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Award-winning podcast hosted by voice artist Darren Marlar who narrates true stories of crime, the unexplained, and paranormal.
* Ranked #2 in Podcast Magazine‘s “Best True Crime and Horror” podcasts for 2020
* Named one of the “Best Storytellers in Podcasting” in 2019 by Podcast Business Journal
* Darren Marlar’s narration of “The Tell-Tale Heart” won Bronze at HEAR NOW 2020 Podcast Palooza
* Reached #5 worldwide on the “HOT 50” chart for November 2020 by Podcast Magazine
* Finalist for”Storyteller-Drama” award for the “People’s Choice Podcast Awards” in 2019

Weird Darkness: Stories of the Paranormal, Supernatural, Legends, Lore, Mysterious, Macabre, Unsolved Darren Marlar

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    • 4.6 • 2.7K Ratings

Award-winning podcast hosted by voice artist Darren Marlar who narrates true stories of crime, the unexplained, and paranormal.
* Ranked #2 in Podcast Magazine‘s “Best True Crime and Horror” podcasts for 2020
* Named one of the “Best Storytellers in Podcasting” in 2019 by Podcast Business Journal
* Darren Marlar’s narration of “The Tell-Tale Heart” won Bronze at HEAR NOW 2020 Podcast Palooza
* Reached #5 worldwide on the “HOT 50” chart for November 2020 by Podcast Magazine
* Finalist for”Storyteller-Drama” award for the “People’s Choice Podcast Awards” in 2019

    “THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT” by Stephen King (FULL AUDIOBOOK) #WeirdDarkness

    “THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT” by Stephen King (FULL AUDIOBOOK) #WeirdDarkness

    “THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT” by Stephen King (FULL AUDIOBOOK) #WeirdDarkness

    IN THIS EPISODE: Stephen King’s “The Man In The Black Suit” was originally published in the Halloween issue of The New Yorker in 1994 and subsequently won the 1995 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fictionand the 1996 O. Henry Award. The story was later included in Stephen King's 1997 collection Six Stories, as well as his 2002 collection Everything's Eventual which is where I am reading this from.

    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “The Man In The Black Suit” by Stephen King, from the book “Everything’s Eventual”: https://amzn.to/2QkaDlA, also available in the Stephen King anthology, “Six Stories”: https://amzn.to/33GrKkz.
    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music by Alibi Music with paid license, and music from Nicolas Gasparini/Myuu (https://tinyurl.com/lnqpfs8) is used with permission. 


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    "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46
    Find out how to escape eternal darkness at https://weirddarkness.com/eternaldarkness
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    “WAS HE WILLIAM WEST, OR WILLIAM WEST?” and More Trippy True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “WAS HE WILLIAM WEST, OR WILLIAM WEST?” and More Trippy True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    This episode is sponsored by Reel Paper. As a Weird Darkness listener you get 25% off your first subscription – meaning you save money on an ongoing basis!  Get your subscription for Reel Paper by using the promo code WEIRD at ReelPaper.com. And let your friends know about this special deal too!

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    IN THIS EPISODE: In November 1638, Dorothy Talby killed her three-year-old daughter. She admitted so when first arrested. But then she refused to say anything when brought before a judge. But then, what would you expect from a woman, which we all know is more easily persuaded by Satan to sin – and women were much more likely to be seduced by witchcraft. At least, that’s what people believed in the 17th century. (The Case of Dorothy Talbye) *** It’s understood and agreed to by most that while it is a lot of fun to think about, time travel is simply not possible – and will probably never be seeing as we’ve never met any time travelers. Or… maybe we have? (True Time-Travel Moments) *** Stories of shapeshifters seem to be told worldwide – and the Celtic nations are no different. We’ll look at a few shape-changing creatures from Ireland, Wales and Scotland. (Shape-Shifters Of The Celts) *** How do you convince people you are innocent of a crime committed by someone who looks exactly like you and even shares your name? It’s the strange story of William West and… William West. (Will The Real William West Please Step Forward)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “Will The Real William West Please Step Forward?” by Dean Jobb for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/5y8wybsa), Martin Chalakoski for The Vintage News (https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/th4ujesh), and Lee Ferran for ABC News (https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/sa66vcwf)
    “The Case of Dorothy Talbye” by Romeo Vitelli for Providentia: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/yu54cyn8
    “True Time-Travel Moments” posted at Earth-Chronicles.com: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/hh8tbwcr
    “Shape-Shifters Of The Celts” by Zteve T. Evans for FolkloreThursday.com: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/3m53e2h8
    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music, varying by story, provided by Alibi Music, EpidemicSound and/or AudioBlocks with paid license. Music from Shadows Symphony: https://tinyurl.com/yyrv987t, Midnight Syndicate: http://amzn.to/2BYCoXZ, Kevin MacLeod: https://tinyurl.com/y2v7fgbu, Tony Longworth: https://tinyurl.com/y2nhnbt7, and/or Nicolas Gasparini/Myuu: https://tinyurl.com/lnqpfs8 is used with permission. 


