If you’re in need of some great Christmas Horror this time of year, there are several outstanding podcasts you can download and enjoy for free from iTunes. Here are a few of my favorites.

HYPNOGORIA: I couldn’t possibly link to all of Jim’s podcasts that explore the spooky side of Christmas but all are fantastic. Whether he’s researching the history of various Christmas traditions or reading us a classic tale of holiday terror, Jim Moon does an outstanding job bringing us Christmas chills.

A reading of “The Old Portrait” (1890) by Hume Nisbet: http://hypnogoria.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/great-library-of-dreams-40-old-portrait.html

Jim explores the history of telling ghost stories at Christmas time:


A reading of “A Bone To His Bone” (1912) by E.G. Swain: http://hypnogoria.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/from-great-library-of-dreams-26-bone-to.html

A reading of “The Festival” by H.P. Lovecraft (1925): http://hypnogoria.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/from-great-library-of-dreams-16-festival.html

2. TALES TO TERRIFY: I love this podcast and will forever because they featured my story “The Collective of Blaque Reach” in episode #90 (http://talestoterrify.com/tales-to-terrify-no-90-matt-cowan-and-horror-101/).

Two of my favorite classic Christmas horror stories are read in episode #50. Both “Smee” (1931) by A.M. Burrage and “Number Ninety” (1895) by B.M. Croker (which the late host of the podcast Larry Santoro included based on my suggestion) are among my favorites to read at this time of year.

A reading of “Smee” by A.M. Burrage and “Number Ninety” by B.M. Croker http://talestoterrify.com/tales-to-terrify-show-no-50-a-m-burrage/

3. A POCAST TO THE CURIOUS: This fun podcast, dedicated to ghost story grandmaster M.R. James has examined each of his stories and has moved on to studying some by other authors that influenced him. Here are a few of their episodes which dealt with stories set during the Christmas season:

“The Story of An Appearnace and a Disappearnce” (1913) by M.R. James: http://www.mrjamespodcast.com/2012/12/episode-21-the-story-of-a-disappearance-and-an-appearance/

“The Goblin Who Stole a Sexton” (1836) by Charles Dickens: http://www.mrjamespodcast.com/2014/12/episode-42-christmas-bonus-the-goblins-who-stole-a-sexton-by-charles-dickens/

“Christmas Reunion” (1947) by Andrew Caldecott: http://www.mrjamespodcast.com/2017/12/episode-63-christmas-re-union-by-sir-andrew-caldecott/

4. PSEUDOPOD: Another powerhouse podcast that provides high quality, free horror stories every week.

A reading of The Christmas Present” by Ramsey Campbell http://pseudopod.org/2017/12/24/pseudopod-575-christmas-present/ Ramsey Campbell never disappoints.

Enjoy, and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Article by Matt Cowan


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