If you’re looking for all sorts of very true, very scary stories, “Let’s Not Meet: A True Horror Podcast” is an anthology of horror. Created by Andrew Tate in 2019, this podcast is filled with listener-submitted, real-life horror stories that happened to them. From strange stalkers to creepy neighbors to near misses with death, the most disturbing part of this podcast is that it’s non-fiction.
“Let’s Not Meet” has been going strong since the start of 2019: Tate has released over 150 episodes of this show and shows no sign of slowing. Not associated with Reddit or any similar sites, people can directly submit their terrifying stories for Tate to read off. Episodes are just 60 minutes long, filled with a handful of short stories that Tate narrates for our listening terror.
Not unlike earlier episodes, for the start of “Let’s Not Meet’s” 8th season, Tate digs back through the archives for the stories that just missed the cut from other seasons.
While “Let’s Not Meet” sits in the true crime genre, most of these stories are near-misses or cases that went unsolved in a sense. Sometimes no actual “crime” happened in the eyes of the police. Some of the stalkers and offenders merely slipped into the oblivion, never to be seen again. Some people called law enforcement and never heard what happened after, which maybe even makes these stories more disturbing.
Hear stories like “She Listens Through The Walls” from the episode “8×01 Lost Stories 9.” Even if you think you know where these stories will go, you don’t. The author tells of a neighbor from hell, a little old lady she shared a wall with in a townhome. Not only was she irrationally angry that anyone lived next to her, specifically in this writer’s room, but she was always listening. The author says that the woman would sing to her through the walls, a disturbing voice calling her terrible names and demanding she stop doing whatever it was she was doing. Bleh.
From stories about almost-ambushes in the middle of the California desert to online creeps who stalked people for years to roommates who had violent psychotic breaks, “Let’s Not Meet” is very aptly titled. We don’t ever want to meet these people. What makes these stories just so scary is that there’s a very real possibility that these stories could happen to anyone. It’s not scare-you-out-of-your-seat terrifying, but it will definitely have you triple-checking that you locked your doors and windows tonight – maybe your closets, too. Don’t forget the vents.
À la podcasts like “Radio Rental” and “CreepsMcPasta Creepypasta Radio,” “Let’s Not Meet: A True Horror Podcast” is filled with true stories that won’t necessarily give you the closure that you want. So, take a listen; if anything, it may be a good reminder to always heed more caution.