The intimacy of audio makes it well suited to spooky tales. Today’s podcast listeners, craning to hear a show’s latest ghoulish twist, feel like the natural descendants of 1940s audiences for Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds or a Victorian fireside ghost story. As nights draw in and Halloween approaches, these are my picks for audio spine-tinglers.
In an area of rural Massachusetts notorious for paranormal activity, two hikers discover the badge of a cop who went missing 40 years earlier. His son Jeremy Bradshaw (Misha Collins), a university folklorist, teams up with his dad’s former partner to reinvestigate. But what is the most frightening thing in Hockomock Swamp? The big-beast sightings, the necromancy cults or one’s own hidden past? This bingeable, superbly acted