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Strange and unusual stories from history, literature, myths and legends.

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Strange and unusual stories from history, literature, myths and legends.

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“In A Grove” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

6/5/2024
In 1950 Akira Kurosawa merged two of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s short stories together to make his classic film “Rashomon.”Last episode we covered the story that gave the film it’s name and in this episode we explore the story of the murder at the heart of that film, told by seven characters with seven different, often conflicting accounts: “In A Grove” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narrated by Mandy Familiar, Bob Familiar, Joey Pesce, Shannon Wilson, Jace Wilson, Danielle Barry, Matt Gruenberg, and Jim Billbrough

Duration:00:26:03

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“Rashōmon” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

4/26/2024
In this episode we contemplate whether it is better to accept death with your morals intact or to survive by any means necessary. Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s “Rashōmon”. Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narrated by Jim Billbrough Some sound effects in this episode were licensed from Pro Sound Effects 240 Kent Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11249 licensing@prosoundeffects.com

Duration:00:18:41

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Three Stories by Jorge Luis Borges

3/20/2024
A trio of strange and beautiful fever dreams by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges- “The Rejected Sorcerer,” “The Circular Ruins,” and “The Two Kings and The Two Labyrinths.” All Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narrated by Jim Billbrough We’d like to express our thanks to Jon Fredette of “The Oddcast” podcast for his advice and encouragement on this episode. If you like Ambient Arcana there’s a good chance you’ll like ”The Oddcast.” Here’s a link to Jon’s homepage featuring his podcasts, music, and more: https://www.jonfredette.com/ Some other useful links: https://bobfamiliar.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ambientarcana ambientarcana@gmail.com

Duration:00:26:26

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“Gods Of The North” A Conan The Cimmerian Story

2/28/2024
In this episode we chase away the winter blues with a bloody sword in Robert E. Howard’s coldest Conan story - “Gods of The North” (aka. “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter”). All Music and Music & Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narration by Rick Weidner, Danielle Barry, Matt Gruenberg, Mandy Familiar, Bob Familiar, and Jim Billbrough Some useful links: https://bobfamiliar.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ambientarcana ambientarcana@gmail.com

Duration:00:21:00

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“Mother Sauvage” by Guy de Maupassant

1/23/2024
Bonne année! Joyeux 2024! We start our Third Season with a fiery French tale of one woman’s burning need to find balance in a hostile universe. It’s Guy de Maupassant’s torrid tale of red hot revenge! - “Mother Sauvage.” All Music and Music & Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narrated by Veronica and Joey Pesce, Bob Familiar, and Jim Billbrough Recorded by Joey Pesce and Bob Familiar If you think we judged Robert W. Chambers a bit harshly on his anti-German attitudes here’s a link to his WWI novel “In Secret” at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5748 Not to be confused with a recommendation. Some useful links: https://youtube.com/@bobfamiliarmusic https://bobfamiliar.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ambientarcana

Duration:00:19:56

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More Tibetan Folk Tales by A.L. Shelton

12/15/2023
Once again we travel to the magical land of Tibet for the Holiday Season. In this year’s Yuletide offerings a painter and a carpenter commit supernatural postal fraud, a donkey and a rock get arrested for assaulting a jar of oil, a pair of crippled birds dispense great wealth and harsh justice, a sociopathic rabbit distributes stolen goods with murderous intent, and a goiter at a ghost party is about as welcome as a fruitcake. It’s Albert Leroy Shelton’s posthumously publish page turner - “Tibetan Folk Tales” All Music and Music&Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narrated by Bob Familiar and Jim Billbrough

Duration:00:22:02

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“The She-Wolf” by Saki (H.H. Munro)

11/21/2023
In this episode of Ambient Arcana we explore the mysteries of ‘Siberian Magic’ and the unexpected social challenges that having one’s hostess turned into a wolf can put upon a party guest - It’s “The She-Wolf” by Saki (H.H. Munro) Music and Music&Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narrated by: Jace Wilson, Shannon Wilson, Mandy Familiar, Bob Familiar, and Jim Billbrough “The She-Wolf” was published in the short story collection “Beasts and Super-Beasts” by Saki back in 1914. While searching for this month’s story we came across an excellent audio version of this book on LibriVox narrated by Justin Brett. Here’s a link to that book on LibriVox: https://librivox.org/beasts-and-super-beasts-by-saki/ And here’s a link to the Project Gutenberg version of the book: https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/269/pg269-images.html

Duration:00:17:24

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The Statement of Randolph Carter

10/25/2023
Nothing says Halloween quite like Trick or Treating in an ancient swampy cemetery in shadow haunted Florida! It’s H.P.Lovecraft’s grim tale of grave robbing gone wrong - “The Statement of Randolph Carter.” All Music and Music & Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narrated by Bob Familiar and Jim Billbrough Recorded Almost Live at Sounds Familiar Studios

Duration:00:19:52

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From Beyond

9/25/2023
In this episode we dust off our vestigial sense organs and fire up our Pineal Glands to take a mind bending peak beneath the thin veil of our reality in H.P. Lovecraft’s psychedelic mad scientist revenge romp - “From Beyond!” Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narrated by Bob Familiar and Jim Billbrough

Duration:00:22:28

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Three Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

