The Strange and Unusual Podcast
By Alyson Horrocks
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The unknown. It lies at the root of all fear, and has inspired legends, superstition, folklore, customs, hysteria, and even murder throughout history. Still today we feel the shadowy presence of our ancestors' struggles to explain the mysterious in almost every facet of our lives. Whether it be in the form of religion, urban legends, pop culture, ghost stories, superstitious rituals, and so much more we are still just fighting to keep our monsters in the dark. Welcome to The Strange and Unusual Podcast.
||CleanThe Affair of the Poisons, Part 3 | Ep. 14||In the conclusion of this series about the Affair of the Poisons, the increasing accusations against those in King Louis XIV's royal court become more sinister, shocking investigators and the king. With black magic, human sacrifice, witchcraft,...||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Affair of the Poisons, Part 2 | Ep. 13||In February of 1677 the 'Affair of the Poisons' was launched in Paris, France. And King Louis XIV, who had named himself the Sun King, after the Greek god, Apollo, was being faced with possible poisoning murder attempts within his own royal court, as...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Affair of the Poisons, Part 1 | Ep. 12||In 1672, mysterious poisons were found in the home of a recently deceased Frenchman. This discovery would eventually lead to a years-long murder scandal that would come to be known as 'The Affair of the Poisons', and before it done even those in the...||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWolf In Sheep's Clothes | Ep. 11||In 1873, three Norwegian women were murdered on the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of New England, by someone they thought they could trust. in this episode, we explore the uncertainty, fear, and the sometimes unfortunate results of trusting real-life..||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrave Matters in Edinburgh | Ep. 10||In 1836, seventeen tiny coffins were found on the hillside of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland, adding to the mystery and legends of that location. A new theory emerged in the 1990's as to their purpose, and it would center on the infamous 19th...||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Catacombs of Paris and Holidaying with the Dead | Ep. 9||Dark tourism is explored in this episode, as my visit and history of the Catacombs of Paris is detailed. I am also joined by Alyssa Conary, historian and resident of Salem, Massachusetts, in a discussion of dark tourism, its history, and a closer look..||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Tell-Tale Heart and Murder in Salem | Ep. 8||Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" found its inspiration in a real life murder in Salem, Massachusetts in 1830. In this episode, we examine Poe's story of madness, guilt, and paranoia and the shocking murder case of Captain Joseph White,...||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRaising the Dead, Part 2 | Ep. 7||As we continue exploring the world of necromancy in part 2, we peek into how scientific advances and spectacle factored into the practice during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Frankenstein, Spiritualism, and the Golden Age of Magic created an...||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaising the Dead, Part 1 | Ep. 6||Listen to the tales of L'lnconnue de la Seine, the dead-raising magicians of the medieval clerical underworld, the Monkey's Paw, bells that woke corpses in their graves and more, as we explore necromancy in the first of this 2-part series on...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKiller Green - St. Patrick's Day | Ep. 5||While we don as much green as possible on St. Patrick's Day now, green gained a deadly reputation in the 19th century. And it was well-earned. Check it out to hear all about a green to die for!||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew York Ripper : Murder Mystery | Ep. 4||On the morning of April 24th, 1891, the body of a mutilated woman is found in a New York hotel room. Immediately, fear that Jack the Ripper was now at work in America hit the headlines, and the newly-formed New York Police Department was under...||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitI Put A Spell On You | Ep. 3||Curses, or the belief in the them, have been with us for millennia. Join Alyson as she takes you through the world of curses and hexes through history, fiction, and true crime. We will will explore the Black Death, Shakespeare, the witch trials, and...||2/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI Wanna Be Loved By You : Murder Mystery | Ep. 2||The Woman in the Furance||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpeak of the Devil | Ep. 1||Speak of the Devil and the Devil will appear. The power and superstition of the spoken name is explored as we delve in the stories of Bloody Mary, Beetlejuice, real-life exorcism and more.||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great job! So much fun to listen to and learn about "strange" cultural topics we always knew about...but never really knew. Looking forward for more!
I love the mix of history and the strange! Great production value too!
Love this podcast!
Alyson is an excellent storyteller and is so much fun to listen to! Perfect podcast for anyone who loves creepy and unusual things!