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The Strange and Unusual Podcast
51 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
Haunted Places and Minds, Tales of Terror with W.W. Jacobs | Ep 35
In anticipation of the next episode of haunted houses, I present you with tales of haunted places and minds with Edwardian author, W.W. Jacobs, best known for his story, 'The Monkey's Paw'.
39 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
Off With Her Head | Ep 34
Tales of women mysteriously wearing ribbons around their necks, and the secret they keep beneath from their husband have been with us for centuries, perhaps most famously with Alvin Schwarz's "The Green Ribbon" from the book, 'In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories'. In this episode we look into the tale, its meaning, and its origins in the 18th century revolutionary days in France. Visit the podcast website: thestrangeandunusualpodcast.com Instagram: @thestrangeandunusualpodcast Twitter: @thesandupodcast Thanks to this week's sponsor Vodacast! Download the app in the App Store or visit their website at vodacast.com
20 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Halloween's Final Trick | Ep 33
In this episode we take a peek into Halloween true horror, from accidental hangings to mistaken corpses, to kick off the spooky season. Visit the podcast website: thestrangeandunusualpodcast.com Instagram: @thestrangeandunusualpodcast Twitter: @thesandupodcast Thanks to this week's sponsor Vodacast! Download the app in the App Store or visit their website at vodacast.com
5 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Wondery Presents: Killer Psyche
Hey Listeners - There’s a new true crime podcast from Wondery that I just started listening to that I think you should check out. It’s called KILLER PSYCHE. If you’re a True Crime fan like me then you know there are a lot of true crime stories out there. We watch them on TV, read about them in the news, and of course... We listen to them on podcasts. In the aftermath of these stories, we’re often left asking ourselves WHY. Was it about power? Ego? Revenge? Sex? What makes people like that tick? Most of the time there isn’t a satisfying answer. Until now. In every episode of Killer Psyche, retired FBI criminal profiler Candace Delong (Duh-Long) dissects the thoughts and motivations of the most infamous felons in history. She’s been in the business for over fifty years and has sat across the table from hundreds of criminals. She’s spent enough time inside their heads to know how they think, and why they do what they do. Candice unravels the psychology and instincts of America’s most complex and disturbing figures. Including high-profile cases that she personally worked on like the Unabomber. A case where a murderer’s bombs killed three people and severely injured twenty more over the course of seventeen years. And other cases like Chrisopher Duntch (Dun-Ch) who is better known as “Dr. Death”. In this case she uses her training and experience to help us understand what was going on inside his head-- was he delusional or a cold blooded killer? I’m about to play you a preview of Killer Psyche. While you’re listening, follow Killer Psyche on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, or you can listen to new episodes early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App.
83 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
The Axeman Returneth: The Axeman of New Orleans, Pt 3 | Ep 32
In the concluding episode on this series on the Axeman of New Orleans, we see the axeman returns after a long break.
14 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
One Summer Day and Premature Burial
Taphophobia (tap-oh-phobia), the fear of being buried alive has existed for as long as, well, we’ve existed. In this episode, we touch on the history of this fear and end with Ambrose Bierce's 'One Summer Day', a story of premature burial with a twist.
65 minutes | May 17, 2021
Horror Stories Bonus: Plethora of Poe - Obsession and Death
Join me for 3 Edgar Allan Poe Tales of Obsession and Death - The Oval Portrait, The Premature Burial, and The Tell-Tale Heart.
23 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Horror Story Bonus: The Waxwork
Join me for a bonus horror story reading of 'The Waxwork' by A.M. Burrage. In this tale, madness is brought on by the uncanny valley, a concept discussed in Episode 7, Raising the Dead, Part 2.
49 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Horror Story Bonus: The Body-Snatcher
Join me for a bonus horror story reading of 'The Body-Snatcher' by Robert Louis Stevenson. If you haven't listened to episode 10, 'Grave Matters in Edinburgh', you may want to listen to that first, to hear the real-story of Burke and Hare, that inspired Stevenson's fiction.
31 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Jazz It: The Axeman of New Orleans, Pt.2 | Ep 31
In part two we explore Congo Square, the development of jazz, the culture of New Orleans, and finish coverage of the axeman's first attacks.