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    “THE AUTHOR WHO CLAIMED ALL WOMEN ARE ALIENS” and More Freaky True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “THE AUTHOR WHO CLAIMED ALL WOMEN ARE ALIENS” and More Freaky True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “THE AUTHOR WHO CLAIMED ALL WOMEN ARE ALIENS” and More Freaky True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

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    IN THIS EPISODE: Have you ever noticed there seems to be something special going on with railroad tracks and Bigfoot? (Riding The Rails With Bigfoot) *** A man in Oklahoma reports a being on the side of the road that looked human – except it had the head of a snake! And the Native American population have an answer to what it is! (The Oklahoma Snakeman) *** What do you do if you are a woman in the 1800s whose husband was just tossed into prison for graverobbing? Well, if you were anything like Helen Miller neé Begbie, you might decide to continue the family business on your own. (Invasion of The Lasswade Body Snatchers) *** An author seeks out an alien abductee in order to try and get abducted himself! (An Author’s Search For Extraterrestrial Visitors)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “Riding The Rails With Bigfoot” by Loren Coleman for Cryptomundo: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/ywrrahtk
    “The Oklahoman Snakeman” posted at Cryptook (link no longer available)
    “Invasion of the Lasswade Body Snatchers” by Suzie for DiggingUp1800.com: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/3pfr44xf
    (BLOG POST: “Mortstones - Protecting Yourself from the Resurrection Men”: https://weirddarkness.com/archives/9341)
    “An Author’s Search For Extraterrestrial Visitors” posted at Anomalien: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/bntxzb5n
    (BOOK: “The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs” by Matthew Levi Stephens: https://amzn.to/2SEYLLD)
    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music by Nicolas Gasparini/Myuu (https://tinyurl.com/lnqpfs8) is used with permission. 


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    "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46
    Find out how to escape eternal darkness at https://weirddarkness.com/eternaldarkness
    WeirdDarkness™ - is a registered trademark. Copyright ©Weird Darkness 2021.
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    • 53 min
    “THE FBI HUNTS DOWN THE NORTHSIDE SNIPER” #WeirdDarkness

    “THE FBI HUNTS DOWN THE NORTHSIDE SNIPER” #WeirdDarkness

    “THE FBI HUNTS DOWN THE NORTHSIDE SNIPER” #WeirdDarkness

    This episode is sponsored by the Bizarre Times podcast. Hear interviews about some of the freakiest stuff like strange phenomena, odd places, weird rituals, creepy people, terrifying customs, true crime, and more! Get the podcast at http://BizarreTimesPodcast.com.

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    IN THIS EPISODE: The man who fronted as a real estate investor, but he robbed and murdered armored truck guards for a living. We’ll look at the FBI’s manhunt for Houston’s Northside Sniper.
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “The FBI vs The Northside Sniper” posted at CrimeTraveller.org: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/yrehy8we, https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/t6ww7rhx
    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music by Tony Longworth (https://tinyurl.com/y2nhnbt7) is used with permission.
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    "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46
    Find out how to escape eternal darkness at https://weirddarkness.com/eternaldarkness
    WeirdDarkness™ - is a registered trademark. Copyright ©Weird Darkness 2021.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    WEIRD DARKNESS RADIO SHOW: WEEKEND OF MAY 08, 2021

