We're looking for true stories and fiction that fits within the umbrella of "horror." All stories should be written in the first person POV and should be plausible enough to pass as an eyewitness account or campfire tale. Genres/subject matter that we’ll consider includes:

  • Ghosts, hauntings, supernatural

  • Paranormal, occult, Ouija boards

  • Superstition, local legends, and urban folklore

  • Vampires, werewolves, mummies…all species of famous monsters

  • Cryptids and kaiju

  • UFOs, alien abductions

  • Psycho killers, stalkers, creeps

  • Unexplained phenomena and unsolved mysteries involving the occult/paranormal

Stories involving retro media (VHS, vinyl, cassette tapes, old time radio, NES, etc.) or found footage elements get bonus points.

Ideally stories will be about 12-15 minutes long when read aloud. Shorter tales will be embellished by our editing staff and/or paired with a backup story.


Octoberpod is only interested in tales that are spooky, creepy, and fun. Therefore, we’re NOT interested in any of the following:

  • Extreme violence (including overt references to rape, sexual abuse)

  • Children in peril, including violence towards or abuse of children)

  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, antisemitism, and/or any content that expresses hatred/bigotry

  • Content that is excessively sexual

  • Content that will will make us sad and/or depressed

We want stories that are hair raising, but fun.


Send submissions to Edward October at, with “SUBMISSION” somewhere in the subject line. Stories can be submitted as in the body of the email or attached as a MS Word document. Any submissions with attachments that we can’t open or otherwise read will be rejected unread.


By submitting to Octoberpod, you grant Octoberpod the rights to adapt your story for its YouTube channel and it’s companion podcast (Octoberpod Archives Collection). Authors grant Octoberpod to use their stories for the above stated purposes and related marketing/social media promos, etc.

Otherwise, authors retain full ownership of their stories.