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Episode 23: Omni Sparrow

Today we learn about the small, migratory songbird that’s bigger than all existence. Hidden Lore by Holly Day. Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in Plainsongs, The Long Islander, and The Nashwaak Review. Her newest poetry collections are In This Place, She Is Her Own (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), A Wall to Protect Your Eyes (Pski’s Porch Publishing), Folios of Dried Flowers and Pressed Birds (, Where We Went Wrong (Clare Songbirds Publishing), and Into the Cracks(Golden...


Episode 22: Kushtaka

You can’t always believe your ears and you shouldn’t trust cute, furry faces peering up from the sea. This episode was thought-up and mostly written by the wonderfully talented Julia Schifini. Julia is a writer, sound designer, voice actor, and aspiring professional wrestler. She is the co-host and producer of Spirits, a boozy dive into myths and legends. She loves world-building, fancy cheese, and all things creepy and cool. She works with networks like Multitude Productions and The...


Episode 21: Highway Islands

The patchwork islands of greenery nestled on the edges of roadways hold secrets worth our attention. Hidden Lore fiction by Olivia Williams. Olivia is a student of geoscience and literature. She writes short fiction, poetry, science articles, funding applications, and D&D sessions, but when she’s not doing any of that you can find her in the woods looking for cool fungus. Her writing and opinions about rocks live on Twitter @OliviaOnCampus. Willow Armstrong was played by Lucille Valentine....


Episode 20: Under Hawk

Beneath our feet, the under hawks glide in search of shadows to pluck from the surface of the world. Hidden Lore poetry by Eli Reeve. Eli is an aspiring artist and writer from Norway nesting in the jungles of Hawaii. Find her on Instagram at (


Episode 19: Midnight Library

There’s a wilderness inside every library. This episode visits one of the nocturnal residents after closing time. Hidden Lore poetry by Lucille Valentine. Lucille is a desert rat masquerading as a voice actor, poet, visual artist, and LGBTQ+ community advocate whose works often include themes of poverty, womanhood, queer and trans experience, along with whatever her current existential crisis is. You can hear her in the podcasts The Six Disappearances of Ella McCray, the upcoming second...


Episode 18: The Green Stranger

A strange visitor joins the CryptoNaturalist around the campfire for a pleasant, if one-sided, conversation. Special thanks to Tim Sniffin for being the voice of The Transmission. Hear more of Tim on the Hello From The Magic Tavern podcast as the Mysterious Man, and find more of Tim's work at Oh, and subscribe to our new YouTube channel for upcoming bonus videos. We’re currently working on a CryptoNaturalist makeup tutorial video, which is just as strange as it...


Episode 17: Found

The Cryptonaturalist is lost and then found in the usual place, a twisted scientist’s volcano lair. Hidden lore poetry by Leslie J. Anderson. Leslie’s writing has appeared in Asimov’s, Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and Apex, to name a few. Her collection of poetry, An Inheritance of Stone, was released from Alliteration Ink and was nominated for an Elgin award. Poems from it have won 2nd place in the Asimov’s Reader’s Awards, and were nominated for Pushcart and...


Episode 16: Missing

The CryptoNaturalist is missing, but Cassandra is on the case. Hidden lore poetry by Emily Olorin. Emily is a writer from Down Under (whether the depths of hell or Australia is open to interpretation). They are interested in body horror, sci-fi, and pretty poetry - preferably in combination. Further works can be found at:


Episode 15: The Cobs

Today we visit an elusive cryptid that hides in plain sight and borrows human voices. Alice Pow allegedly saw Mothman in a Chicago neighborhood during the summer of 2017. She is a writer of prose, poetry, and the upcoming podcast Stone Soup for the Gut. Find her on twitter @Alicepow and if you like her work, feel free to reach out. She is always in search of the most abundant, yet elusive cryptid: friends.


Episode 14: Constellation Turtle

We’re all made of star stuff, some of us more literally than others. Lauren Dee was played by Julia Schifini. Julia is a podcaster, historian, and big fan of professional wrestling. She is the co-host of Spirits Podcast, a boozy tour of mythology, legends, and folklore, as well as a voice actor on several audio dramas. To find out more about her work, visit Lauren Dee was named for Patreon supporter Lauren Dermody. Thanks to Lauren for her support. Thanks to Phoebe...


