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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

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

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