Scary’s Voices – Sound Bites
Week Ending 16th April 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:
Bloody Good Reads
In the realm of bookish podcasts, shows often fall into either discussing books or interviewing authors. But Bloody Good Reads stands out from the pack by combining these two areas as host Mark Goddard talks to writers about their own works and asks them to provide 3 book recommendations. This spin opens up wonderful conversations and gives listeners a greater insight into an author influences.
Interviews have included folks such as Rio Youers (Lola on Fire, 2021), Sarah Pinborough (Behind Her Eyes, 2017), and Eric J. Guignard (Last Case at a Baggage Auction, 2020). While all the guests tend to write within the darker side of fiction, their genres range from horror to thrillers to fantasy. Consequently, the book recommendations span several genres, which is terrific for book fiends looking to diversify their reading. Mark is a fantastic host, asking questions that really give you a full picture of the author’s career from their first dabbles with writing up to their latest projects.
Bloody Good Reads episodes typically run between 30 minutes to an hour and always deliver a fun listening experience. You can find the show on most podcast platforms, and if there’s an author you’d love to hear on the show, feel free to send in your suggestions on social media. Links to all episodes, as well as Snakebite Horrorcast Podcast (for movie reviews), and written reviews, can all be found on the Snakebite Horror Reviews website Snakebite Reviews
The Cabinet of Dr. Mystery
If real-life strangeness is your jam, check out The Cabinet of Dr. Mystery, produced by Deathotel Creative. Covering subjects such as cults, true crimes, alien abductions, and paranormal experiences, this is a great show for all things weird.
This week I listened to Episodes 8 and 9 which delved into the crimes of The Night Stalker, as well as Episode 10 where Dr. Mystery talked about some of the experiments of Project MKUltra. I’ve heard several podcasts on these subjects and was pleasantly surprised by the level of detail Dr. Mystery provided, as well as suggestions for related documentaries and books. The episodes are well presented and there are always a few laughs along the way.
Episodes typically last between 30 minutes to an hour, and are available on most podcast platforms, as well as YouTube with optional closed captioning. Or peek inside The Cabinet of Dr. Mystery by visiting Deathotel Creative’s website The Cabinet Of Dr Mystery
One of my favourite things about the internet age is that you can connect with people and learn about cultures from all over the globe. Inviting you into the world of Latinx ghost stories and folklore are Cristina and MJ with their podcast Espooky Tales.
Discover legends like La Tunda, hear true paranormal encounters from places such as Mexico’s Ex Convento del Desierto de Leones, all while feeling like you’re hanging out with friends. Some episodes include guests who host their own podcasts, so you can find even more great shows to explore. These lovely hosts also invite listeners to submit their own creepy experiences which are read as part of the “Espookies Stories” segment.
New episodes drop every Friday, with a runtime of less than an hour. Espooky Tales is available on most podcast platforms, and they also offer great blog posts with additional information and links to resources for episode subjects on their website www.espookytales.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.
You can follow J. A. on Twitter @ScaryJASullivan
Check out her blog https://writingscaredblog.wordpress.com
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