As a friend and I were discussing some spooky podcasts, she asked if I was planning to do a Halloween-themed Listen/Watch/Read post for the blog. “Well,” I said, “I am now!” I’m really not one for horror or things that are explicitly scary, but I have some atmospheric, creepy, and generally spooky recommendations for you in this round-up!
Lore: I’m new to this podcast, which is the most exciting thing because it means I have HOURS AND HOURS to listen to! On Lore, each episode explores the history behind folklore – and a lot of the time, truth ends up being stranger than fiction. It’s historical, very well-produced, and deliciously spooky. (And as a bonus, a brand new spooky anthology show based on the podcast is premiering on Amazon Prime Video today! I’ll definitely be checking it out!)
Bonus: if you’re a Disney fan like me, you’ll love Stuff You Missed in History’s Class‘s episodes about the long road of designing and building the Haunted Mansion! Perfect for Halloween!
I’ve been sharing my favorite spooky movies almost daily on my Instagram, so instead I’m going to recommend my two favorite channels for costume and special effects makeup: Madeyewlook and Glam & Gore. Lex from madeyewlook is an absolutely incredible body painter…my mind is totally blown by pretty much every look she does, while Mykie from Glam&Gore is a beast at prosthetics and other SFX makeup (plus really pretty glamor stuff, but we’re talking Halloween). I probably will never do anything close to the level of costume makeup that they do, but I find it super inspiring and also oddly soothing to watch them work. They both seem like super cool ladies with fun personalities too, so it’s a lot of fun to watch their videos.
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman: Perhaps it’s the creative writing major in me, but I’ve always had a major soft spot for short story collections. They’ve very much not in vogue today, but there’s something that’s really special about a good one. One of my all-time faves is this collection by one of my all-time fave authors. It’s not a horror collection, but a number of the stories are very spooky. It’s a great set of stories, and I think it will definitely help you get into a mood for the strange and unusual.
What’s on your list for this month? I’d love recommendations, especially for spooky podcasts!