Not going to lie: The moment the calendar ticked over to September, I immediately packed away all my summer gear and broke out the sweaters, boots, and bottomless coffee mugs. (Yes, even though it’s still 85 degrees in the Northeast right now.) But I don’t just love fall because of the fact the weather is (supposed to be) cooler and there’s cinnamon in everything; I love it because it’s the spookiest time of year. It’s the perfect time to read ghost stories, go to haunted houses, and — best of all — watch creepy web series on YouTube. You don’t have to go all the way to the movie theater to find something spooky to watch.
Horror is one genre where the phrase “less is more” is almost always gospel truth. The suggestion of something terrible happening is, practically without fail, much more effective than seeing every (literally) gory detail — or at least, it is for me. And indeed, that’s why I think YouTube is such a gold mine for horror: The creators telling stories through the platform aren’t usually working with huge budgets, which means they can’t rely on flashy special effects to fix weaknesses in the writing or the performances. It forces you to be that much more creative, and the results are often stunning.
These nine series (well, 11, really — we’ll get to that in a bit) exemplify the best of YouTube’s creepiest content. So pull up a chair. Open up a new tab. And — especially — turn off the lights. We’ve got some yarns to spin.
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