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Widdershins Stories is a storytelling podcast delving into the darkened pathways of folklore, fairy tales, mythology, legend, and beyond. Each tale is accompanied by a sparse and haunting live composed score, setting the mood for a journey deep into the woods. Before the episode comes to an end, join both Narrator and Bard as they peer into their process and explore the importance of story.

Widdershins Stories Ashley Nunez & Joe Sabourin

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Widdershins Stories is a storytelling podcast delving into the darkened pathways of folklore, fairy tales, mythology, legend, and beyond. Each tale is accompanied by a sparse and haunting live composed score, setting the mood for a journey deep into the woods. Before the episode comes to an end, join both Narrator and Bard as they peer into their process and explore the importance of story.

    17. The Death Of Halpin Frayser

    17. The Death Of Halpin Frayser

    “The Death of Halpin Frayser” by Ambrose Bierce is a gothic ghost story set in a disjointed narrative following the ordeals and life of one Halpin Frayser. At the ripe age of 32, we enter the story with Halpin Frayser dead. Over the course of the narrative, we begin to unravel his life and what led to his untimely demise with a brief drift into a dream or perhaps the afterlife. Scenes and sounds of unearthly horrors beg the question of what precisely happened to our man Halpin Frayser?

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 42 min
    16. Moments Of Madness

    16. Moments Of Madness

    In this episode we bring you two short stories of macabre horror and madness. In our first tale, “August Heat” by W.F. Harvey, we find an artist in a fit of creative inspiration drawing a man he has never seen before but feels compelled to keep the illustration by him while he wanders in a daze through the oppressive August heat. Stumbling into the yard of a marble worker, he is shocked to find the man he drew finishing a tombstone with his name on it. Both men fumble through an awkward evening together as the heat draws them closer together to see if they will both make it through midnight.

    Our second story, “The Adventures of the German Student” by Washington Irving, is a tale of a melancholic recluse student who upon a walk through a rainy night in revolutionary Paris finds a young woman who has been haunting his dreams. Bringing her back to his room to take shelter from the storm, they declare their unusual passions for one another. But upon the morning, our student returns to discover the dreadful secret of the mysterious woman.

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 33 min
    15. The Body Snatcher

    15. The Body Snatcher

    “The Body Snatcher” by Robert Louis Stevenson is a tale based in history. Inspired by the murders of Burke and Hare in 19th century Scotland, this tale tells us of those lowly beings: the body snatchers. We begin with old friends round a fire in a pub when one finds himself face to face with an old colleague. Through deduction and prodding, we learn of their relationship. While in school together learning of the anatomist’s work, they maintained the stock of materials: corpses for dissection. As they begin to deduce where the freshest of their stock is coming from, they start on their path towards midnight atrocities.

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 53 min
    14. The Premature Burial

    14. The Premature Burial

    A classic from Edgar Allan Poe and a fear we all know, this week we bring you “The Premature Burial.” Our author begins with a recollection of the fear and terror that deep down strikes us all: the fear of being buried alive. He recounts many instances historically of such cases and how the subjects were found trying to escape, or alas, found in death’s grip too late. We then hear the chilling recollection of our author reliving his own moments in the grave for a much feared almost untimely fate.

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 42 min
    13. The Old Nurse's Story

    13. The Old Nurse's Story

    Written as a recollection from age to youth, Elizabeth Gaskell’s “The Old Nurse’s Story” is a chilling tale of a child growing up in her care. Upon the death of the parent’s they go to the next of familial line: a manor house with cold and regal relations with covered up family history. As mysterious music is played more and more as the seasons turn to winter, our nurse learns of a great family secret that nobody wishes to talk about until the day young Rosamond is lured out into the snow almost to her death.

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 57 min
    12. Transformation

    12. Transformation

    We pay homage to the mother of Gothics this week with “Transformation” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Although her masterpiece is clearly Frankenstein, “Transformation” offers us something of that tale as we follow our narrator trying to reclaim his place in society. Squandering his wealth and inheritance, he is ultimately banished and while witnessing a horrible shipwreck he finds himself face to face with a creature, some monster who offers him a way out of his current predicament. Is this a deal with the devil or a guardian angel? We see both faces as the deal is broken and our narrator must come face to face with the consequences.

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 50 min

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