Podcast Spotlight: The Spooky and Scary Edition!
It’s October! It’s time for ghosts, ghouls, and goblins to cavort and caper! If you’re like me and you cannot get enough of the spooky stuff, have I got something for you! It’s a list of some folks who enjoy the weird, unusual and creepy all year long and if you want something to fill your October days and nights with, they’ll be happy to oblige. First off, as a podcaster, I’ve gotten to know folks who cover many different topics and genres on their shows including the paranormal. I have scoured the podcasting universe and found a few that I think you’ll really enjoy, and now I present them to you in this podcast spotlight in no particular order:
Paranormal Punchers – These folks are based in Pennsylvania and cover everything from Bigfoot encounters and ghost ships to the Hollow Earth Theory. Episodes are generally about 45 minutes long and are absolutely packed with information. The hosts are energetic, fun, friendly, and provide you with their thoughts and opinions and present the cases in such a way that allows listeners to form their own ideas based on the evidence on a case-by-case basis.
They can be found on Twitter (@ppunchers) and Instagram (@paranormalpunchers) and their website www.paranormalpunchers.com which links to their comic book, appearances, and episodes. Check them out if you like this kind of stuff.
Our Strange Skies – Covering everything from the world of UFOs, we get the Our Strange Skies podcast. From the mysterious disappearance of singer/songwriter Jim Sullivan and the intentional disinformation spread to discredit the UFO phenomenon to more well-known cases like the Roswell Incident, host Rob delves “into the UFO events, incidents, and myths that contribute to the American identity in an attempt to figure out what they mean and what they say about ourselves.” He also provides important public service announcements, like “Don’t lick the UFO”. The show can be found on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and anywhere fine podcasts are shared. You can also follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @OurStrangeSkies.
Secret Transmissions – This show is another that cuts a wide swath across the paranormal events of this world and beyond. They cover conspiracies, cryptozoology, true crime and more! One of their most terrifying episodes was episode 83 during which they covered Richard Kuklinski, the Iceman who was a hitman for the mob. Of all the subject matter they’ve covered this was especially chilling because there was nothing otherworldly or paranormal about him. The hosts did a great job of presenting the evidence in a way that highlights the sheer ferocity of this man. They also cover things like the Mothman Festival, a gathering which hosts Toby and Kristen drove 16 hours to attend and cover for the podcast. They too can be found on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and YouTube. You can also follow them on both Twitter and Instagram, @secrettranspod.
Into the Portal – Myths, legends, and history. This show is “dedicated to all things lost, unexplained and straight up strange.” Amber Rae and Andrew host this show that takes a unique look at things that you may not have even considered to be strange or unusual and present it in a way that makes you look at things through a new perspective. They cover things like witches, the legend of the Wendigo, the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Nikola Tesla, and Thunderbirds. You can hear them on www.intotheportal.com where you can find links to their episodes, and you can follow them on Instagram @intotheportalpodcast and on Twitter, @IntoThePortal1.
Trick or Treat Radio – Based in Necronomicon, Massachusetts, Trick or Treat Radio is a phantasmagorical spin kick straight through the heart of pop culture hosted by the world’s greatest electro-shock band, the Deadites. They kill monsters, drink booze and win championship belts. They also cover the best and worst horror films, comics, and games. They interview directors, actors, writers and will be manning a booth at Rock and Shock the weekend of October 12th, 13th and 14th at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts and playing their annual Halloween Masquerade Extravaganza at the Cove Music Hall (also in Worcester) on October 12th, after the convention.
The conductor of this crazy train is the hardest-working man in podcasting, the man with the velvet voice, the handsome Johnny Wolfenstein and the lunatics running the asylum include Dynamo Marz the Immortal Gunslinger, the Vulgar Guru of Horror Monster Zero, the hot-pocket-loving-comic-book-reading-nerd and Official Smoke Machine of the Deadites Michael Ravenshadow and Ares the God of War. They can be found live on www.trickortreatradio.com each and every Wednesday (accompanied by an interactive chat room!) with the audio dropping on Friday. You can follow them on YouTube and Twitter @TheDeadites and can pick up their music on Amazon and Bandcamp.
Grave Girls Podcast – This is a show hosted by three girls who review horror films and tie them to true crime cases and scary stories. This is an interesting and unusual take on movie reviews, as I’ve not come across any other shows that do things quite the way these ladies do. I highly recommend checking them out because they do a great job of connecting dots that most folks wouldn’t even consider being on the same page.
You can find them on their website www.grave-girls.com which has links to all their episodes as well as ways to get in touch with them. You can also follow them on Twitter @Grave_Girls and on Instagram at @gravegirlspodcast. Check out their show, you’ll be glad you did.
Each of these shows, while occasionally overlapping in their content, provides a unique perspective on the subjects they cover. They provide different thoughts and opinions because they’re each different ages, grew up in different parts of the country and had different experiences with their source material. Some of them have had an interest in these things since they were children, others have only recently begun plumbing the depths of the paranormal and horror communities. Some of them have known each other for decades, others have only recently come together based on their love of the media they cover.
Whether you’re a horror aficionado or a paranormal neophyte, you will find something to love about these shows. I’ve had great interactions with each of them and they’re really awesome folks that know their stuff. They research their topics to provide you with the most comprehensive and in-depth look into their subjects as they can and invite dissenting opinions if you don’t agree with their takes and are always down for a respectful, civilized discussion on the topics they cover. These are shows that I fully endorse and I’m glad I’ve finally gotten around to giving them the credit and promotion they deserve. Do yourself a favor and check them out. You never know, you just might find yourself inspired and maybe even start a show of your own.
Patrick Rahall covers entertainment for MFST. Follow him on Twitter at @PatrickRahall