8/28/2023
This month we take a trio of trips into the Infinite Unknown with weird fiction icon Howard Phillips Lovecraft- “Ex Oblivione,” “Nyarlathotep,” and “The Book.” All Music & Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narration by Jim Billbrough For further exploration of Lovecraft and his works we suggest checking out these websites: The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society https://www.hplhs.org/ And Strange Studies of Strange Stories (Formally The HP Podcraft Literary Podcast) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/strange-studies-of-strange-stories/id1638947147 Or the older, more Lovecraft-centric version of the podcast, which is still active at this time: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-h-p-lovecraft-literary-podcast/id369757090 And there’s even a YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/@witchhousemedia?feature=shared

Duration:00:26:16

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Cool Arctic Stories for Hot Summer Nights

7/19/2023
A small sampling of Inuit, Yup’ik, and Unangax folktales collected by American and European Scholar-Explorers in the late 19th and early 20th century. Even in this muted form, sometimes translated through two or three languages, these stories still retain the power, beauty, and humor of the original folktales. The word Eskimo has long been known to be a misnomer, even as far back as the mid 19th century. Since most of the material used here came from Ethnological surveys that sought to be as specific as possible the term occurs rarely in the collected stories and is mainly used in the titles of the works. All Music & Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar Narration by Jim Billbrough

Duration:00:17:31

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Three Stories by Ambrose Bierce

6/20/2023
Biercemania! Three dark and evocative tales by surprise ending aficionado Ambrose Bierce: "The Boarded Window," "John Mortonson's Funeral," and "The Applicant." All Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar Music by Man Tray and Bob Familiar All stories read by Bob Billbrough

Duration:00:34:28

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Lafcadio Hearn’s Tales From Ghostly Japan, Vol. 2

5/11/2023
We finish our coverage of Lafcadio Hearn’s tales from ghostly Japan with three more stories: “The Corpse-Rider” from the book Shadowings and “Jiu-Roku-Zakura” and “A Dead Secret” from Kwaidan. Music and Audio production by Bob Familiar. Read by Bob Familiar, Jim Billbrough, and Special Guest Narrator Rick Weidner.

Duration:00:18:52

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Lafcadio Hearn, Stories from “Kwaidan” & “In Ghostly Japan,” Vol. 1

4/3/2023
We return to the works of Lafcadio Hearn with the first of two full length episodes of strange and unusual stories from his adopted country of Japan. “Diplomacy” and “Riki Baka” from the book “Kwaidan” and “Fragment” from “In Ghostly Japan” We also introduce a new reader, Rick Weidner, who provides some much-needed low end to the narrations. Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar Read by Bob Familiar, Jim Billbrough, and Rick Weidner

Duration:00:26:51

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The Reconciliation by Lafcadio Hearn

2/13/2023
We start our second season with a short story about love, loss, and the potential supernatural repercussions to procrastination. “The Reconciliation” by Lafcadio Hearn from his book “Shadowings.” Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar Read by Jim Billbrough Ambient Arcana would like to dedicate this episode to our good friend Gabrielle Agachiko who passed away last month. Gabrielle was a wonderful singer with a powerful voice and an irrepressible personality. We had been planning to have her read for the podcast, particularly the parts that called for goddess level intensity, but unfortunately fate stepped in. She was deeply loved by many and will be dearly missed. Hopefully we will meet her again in the next incarnation, if such things are possible.

Duration:00:10:36

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Two Tibetan Folktales by A.L. Shelton

12/23/2022
Gifts? Check! Visits from distant relatives? Check! A Christmas ghost story? Check! Our last episode of season one features two stories from A.L. Shelton’s 1925 collection of “Tibetan Folktales” : “The Man And The Ghost” & “Story Of A Juggler’s Tricks” Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar. Narration by Jim Billbrough & Bob Familiar. Recorded Live (more or less) at Sounds Familiar Studios

Duration:00:15:38

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In the Court of the Dragon by Robert W. Chambers

11/22/2022
A Demonic Organist! Random Time Displacement! Interdimensional Church Services! A full on Carcosa Mythos story - “In the Court of the Dragon”, from “The King in Yellow”by Robert W. Chambers. Reading by Jim Billbrough Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar All Music used in this episode was by Man Tray Please consider supporting Ambient Arcana on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ambientarcana?fan_landing=true&view_as=public

Duration:00:27:01

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The Street of the Four Winds by Robert Chambers

11/1/2022
We take a look at the world of R.W. Chambers with a somewhat beige story from "The King in Yellow" called "The Street of The Four Winds". A story about love, loss, and the vagaries of cat ownership. An extra long episode with a pretty beefy bio and a bonus story snippet at the end. Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar, Narration and Bio by Jim Billbrough. The poem introducing the story was read by Mandy Familiar. Please consider supporting Ambient Arcana on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ambientarcana?fan_landing=true&view_as=public

Duration:00:35:37

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Uncle Abraham’s Romance by Edith Nesbit

10/2/2022
This is a bonus episode of Ambient Arcana featuring a very short story about young love, lonely churchyards, and the unspeakable horror of 18th century miniature portrait art - "Uncle Abraham's Romance" by Edith Nesbit. Read by Jim Billbrough, Music and Audio Production by Bob Familiar.

Duration:00:11:16

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Jim and Bob Chat: The Making of the Edgar Allan Poe Episodes

9/30/2022
A discussion about Poe, music, and podcast collaboration.

Duration:00:15:20