Dark Strangers

When I was a child, I used to go to visit my grandparents a lot. I was lucky enough to be able to visit three, and I always loved visiting them because they knew so much and I was fascinated by all that they had done and seen. I have many memories of simply sitting down with them and listening to them recount their history. I don’t regret all the time that I spent with them instead of doing other things because I learned so much. I can’t quite explain what it felt like to be able to hear first-hand accounts from people who were alive “back in the olden days” as I used to call it. I was young, so anything before my birth seemed ancient. But my grandmothers and great-grandmother would delight in telling me about what it was like when they were growing up, and as I got older they would tell me what it was like during the wars. It is hard to describe what it felt like to simply sit and listen to someone talk about their time during major moments in history. I have always treasured those moments because I knew, even at a young age, that it wouldn’t be forever, and that I would be left with memories. So I always had them telling me stories and teaching me all sorts of things. When I came across this week’s recommendation, it brought those memories to the surface. It made me think of sitting in the living room of their houses and listening to them talk about the places they had been, and the people that they had met. So I would like to share that feeling with you by introducing you to On a Dark, Cold Night.

On a Dark, Cold Night

On a Dark, Cold Night by Kristen Zaza is a horror audio fiction podcast. The Narrator shares stories about the people and creatures she has met. The stories are told in a gentle, but gravely tone that is absolutely hypnotizing. It is a horror anthology, but there is a secondary plot, so it is best to listen to it chronologically.

There are 39 episodes of On a Dark, Cold Night with a runtime between 17-30 minutes an episode. Episode 40 will be released soon, so now is the time to listen.

As I mentioned in the introduction, this podcast reminds me of when I would listen to my grandmothers and great-grandmother tell me about their experiences. When Kristen Zaza becomes the Narrator, her presence is increased, and you can’t help but pause to listen to her tale. I have a Pavlovian response to the intro music and will turn off anything distracting to listen. Zaza has this gentle, gravely voice when she is the Narrator and is easily able to hold your attention. This is truly one of a kind horror podcast, and I am often crying for the creatures that usually inspire fear and hatred. I cannot recommend On a Dark, Cold Night enough, in addition to including the first episode, I have included my favorite episodes for you to listen to.

You can find On a Dark, Cold Night on Twitter at @ADarkColdNight. Visit their website at kristenzaza.com. You can support them on Patreon. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to them wherever you listen.

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