty of Horror offers a scholarly take on the genre. Each episode features thoughtful and in-depth analysis of horror films, delving into themes, sociopolitical context, and cinematic techniques. It’s a must-listen for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the genre beyond surface-level scares.
4. Horror Movie Talk
If your love for horror extends to the silver screen, Horror Movie Talk is the podcast for you. Hosts Bryce Hanson and David Day review new releases and classic films, offering unique takes with an ideal blend of humor, analysis, and pure fan enthusiasm. Their passion for the genre shines through in every episode, making for an entertaining and insightful listen.
5. Nightmare on Film Street
Hosted by horror fanatics Jon Ono and Kimberley Elizabeth, Nightmare on Film Street dives into all things spooky and scary in film. With a wonderful blend of humor, insightful analysis, and a palpable love for the genre, it’s an entertaining podcast that will make you see your favorite horror films in a new light.
Lore, hosted by Aaron Mahnke, is a different breed of horror podcast. It looks at the true stories behind common folklore and legends, exploring the real-life horrors that have inspired countless tales of the supernatural. Combining meticulous research with a compelling narrative style, it’s an immersive journey into the darker side of history.
7. The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
For fans of cosmic horror, The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast is a must. Hosts Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey provide a detailed analysis of Lovecraft’s works, exploring the depths of his nightmarish universe. They also cover other authors who have contributed to the cosmic horror genre, making this an essential listen for anyone interested in the dread of the unknown and unknowable.
8. Dead Meat Podcast
You might know James A. Janisse and Chelsea Rebecca from their popular Dead Meat YouTube channel, but their podcast offers something different. In addition to reviewing horror films, they discuss various horror-related topics, making for a diverse and entertaining listen.
9. Shock Waves
Hosted by genre insiders Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry, and Ryan Turek, Shock Waves is an indispensable listen for any horror fan. Their insider perspectives, deep industry knowledge, and infectious enthusiasm make for an engaging dive into the world of horror. Shock Waves has you covered from interviews with industry heavyweights to discussions on the latest horror trends.
10. The Boo Crew
Last but certainly not least is The Boo Crew. This podcast is a bit like a horror-centric version of Inside the Actor’s Studio. Hosted by Trevor, Lauren Shand, and Leone D’Antonio, The Boo Crew features interviews with horror’s biggest names, from directors and writers to actors and special effects artists. It’s an engaging, behind-the-scenes look at the making of your favorite frightful flicks.
These podcasts offer a veritable smorgasbord of horror delights, from scholarly analysis to behind-the-scenes gossip, from the latest reviews to deep dives into horror’s storied history. Whether you’re a casual fan or a seasoned horror hound, these shows will surely deliver the chills and thrills you crave. So, plug in those headphones and prepare for a deliciously dark journey into the heart of horror. And as always, stay weird, and keep it creepy.