10 episodes

Join us as we peel back the skin of history and exploring the morbid, the macabre, the horrible and sometimes flat-out gross things in the historical record which you might not have heard of before! While attempts are made to try to keep our episodes family-friendly, be forewarned that we often discuss subject matter which may not be suitable for younger listeners. If this is a concern to you, we recommend saving it for when young ears are out of listening range! New episodes are released bi-weekly on Tuesdays! Horrific History Podcast is a program of Kron, an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Ellensburg, WA.

Horrific History Podcast Horrific History with Eric Slyter and Jordan Watney

    • History
    • 4.0, 7 Ratings

Join us as we peel back the skin of history and exploring the morbid, the macabre, the horrible and sometimes flat-out gross things in the historical record which you might not have heard of before! While attempts are made to try to keep our episodes family-friendly, be forewarned that we often discuss subject matter which may not be suitable for younger listeners. If this is a concern to you, we recommend saving it for when young ears are out of listening range! New episodes are released bi-weekly on Tuesdays! Horrific History Podcast is a program of Kron, an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Ellensburg, WA.

    Resurrection: Season 3 Teaser

    Resurrection: Season 3 Teaser

    After a long absence we’re happy to report the Horrific History Podcast isn’t dead yet! We’re not just a footnote in the history of podcasts you used to be able to download but left you “starvening” for more; a new season is getting ready to rise one more time!







    You can look forward to a lot of brand new exciting content this upcoming season, after we pick up where Season 2 dropped into our unexpected hiatus. A listener mail episode, podcast interview cross-overs about which Eric will only vague-cast the teasing details and a Patron-suggested episode will bring us into Season 3 with a lot of fun squeamish delight.







    So enjoy a snack while you listen to this new Horrific History Podcast teaser episode for Season 3 through one of your favorite podcast services (iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and more). Just remember, no squeam allowed! Watch you podcatcher for our upcoming release when we’ll get back on track and discuss religious relics!







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    • 16 min
    The Waking Nightmare: Episodes from the Crypt

    The Waking Nightmare: Episodes from the Crypt

     

    While trying to work on our upcoming new episode (with a special guest), Eric and Jordan discovered that our technology is having some issues (Jordan blames poltergeists, because that makes about as much sense to her as computers)! Since we need a bit more time to fix our problems so we can have a two-way conversation with our interviewee, we’re resurrecting another one of our Season 1 episodes (now with a new intro) from the Horrific History Podcast Crypt for your squeamish delight!

     

    The Waking Nightmare: Sleep Paralysis

    Have you ever had the experience of waking up but being unable to move? Did you feel the sensation of “the intruder” in your room restraining you? At least 40% of the population has had this experience and people from different times and places have had different explanations for it. Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender, your co-hosts, explore folklore and the paranormal as they dig into the history of sleep paralysis through the ages.

     

    Discover how these “waking hallucinations” have taken the form of witches, demons, vampires, fairies, ghost children and more (as well as which new theme only appeared after the space race)! Nightmares such as these have been connected (usually erroneously) to all sorts of things in the waking hours, from the Salem witch trials to UFOs and alien abductions! It all depends upon which dream interpretation (or doctor!) you choose! But, if you see in your life the expected result after such an encounter in your waking dreams, would it be a case of causation or correlation?

     

    When people from all parts of the world from all across time have similar experiences but see or interpret it differently depending upon their cultural background and time in history, could it be that it’s all the same thing? If you’re religious you’re likely to experience demons or possession. If you like horror movies, sci-fi or conspiracy theories it might be aliens or monsters. And, those with exposure to fantasy or fairy folklore may see goblins or similar fanciful creatures. Depending upon the dream, it wouldn’t be at all uncommon to even have an erotic angle (though we’re not sure if that is more or less traumatic if you’re dreaming of aliens, demons or monsters). Hopefully, you would take to it like Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers and her dreams of zombies.

     

    Gastric distress, raccoon scrotums, and house spirits, this episode has it all! Whether you’re interested in things that go bump in the night or how cultural influences can impact your dreams, you’ll find it in this brand new Horrific History Podcast episode! And if this edition inspires a dream, we hope you’ll tell us about it!

     

    So sit back and enjoy this episode through one of your favorite podcast services (iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and more)!

     

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Of Monsters & Men: Halloween Special

    Of Monsters & Men: Halloween Special

     

    What makes a man a man? Join all three of Horrific History’s co-hosts for this new special Halloween episode as we go back in history to look at one of the times scholars and religious leaders asked this very question! When unexpected visitors come knocking and ask for a fright, Curtis regales us with his cryptid and folklore knowledge with historical impact from the middle ages. A creature from legend, reported to fight knights, bears, wolves and dragons captured the imagination of scholars who asked themselves, “What does it mean to be human?” Going through the centuries, a recurring theme shows up in artwork and literature- even in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight! Emulating this creature caused disaster for French royalty and nobles at a very special masquerade, called the Ball of Savages, when their celebration went up in flames and at least one guest was barbequed. The woodwose stay safely confined to legend until the late 16th Century, when in 1547 a boy with congenital hypertrichosis is given as a gift for King Henry II’s coronation; his name was Petrus Gonsalvus.

