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A show about the monster among us, around us, and in us.
A show about the monster among us, around us, and in us.
Echoes Through Time Part 1 (1/2)
“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under the conditions of absolute reality; even Larks and Katydids are supposed by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there,...
Those Who Have Gone Before
Were in the past we have dealt with manifestations of creatures in the liminal spaces of reality, here we disembark from the human world with all its mystery and wonder and look up to heaven, or down into the depths of Hell. And there is no better guide for us on this journey than the Warrens. With the recent passing of Lorraine, it is perhaps most fitting that we should explore the subject of Demonology, as seen by the 20th century’s most famous demonologists. They often found themselves...
Here There be Monsters Part 3: At the Hand of Destiny
Whispers are heard of such creatures that exist as some kind of manifestation of our psyche. Practices today still produce the strange results of our fore fathers manifesting incorporeal beast which are encountered today, if only we would look in the right places. Research on hallucinogenic substances such as DMT and Psilocybin Mushrooms have recorded multiple people who insist they have encountered intelligence's which were wholly outside themselves. Extreme seclusion practiced by some...
Here there be Monsters Part 2: The People of Peace
Balquhidder has always been seen as a “Thin Place” as the Celts say, were the boundary between Heaven and Earth is naturally not as robust as the rest of the world. All of this Rev. Kirk likely knew when he wrote his second book, for which he would be better remembered Today. The Secret Commonwealth, which weaved together strange tales of a race of people who once dwelt beside mankind. A magical and noble people, who lived in the hills and trees of the wood, and under the mounds of the...
Here there be Monsters Part 1
Fixed the media issues and republished. Like many of our subjects, obscured by media, Hollywood, and modern fantasy, fables of the dragon languish behind fictional depictions of physical manifestations of fire breathing winged serpents, most are content to regurgitate Tolkien like fairytales. The Dragon of folklore is a far richer and vibrant creature. For instance, two troupes normally follow the dragon where ever he is found around the world is that he is prone to be found around water...
Ep. 9 - Here there be Monsters Part 1
Like many of our subjects, obscured by media, Hollywood, and modern fantasy, fables of the dragon languish behind fictional depictions of physical manifestations of fire breathing winged serpents, most are content to regurgitate Tolkien like fairytales. The Dragon of folklore is a far richer and vibrant creature. For instance, two troupes normally follow the dragon where ever he is found around the world is that he is prone to be found around water rather than to breath fire and if slain,...
Our venerable for bearer Rev. Montague Summers eagerly devoured the subject of the European Werewolf in a single manuscript, and much of what we now recount and know of the subject is from his delicate mind. He studiously pointed out that the origin of the shapeshifter is nothing new, it existed from the dawn of creation, and as we will see, existed even to this day. He saw the creature as he saw the world, a direct dichotomy of good and evil, black and white. The Shapeshifter was one who...
Steve Cook of WTCM-FM in Traverse City recorded a song for April fool’s day in 1987 called The Legend. The song recounts a strange myth whispered by his friends and family. The joke was on him when he became inundated with stories from listeners who claimed to have seen a strange dog or wolf like creature which stood on its hind legs. The song took on new life however when Grand Rapids Press ran an article about an unknown animal near Luther which ripped apart screens and mangled door...
The Widow Paris
The dark arts used by sorcerers through the ages was often an amalgamation of ancient wisdom mixed with the dominate religion of the time. Abramelin said in his own book that his magic could be practiced by anyone who believed in God, be he Christian, Muslim, or Jew. A city on the bayou stands today, as it did one hundred and fifty years ago, as a microcosm of race, religion, and politics of America. New Orleans stood at the beginning of the 19th Century as a place were strange things were...
An Undying Love
A lovely Valentines Day treat for all you lovers out here, a story about eternal love, poison, horrible death, and of coarse, necromancy. Through the ages since Valentines ascension into Sainthood, tales have arisen to fill the hearts and minds of the simple folk throughout history. In Norfolk, a man named Jack was said to leave sweets at your back door for children. In Slavonia Saint Valentine is seen as the bringer of springs and is also said to give good health and watches over Pilgrims...
A Creature of the World
If you ever find yourself vacationing on the majestic Islands of the Cyclades archipelago, perhaps overlooking the beautiful beaches of Santorini, or maybe on the ancient cobblestone steps of Mykonos and you hear an unexpected knock at your door after dark, it might be wise, as the locals would tell you, to wait for a second knock, least you become a victim of the isles ancient and most wicked inhabitant, the vrykolakas. Seeming to be the most impatient of monsters, if the first call is...
The Terror by Night
In October of 2018 The Washington Post ran an article titled “Archaeologists find ‘vampire burial’ site of a child feared capable of rising from the dead” the Articled went on to detail a strange burial ritual they have come to be familiar with in the field. More than fifteen hundred years ago, in a vast Roman villa a young child was buried with a stone the size of an egg in their mouth. Researchers speculate the child likely died from a Malaria outbreak at the time. The reason, it turned...
The Wizard of Europe
In last weeks episode Tell me Strange Things, we looked at the curious life and works of Montague Summers and explored his odd views on the literal existence of Vampires, Werewolves and Witches. His exploration and translations of works of Inquisitors and Witchfinder generals did not endear him to the prevailing sentiment at the time and now-being that the trial, torture, and execution of witches was a sad and disturbing byproduct of overzealous and misguided Religious charlatans. Although...
Tell me Strange Things
In 1926 a strange looking man, with a black cape, black shovel hat, wearing a black cassock with a white collar came bounding out of the reading room of the British Museum of Oxford, cape fluttering behind him. In one hand was a silver doped cane, in another, a black portfolio with the words "VAMPIRE" written in blood red across it. "Monty" a man called after him. The man in black turned, a mischievous grin came across his face. "Yes sir? Tell me strange things..."...