In this episode, we’re going to explore the hidden world of the huldufólk, a race of elves found in Icelandic and Faroese folklore. Legends of the huldufólk have been around since the time of the Vikings. These elven creatures are said to live alongside mankind, though they remain invisible to the average person. This week’s episode features an original story by Lindsey Morse and Niall Cooper called “The Gift of the Huldufólk.” This episode was researched and written by Lindsey Morse....
In this episode, we look at the thunderbird, an extremely large supernatural creature of great power and strength, best known for its ability to control the weather. The legend of the thunderbird is widespread throughout the traditions of native people throughout America and Canada, but it is especially important and most frequently depicted in the Native American legends from the pacific northwest. Because the thunderbird belongs to so many different cultures, legends can vary pretty...
In today’s episode, we’re peeking into the caves of Northern India to visit U Thlen, an evil spirt that exists in the form of a giant, man-eating snake. Under normal circumstances, I think it’s safe to say that most people would do their darnedest to avoid the lair of a known demon snake, but— unfortunately— that wasn’t an option for certain residents of Meghalaya. You see, the local market took place in a village only accessible by a sacred bridge that crossed right by the entrance to U...
Charybdis & Scylla
Smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, at the southern tip of the Italian peninsula, the toe of the Italian boot very nearly meets the island of Sicily. These two land masses are separated by a narrow section of water called the Strait of Messina, a busy little waterway regularly traversed by cruise ships, fishing boats, cargo vessels, and private yachts. If you stand on one side of the straight, you can look out and watch these ships pass by, and if you want to travel across the...
In this episode, we look at one of the most famous legendary creatures of all time— the unicorn. Unicorns are an interesting study, because pretty much everyone knows what they look like and *thinks* they know a thing or two about them. But, I can assure you, there’s more to the history and lore of this incredible beast than pinterest-friendly cakes, glittery kid’s toys, and regal heraldry. The legendary unicorn has been making appearances in cultures across the world since antiquity, and in...
In today’s episode, we look at Rakshasas, man-eating goblins from India. Rakshasas have long, curling fangs that protrude from the corners of their lips, wickedly long claws, and- sometimes- sharp horns. The strongest and most powerful might even have glowing eyes, extra limbs, and a few additional heads. But the danger doesn’t stop there. Rakshasas are powerful magicians, and are able to fly, disappear, or alter their appearance at will. And they will happily utilize these deceptions in...
In today’s episode, we’re heading to the Middle East to visit the Rukh, a gigantic bird of prey big enough to block out the sun. Said to resemble an eagle, but much larger and stronger, the Rukh is believed to hail from the island of Madagscar, and is said to feast on elephants, giant snakes, and— sometimes— even men. It has a forked, snake-like tongue, and a sharp, pointy beak. This week’s story is from: One Thousand and One Nights: The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor This episode was...
This week, we’re traveling to Asia to visit the baku, a Japanese chimera who feasts on nightmares. Legend has it that baku were created from leftover parts when the gods were finished making all the other animals. As you might suspect, this means baku are quite a sight to behold. A mishmash of species, baku are said to have a bear’s body, an elephant’s trunk, a tiger’s paws, an ox’s tail, and the eyes of a rhinoceros. But despite their freakish appearance, baku are not inherently ill-willed....
In this episode, we take a look at Baba Yaga. Baba Yaga is a supernatural, wicked witch-type character from Slavic folklore who is most often depicted as a deformed old hag. She lives deep in the forest in a hut that stands on chicken legs, and she can fly around using a broom or a mortar and pestle. This week’s story: “Baba Yaga” by Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano de Blumenthal This episode was researched and written by Lindsey Morse. Niall Cooper assists with writing and editing. Our...
This week, we’re going to look at the bunyip, a large mythical creature— sometimes described as a spirit— from Australian Aboriginal mythology, which is said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. This week’s story: “The Bunyip” by Andrew Lang This episode also included an excerpt from the poem:“The Bunyip” by Oodergoo Noonuccal. You can hear the author reading her poem here: https://www.loc.gov/item/91740839 This episode was researched and written by Lindsey...
The kelpie is a shape-shifting water spirit that is said to inhabit the lochs, rivers, and pools of Scotland. Underneath the surface of the water, the kelpie lives in its true, monstrous form, but passers-by beware… the malevolent kelpie can transform at will into a beautiful human or a majestic horse. In these guises, the kelpie does it’s best to lure victims to a watery grave. This week’s story: “The Kelpie and the 10 Children” by Lindsey Morse & Niall Cooper This episode also included...
Fab Figmentals Launches July 10th!
The show launches Wednesday, July 10rd with three episodes to download. The first episodes will feature: the kelpie, a malevolent water-dwelling creature that haunts Scotland’s lochs, the bunyip, an Australian Aboriginal spirit, and Baba Yaga, the slavic “wicked witch.” New episodes drop every Wednesday, and you’ll find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and pretty much any other podcatcher. Subscribe now to make sure you get new episodes as soon as they’re released.