Some of us did wonder how HBO would hold up after the end of their flagship show Game of Thrones, but the streaming service has made a name for itself for making several top-quality original series, and sourcing some of the best back-catalog content available to stream.
But did you know that the service also has an excellent range of scary, supernatural TV series? Below you will find our six favorites. There is a mix of HBO Original content, and some older shows that maybe didn’t get the attention that they deserved when they were released.
This British supernatural drama flew under the radar when it was released ten years ago. But it has a good premise and proved a nice vehicle for both Theo James, who stars in the first series, and Lacey Turner, who takes over in series two.
The premise of the show is that our protagonists have the ability to see dead people. They move into some new flats, called Bedlam Heights, built in a former mental asylum. They start to engage with many of the spirits haunting the flats. Some are malevolent, while others seem to want to warn residents about a much more present and living danger.
This series traces the lives of a desperate group of people traveling with a carnival through the US Dust Bowl during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
But while each member of the troupe is struggling with their own demons, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are also key players in a way that is being fought between Heaven and Hell.
The show pulls on gnostic mythology and Masonic law as its source material and deals with questions of good and evil, as well as free will and destiny.
This Latin American animated series retells Latino horror stories and urban legends. There are three seasons, each with a few episodes, and each episode is only about 3 minutes long. This makes it perfect late-night binge-watching.
The horror tales include The Weeping Woman, Organ Theft, Cursed Twins, and La Ouija. While many of the stories are familiar from our own urban legend, the uniquely local twist gives them new layers.
The name of the show comes from the Spanish word for scary shadow puppets, and nicely sums up this truly creepy series.
Lovecraft Country (2020-)
This is one of the most anticipated and popular HBO Original series of 2020. It acts as a continuation of the 2016 novel of the same name by Misha Green, so it is certainly worth reading that first.
Jonathan Majors plays a young black man who returns from the Korean War to learn that his father is missing, and the horror stories that he heard as a child by H.P. Lovecraft are all true. His father was protecting him from this supernatural world, but now he must enter it directly in order to find his dad.
The Outsider (2020)
Another HBO Original series that was released in 2020, it is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name published in 2018.
Ben Mendelsohn stars as a police detective struggling with his own demons following the loss of his son. He starts investigating the seemingly straightforward but gruesome murder of a young boy, but discovers insidious supernatural forces at work.
The police detective teams up with an unusual investigator and begins to question everything he thought he knew as he delves deeper into the crime.
True Blood (2008-2014)
While this show may be better characterized as soap opera with vampires and lots of blood than an actual horror series, it is still good watching and it is great to see the whole series available on HBO.
Set in Louisiana in a time when vampires have made themselves known to mankind, Anna Paquin plays Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress who finds it difficult to be around people all the time because she can always hear their thoughts.
She meets her first vampire, Bill Compton played by Stephen Moyer, and discovers that she cannot hear his thoughts. From there, she enters deeper and deeper into the world of vampires.
But was their meeting really a chance? And where exactly do Sookie’s special abilities come from?
What To Watch Next?
Once you have an HBO subscription you will be pleasantly surprised by just how much good content is on offer. Check out our lists of the best documentaries on the streaming service, and the best movies currently available via HBO.