Welcome back to 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:
Homies of Horror
Back in late 2020 I saw the movie His House for the first time and it blew me away. I love it so much that now whenever I see a podcast talking about that movie, that episode jumps to the top of my playlist, which is exactly how I came across Homies of Horror.
Hosts Erika and Roshane really dug in deep to the symbolism of His House, the stark realities of claiming refugee status in the UK, and so much more. As many times as I’ve seen the movie and listened to other people’s takes on it, Homies of Horror brought fresh perspectives to the conversation and before I knew it, I was hooked on this podcast, searching through past episodes for more fun and entertaining discussions.
One of the things I really appreciate about this podcast is that Erika and Roshane take on serious movies like His House and The Shining, but are just as comfortable looking at not-so-serious films like Avalanche Sharks and Demon Knight. Since the Homies of Horror do go quite in-depth in their reviews, spoilers abound, so it’s best to be familiar with the movie title prior to listening to the episode.
One of my favourite parts of the show is the Synopsis segment, where Roshane uses an epic movie trailer voice reminiscent of the “Honest Trailer” episodes on the Screen Junkies YouTube channel – it is hilarious! I also appreciate their rating system, which they tailor to each movie.
Episodes typically run between 1.5 to 2 hours, with new content dropping every Monday on most podcast platforms. You can also join the Homies of Horror in discussions on Discord and Twitch, and find all their social media links via Linktree homiesofhorror
Tremorphonic – The Sounds of Fear
For anyone looking for a great audio fiction show to sink your teeth into, you need to check out Tremorphonic. Again, I started out thinking I would sample a story or two, but then was quickly consumed by these spine-chilling tales and binged all 10 episodes currently available.
Some, like the most recent episode “In Sheep’s Clothing,” are a sort of reimagining of fairy tales and legends, while others explore more real-life horrors, like technology in “Know-It-All.” But one thing they all have in common is presenting unique and unexpected terrors. “The Zig Zag Man” has been my favourite so far, and I’d recommend starting with it.
All Tremorphonic stories are written, performed, recorded, and edited by Richard Wilson, who plans to release one new episode per month. In the meantime, you can also check out Richard’s bite-sized horror stories on TikTok (which thankfully he tweets links to for old people like me, haha!).
Episodes range from 5 to 30 minutes, and can be found on most podcast platforms as well as on YouTube with closed captioning. Find out more by visiting the Tremorphonic website www.tremorphonic.com
I was super pumped to see that the Season 5 premiere of Nightlight dropped on February 8, and wow is it a fright-fest! In “Conflict Resolution” a young couple befriend a strange creature with a wicked appetite to make their wishes come true. The story is written by the amazing R. J. Joseph and narrated by the multi-talented Tonia Ransom.
If you haven’t listened to this horror fiction podcast before, Black History Month is the perfect time to start. Not only are these stories sure to seep into your soul and give you nightmares, but Nightlight exclusively features black writers and black performers. The quality and range of these tales are sure to keep you coming back all year long.
Creator and executive producer, Tonia Ransom, has gone above and beyond creating this awesome podcast to showcase the talent of black creatives, which is a paying market currently open for submissions (see the website below for more information). Nightlight is available on most podcast platforms or listen directly on their website which includes full transcripts of past episodes nightlightpod.com
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 hope you’ll join me next Friday for more Sound Bites.
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.
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