{Scary’s Voices} Sound Bites: This weeks recommended horror podcasts. (Week Ending 22nd January 2021)

Scary’s Voices – Sound Bites

Week Ending 22nd January 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.

My Scream of the Week goes to:

Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color

You know I love true crime podcasts, but when I came upon Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color I found a new level of appreciation. In this show, hosts Wendy and Beth dive into cases overlooked by mainstream media, cases involving serial killers of color. Episode 106: The Austin Axe Murderer was my first time listening to the show and now I’m hooked!

The episode delves into the mystery of 8 unsolved murders in Austin, Texas from December 1884 to December 1885. Along with discussing the crimes, the hosts also provide a historical look at what was happening in Austin at the time, particularly with its view of African Americans. Filled with great information, insightful reflections, and fantastic chemistry between the hosts, this show has found a permanent spot on my playlist.

Another aspect of this podcast that I really enjoyed were the in-depth show notes available on their website. The notes provide links to source information so you can fall further down the rabbit hole anytime you wish. And all episodes include a segment called “How Not to Get Murdered” where Wendy and Beth give some helpful tips to keep you safe, with further details also included in the show notes.

Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color drop new episodes every Thursday, with most running between 1 to 1.5 hours. The podcast is available on most listening platforms, or you can listen directly on their website: www.fruitloopspod.com

Shiver-Worthy Runner-Up:

My next recommendation, Unsettling Reads, was also a first time listen, and will also be making a regular appearance in my podcast queue. I caught an episode reviewing Wonderland by Jennifer Hillier, as well as “Most Unsettling” highlighting the hosts’ favourite books and stories from 2020.

In this show, hosts H. Dair Brown and Robin Knabel get into some serious (and sometimes not so serious) book-talk, with book reviews and author interviews. One thing I really enjoyed was that the reviews are spoiler-free, and this lovely duo also include comparable titles so you can get a good feel if the story would be right for you.

Unsettling Reads cover a wide range of genres, from crime to horror, from thrillers to science fiction – if the story aims to unsettle the reader, these ladies will seek it out. And, for any authors out there, they also accept review requests.

Episodes are released every other week, with reviews running about 30 minutes, while interviews may be as long as an hour. The show is available on most listening platforms, or you can listen directly on their website: www.unsettlingreads.squarespace.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.

Next Friday is Scary’s Voices monthly spotlight where I focus on one awesome podcast and include an interview with the fantastic people behind the mic, so be sure to join me then!

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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