Most people aren’t interested in the idea of a sleepless night, but when it’s in the name of horror, it’s worth it once in a while. That’s what some quickly realized in 2010 when the “No Sleep” subreddit emerged on Reddit.com. Fast-forward to 2017, and you have a podcast dedicated to all things nightmare-inspiring.
But let’s back up for a moment. In order to understand the podcast, it’s important to grasp the concept of “No Sleep.” For those who haven’t been to this corner of the internet yet, it’s a forum-style page where people – presumably those who’re having trouble falling asleep – post creepy stories that’ll keep you wide awake. Member Matt Hansen is responsible for proposing a podcast on the concept, and in 2011, his idea came to fruition.
David Cummings now produces and hosts “The No Sleep Podcast,” which is in its ninth season. With some volunteer help from Redditors, he delivers creepy stories from the darkest corners of the Web every week. Each episode features a handful of different stories with their own quirks, and it isn’t all just about ghouls and goblins. As readers of the “No Sleep” subreddit will tell you, some of the best spine-tingling chills can come from ordinary occurrences – creaky floorboards, unexplained knocks, mumbled voices.
“The No Sleep Podcast” takes advantage of some of the same tactics used by other podcasters in the horror arena, namely voice actors and campy sound effects. But if you can get past the clichéd production and lose yourself in the stories, it makes for an unusually frightening endeavor.
Title: "The No Sleep Podcast"
Episodes Available: 218
Episode Length: 30 mins
Where to Download: stitcher; iTunes
Hosts: David Cummings