You’re driving home at night, down a dark and winding road. Rows of trees line your way, so thick you can barely see the moon. Owls hoot and coyotes howl in the distance. It’s just not working for you, though; the little hairs on your neck aren’t standing up, there’s no goosebumps, no excitement. You need something else to up the spooky factor, and keep you wondering what could be out there bumping around in the night.

Turns out, the scariest thing you own is on the seat beside you, filled to the brim with nightmare juice: your iPhone. Whether it’s folklore, monsters, aliens, mystery, ghosts, or witches that give you the creeps, there’s a spooky podcast for you.

Lore

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Image courtesy of Lore Podcast

This perfect combination of history, folklore, and stunning storytelling, Aaron Mahnke’s Lore takes the stories of ghosts, vampires, and witches that we know and love and uncovers the truth behind them. He isn’t peddling myth and legend; he uncovers the real horrors of humanity that contribute to our stories of the supernatural and our real life fears. Lore is so good that it has caught the attention of Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd, and is officially being made into a TV anthology.  Lore drops bi-weekly, and each episode serves as a reminder that “sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.”

Alice Isn’t Dead

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Image courtesy of Alice Isn’t Dead

Brought to you by the makers of Welcome to Nightvale, you can safely assume you’re in for a story of the same bizarre breed. Unlike the episodic news story format of Nightvale, Alice Isn’t Dead is a serial podcast following an unnamed female narrator, who takes a job as a truck driver as she goes on the search for her wife, Alice. Along the way she encounters flesh-eating serial killers, towns lost in time and space, and the ever-unfolding mystery of what happened to Alice, who may or may not be dead.

Knifepoint Horror

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Image courtesy of Knifepoint Horror

Knifepoint Horror strips storytelling of all the frill and fluff to bring you stark and startling terror. One single voice tells an account just as it happened, in such a way that you almost feel like it really did happen. The simplicity of the story creates a truly chilling tale. These aren’t cheap thrills or typical scares; these are the stories that take hold of you, shake you to the core, and make you wonder if these horrors could be true.

Monster Talk

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It is rare that skepticism is given a place among the world of myth and monsters. Monster Talk examines cryptozoological monsters through a critical and scientific lens. They may be skeptics, but these people love monsters, and would be more thrilled than anyone if they proved to be real. They just require that one vital piece of information: cold, hard proof. They bring in scientists, historians, archaeologists, and other field experts to examine just how these monsters came to be a part of our culture, and where the truth really lies.

Limetown

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Image courtesy of Limetown

What exactly happened to the people of Limetown? That question begs to be answered from the very first moments of this serial podcast. We follow investigative reporter, Lia Haddock, as she tries to uncover what happened when more than 300 men, women, and children disappeared from Limetown ten years ago. It almost seems like it could be a real life mystery that was lost in obscurity, and it immediately consumes you as though it was. The questions only become more complicated, abundant, and terrifying as you listen.

History Goes Bump

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Lovers of travel and ghost stories rejoice, as you’re about to have every roadtrip for the rest of forever planned out for you. The hosts, an adorable nerdy couple who delight with their witty banter, take you around the world to some seriously cool haunted locations. From the Lizzie Borden House to Cachtice Castle to Danvers State Hospital, they explore the already creepy history of these places, as well as the hauntings that have been reported there.

Haleigh Schiafo

Haleigh Schiafo

Haleigh is a lover of all things magical, mystical, haunted, and historical. She works in fashion and is the co-founder of Babe Coven. She can usually be found snuggling with her cats and roommates watching Game of Thrones, exploring a cemetery, or writing about her latest darkling desires. You can follow her on Instagram if you like cats, selfies, lots of black clothing, and the occasional butt photo.