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Fragment 14: 'Tis the Midwinter, Yule, or Christmas Season
With the greetings of the season, join Ansir & Sophia as they discuss the festive season, including the religious and commercial aspects. Your hosts also look at the timing of festivals, the symbolism of Yule trees and gift giving, the concept of Santa, and the notion that Christianity adopted timings simply to aid in the conversion of peoples from other faiths.
Fragment 13: John Dee
Born on 13th July 1527 to Roland and Jane Dee, John Dee became an immensely influential figure within the Elizabethan world. If Dee had lived at a time other than the turbulent period that spanned the Tudor and Stuart monarchies in England, then it is very likely that we would now acknowledge him as one the greatest minds England ever produced. Dee’s peers acknowledged his skills as a philosopher, astronomer, scientist, cartographer, and mathematician and - further observed that he was as...
Fragment 12: Sounds Strange
Sound has an innate power to fuel the imagination. Sudden sounds in horror films are an intrinsic aspect of 'jump' moments. The power of sound is much more, however. In isolation, a sound of unknown origin has the power to induce fear and paranoia. Whilst some instances are mere audio pareidolia, others are possibly objective evidence for something more… Join Ansir & Sophia as they review famous, strange sounds. You can hear the sounds that Ansir & Sophia listen to during the podcast via...
Fragment 11: Slenderman
Slenderman.. a form of urban legend, born of the internet age, and fuelled by the collective psyche as an organic body of lore emerged from out of nothing to terrify thousands… Join Ansir & Sophia as they discuss the origins of Slenderman and the possibility that it may have enabled the creation of an egregoric form -- bringing the fictional being to manifestation through a combination of the psychical energies of the many who believe Slenderman to be real. Further discussion looks at if...
Fragment 10: Halloween
Halloween... a time for candy, a time for a scare - but what is the festival really about? In Fragment 10, Ansir & Sophia look at the development of the ancient pagan rites into their Christianised form and the subsequent commercialisation of such.
Fragment 9: Zombies
What are zombies? What is the origin of the lore around them and what drove the evolution of such? Is there any reality to the concept of the zombie? These are the questions that Ansir & Sophia discuss in Fragment 9!
Fragment 8: Ouija Boards & Urban Legends
What are the most common urban legends? What elements of them are true? What is the mechanism behind ouija boards and those legends which evoke entities via a mirror? Ansir & Sophia discuss this and more in Fragment 8!
Fragment 7: Aliens
Ansir and Sophia discuss aliens, UFOs and abductions in a mix of rational discourse and humour. They ask what are aliens? Why are they so commonly described as little grey men or reptilians? Why are UFOs always saucers or triangular forms?
Fragment 6: Ghosts and Apparitions
What is the difference between a ghost and an apparition? Why do so many descriptions and media portrayals represent entities as either young children or horrific in appearance?
Fragment 5: Lovecraft and Alien Octopi
In Fragment 5, Ansir & Sophia discuss the strange tales of H.P. Lovecraft and the underlying occult philosophy therein. Additionally, there is the monthly summary of strange news from around the world.
Fragment 4: Mysterious Massachusetts
Massachusetts, United States - Home to the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692, werewolves, vampires, mermaids, horned serpents, and the inspiration for much of the work of both Lovecraft and King. Just what is it that makes Massachusetts the centre of so many legends? Join the new hosts of the Dark Fragment, Ansir and Sophia, as they discuss mysterious Massachusetts!