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I wanted to include some podcasts in this list, but I stopped listening to Pseudopod about a year ago after yet another horror story with a graphic rape scene with no content warning.* Podcastle, which often has good fantasy horror during Halloween, featured Carmen Maria Machado’s “The Husband Stitch.” This short story is a loose retelling of “The Girl with the Green Ribbon,” and references the role of a lot of similar folklore and not-quite-urban legends. The story was nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award.

Some spoilers and medical/pregnancy discussion below.

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Although I’ve been focusing a lot on film this Halloween season, let’s shift gears today to horror audio fiction. Alice Isn’t Dead is a serial horror/suspense podcast by Joseph Fink, co-creator of Welcome to Night Vale. Deliciously creepy, Alice Isn’t Dead is the story of a truck driver searching for her not-dead wife, the titular Alice, on a surreal road trip through the U.S.

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Image: Logo for Alice Isn’t Dead: a design of a truck with the mirror image of a stylized skull driving on a black road with an orange sky and yellow sun behind the truck”

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Podcastle, despite being a fantasy podcast, has some of the best horror fantasy from Escape Artists (and doesn’t pretend trigger warnings don’t belong in horror–looking at you Pseudopod.) “The Lady’s Maid” by Carlea Holl-Jensen (narrated by Kim Lakin-Smith) is a short horror story about the relationship between the maid and her mistress, who has a collection of beautiful heads to wear. 

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Basically Mombi but even more terrifying. [Image: Still from the film Return to Oz, featuring Mombi’s collection of heads for herself to wear]

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In 2015, Escape Artists ran PseudopodLogoArtemis Rising, a contest for woman- and non-binary-people-authored genre fiction. The contest ran across all three of their sister podcasts, Escape Pod (sci-fi), Podcastle (fantasy – which I wrote about here), and Pseudopod  (horror). Today, I’ll be highlighting the horror stories from the contest.

The four stories span a variety of horror sub-genres and tones, and since Pseudopod couldn’t be bothered to include individual content warnings, I have.

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Credit: Podcastle

For fans of fantasy fiction, I’ve got guest post up on Have You Nerd? about Podcastle:

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If you need a palate-cleanser, I wrote a guest post about Welcome to Night Vale over on Have You Nerd?

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All Hail the Glow Cloud:

How Welcome to Night Vale Won My Heart

By: Leah Zoller

I tend to describe the podcast Welcome to Night Vale as a surrealist fantasy version of Prairie Home Companion. Each 20-25-minute episode is narrated by Night Vale Community Radio host Cecil Gershwin Palmer (voiced by Cecil Baldwin), who gives community updates for the rural desert town of Night Vale, where John Peters–you know, the farmer?–grows imaginary corn; a floating cat hangs out in the radio station men’s bathroom; wheat and wheat byproducts may attack; and a five-headed dragon is running for office.

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In addition to community updates, the weather report features music from an eclectic variety of artists, and the (fake) sponsorships have been targeted to serve the needs of the community:

Step into your nearest Subway restaurant today, and try their new 6-inch mashed potato sub! Top it with a delicious assortment of…

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Happy Halloween, everyone! Here are a variety of links from across the web to get you in the holiday spirit!

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