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Creepy | Fiction Podcast of the Week

You have a story. You have an idea. Stop second-guessing yourself, telling yourself it's been done or done better and go do it.

We’re big fans of audio drama and fiction podcasts here at The Podcast Host. As listeners we’re always looking for new shows to subscribe to, and as podcasters we’re always looking to help fellow creators grow their audience.

Because of this, we decided to compliment our Best Fiction Podcasts roundup article with a Fiction Podcast of the Week feature.

Each week we’ll pick the brains of someone who runs an audio drama or fiction podcast. We’re going to ask them what their show is about, how they go about making it, and what other fiction podcasts they’re currently enjoying.

This week we’re chatting to Jon Grilz of the fiction podcast series Creepy.

Give us a written trailer for your show. Why should we listen?

The internet is filled with horror stories and creepypastas that have burrowed their way into popular culture (Jeff the Killer, NoEnd House, Slenderman).

Creepy is a podcast dedicated to telling these stories on a weekly basis.

Why did you decide to start the podcast?

Creepypastas were actually my the catalyst for my finding horror in podcasting.

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After finding all kinds of creepypastas on YouTube I got hungry for more scary stories and went out searching.

From there I found podcasts like NoSleep, Tales to Terrify and Pseudopod.

They were my inspiration for starting my first audio drama “Small Town Horror“.

But my love for those stories never went away, and a few months ago I was trying to find the stories again on podcasts (since I can't watch YouTube at my day job) and couldn't find any.

It was one of those “well, if it doesn't exist, why don't I make it?” moments.

How did you come up with the idea?

The inspiration (like so many others) came from the great anthology podcasts I mentioned above (particularly NoSleep, still the gold standard in horror as far as I'm concerned).

The more I thought about it, the more I really got hooked with the idea of doing anthology horror.

What made it even better is that I didn't have to write anything. I could just take those stories that I already loved and record them. If there's one thing I've tried really hard at in audio drama, it's trying to keep things simple.

Can you give an insight into your process for writing the show?

Well, since I don't write it, there isn't much as far as a process besides using Google to find my favorite stories!

What about recording the show?

I try to record a few times a week. Some stories are very short (like Robert the Doll) and I can knock out in 10 minutes or less.

And some stories, like Ted the Caver, took weeks to record because of the sheer size and time involved. I have a home made recording booth in my basement that I made out of plywood and acoustic foam.

It's not a perfect recording booth, but it's a lot more comfortable than my previous method of taking all the cushions off my couch and making a little fort in my closet.

And producing the show?

That's my favorite part. I don't!

If there is one thing I know about myself and my abilities, it's my sheer lack of talent when it comes to sound design.

That's when I came up with the idea of Creepy being a podcast for and by the audio drama community. I reached out to friends of mine in AD (Paul Sating, Rick Coste, Owen McCuen, Pacific Obadiah, Travis Vengroff and more) and asked if they would be willing to help out with the sound design in exchange for each episode showcasing their own show and trailer.

I owe a lot to the AD and Audio Drama Production Podcast community and I felt like this is at least a small way to give back.

Could you tell us 3 other audio drama or fiction podcasts that you like?

Only three? …man…I suppose if I can only pick three it would have to be the “NoSleep Podcast“, “Hello From The Magic Tavern” and “Improvised Star Trek“.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to create a podcast like yours?

Do it. Go do it now. Stop thinking about it and go do it.

There are SO many resources out there, not to mention all of the creators of AD that are ready and willing to help you along.

You have a story. You have an idea. Stop second-guessing yourself, telling yourself it's been done or done better and go do it.

It's your voice, your idea and it hasn't been told like how you can and will tell it. Go do it!

Finally, where can we find you on the web?

Episodes are posted on and You can also follow on Twitter and Instagram. That's where I post pictures of the podcasts for listeners to see like the stuff that comes along with Ted the Caver.

To find more great shows like this, check out our other Fiction Podcast of the Week features.

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Fiction Podcast Weekly is an email newsletter, bringing you the latest from the world of audio fiction, audio drama, and sound storytelling.

Are you involved in the medium in any way? Whether that's as a writer, producer, voice actor, curator, or even just a hardcore listener who loves the ‘behind the scenes' stuff. Whoever you are, whatever you do, this is a great way of staying up-to-date with the latest happenings and opportunities in the fiction podcasting realm!



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Written by:

Matthew McLean

Matthew is an audio drama writer and producer who enjoys talking about podcasts. He makes the tea at The Podcast Host, and is a loyal servant of adopted house rabbits.

June 8th 2017