Remember Popcorn Horror? It turns out they have a wonderful selection of free horror stories called Campfire Tales. Since I’m promoting audio linked to past articles, those interested in Hammer Chillers can listen to samples at the official Hammer Bandcamp page and H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror can be streamed in full on Spotify! The H.P. Lovecraft Radio Hour Volume 1 is also available on Spotify.
Deadman’s Lane is a gripping audio drama by Chris “Music For Zombies” Lambert which you can download for any price you wish. Plenty of streaming thrills can be had with volumes one and two of Henrique Couto’s Don’t Listen in the Dark.
Blind Fly Theater offers a mix of genres, but the horror stories especially stand out. Those preferring audio dramas should enjoy Tales of the Extraordinary, Precarious Audio Theater and Yara’s Haunt. Two Minute Danger Theater has a hilarious parody of The Shadow which has to be heard to be truly appreciated! The same goes for Oglio Records’ short drama promoting Eban Schletter’s Witching Hour. Did I mention it stars Paul F. Tompkins?
My Halloween season never feels complete without some tales from Edgar Allan Poe. ThoughtAudio.com has a wonderful audio book version of “The Fall of the House of Usher” and Textbook Stuff offers “The Pit and the Pendulum” (among other tales). SoundCloud has tons of great Poe adaptations, like Haberdashery’s musical version of “The Raven,” Anthony Shadows’ “Cask of Amontillado,” XpressRadioSketchShow’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” MLucas’ “The City By The Sea” and Cynthia Wong’s “Annabel Lee.” The Truth Podcast also has a great original audio drama called “The Death of Poe.”
Come to think of it, my Halloween season also needs a little extra H.P. Lovecraft in the mix as well. The mysterious cd999999 has “The Outsider,” Christopher Elderwood and raxil4 offer a fascinating take on “Herbert West–Reanimator,” Lukas Arbogast adapts “The Beast in the Cave,” SCHMUCKFENSTER brings us “The Statement of Randolph Carter,” Mark Nelson takes listeners to “The Nameless City” and Roxy Lalonde performs a less than serious take on “Polaris.” Speaking of less than serious Lovecraft, here’s Laugh Force Alpha’s ad for “Cthulhu Brand Children’s Vitamins.”
The Hole Behind Midnight is a complete audio book presentation of the dark urban fantasy for mature audiences by Clinton J. Boomer. The Byron Chronicles is another urban fantasy with horror elements, along with music by Midnight Syndicate!
Although Big Finish offers many free downloads of their Doctor Who audio productions on their SoundCloud page, they have even more available on their official website.
Astral Audio Entertainment has lots of great horror productions, but they really outdo themselves every October. Why? Because they do an audio Halloween countdown!
Chatterbox Audio Theater has their fair share of horror, as do Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, The Witch Hunter Chronicles and Age of the Zombies. Those preferring their horror in audio book form should check out Audio Realms and this alternate source for The NoSleep Podcast
You can find some nifty samples at AJ’s Audio Movies, Strange Interludes and AMFM Theater.
On a final note, no installment of this series would be complete without our podcast’s annual Halloween special.
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