Episode 13: Sassafras Grove

This week we visit home territory and visit a special grove of sassafras trees. Hidden Lore segment poetry by Suzannah Dalzell. Suzannah lives on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, Wa where she divides her time more or less equally between writing and land conservation. Among the journals her work has appeared in are Flyway, Pilgrimage Magazine, About Place, Earthspeak and The Raven Chronicles. She is currently working on a collection of poems that explore the places where her ancestry bumps...


Episode 12: Storm Shark

What creature swims through the ocean of the sky? What could graze within the storm? I know the answer. Listen and you will too. Poetry by Priyanka Sacheti. Priyanka is a writer based in Bangalore, India. Raised in Oman and educated in United Kingdom, she has been been published in Guardian, Art Slant, The Establishment, Gulf News, and Brownbook among others. She is presently an editor at Mashallah News. Her literary work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. She tweets...


Episode 11: Dirt Road Desolation

When you find the dirt road with the unnamed creature, obey the rules, respect the emptiness, and make peace with the fact that not everything is there for your convenience. Cara Ehlenfeldt is a writer, sound studies grad student, and co-creator of the upcoming audio drama podcast the Godshead Incidental. She originally hails from the New Jersey Pine Barrens, although she considers the forests of the Pacific Northwest to be her true home. The Indegogo campaign for Godshead Incidental can be...


Episode 10: Electric King Snake

This week we explore safety, a very unusual snake, and receive an important update about squirrels. Saker played the voice of Jed VanDorn. Saker is a cohost of It's All Been Done: A Barenaked Ladies podcast. It's two boys talking about almost anything but Barenaked Ladies. You can find it on your favorite podcast catcher. Saker also has a nerd hip-hop group called 2d6, online at


Episode 9: The Old Barn

If you stop to check, it turns out that not all barns are barns. The voice of Valentina Blackwood was played by Sarah Rhea Werner. Sarah Rhea Werner is a professional writer and podcaster who loves to help creators find confidence and success. She is a contributor to Forbes, and creator of the Girl In Space and Write Now podcasts. She currently lives in the Midwest with one husband, two rescue cats, and a ceiling full of spiders. Learn more at Hidden Lore Segment poetry...


Episode 8: The Half-Remembered Forest

This week, the show takes a half-remembered expedition to a strange forest that manipulates minds, shares secrets, and consumes memories. The voice of Cryptonaturalist Max Dean was played by Adal Rifai. Adal is the voice of Chunt on the podcast Hello from the Magic Tavern, as well as one of the hosts of Hey Riddle Riddle. Hidden Lore Segment poetry contributed by Eric Fisher Stone. Eric is originally from Fort Worth, Texas, though now lives in Ames, Iowa as a third year MFA candidate in...


Episode 7: Parking Lot

On this episode we visit a special amphibian perfectly adapted to life in parking lots. Special thanks to Cal Cleary for playing the Kroger employee. John Muir life and times: A good sample of John Muir’s essays:


Episode 6: Your Basement

This episode explores the wildest parts of your home. Featuring a guest voice by podcasting icon Justin McElroy. You can hear Justin on the podcasts My Brother, My Brother and Me; The Adventure Zone; and Sawbones. For more information on Justin’s work, visit Featuring flash fiction by Evan Dicken. By Day, Evan studies old Japanese Maps and crunches data for all manner of fascinating medical research at "The" Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these...


Episode 5: Elephant Spider

Today we meet a tiny spider that defies the laws of physics in a place that is, at best, semi-real. We also hear a transmission from another Cryptonaturalist in the field and read some flash fiction by Jamie Lackey. Jamie lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cat. She has had over 130 short stories published in places like Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, and Escape Pod. Her debut novel, Left-Hand Gods, is available from Hadley Rille Books, and she has two short story...


Episode 4: Russell's Visitor

We pass the long miles with a story of a rare and dangerous cryptid that lurks in the dark, lonely wilds. Not all visitors are friendly and a light in the darkness isn’t always a sign of hope. My old friend Russell Van Atta learned these hard lessons in the dark woods not far from Parkersburg, West Virginia.