Scary’s Voices: Sound Bites for February 4th.
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.
Scream Of The Week
If you’ve been following Sound Bites for a while, you may recall one of my first ever podcast recommendations was for a show called Creepy Cove Community Church Podcast (Ordained church minister and host Peter Laws describes the podcast as follows: “Imagine a church service, broadcast from a mysterious fishing town where all horror films are real. Imagine no more.” I describe it as an excellent show suitable for any horror fan, regardless of religious affiliation, or lack there of.)
Well, apparently one podcast is not enough for Peter, as he is currently writing the script for Season Four of Creepy Cove and recently became the narrator for Frightful, a podcast produced by Arc Light Media.
In Frightful, Peter narrates creepy true stories of paranormal experiences from across the globe. Episodes cover topics such as possible origins of urban legends, real life cults, and frightening hauntings. Some of my favourite episodes so far include a trip to Romania with “Terror of the Strigoi,” bad omens and man’s best friend in “Black Dogs,” and the curious history explored in “The Frightful Side of Central Park, New York.”
Produced by Arc Light Media, Frightful is only one of the podcasts in the group’s network, which all seem to hold appeal for fans of Sound Bites, so I’ll be digging into more of their work soon.
Frightful episodes are just shy of 20 minutes in length, and new episodes are released every other Sunday. You can find the show on most podcast platforms or listen directly on their website www.itsfrightful.net
Shiver-Worthy Runner Up
Scarred For Life
As horror fans we all have that one movie, the one that scared us out of our minds as kids, but also ignited our need to find more frights. On the Scarred For Life podcast, hosts Terry and Mary Beth ask their guests to revisit a film that gave them nightmares in their youth but also shaped the horrors they now create.
Since all of the guests work within the horror industry, including authors, screenwriters, directors, and more, it’s interesting to hear what movies impacted them most not just as fans, but also as creators. Terry and Mary Beth are an awesome tag-team, asking questions that dig deep into the process of creating horror, but they also have a lot of fun and create engaging conversations with their guests.
I’ve enjoyed quite a few episodes of Scarred For Life and for anyone new to this podcast I highly recommend starting with “Episode 115: Sharai Bohannon and Stir of Echoes (1999)” and “Episode 117: Author Preston Fassel and Beetlejuice (1988).” These two episodes cover a range of topics, view points, and two very different types of horror movies.
Sharai Bohannon talks about being the co-host of A Nightmare on Fierce Street Podcast, feminism in horror, and being a playwright, before the episode digs into the ghosts and obsessions within Stir of Echoes. Preston Fassel talks about his latest non-fiction book “Landis: The Story of a Real Man on 42nd Street,” gut-punch scares from the movie Sinister, and a look at the film Beetlejuice and its questionable spinoff cartoon version.
Scarred For Life drops new episodes every Monday, which run anywhere between 45 minutes to 90 minutes. You can find links to all their available podcast platforms here Scarred
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.
You can follow J. A. on Twitter @ScaryJASullivan
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