Ep 79: The Strange Case Of…

The monsters will get you, if you don’t watch out. They’re all around. They’re just waiting for their chance to come out. Or are you waiting for yours? Join us this week for a series of strange cases as we learn that the worst place for monsters to hide, is inside.

 

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Ep 78: Illegitimate Concerns: Phantom Social Workers

What’s more frightening than the idea of your own child being kidnapped or harmed? Nothing. Right. Now that we’ve established that, let’s look at the legend of the phantom social worker with fresh eyes. This story is not a boogeyman tale for children, it’s a boogeyman story for their parents. This week we will explore the world of parental paranoia and the realities that fuel those fears. From Irish orphanages’ hidden burial ground; to the Angel Maker, Amelia Dyer; to ninos rabados in Spain, we will find there is much to fear when you’re trying to keep your babies safe. We’ll conclude with an in depth look at the forgotten history of midcentury American maternity homes and the marks they left on our cultural landscape.

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Ep 77: Burns, Burns, Burns; The Ring of Fire

For years, decades, even centuries; the rumors of human beings bursting into flames of their own accord has been a rumor that no one can seem to put out.  The phenomenon known as Spontaneous Human Combustion, or SHC, as we in the biz call it, has been the subject of debate and gossip for quite some time, but what is it, exactly? Join us this week as we ask this question and attempt to answer it and others like: is it possible? If not, then how do you explain the mysterious (and well documented) cases thoughout history? And what’s up with the Wicked Witch of the East feet left behind?

 

Guest Story Teller:   Clips from Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious Universe  

 

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Ep 76: Taily Po’ White Trash

The folk story Taily Po lurks in Appalachia righting what has been put wrong. He is a vengeful beast, but he might be more than just a monster. He may be a symbol of America’s tradition of ‘forgotten men and women’ or ‘the invisible class’. Maybe he is a symbol of their dismissal and detestation by the ruling class. Maybe he can help us all understand the wounds of class warfare in America, and the rise of the cult of the everyman in politics and in the American imagination. Join us this week as we explore the origins of Taily Po and the history of poor white trash. 

 

Guest Story Teller:  Jesse Hall @wastedarkcell 

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Ep 75: Phantasms of the Living: Messages from the Dead

From the dawn of time there have been reports about loved ones returning from the dead for one reason or another. They come to comfort us, or seek revenge, or keep a promise. In some cases these newly spectral friends or family members, may themselves … Read More …

Ep 74: Look Upon My Works, And Despair! Curse of the Pharaohs!

In the gilded age, the lore and lure of the mystical power of Egypt was a pervasive component of popular culture. Foremost in the imaginations of the public were the various curses associated with tombs unearthed in the Nile River Valley. Of all the bad luck and strange circumstances that fueled belief in this phenomenon, the most infamous was surely the Curse of King Tutankhamen. After his tomb was opened by Howard Carter and Lord Carnavon, the Pharaoh set out on a reign of terror that haunted the lives of those who had contact with his burial chamber for decades to come. At least, the newspapers said that was the case. Then maybe it was a fungus, or spores, or a something science-y, maybe? Or maybe it was much ado about nothing? Or maybe Aleister Crowley killed them all? Yeah, you’re right. That doesn’t make sense, but we’re still going to be discussing that theory, and many more this week as we look at the facts, fiction, and cultural landscape that helped create the curse of pharaohs.

Guest Story Teller: Dominic Perry egyptianhistorypodcast.com

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Ep 73: Down the Rabbit Hole

The metaphor of going down the rabbit hole is defined in the dictionary of idioms as: to enter into a situation or begin a process or journey that is particularly strange, problematic, difficult, complex, or chaotic, especially one that becomes increasingly so as it develops or unfolds. We’ll be taking such a journey as we explore the legendary history or rabbits in folklore. From jackalopes to tricksters; familiars, to the accidental agents to a military coupe, the rabbit has an important place in many facts and fictions. In this episode we’ll take a look at those very important bunnies, as well as the question of where the Easter Bunny originated. Join us, before you’re late for this very important date.

Guest Story Teller: Hillbilly Horror Stories @therentdaddy

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