'staircase', an episode from Knifepoint Horror (29:52)

Horror is a genre of podcasts covering fiction, non-fiction, and reviews of the horror genre generally.


Horror podcasts are typically created and run by volunteers in their free time.[1] As some podcasts such as Archive 81 and The Deep Vault have grown they have been able to attract advertisers.[2] The world's longest running, active horror podcast is WithoutYourHead.com which has been going since August 2006 as a semi-regular weekly series with celebrity interviews.[3] Horror podcasts have featured in the Parsec Awards, and in 2013 The NoSleep Podcast won the award for "Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team" while in 2014 a story from Pseudopod won the award for "Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)" and We're Alive won "Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)".[4][5]


Horror fiction is the most popular type of audio drama podcast and drives much of the growth and interest in the medium. Horror Fiction podcasting continues to grow rapidly attracting mainstream success with some shows reaching very large audiences. As of July 2020, popular podcast The Magnus Archives recently achieved 4 million monthly downloads and signed with major talent agency WME.[6] We're Alive achieved 200 million lifetime downloads as of 10 April 2020.

Amongst responses to the 2020 Audio Verse Awards, horror was the second-favourite genre of fiction podcast. With notable podcasts The White Vault receiving 14 awards, The Magnus Archives receiving 9 awards, and Old Gods of Appalachia receiving 6.[7]

Notable examples

Notable podcasts include Alice Isn't Dead, The Black Tapes, The Call of the Void, Lore, The Magnus Archives'deadmeat podcast ',[8] The NoSleep Podcast, Pseudopod, Rabbits, Tanis, Welcome to Night Vale, We're Alive, and The White Vault.[1][2][9][10][11][12]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Inside the Insomnia-Inducing World of Horror Podcasting". WIRED. Condé Nast. 20 February 2015. Archived from the original on 29 July 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b Locke, Charley (24 August 2016). "Fiction Podcasts Are Finally a Thing! Thank You, Sci-Fi and Horror". WIRED. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on 11 November 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Without Your Head".
  4. ^ "2013 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists". Parsec Awards. 3 September 2013. Archived from the original on 18 September 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  5. ^ "2014 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists". Parsec Awards. 2014. Archived from the original on 30 April 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Rusty Quill signs with WME". Podcast Radio. 23 July 2020. Archived from the original on 22 October 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  7. ^ "2020 Winners". The Audio Verse Awards. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  8. ^ Cagle, Tess (30 August 2019). "Horror Podcasts That Will Leave You Scared to Turn off the Lights". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on 16 June 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  9. ^ Collins, Michael J. (30 October 2016). "Pod People: Brave New Worlds of Digital Audio Drama". Alluvium. 5 (4). doi:10.7766/alluvium.v5.4.01. eISSN 2050-1560. Archived from the original on 2 June 2018.
  10. ^ McLean, Matthew (25 October 2016). "Halloween Horror Podcasts of 2016". The Podcast Host. Archived from the original on 29 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  11. ^ Bottomley, Andrew J. (3 July 2015). "Podcasting, Welcome to Night Vale, and the Revival of Radio Drama". Journal of Radio & Audio Media. 22 (2): 179–189. doi:10.1080/19376529.2015.1083370. S2CID 146682285. Archived from the original on 17 March 2020 – via Taylor and Francis Online.
  12. ^ Halen, Adrian. "The Call of The Void - Podcast Season 3 Returns on April 28, 2022". HHN. HorrorNews.Net. Retrieved 13 May 2022.

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