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Traditional fairy tales aren’t exactly suitable for kids. Women vomit spiders. Children get eaten. There’s even murder! Every Wednesday, we take you through the twists and turns of the dark origins of your favorite pieces of folklore. To listen to the full Tales catalog for free, be sure to subscribe on Spotify!

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    • 4.7 • 188 Ratings

Traditional fairy tales aren’t exactly suitable for kids. Women vomit spiders. Children get eaten. There’s even murder! Every Wednesday, we take you through the twists and turns of the dark origins of your favorite pieces of folklore. To listen to the full Tales catalog for free, be sure to subscribe on Spotify!

    The Tale of the Three Apples

    The Tale of the Three Apples

    One of the earliest murder mysteries comes from One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales. After a dead body is found in the Tigris River, the caliph’s adviser is tasked with solving the crime. If he fails, he and his family will suffer a similar fate…
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    • 43 min
    A Bram Stoker Classic from Haunted Places: Ghost Stories

    A Bram Stoker Classic from Haunted Places: Ghost Stories

    Dracula wasn’t the only frightful fiction conjured by Irish author Bram Stoker… In this retelling of “The Judge’s House,” a Cambridge student is overcome with curiosity — then dread — as he faces an evil man’s terrifying legacy. Listen to Part 1 right here, then search “Haunted Places: Ghost Stories” to hear Part 2, when the Judge himself comes calling…  Haunted Places: Ghost Stories is a Spotify Original from Parcast. Every Thursday, find a new tale of terror from some of history’s greatest authors. Listen free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 31 min
    Jack and the Beanstalk Pt. 2

    Jack and the Beanstalk Pt. 2

    The stranger's beans led Jack to the land of the giants... but will he be able to escape? And how will the discovery of a dangerous magical land save him from poverty?

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    • 47 min
    Jack and the Beanstalk Pt. 1

    Jack and the Beanstalk Pt. 1

    An iconic tale, this story tells how a young boy makes a foolhardy gamble to save himself and his mother from starvation. Would you sell your only hope for a handful of magic beans?


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    • 43 min
    Of the Pretty Girl and the Seven Jealous Women

    Of the Pretty Girl and the Seven Jealous Women

    In this ancient Ibibio tale, beauty is a questionable gift for a young heroine who just wants some friends to visit a festival with. Instead, she finds herself wrapped up in a story of betrayal — and brutal revenge.

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    • 42 min
    The Wicked Old Man of the Sea

    The Wicked Old Man of the Sea

    In this ancient Finnish folk tale, a fisherman is forced to give his daughters to the evil sea spirit, Wetehinen. After two daughters disobey the supernatural being, he kills them. But the fisherman's youngest daughter devises a plan to bring her sisters back to life, and destroy Wetehinen once and for all.


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

kaydaay ,

Great content

Never fails to disappoint. Addicted. I could listen to these all day!

speedy64ds ,

Amazed

I can’t understand the feeling i get, it’s a good feeling of some kind of fear and thrill and halloween kind of nostalgia

eastendtempler ,

Fantastic

I love listening to all podcasts from Parcast, and Tales is another great addition to a great body of work, Beautiful narration, great content.

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