10 Dark Fiction Audio Drama Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Welcome to part three of my I don’t know how many more part series on creepy podcasts (I listen to a lot of podcasts). The first dealt with Dark Sci-Fi and the second covered Paranormal Fiction. Today I will cover 10 Dark Fiction audio drama podcasts you should be listening to.

Fireside Mystery Theatre

This is one of my all-time favorite podcasts. Recorded live at the Slipper Room in New York, this old-time radio show styled podcast features an amazing cast of voice actors. Each show has a different theme and the stories are broken down into podcast episodes. There is also a recurring saga, called Sunken Harbor with a cast of quirky characters it’s always nice to revisit.

Deadly Manners

10 episodes of wicked good fun, Deadly Manners stars Kristen Bell as a hostess trying to keep her dinner party going even as her guest start dropping like flies. The all-star cast also includes Denis O’Hare, RuPaul, Anna Chulmsky, David Cummings, and is narrated by LeVar Burton.


A relatively new podcast, I have very much enjoyed the character development in this series and hope to hear more from them soon. Presented as found footage, the mystery follows a trio of teenagers who decide to look into a local legend and discover answers to questions they never asked.

The Angel of Vine

The Angel of Vine is a detective mystery starring Joe Manganiello, Constance Zimmerman, Alan Tudyk and Misha Collins among others. Detective Hank Briggs is hired to solve a murder and he does, but why didn’t he ever tell anyone?

Alice Isn’t Dead

Alice isn’t dead and her wife is traveling the country in a big rig looking for answers. Unfortunately for Keisha, Alice was involved in something dark and dangerous and now she is too.

The Death of Dr. John Parker

Voice artist Dan Zappulla, who can be heard most weeks on The No Sleep Podcast, investigates the death of his father-in-law. A local celebrity, Dr. John Parker, seemingly commiting

Small Town Horror

After the death of his father, a young man returns to his hometown to tie up loose ends. While there he looks into the details of a traumatic experience from his childhood and reveals the much bigger mystery behind it.

The Deep Vault

It’s the end of the world so it’s lucky that friends Carson, Jeremy, and Alex know about a long abandoned bunker where they can take cover. However, once in the vault they find that it might not be the safe haven they thought.

The Big Loop

An anthology series from the co-creator of The Black Tapes, each episode is a self contained story. This podcast is very well written, performed, and produced.

Archive 81

Presented as another found footage podcast, Archive 81 begins as Dan Powell starts his new job listening to recordings of interviews that take place in a mysterious apartment building. Now Dan is missing, do the ever more disturbing recordings have something to do with his disappearance?

Bonus: The Truth Episode “The Devil You Know”

I highly recommend The Truth Podcast for anyone who is interested in audio drama. There are stories that last only one episode as well as multi-episode series, which makes it easy to jump in at any time. There are a few creepy episodes here and there, but the one I would like to recommend is “The Devil You Know” which includes three politically themed horror stories.

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