The Great Big Amazing World of Podcast

Not wanting to go back into the same routine of listening to music all day long, I started to search for things to listen to while I’m at work. I needed things to perk me up so I decided to listen to episodes of Ghost Adventures on YouTube. While it was pretty entertaining audio wise, I did find myself wanting to see the reactions whenever Zak Bagans exclaims loudly. So needless to say, the idea of enjoying a television show through audio mode wasn’t going to work out.

Hence, my Google skills were put to the test and I digitally stumbled upon lists of mystery and paranormal podcasts to try out. While I had come across my fair share of podcasts before, it would have been the first time I was listening to those of the paranormal genre. It was daunting to try them all out but I narrowed them down to a handful to try; which surprisingly turned out to be my favorites so far!

1. And That’s Why We Drink

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Genre: Paranormal & True Crime
Hosted by: Christine Schiefer & Em Schulz
Duration: Approximately 60 to 80 minutes
Episodes come out weekly.

Listen – this is by far my favorite podcast that I’ve kept up-to-date with. These two girls are a lot of fun! They not only dish out facts but they lighten the mood while they’re at it. Every episode is like having a get-together with the friends as they chat about life, true crime and the paranormal. Each hosts’ reaction to one another’s story is genuine and relatable. There is absolutely no pretense to their camaraderie; which makes the entire podcast a pleasant experience for the listener. Alongside their weekly episodes, they’ve also got a Listeners’ Episode where they share interesting paranormal and true crime stories from their listeners.

Aside from the content, structure and hosts of the show, it is an additional plus point for me that they often coo about Christine’s dog, Gio. As someone who treats her dog like a brother, it is validating to hear someone else talk about their dog the same way.

Find them here: Stitcher / iTunes / Official Site
To support them, visit here.

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2. Darkest Night

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Genre: Drama & Horror
Narrated by: Lee Pace
Voice Cast includes: Denis O’Hare, Maynard James Keenan, Missi Pyle, RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Jeffery Bowyer-Chapman
Duration: Approximately 25 to 35 minutes
All episodes are out.

This isn’t your ordinary podcast. This is an audio drama with a pretty star-studded cast. The main plot of the audio drama centers around a research lab and its memory-recall program for the dead called Project Cyclops. Each episode opens with two doctors uncovering the last memories of a deceased that is delivered to the lab for the day. While the episodes can be enjoyed as a standalone, they do all tie back to an eventual reveal which is cleverly weaved together.

I like that each episode doesn’t hold back on the gore factor. Even though I can’t witness it visually, the sound of a machete going into somebody’s head is so vividly clear that I could picture the imagery in my mind.

Unfortunately, Darkest Night has gone on an indefinite hiatus since the end of Season 2 in July 2017. Till then, there are still 20 good episodes to binge on!

Find them here: Stitcher / iTunes / Official Site

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3. Deadly Manners

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Genre: Drama & Mystery
Narrated by: LeVar Burton
Voice Cast includes: Kristen Bell, Denis O’Hare, Alisha Boe, Michelle Visage, Jason Sklar, Mark Berry, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Timothy Simons, Anna Chlumsky, Alona Tal, David Cummings, RuPaul, Marlene Forte
Duration: Approximately 25 to 35 minutes
All episodes are out.

This is another audio drama in a whodunnit format that makes the listener guess who the killer is. Voiced by yet another star-studded cast, every episode has the nuances of an old radio drama as they lead the listener through a seemingly innocent dinner party that went horribly wrong. Guests start dropping like flies and there’s absolutely no way of guessing who the killer is until the very end.

Trust me when I say it really is like a murder-mystery experience for the ears. Each episode transports the listener into the dining room where the hunt for the killer begins. While I had enjoyed the show immensely, the final reveal left me a little unsatisfied as I had expected more simple reasons for the murder.

Deadly Manners just ended their first season so that might be a bit of a wait till season 2. Till then, there’s 10 episodes to listen to with no cliffhangers!

Find them here: Stitcher / iTunes / Official Site

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4. Jim Harold’s Campfire

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Genre: Paranormal
Hosted by: Jim Harold
Duration: Approximately 60 to 65 minutes
Episodes come out weekly.

As you’ve noticed, I enjoy my fair share of paranormal stories so, this podcast is right up my alley. Every episode is made with paranormal stories from listeners who call in to the show. It pretty much seems like a gathering round the campfire without the Smores. I particularly like this format as it creates new content for me to listen to each week with no repetition (unless it’s a special). Jim does a great job of hosting though sometimes he does interject the callers mid-sentence, which gets a little annoying.

Jim Harold’s Campfire currently has only the recent handful of episodes free. The past episodes are only available to members of the Paranormal Plus Club for a fee.

Find the free episodes here: Stitcher / iTunes / Official Site
To be a Paranormal Plus Club member, click here.

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5. Anything Ghost Show

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Genre: Paranormal
Hosted by: Lex Wahl
Duration: Approximately 60 to 80 minutes
Episodes come out monthly.

This is another paranormal podcast that I tried out after reading a number of good reviews. Similar in part to Jim Harold’s Campfire, every episode is made with paranormal stories sent in from listeners. While listeners are given the option to do their own recording for submission; about 90% of the time, Lex does the narration of the stories instead of the listeners themselves. Each episode also has a music interlude arranged by Lex himself, which acts as a break. I favor this show a little more than Jim Harold’s Campfire but I do occasionally get annoyed with some of the episodes where the story doesn’t seem to end properly and it just goes straight to the music break.

Anything Ghost Show currently has only the recent handful of episodes free. The past episodes are only available to members of the VIP Ghroup for a fee.

Find the free episodes here: Stitcher / iTunes / Official Site
To be a VIP Ghroup member, click here.

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6. Lore

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Genre: Mystery & Paranormal
Hosted by: Aaron Mahnke
Duration: 20 to 30 minutes
Episodes come out bi-weekly.

This is a pretty interesting podcast. Void of any fancy audio magic, each episode consists of only the narrator and music accompaniment as he tells well-researched tales befitting the topic or theme. Although it may sound a little boring, I liken each episode to a Haunted Mansion ride. Slow and steady with plenty of frights in between.

Lore has also been adapted for the small screen by the producer of The Walking Dead and is available for stream on Amazon Prime Video. Aaron Mahnke has also published The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures & Wicked Mortals; an illustrated collection of stories heard from his podcast.

Find the podcast here: Stitcher / iTunes / Official Site
To stream Lore Season 1, click here.
To purchase The World of Lore, click here.
To support Lore, click here.

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I’m currently trying out two other podcasts (and might add them to the list):
(a) Homecoming – An audio drama with Oscar Issac, Kathryn Hahn and David Schwimmer.
(b) Haunted Places – A bi-weekly paranormal podcast about different haunted places all over the world.

Try these podcasts out and let me know what you think! Feel free to leave me any podcast recommendations too – I’m all ears! 🙂

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