32 episodes

Bone and Sickle is a celebration of the intersection of horror, folklore, and history. Every episode offers a bounty of frightful tales, fantastic legends, and macabre historical anecdotes harvested by eccentric artist, collector, and rogue folklorist Al Ridenour. Dramatized readings of historical texts by co-host Sarah Chavez unfold within an immersive ever-shifting soundscape of original music, old folk ballads, intricately layered effects, and audio clips from horror films both classic and campy. Ridenour’s source books, though real enough, are said to be pulled from a vast private library of antiquarian tastes, part of a manor-house environment in the neighborhood of Charles Addams and Edward Gorey. Managing the estate with undue passion is Mrs. Karswell, whose voice can be heard in the program reading from various historical sources cited. The family misfortunes that have landed Karswell in Ridenour’s service are part of greater plan known to her through interior whisperings and private rituals of dubious validity. Under another name, Mrs. Karswell hosted a podcast called “Cabinet of Curiosities” long before Aaron Mahnke made use of the title.

Bone and Sickle Al Ridenour

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    • 4.7, 16 Ratings

Bone and Sickle is a celebration of the intersection of horror, folklore, and history. Every episode offers a bounty of frightful tales, fantastic legends, and macabre historical anecdotes harvested by eccentric artist, collector, and rogue folklorist Al Ridenour. Dramatized readings of historical texts by co-host Sarah Chavez unfold within an immersive ever-shifting soundscape of original music, old folk ballads, intricately layered effects, and audio clips from horror films both classic and campy. Ridenour’s source books, though real enough, are said to be pulled from a vast private library of antiquarian tastes, part of a manor-house environment in the neighborhood of Charles Addams and Edward Gorey. Managing the estate with undue passion is Mrs. Karswell, whose voice can be heard in the program reading from various historical sources cited. The family misfortunes that have landed Karswell in Ridenour’s service are part of greater plan known to her through interior whisperings and private rituals of dubious validity. Under another name, Mrs. Karswell hosted a podcast called “Cabinet of Curiosities” long before Aaron Mahnke made use of the title.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

I have none. ,

Up there with HP literary podcast

This is really great. Fast moving, well researched, great quality backing, humorous, interesting. Can't recommend highly enough for horror/folklore behind horror fans.

folkloremythmagic ,

Horror, history, folklore, film, storytelling..

Absolutely excellent podcast which meanders pleasingly around a subject, with hugely interesting diversions and a myriad of stories surrounding the central theme. Each episode can be listened to over and over, and new nuggets found each time. A prime example of storytelling with just the right sprinkling of theatricality. It goes from deeply dark and unsettling to humorous and back again with the greatest of ease. Thoroughly entertaining, always informative with never a dull moment! Looking forward to all that comes next. Many thanks for all your hard work Bone and Sickle!

Beemo8bit ,

One of the best

This is one of my top podcasts to look forward to. Interesting, funny, ghastly, without being so scholarly in depth as to become boring. Highly recommended.

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