22 episodes

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.

The Strange and Unusual Podcast 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.

    The Curse of Winthrop Falls, Pt 2 | Ep 22

    The Curse of Winthrop Falls, Pt 2 | Ep 22

    Join me as I tell part two of a ghostly tale I wrote specifically focused on the Halloween season, though it fits all seasons, if you're macabre enough! The curse of Winthrop Falls, Massachusetts began on Halloween night in 1866 after a mysterious, bloody accident befell a young woman alone in a dark cellar. But was she really alone? In part two, we follow the curse as it touches the young of Winthrop Falls during the 19th century, continuing into the 20th and 21st centuries. Will the curse ever be brought to an end?

    • 27 min
    The Curse of Winthrop Falls, Pt 1| Ep 21

    The Curse of Winthrop Falls, Pt 1| Ep 21

    Join me as I tell a ghostly tale I wrote specifically for the late autumn season. The curse of Winthrop Falls, Massachusetts began on Halloween night in 1866 after a mysterious and bloody accident befell a young woman who, at the time, was alone in a dark cellar. But was she really alone? In part one we follow the curse as it winds it way through the 1980s and current day to those unfortunate enough to live in the house at 10 Black Manor Gardens.

    • 19 min
    Here There Be Monsters | Ep 20

    Here There Be Monsters | Ep 20

    Monsters have been with us from the dawn of humankind. The monster's history in our mythology and belief systems speaks to the many hidden needs and fears within the human mind. On this episode, we explore why the human mind has always needed monsters, through combat myths, Beowulf, an Egyptian creation myth, Greek tragedy, and more. And in homage to scary monster stories, it opens with a monster-under-the-bed tale I call 'Silver Eyes'. 

    • 53 min
    Send In The Clowns | Ep 19

    Send In The Clowns | Ep 19

    Clowns, clowns, clowns! This episode starts off with a dramatized clown urban legend, before exploring the long history of clowning that stretches back to ancient times, with a special emphasis on Joseph Grimaldi, the first modern clown. The fear of clowns is also delved into, as the psychological reasons for this fear is explained, as well as the real-life and fictional examples of those who've inspired it, like John Wayne Gacy, Pennywise, and the clown doll from 'Poltergeist'. The role of the clown in society is analyzed as well, from his appearance in Shakespare's plays down to the killer clown panics that began in the 1980s. Send in the clowns!

    • 56 min
    A Haunting Winter | Ep. 18

    A Haunting Winter | Ep. 18

    The custom of telling winter’s tales is not known to most of us today, but it was custom that stretches back hundreds of years. And more often then not, these winter tales turned to horror. 
    The popularity of these winter ghost tales peaked to an all time high during the Victorian era and became a celebrated Christmas tradition. And this entanglement of ghosts and Christmas, ultimately lead to a ghost story becoming the most enduring Christmas tale of all, Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Carol’, a story in which the ghosts of past, present, and future, change a man’s life for the better. 
    Join The Strange and Unusual Podcast, as we explore the tradition of winter ghost stories and the reasons they meant to so much to our ancestors, and maybe ought to kept alive today.

    • 57 min
    The Masque of the Red Death and A Memento Mori Halloween, Part 2 | Ep. 17

    The Masque of the Red Death and A Memento Mori Halloween, Part 2 | Ep. 17

    A telling of 'The Masque of the Red Death' by Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the conclusion of A Memento Mori Halloween is in this episode. European witch trials, Macbeth, Irish and Scottish traditions, the evolution of Samhain and Halloween, and the Dance of Death is all a part of this fascinating and spooky story.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

Serelcambio ,

Love it!

This podcast is very well researched and narrated, the soundtrack adds a nice touch, it is full of fascinating details and history told in a way that puts you in the shoes of those who lived it.

olindra ,

The best!

Favourite podcast by far! If you enjoy all thing spooky and strange then this is for you!
I appreciate all the research, time and effort that goes into these stories. I haven’t heard one that wasn’t good! Look forward to hearing more. ❤️

owwzone ,

Spooky

Original story Silver Eyes was disturbing in a spooky read it at night with a super bright flash light and all the lights on while your dog is sitting beside you.

Enjoyable show.

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