Have you listened to the podcast Lore? I might be the last to the party but it's my recent favorite. It's all about legends, myths, vampires, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night. I'm a really big scaredy cat and typically a description like that would steer me right away from listening. BUT this one is different. To be fair, I haven't listened to it at night, but I'd still say its different.
Aaron, the producer, presents the podcast beginning the way the best storytellers do. Pulling you into whatever his topic of the episode is with a historical account he found in records or archives in his research.
I'm working my way backward through the archives right now but if you'd like to listen, here are a few of my favorite episodes so far:
Mary Mary: The most recent episode, I found really compelling. "he Spiritualist movement placed a large focus on reaching beyond the veil, which made us the outsiders pressing into a foreign realm. In the late 1800’s, however, that realm pressed back, and what a wonder it turned out to be."
Dark Conclusions: "For almost as long as there have been stories of supernatural beings, there have been tales of those who hunt them. From ancient traditions to Hollywood blockbusters, these characters have filled our imaginations. But in 1969, those ideas became real."
Everything Floats: "The older the city, the more stories there seem to be. Some places are home to tragedy, while others have played host to disaster or war. Few cities have it all, though, and judging by the pain those stories often reveal, that might be a good thing."
Give it a listen and let me know what you think!