     

    From Europe to the Americas, how are the ideas of woodwoses and Sasquatch related, if at all? How do our myths and legends, or even our moral questions and quandaries, have to change and adapt once confronted with reality? What’s more scary, truth or fiction? So sit back and enjoy this episode through one of your favorite podcast services (iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and more) while traveling to your next Halloween costume party; just remember, no squeam allowed. Join us again in two weeks when we release our next episode, trick or treat!

     

    Some of our favorite resources:



    * Academia

    * The Portalist

    * NY Folklore Society

    * Barbara Tuchman; A Distant Mirror, 1978, Alfred A Knopf Ltd, p504



     

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    • 32 min
    Guns, Ghosts & Serial Killers: Live from Central City Comic Con

    Guns, Ghosts & Serial Killers: Live from Central City Comic Con

    Have you ever wondered about the awful, bloody and sometimes downright scary history of a town you’re passing through? Take a trip with our co-hosts and join us for our first live interview recorded at Central City Comic Con in this Horrific History Podcast episode as we explore the macabre history of Ellensburg, Washington with a local expert, Museum Director Sadie Thayer of the Kittitas County Historical Museum!

     

    Shootings, hangings and serial killers, this episode has a lot of local history along with some local lore or ghost stories which just don’t stand up to scrutiny. So sit back, relax and beware of strangers as you listen to this new episode through one of your favorite podcast services (iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and more); just remember, no squeam allowed! Join us again in two weeks when we release our next episode!

     

    If you’re passing through Ellensburg, Washington and would like to sign up for one of their walking tours, you can sign up here!

     

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    • 1 hr
    Squeam with us LIVE!

    Squeam with us LIVE!

    Would you like to squeam live? Check out this special announcement about our first-ever live podcast recording with a special guest interview and find out how you can be there!

     

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    • 2 min
    Birds, Bees and Bitter Apples: Ancient Birth Control

    Birds, Bees and Bitter Apples: Ancient Birth Control

    How have people through history thought of and approached reproduction and family planning? Would you trust their birth control methods or consider it another case of the fallacy of ancient wisdom? Join our co-hosts, Eric Slyter and Jordan Watney, as they explore the history of documented birth control methods in ancient Egypt and the evolution of reproductive theory from antiquity to modern history. How do the solutions they devised fit into the context of the culture and their understanding of how conception worked; were their ideas a result of causation or correlation? Why was crocodile dung so significant in ancient Egypt? What does modern science indicate about how effective their methods likely were?

     

    Join us as we examine how people’s overall ideas on how reproduction worked changed as technology developed and in what ways that impacted cultural and social approaches to reproduction and birth control. Before the advent of modern understanding, how was contraception approached in ancient Egypt according to the Kahun medical papyrus and what role- if any- did the deity Seth play in their approach? How did they believe their vaginal suppositories and fumigation techniques worked? And, as technology became more sophisticated, in what way did that lead to the theory of preformationism? How did they mix up sperm and gonorrheal puss?

     

    From a homunculus to the anti-masturbation craze, crocodile poo to bitter apples, this episode has a lot of early methods of birth control which may make you feel the “terror of the womb”. Before you get to the end of the episode, you might decide some of these methods involve too much of a good thing and you’re glad for more regulation. So sit down and watch out for wandering wombs while you listen to this new Horrific History Podcast episode through one of your favorite podcast services (iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and more). Just remember, no squeam allowed! Join us again in two weeks when we’ll discuss religious relics!

     

    If you’d like to hear the commercial-free version of this episode and receive other great perks, become a patron of our podcast on Patreon!

    Become a Patron!

     

    Click here if you’d like a chance to win a FREE copy of Dead but Dreaming’s Mockingbird EP!

     

    Some of our favorite resources from this week’s episode:



    * Wiley

    * Atlas Obscura

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Raspreier ,

You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You just can’t squeam!!!

Honestly one of the most intriguing and fascinating podcasts I’ve found. Sometimes the topic elicits a “meh” from me but undoubtedly I wind up listening intently. Keep up the great work!

SebastianAdlernest ,

I never miss an episode

Funny, entertaining, informative and, best of all, well researched. Anyone who likes their history without the punches pulled and with an irreverant dose of humor will love this!

BekkiRose ,

Delightfully squeamish

Naturally squeamish and I've always hated history, but I love this podcast. I learn new stuff and the horrible and serious aspects from history are made easier to swallow with the cohosts' use of humor (which breaks up tension but doesn't make fun of disenfranchised populations). I love that they go out of their way to present context to their content with more perspectives than what may be focused on in US history classes; they have balance and leave it up to the listener to make their own conclusions.

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