Scary’s Voices – Sound Bites
Week Ending 5th March 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.
For my regular readers, you’ll know the last Friday of every month is normally when I shine the spotlight on one amazing podcast. However, since it’s Women in Horror Month, I wanted to squeeze in a few more femmes of fear before the end of February.
KR: This issue of Scary’s Voices was scheduled for last week but Kendall Reviews had an impromptu week off.
But just because WiHM is over, that doesn’t mean I’ll stop recommending shows either hosted by women or discussing horror created by women. There’s always room for mistresses of the macabre in my playlist, and I hope you’ll continue celebrating women in the horror genre all year long too.
My Scream of the Week goes to:
Thanks to the recommendation of David and Wendy Lyons (hosts of The Murder Police Podcast) I checked out Crime Junkie. In this excellent true-crime podcast, hosts Ashley Flowers (Founder and CEO of audiochuck, a female-focused podcast network) and Brit Prawat present a vast range of cases from infamous killers to crimes that didn’t spark international attention.
This week I listened to “Mysterious Death of: Holly Bartlett” about a young woman who tragically died after being discovered beneath the MacKay Bridge in Halifax, Canada. And being a crime junkie myself, I also caught “Murdered: The Lundy’s Part 1” about the brutal murder of a mother and daughter, found in their home in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
What I really enjoyed about the show was the presentation of facts. After thoroughly researching the crimes, Ashley and Brit use the information to tell a well thought out narrative of the victims, the crime, and the suspects or perpetrators. All sources are provided via links on their website, along with related pictures of the locations and people involved in the case (scanning through I did not see any graphic crime scene images, so even sensitive viewers can feel free to take a look).
Crime Junkie posts new episodes every Monday, with runtimes of 30 minutes to an hour. They also offer an ASL version of their episodes on YouTube. Links to both the audio presentations and ASL versions can be found on their website www.crimejunkiepodcast.com
Final Girls Horrorcast
One thing I’ve missed during the pandemic is getting together with friends and talking about movies, which is why Final Girls Horrorcast really caught my attention. Listening to hosts Aimee and Carly feels like hanging out with friends, as they discuss their thoughts on films within the genres of horror, sci-fi, and thrillers. Each episode ends by spinning the Wheel o’ Terror to randomly choose two movies for the upcoming show, giving listeners a chance to watch those titles before the next discussion (which you really want to do as spoilers abound). As a bonus Aimee and Carly let you know which streaming services you can see the movies on.
I checked out Episodes 203 and 204, which covered the films Terrified, Gretel & Hansel, You’re Next, and Us. The hosts don’t always agree on what makes a movie great, which I found refreshing, but their disagreements are always in a playful and respectful manner. Episodes typically run from 1 to 1.5 hours, and you can find them all on Final Girls Horrorcast website. www.finalgirlshorror.com
Last week I discovered Kitsie Duncan’s fabulous fiction podcast Get Scared and this week I checked out one of her other projects Oddity Files, where Kitsie and her co-host Nick Floyd discuss various subjects in the paranormal field. For example, in “Ep. 114 Let’s Pinky Swear,” they dive into their thoughts on the Netflix docuseries Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, discuss a ranch for sale near Area 51, Kitsie talks about a case of strange polaroid pictures featured in the docuseries Surviving Death, and Nick presents the creepy tale of a haunting and possession in the infamous house in Gary, Indiana, which was bought by Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures. (On a side note, I visited Bagans’ Haunted Museum in Las Vegas a few years ago, which includes remnants of that particular haunted house, and it was creepy AF!)
If you’re a fan of all things paranormal, Oddity Files is the podcast for you. And, if that’s not enough, Kitsie is also part of the investigation team of the Oddity Files TV show available on Amazon Prime. You can find links to both, plus a whole lot more on their website www.oddityfiles.com/site
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 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.
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