Last week we gave you a list of some of the best LGBTQ+ true crime podcasts, and this week we’re hurling another slew of fantastic content your way: spooky audio dramas that have LGBTQ+ representation! From mysterious explosions and disappearances to magical creatures and vengeful aliens, these fictional podcasts are guaranteed to both creep you out and keep listening for hours on end. The best part? Almost all of them have multiple seasons for you to binge!
The year is 2191 and Earth is two years post-victory in a war against extraterrestrials. Somewhere, far off in a distant part of space, a science vessel named Spaceship Iris explodes and leaves one sole survivor— biologist Violet Liu. She’s whip smart, impossibly witty and full of questions, including whether or not the explosion was really an accident. With the aid of a little courage (liquid and otherwise), shared brilliance and luck, Violet works alongside newfound allies to uncover the mysterious truth of what happened to Spaceship Iris.
Lillian Harper has just moved to a Mt. Absalon, Ohio to care for her estranged mother Dorothy in the small town’s boarding house after an injury. The house has been in Lillian’s family for generations, so naturally ghosts, conspiracies, and a strange groups of characters are rampant in the old rickety building. Listen to find out what spooky events unfold!
This spooky podcast follows a troupe of musicians as they travel through a surreal post-apocalyptic America and encounter all kinds of zany characters. In between meeting zombies in New York, robotic outlaws, scarecrow farmers, shrimp, vampire kingpins, and more, Jim Robbie and the Wanderers explores stories about queer experiences, cultural differences, and mental health.
The Penumbra Podcast is a gripping listen with an incredibly dynamic set of storylines. First, you have Juno Steel— a sharp-witted and sulking private eye that’s residing on Mars. As he tracks artifacts of an ancient alien civilization, Steel falls into the dangerous entanglement of an elusive homme fatale that leads him straight into the spooky trifecta of blood, heights, and relationships. Then, you have the world of the Second Citadel where the ruthless Sir Caroline is corralling a team of emotionally distressed all-male knights to defend their city against mind-manipulating monsters. Spoiler: some the of the knights have fallen in love with the monsters and it’s not a pretty picture!
You know you’re in for a juicy podcast when words like “magic” are spelled in a wild way! For all things spooky and witchy, listen as Kalila Stormfire documents all of her clients and attempts to stand up against an unknown saboteur that is trying to destroy her magick business.
What’s better than one gothic mystery? Two, of course! Superstition tells the story of Jack St. James as she tries to solve the mystery of why her parents vanished without a trace when she was a child. After ten years of searching, Jack is brought to Superstition, Arizona where she finds herself surrounded by the highest number of missing persons cases in the entire country. This spooky audio drama features a slew of amusing characters, including a private eye (that’s Jack!), a bartender, a cop and a missing girl.
Who doesn’t love a horror drama podcast? The Blood Crow series offers four seasons of stories so you’re sure to be on the edge of your seat for days (if not weeks) to come! The first season covers the tragedy of the cruise ship S.S. Utopia, the second season delves into the town of Blackchapel and its resident serial killer, and the third season examines an invasion of demons in the not-so distant future of The Neon Lodge. The current fourth season, Eidolon, explores the dark underbelly of 1950s Hollywood through the eyes of war veteran and film producer Richard Davis.
Ella McCray disappeared on March 20th, 2014. Six people witnessed her disappearance, but each of their accounts conflicts with the others. This horror mystery explores what really happened to Ella by examining which of the witnesses are lying and which are telling the truth. Put on your detective’s hat and see if you can figure out what happened to Ella before the podcast is over!