26 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
Morbid Network Presents: A Chat With Rachael O'Brien From Seven Deadly Sinners (Special Episode Sneak Peek)
Ash and Alaina from 'Morbid: A True Crime Podcast' are joined in a discussion with the wonderful and charming Rachael O'Brien from the podcast 'Seven Deadly Sinners'. Take a listen and fall in love with more of the Morbid Network family!
33 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Masking In Darkness: The Axeman of New Orleans, Pt.1 | Ep 30
Join me as I tell part 1 of the story of New Orlean's history, it's complicated relationship with race and immigration, its soul and joy, and how one masked himself in darkness to terrorize the city.
100 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Ghostly Winter Tales | Ep 29
On this episode is a collection of haunting winter tales, some new to the podcast and others are old friends from past episodes. So, get cozy and comfortable, get a roaring fire going, and join me as we revive the old Victorian custom of telling scary ghost stories.
66 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
A Victorian Dark Parade, Pt 3 | Ep 28
In this conclusion of our journey through the Victorian cult of death, we delve into the rise of post mortem photography, 19th century viewings and funerals, the rise in desire for corpse preservation, the birth of the garden cemetery, mourning wear and widows weeds, and the annoyance and perils of crepe, especially crepe veils. You'll also hear the tale of Percy Shelley's death, cremation and how his heart ended up in the desk of his widow, Mary Shelley. Additionally, we look into how the medieval cult of saints influenced the Romantics and Victorians. Death relics, hair art will also be explored, as well as an odd story of how one woman's dead husband ended up as parlor decor.
42 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
A Victorian Dark Parade, Pt 2 | Ep 27
On this supernatural look at the 19th century Victorian cult of death, as we explore banshees, ominous clocks, death tokens, harbingers, the birth of Victorian gothic literature, and madness brought on by death and body snatchers.
43 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
A Victorian Dark Parade, Pt 1 | Ep 26
"Dark Parade," a phrase in a Emily Dickinson’s poem, captures the spirit of the Victorian cult of death, a social movement built on strict mourning rules and funerals, the fetishizing of ephemera of the dead, a movement that was meant to beautify and romanticize the horrific. In this first part of our look into Victorian mourning and death, we explore death by fashion, Queen Victoria's mourning, the Victorian concept of "The Good Death", wakes and vigils gone wrong, and premature burial.
46 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
The Beast Within | Ep 25
This episode gets kind of beastly, as we go through the history of the werewolf from prehistoric times. We follow the wolf man through tales written by Bram Stoker, through the medieval werewolf trials, the lunacy of lycanthropy, and so much more.
85 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Sleepy Hollow, A Region of Shadows | Ep 24
Often we want to sequester ourselves in some pretty, little hamlet, and leave the rest of the world behind. But in this telling of 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', we find that when you do, you may just lose your head. Join me as I talk of contagion and fear, ghosts and goblins, and of the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane during this spooky time of year.
73 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
The Curse of Winthrop Falls, Pt 3 | Ep 23
Join me as I tell part three, THE CONCLUSION, of a ghostly tale I wrote about an old, haunted house in the fictional town of Winthrop Falls, Massachusetts. The curse of Winthrop Falls began on Halloween night in 1866, after a mysterious, bloody, accident befell a young woman alone in a dark cellar, but the curse touches everyone in the house up through current day. And so, Jennifer, the current teen resident, must go through all the clues she can find surrounding the home's tragic history, in order to save herself. Can she do it? Find out in the conclusion!
28 minutes | Dec 31, 2019
The Curse of Winthrop Falls, pt 2 | Ep 22
Join me as I tell part two of a ghostly tale I wrote specifically focused on the Halloween season, though it fits all seasons, if you're macabre enough! The curse of Winthrop Falls, Massachusetts began on Halloween night in 1866 after a mysterious, bloody accident befell a young woman alone in a dark cellar. But was she really alone? In part two, we follow the curse as it touches the young of Winthrop Falls during the 19th century, continuing into the 20th and 21st centuries. Will the curse ever be brought to an end?
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