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Let's Not Meet: Creepy people are everywhere, and Reddit users can prove it

The Premise (from Apple Podcasts):

True horror stories written by those that made it out alive. First person accounts narrated and produced in an anthology of terror and suspense.


Series or standalone:

Standalone


Begin listening to:

Any episode


Format:

Narrative/storytelling


Host(s):

Andrew Tate


Sound/production quality:

Good


Rating/age suitability:

Teen/adult


Approximate length of episodes:

30 minutes


Curricular ties:

N/A--just for fun!


Similar recommended pods:

Endless Thread investigates Reddit threads in depth.


Podcast Librarian’s Review:

Here’s one for Spooky Season, but it’s actually way more horrifying than a ghost story. LNM is a narration of stories found on Reddit about who had way-too-close encounters with creepy/terrifying people. Each episode features several stories from different authors, and as far as I can tell, the stories are read exactly as published on Reddit. These encounters include potential paranormal activity, break-ins, and all the other interactions we have with strangers who give us the heebie-jeebies. Each story within the episode ends with the narration, “To the [description of creepy person in the story]...let’s not meet.” As a minor point, it can be a little weird to hear the male host/narrator read the story when the post is from a (self-declared) female’s point of view, but I’m starting to get used to that. Despite how truly scary some of the encounters are, they’re often written in the kind of tongue-in-cheek, casual way that is typical of Reddit. Because the source material is Reddit, I do wonder whether all the stories are true, but then again, does it really matter? These are like campfire stories--creepy and fun to listen to. Still, I don’t recommend listening late at night and/or when home alone—the stories are a good reminder that there are a lot of creepy people out there, so we can never be too careful and should definitely trust our instincts when a situation or person is making us uncomfortable. I know I certainly never want to have occasion to write a post that winds up on this podcast.


For those unfamiliar with the pod, it should be noted that the creator of the podcast contacts each user and gets their consent to use the story on the podcast. Producing audio of posts from Reddit (or anywhere) without express permission is prohibited and just a generally crappy thing to do. Also, Reddit is not a sponsor of or affiliated with this podcast. I mention this because they were the questions I had when I first started listening.



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