It’s only been over the past year that I’ve started listening to podcasts. The onslaught of the pandemic is partly how I got into exploring the shows and episodes that are out on various platforms. And, of course, because my tastes are on the uncanny side, the ones I’ve gravitated towards deliver engaging, macabre content. So, I decided to share my finds with you in case you’re looking for other ways to consume entertainment. Here’s a list I’ve curated of 11 dark podcasts to listen to now!
Note: Subtitles link to official websites. At the end of the article, I include a note about where you can listen to these podcasts.
I’m starting this roundup with the show that turned me on to podcasts in the first place. The Boulet Brothers are producers and entertainers in the drag industry who have gained significant notoriety when they launched their hit drag competition TV series Dragula. Since COVID led to the suspension of other projects they had in the works, the pair decided to use their time during quarantine to debut their podcast Creatures of the Night. I can’t express enough how it has uplifted my spirits during this pandemic. The hosts Dracmorda and Swanthula do horror movie and book reviews, interview celebrity guests and feature a “Hauntings in History” segment that is absolutely creepy! The duo releases a new episode biweekly on Tuesdays. If you haven’t yet, I also recommend watching Dragula, which you can stream on Netflix.
Rose Sinister is the alias of Lisa Andresen, the host of this podcast and one of the most enlightening vampire historians I’ve encountered. For years, she was a guide with Haunted History Tours in New Orleans, Louisiana. For her show, she has taken her extensive knowledge of these immortal creatures to dissect them through an academic lens. She examines vampires in film, literature and pop culture. Rose Sinister’s research is impeccable and she takes painstaking care to deliver careful analysis of the topics at hand. Due to the in-depth research required for creating each episode, Andresen was producing a new installment every few months. The show has been on a bit of a hiatus since May 2020, but the creator just announced on social media that she’ll be resuming it on the Ides of March (March 15th)! I suggest catching up on what she has live so far. You won’t regret it.
Presented by The Count, Cemetery Confessions is a podcast discussing all things related to the goth subculture. I appreciate this show because it seeks to do away with the stereotypes and put forth an honest representation of individuals within the community across the globe. Topics range from music to philosophy to lifestyle. Conversation can get deep and the host’s background in sociology lends an insightful perspective. He and past guests have addressed spirituality, aging in the goth subculture and being a goth in the professional working world, among other issues. New episodes come out once a month and are lengthy, running about two hours, but the content is worth the listen.
This podcast recently debuted in February and is the brainchild of Malia Miglino, the creator behind Macabre Mondays productions. Miglino has a penchant for morbid history and launched her show Madames & Murderers to share stories of some of the most scandalous and horrific figures to exist in centuries past. I’ve been tuning in since its debut and am really enjoying what I’m hearing. New episodes are published nearly every Monday. Awhile back, I had the opportunity to interview Malia about her projects, so if you want to learn more about the content creator, check out this blog feature.
Hosted by artist Chet Zar, this is the official podcast of the Dark Art Society community. Zar has interviewed tons of artists on his show and his goal is to promote visibility of the Dark Art scene, which is still largely underground. He and his guests cover a range of fascinating topics, from personal life experiences to obscure topics that delve into the occult and psychology. A new episode is released weekly, and you can get early access by becoming a member on Patreon. You can read more about Chet Zar and the Dark Art Society in this Spotlight Feature.
This is the podcast of Shane Izykowski, a multi-talented artist who not only paints, but also has experience with photography, filmmaking and special effects makeup, to name a few. On his podcast, he talks to individuals from all creative walks of life. I had the pleasure of being a guest on Episode 99! The discussions are genuine and address art, the struggles and triumphs of pursuing your passions, and many other interesting topics. He releases a few episodes every month, and there are plenty worth catching up on as well. Plus, check out this past interview I did with him and Martin Darkside regarding their vampire exhibition “Darkness Eternal.”
I recently discovered this podcast and was completely taken in by the title! As the name implies, the show relays stories that will make your skin crawl and hair raise. Shelby Scott is the host and is also a horror writer. She reads tales from other authors, as well as true accounts about serial killers and hauntings. There are even episodes dedicated to what she dubs “guided nightmares,” creepy versions of guided meditations. All of this is accompanied by awesome sound effects and music. I’ve just barely touched the tip of the iceberg, but I am so looking forward to listening to more…in the dark. New episodes come out every Thursday and range anywhere from under an hour to two.
Dark Art Emporium owner Jeremy Schott and Assistant Director Jeremy Cross (aka “The Jeremys”) started this podcast as a result of the pandemic. Since having to temporarily close the gallery to patrons and stall art events, the pair had some extra time on their hands and decided to launch their show where they chat with artists, musicians, collectors and friends. These guys have such good chemistry and are hilarious, drinking beer, swearing up a storm and overall, just having a good time with their guests! They don’t seem to have a set timeframe for releasing new episodes. So far, there are only a handful, with the most recent being uploaded this past December, but I’m hoping they’ll be putting up more soon.
This is the official podcast of the media and entertainment website Creepy Kingdom. Their tagline says it all: “Covering the spooky side of films, theme parks, haunts and beyond!” I’ve been one of the contributing writers on the team for a couple of years now. The content is fun and amusing, and the show is a great way to catch up with everything the brand has going on for social media, events and breaking news. You can get a recap by tuning into “The Weekly Creepy” episodes. New material debuts every week, sometimes multiple times a week, and is about an hour long.
Part of the Bloody Disgusting Network, The Boo Crew features Leone D’Antonio, Trevor Shand and Lauren Shand as your hosts. The trio talks all things horror, including movies, music, events and so much more. They’ve had some amazing celebrity guests in the past, such as Dita Von Teese, Cristina Scabbia (frontwoman of metal band Lacuna Coil), plus tons of actors from a variety of scary films and TV shows. Even if the individuals they have on the show aren’t directly involved in the horror industry, the conversation always highlights the morbid and macabre, never disappointing. I’ve managed to catch a few episodes because the list is endless! There’s a total of more than 200 episodes with new ones coming out several times a month.
Just as I thought I was going to cap the list off at 10 entries, I recently discovered this podcast when I opened my Spotify app. The show presents the original, uncensored versions of classic fairy tales, from Sleeping Beauty to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. While these stories have been watered down over time to be suitable for children, they’re actually quite morbid and twisted, featuring murder, sex and cannibalism. I haven’t started listening yet, but I am eager to dig in. Tales is a Spotify original podcast, so only a limited number of episodes are available on other platforms. A few episodes are released a month and are anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour long.
I hope this list provides some spooky entertainment for those moments when you’re looking for something to do. It has for me. I follow each of these on Spotify, but most are released on other platforms as well, so just search by title on your app of choice or visit the official websites by clicking on the titles in this feature.
And please, if you know of other dark podcasts out there that I need to check out, let me know in the comments. This list is only the beginning, I’m sure.