{Scary’s Voices} Sound Bites: This weeks recommended horror podcasts.

Scary’s Voices – Sound Bites

Week Ending 4th June 2021

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:

Tales of What!?

Back in January Luke Kondor took “My Scream of the Week” with Season 1 of his bizarro fiction podcast Tales of What!? With an outstanding collection of new stories in Season 2, I’m screaming again for you to check it out.

Much like the initial season, the second includes 6 episodes that you’ll want to binge and listen to more than once. Some of my favourite stories include Episode 4 “The Projected Man” written by Chris Kelso and narrated by Josh Curran, Episode 2 “The Time I Took Hamlet Right into the Danger Zone” written by Charles A. Muir and narrated by Justin Fife, and Episode 6 “Guided Meditation” written and narrated by Luke Kondor.

What I enjoy most about this podcast is you’re never quite sure where the stories are going, you just need to sit back and enjoy the ride. From frightful explorations of what lies behind a crawl space to a hilarious trip through time and space reminiscent of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” all these tales are highly imaginative and entertaining.

The production quality of the show is also fantastic. The talented narrators really bring the stories to life and the accompanying music and sound effects create an immersive experience. If you’re unfamiliar with bizarro fiction, Tales of What!? is the perfect place to dip your toes into these strange waters. Fans of the genre will love the diversity of the stories and will want to check out more works by all the featured authors.

Episodes range from 15 to 40 minutes in length, and you can binge all of Tales of What!? Season 2 on most podcast platforms including Acast

Shiver-Worthy Runner-Up:

DickHeads Podcast

Do you love contemplating alternate realities, paranoia, and the nature of being human? Philip K. Dick sure did throughout his writing career, and if you’re a fan of his works the DickHeads Podcast could be your next favourite show.

Hosts David Agranoff, Anthony Trevino, and Langhorne J. Tweed blend humour and serious discussions to delve into the full PKD bibliography one story at a time. Episodes include segments digging into the publishing history of each work (including some of PKD’s terrible original titles), excerpts from essays dissecting the stories, and even the contradictory statements Dick made about his own writings. The trio also end each episode with Dick Adjacent recommendations including books, films, and television programs that feature themes prominent in the PKD universe.

You’ll also want to tune in as the DickHeads Podcast brings on guest “Dickheads” to talk about their appreciation of Philip K. Dick, such as author Stephen Graham Jones digging into the novel Ubik, and PKD scholar David Gill discussing the author, his works, and his legacy.

For anyone who thinks they’re not familiar with Philip K. Dick, take a listen to episodes reviewing his film adaptations such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and The Minority Report. PKD’s influence is everywhere, and you could be a Dickhead without even knowing it.

DickHeads Podcast episodes range from 1 to 2 hours and can be found on most platforms or listen to them all on SoundCloud

Alternatively, find the show on YouTube with closed captioning.

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

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

Find her on Instagram www.instagram.com/j.a_sullivan

Find her on Instagram www.instagram.com/j.a_sullivan

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