Scary’s Voices – Sound Bites
Week Ending 15th January 2021
Welcome to back Sound Bites, where I highlight the best horror podcasts I’ve heard through the week. If you’re looking for content to haunt your earbuds, these podcasts are just what you need.
My Scream of the Week goes to:
Tales of What!?
Thanks to a suggestion from Kev Harrison, last year I discovered the talented Luke Kondor and his impressive work on The Other Stories podcast. So, I was quite keen to check out one of Luke’s other podcast projects which is dedicated to bizarro fiction called Tales of What!?
I listened to a couple of episodes and then ended up binging all 6 episodes of Season 1 because I enjoyed them so much. My favourite was probably the last episode, “There’s No Such Thing As Mums,” written by Luke Kondor. Weird and twisted, this was a fantastic story, and I highly recommend checking it out.
Besides Luke’s own works, I also enjoyed featured stories written by Madeleine Swann, D. Harlan Wilson, and Leigham Shardlow. Episodes of Tales of What!? are the perfect length to enjoy on breaks, with most running approximately 15 minutes long.
Season 2 is in the works right now, so it’s the perfect time to catch up on Tales of What!? season 1 now, available on most listening platforms including Apple Podcasts
Or you can watch the entire first season all in one video on YouTube
As recommended by our very own Gavin Kendall, I checked out Fear Noir and found myself on the edge of my seat. At the time of this writing there were only 2 episodes available, but they were so great I’m anxiously awaiting more episodes to drop! Written by Michael Whitehouse these hardboiled detective tales follow PI Travis Ellison in the city of Knight’s Fall. Thick with atmosphere and tension, you can almost feel the grime of the city. Ranging from 30 to 45 minutes per episode, Fear Noir is great to listen to while enjoying the beverage of your choice, though I’m sure Travis would suggest some whisky. The show is available on Spotify, YouTube, or found through their website www.fearnoir.com
Next, I switched from listening to tales of horror to discussions on how authors create stories that get our dark imaginations going wild on Cursed Morsels. Episodes have featured talented writers such as Kathe Koja, Laurel Hightower, and Eric LaRocca, talking about their works of fiction as well as their process for writing. This week I listened as host Eric Raglin talked to Lucy A. Snyder about writing effective action scenes, thoughts on fanfiction, as well as her short story collection Halloween Season. With a nice mix of fun exchanges and serious discussions on the craft of horror, Cursed Morsels is great for both horror fans and authors. I’ve seen some recent Tweets revealing future guests and can’t wait to hear more! Find the show on Spotify
Lastly, I was absolutely thrilled to see Ghoul Squad dropped a new episode recently. I’ve been a long-time listener of the show where hosts Keegan Przeslak and Erik Hoff talk about horror movies, video games, and punk music. If you ever hang out with your foul-mouthed, horror-loving best friends and just talk movies, that’s exactly how this show feels. One aspect I really enjoy is that Erik and Keegan don’t always agree on what makes a film great, inciting great discussions, and a wider variety of movie titles than found on some other podcasts. Plus, Erik’s rants about his job always crack me up! Ghoul Squad episodes range in length from 2 to 3 hours, and you can find links to your favourite listening platform on Anchor
That’s a wrap for this week’s Sound Bites!
As always, thanks so much to the awesome podcast listeners and creators who have been sending me terrific recommendations. Keep them coming via the comments section below, or direct messaging on Twitter or Instagram (links below). I can’t promise I’ll enjoy every podcast you throw my way, but I’ll give everyone a fair shot.
Remember, I’m all about scary things and spooky podcasts are what I’m after. Content focused on reviewing horror movies and horror books, true paranormal encounters, facts about cryptids, true crimes, and original scary stories are exactly what I want to hear.
Can’t wait to listen to all the dark podcasts you fine fiends suggest, and I’m looking forward to presenting you with even more Scary’s Voices next Friday.
J. A. Sullivan is a horror writer and paranormal enthusiast, based in Brantford, ON, Canada. Attracted to everything non-horror folks consider strange, she’s spent years as a paranormal investigator, has an insatiable appetite for serial killer information, and would live inside a library if she could.
As curator of “Scary’s Voices” on Kendall Reviews, an article series reviewing horror podcasts, Sullivan loves listening to all things spooky. If you have a horror podcast recommendation, let her know.
On top of contributing short stories to Kendall Reviews, her fiction has appeared in Don’t Open the Door (2019), It Came From The Darkness (2020), and she acted as an assistant editor for Black Dogs, Black Tales (2020). Other spooky tales and updates on her writing journey can be found on her blog.
You can follow J. A. on Twitter @ScaryJASullivan
Check out her blog https://writingscaredblog.wordpress.com
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Find her on Instagram www.instagram.com/j.a_sullivan