    WEIRD DARKNESS RADIO SHOW: WEEKEND OF MAY 08, 2021

    Hear the show as it airs! Find out what stations and times you can listen to the broadcast by visiting the CALENDAR page at WeirdDarkness.com: https://weirddarkness.com/events. And please SHARE Weird Darkness with someone who loves paranormal stories, true crime, monsters, or unsolved mysteries like you do! Recommending the show to others helps make it possible for me to keep doing the show!
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    HOUR ONE: Did U.S. Special Forces really shoot dead a 12-foot-tall giant in Kandahar, Afghanistan? How much truth is behind the story – and how does fit into the age-old narrative of soldiers, knights, and heroes battling against and vanquishing giants and monstrous creatures? (The Giant of Kandahar) *** Soon after the Cranmer family moved in to their new home on Brownsville Road, it became clear that they were not alone. (The Demon of Brownsville Road) *** The Elephant's Foot was created after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 when reactor 4 exploded, releasing a lava-like mass of radioactive material called corium. So radioactive that it’s still dangerous if you try and see it for yourself today. (The Elephant’s Foot of Chernobyl) *** When something horrifying happens, it’s natural to tell others about your experience. But what if, no matter how much you explain it, people simply don’t believe you? We’ll look at numerous stories from people who have true tales that they have a hard time getting even friends and family to take seriously. (Nobody Believes Me)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    PHOTO: “Elephant Foot with Photographer” https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/42r22v5e
    EPISODE: “Is Your House Next On Their List?”: https://weirddarkness.com/archives/9020
    EPISODE: “Redheaded Space Aliens from Atlantis”: https://weirddarkness.com/archives/8997
    “The Demon of Brownsville Road” by Diana Vilibert for The Line Up: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/52zr9mat
    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music provided by AudioBlocks with paid license.
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    HOUR TWO: When a great famine struck Europe in 1314, mothers abandoned their children and in some cases, even ate them. Scholars believe that these tragedies gave birth to the story of Hansel and Gretel. (The Grim True Story Behind Hansel and Gretel) *** Cultures all around the world have stories of tiny humans – elves, leprechauns, fairies, hobbits… but how can so many different communities have such similar descriptions of tiny people? Could there be evidence to prove the existence of tiny humanoids? (Little Human Subspecies) *** Traveling to the Superstition Mountains in search of the rumored treasure hidden there is not only a bad idea… it could be a fatal one. (Mysterious Visitors From Other Realms) *** Seeing an unidentified flying object in the sky is pretty common – even in cases where several people see the flying whatever-it-is at the same time. But when is the last time you and everyone around you looked up and saw an entire city flying in the sky? That’s what happened in 2011 in the Nigerian village of Bauchi. (UFO City) *** But first… according to GPS, off the California coast there are dozens, possibly hundreds of ships moving around in circles. But the ships, while clearly visible on the GPS system, are nowhere to be seen by the human eye. Are these ghost ships from the past? The oceanic version of crop circles? Sailing ships from a different dimension? Or could it be something more...

    • 1 hr 50 min
    “THE END OF THE SNALLYGASTER” and 6 More True Disturbing Horror Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “THE END OF THE SNALLYGASTER” and 6 More True Disturbing Horror Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “THE END OF THE SNALLYGASTER” and 6 More True Disturbing Horror Stories! #WeirdDarkness

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    IN THIS WEEKEND ARCHIVE EPISODE ORIGINALLY AIRED IN APRIL 2018: Can you perform an exorcism using your smartphone? The Catholic church now says you can! (Exorcism of Demons by Phone) *** Does the ghost of a murdered child haunt East Lake Park in Birmingham, Alabama? (Child of the Lake) *** A young female college student vanished into nowhere in December of 1946 and became a mystery that would haunt the sleepy town forever. (The Disappearance of Paula Jean Weldon) *** An elderly woman requests to be buried upon her death, but the family cremates her instead. And that is when the vampire arrived. (The Wallasey Vampire) *** Orbs, late-night taps on the window, shadow figures, and more haunt a new home. (Creepy Happenings In The Middle of the Night) *** John Kraft noticed the neighbors, the Jacob Wolf family, had left their laundry on the clothesline overnight and their horses untended. He went to investigate and stumbled into what might be the most horrific crime scene in North Dakota history. (The Wolf Family Murders) *** Was the creature real? Where was it hiding? Why had only some people seen it? The Snallygaster terrorized Maryland and Washington in the 1730s – and we begin there, first! (Surprising End To Legend Of The Snallygaster)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “Surprising End to the Legend of the Snallygaster” by Ellen Lloyd for Ancient Pages: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/4mfk3kdw
    “Exorcism of Demons by Phone” from Earth Chronicles of Life: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/4y9x7v4w
    “Child of the Lake” from GhostsNGhouls.com (link no longer available)
    “The Disappearance of Paula Jean Weldon” by Doug MacGowan for Historic Mysteries: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2b8ujh84
    “The Wallasey Vampire” by Tom Slemen for Wirral Globe: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/c9p28b2u
    “Creepy Happenings in the Middle of the Night” by Malcolm Deanings for MyHauntedLifeToo.com: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/jzbystwy
    “The Wolf Family Murders” by Troy Larson for Ghosts of North Dakota: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/5xh9swyk
    Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music, varying by episode, provided by Alibi Music, EpidemicSound and/or AudioBlocks with paid license. Music from Shadows Symphony: https://tinyurl.com/yyrv987t, Midnight Syndicate: http://amzn.to/2BYCoXZ, Kevin MacLeod: https://tinyurl.com/y2v7fgbu, Tony Longworth: https://tinyurl.com/y2nhnbt7, and/or Nicolas Gasparini/Myuu: https://tinyurl.com/lnqpfs8 is used with permission. 


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    • 30 min

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