60 episodes

This is After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds and the Paranormal. The podcast that takes you to the shadiest corners of the past, unpicking history’s spookiest, strangest, and most sinister stories.
Join historians Anthony Delaney and Maddy Pelling, every Monday and Thursday to take a look at the darker side of history. From haunted pubs and Houdini, to witch trials and weird UFO sightings.
After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds and the Paranormal - a podcast by History Hit, the world's best history channel and creators of award-winning podcasts Dan Snow's History Hit, Gone Medieval, and Betwixt the Sheets.
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This is After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds and the Paranormal. The podcast that takes you to the shadiest corners of the past, unpicking history’s spookiest, strangest, and most sinister stories.
Join historians Anthony Delaney and Maddy Pelling, every Monday and Thursday to take a look at the darker side of history. From haunted pubs and Houdini, to witch trials and weird UFO sightings.
After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds and the Paranormal - a podcast by History Hit, the world's best history channel and creators of award-winning podcasts Dan Snow's History Hit, Gone Medieval, and Betwixt the Sheets.
Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code AFTERDARK - sign up at historyhit.com/subscribe.
You can take part in our listener survey here.

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    Deadly Dancing Plague of 1518

    Deadly Dancing Plague of 1518

    When people think of Medieval diseases, hysterical dancing is not usually what first comes to mind. Yet in 14th and 15th century Germany, dozens of ordinary people claimed to be infected by the ‘dancing plague’. What was this mysterious phenomenon? What caused it? And was it even a real disease?
    Anthony and Maddy are joined by Dr. Eleanor Janega, co-host of History Hit podcast 'Gone Medieval'.
    Edited by Tom Delargy. Produced by Charlotte Long.
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    • 39 min
    Bigfoot: Hunt for the Truth

    Bigfoot: Hunt for the Truth

    Does Bigfoot really walk among us? Today we start a three-part mini-series exploring the very real histories of Bigfoot and the Yeti.
    We begin with Bigfoot and the 1967 home-movie that lit the spark. Maddy & Anthony are joined by the one-and-only Dan Schreiber - host of podcast 'We Can Be Weirdos' and of co-host of 'No Such Thing As A Fish'. There can be no better guide into the world of weirdness.
    Edited and Produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 36 min
    Jack the Ripper

    Jack the Ripper

    What is it about this case that holds the imagination after all these years? When did that fascination with it begin? How early on did the myths of Jack the Ripper evolve?
    Anthony and Maddy look at how the newspapers and showmen were quick to pounce on this case, turning these tragic murders into the most infamous true crime story of all.
    Written by Anthony Delaney. Edited by Tom Delargy. Produced by Freddy Chick. The Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 51 min
    Medieval Mass Murdering Monk: Malmesbury Abbey

    Medieval Mass Murdering Monk: Malmesbury Abbey

    Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire was an institution of national significance from the late seventh century until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. It was home to eminent writers and had strong royal connections. It housed the tomb of Æthelstan, first king of all England, and Queen Matilda, wife of Henry I, took a close interest in its affairs. But it was also home to arguably the most immoral abbot of the Middle Ages, the mass-murdering monk John of Tintern. 
    Today we're bringing you an episode of our sister podcast Gone Medieval, where host Matt Lewis finds out more from guest Tony McAleavy, author of the first full-length study of the history of Malmesbury Abbey - ' Malmesbury Abbey 670-1539' - which brings to life its colourful cast of characters.
    This episode was produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 27 min
    The Murdering Midwife of Covent Garden

    The Murdering Midwife of Covent Garden

    ‘If only walls could talk’ is a phrase which feels particularly relevant to mysterious murder cases throughout history. And in today’s episode, walls do have a story to tell. To celebrate Maddy’s book about Eighteenth-Century graffiti coming out this week, she’s sharing two intriguing murder cases where graffiti played an integral role. First case is a murderous midwife in London, followed by the mystery of the body discovered floating in a Bristol estuary.
    To find out more about Maddy’s new book, Writing on the Wall: Graffiti, Rebellion and the Making of Eighteenth-Century Britain, click here.
    Please be aware there is discussion of murder and suicide in this episode
    Written by Maddy Pelling. Edited by Tomos Delargy. Producer is Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 55 min
    Who is the Real Dracula? The Bloody History

    Who is the Real Dracula? The Bloody History

    This is the incredible history of Dracula, from medieval ruler Vlad the Impaler, to Bram Stoker and the Victorian theatre world. Get ready for a very bloody history indeed!
    Anthony tells Maddy the story this week.
    Written by Anthony Delargy. Edited by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
245 Ratings

245 Ratings

chestnut123456789 ,

Unmissable

My fav podcast ever. Topics are so varied, hosts so likeable and eloquent. I look forward to every episode

kellyw12345 ,

One of my favourite

Absolutely loving this podcast, look forward to hearing new episodes. Fantastic hosts, knowledgeable, warm and funny

W122XS ,

A good podcast

Both the two presenters are very personable and good to listen to. It is clear that they are not generalists and their lack of understanding of areas surrounding their topics grinds a little once in a while. But, they don’t claim knowledge they don’t have so that’s okay. The Irish perspective brought to some topics is a real plus.
There is a slight tendency to use current buzzwords “Diversity”, “Agency”, “Queer” etc but I’m happy to have my grumpy old views challenged!

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