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Bone and Sickle

By Al Ridenour

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“Bone and Sickle” celebrates horror and folklore — their fertile intertwining and the strange fruit of their embrace – the genus sometimes known as “folk horror.” Every episode offers a bounty of frightful tales, fantastic legends, and macabre histories harvested by eccentric artist, collector, and rogue folklorist Al Ridenour (author of The Krampus and The Old, Dark Christmas). “Bone and Sickle” is a labor of love, albeit, a hyper-focused, manic love with no time for the usual podcast chit-chat. Beginning with a folkloric topic (say, “the cuckoo bird” “May Eve,” or “lost heads”), Ridenour takes us on a wildly discursive tour of the subject, using authentic sourcebooks pulled from the imaginary shelves of an imaginary manor house library. He is attended in his imaginary study by the impeccable Wilkinson (Rick Galiher), mononymous manservant and unflinching participant in their deeply passive-aggressive relationship. Ridenour’s feverish narrative bounces between the scholarly-antiquarian and the campy world of cult films and horror fandom. Folk tales spill into grisly murder ballads, crossing paths with ecclesiastic treatises on witchcraft, strange bits of Victoriana, and superstitions from the European hinterlands. The whole unfolds within an immersive ever-shifting audio landscape of original music, brooding tones, intricately layered effects, sound bites, and film clips. Episodes are generally 30 minutes long and released every 2 weeks on Mondays. The show premieres on Walpurgis Night (May Eve), April 30, 2018.

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Pour yourself a brandy & enjoy

A fun podcast for those of us who enjoy creepy folklore and classic horror

For fans of Lore,THIS is your new obsession..

As a connoisseur of all things dark and grisly relating to folklore or history, I was naturally thrilled to hear about a new podcast addressing such topics. For two years now I have been relying on Lore to fulfill all my morbid curiousity needs. Now here comes Bone & Sickle, ready to raise the bar on all folkhorror podcasts! You can tell Al Ridenour really immerses himself in his topic and does some amazing research; connecting topics I never knew had a connection and finding the true origins of many stories, rhymes and games we can forgranted. And he does so in the style of an old fashioned horror host (which I love!) along with fun sound bites and beautifully written origin music. It's like Lore is is the beginning of the journey but Bone & Sickles is where you want to end up. Lore is undergrad; it's time to get your masters.


I am smitten by this podcast. Completely worth the listen for those of us who love a bit of scholarly research in their macbre folklore and history. Actually, worth a second listen and sometimes third to catch all the details and references. And really, how can you go wrong when Dr. Paul Koudounaris shows up looking for a mummified feline or when Mark Norman chastises certain individuals about the incompatability of a barghest as a family pet? Love it!

Bone and Sickle
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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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