In this special Halloween season bonus episode, Ryan brings us just outside the North of Prague in the Czech Republic, to a 13th century castle with an ominous and extremely dark history. Houska Castle wasn’t near any water, wasn’t strategically important, and didn’t seem to have anyone living in it. So why was this random fortress built? According to local legend, below the stone floors of the castle's chapel, was a dark, seemingly endless pit that was literally a gateway to Hell. Throughout its time, the castle housed poets, Swedish warlords, and perhaps most notably, the Nazi regime. Said to store thousands of books on the occult, the Nazi's were rumored to practice alchemy and occult-like practices for over a decade in Houska Castle. We hear the mysterious history behind this enigmatic castle and its unique design said to have been built not as a fortress to keep danger out, but to keep danger... and demons inside.This episode was researched and written by Jane Palomera Moore. Follow on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/janepalomasPatreon: www.patreon.com/somewhereskiesWebsite: www.somewhereintheskies.comYouTube Channel: CLICK HEREOfficial Store: CLICK HERESomewhere in the Skies Coffee! https://bit.ly/3mIAq2oOrder Ryan’s book in paperback, ebook, or audiobook by CLICKING HERETwitter: @SomewhereSkiesInstagram: @SomewhereSkiesPodSomewhere in the Skies Subreddit: www.reddit.com/r/SomewhereSkiesPod/Watch Mysteries Decoded for free at www.CWseed.comEpisode edited by Jane Palomera MooreOpening Theme Song, "Ephemeral Reign" by Per KiilstofteSOMEWHERE IN THE SKIES is part of the eOne podcast network. To learn more, CLICK HERECopyright © 2021 Ryan Sprague. All rights reserved.Copyright Disclaimer: Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/somewhere-in-the-skies. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.