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The study of the paranormal has a long, fascinating, and controversial history. Best friends and hosts Ryan and Jordan explore the depths of metaphysical phenomena, ufology, cryptozoology, and all manor of unsolved mysteries through a time-honored tradition: the campfire story. If you’re fascinated by all things Fortean; if you love stories of ghosts, UFOs, cryptids, and the occult this show is for you.

Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling

    • Fiction
    • 4.9 • 56 Ratings

The study of the paranormal has a long, fascinating, and controversial history. Best friends and hosts Ryan and Jordan explore the depths of metaphysical phenomena, ufology, cryptozoology, and all manor of unsolved mysteries through a time-honored tradition: the campfire story. If you’re fascinated by all things Fortean; if you love stories of ghosts, UFOs, cryptids, and the occult this show is for you.

    Episode 66 - The Ackley Family Haunting

    Episode 66 - The Ackley Family Haunting

    In 1967, George and Helen Ackley, along with their four children, moved into their dream home in Nyack, New York. This stunning eight-bedroom Victorian was built in the first decade of Nyack’s existence with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River. Little did they know, they would go on to forge a working relationship with the ghosts of their home that would last more than two decades. This week, we’ll tell their story and get to the bottom of why it has become essential curriculum for first year law students all over the United States. With a name like the Ghostbuster Ruling, we’re left with only one question.
    WHO YA GONNA CALL?

    Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week. 

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    Mothmen 1966
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1755030/Mothmen_1966/

    Bigfoot
    https://www.bigfootplay.com/

    Our Haunted House on the Hudson
    https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Our_Haunted_House_on_the_Hudson_May_1977-1.pdf

    Stambovsky vs. Ackley Case File
    https://casetext.com/case/stambovsky-v-ackley

    Zillow Listing
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1-La-Veta-Pl-Nyack-NY-10960/32384985_zpid/?

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    Gregg Martin for music contributions! Go follow him on Instagram at Instagram.com/reverentmusic , on Bandcamp at https://reverentmusic.bandcamp.com/releases or on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/album/6QVhQsYQeeBVOtxrelehTI?si=V5CAxS8sSXyVFn14G7j-GA

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Fireside Chats: Entrepreneurship in the Paranormal with Jack Kirby

    Fireside Chats: Entrepreneurship in the Paranormal with Jack Kirby

    This week’s guest is none other than the intrepid editor-in-chief at Paranormality Magazine, Jack Kirby. Jack has built several wildly successful businesses over the last 20 years and has finally found a way to combine his unique approach to entrepreneurship and his love and fascination with all things Fortean. We dive deep into his young life and talk about a few of his business ventures from years past. We even drag out a couple of his many experiences with anomalous phenomena. Over the last year Jack has become a dear friend of the show and we are beyond honored to have him around our campfire for the first time. 

    Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week. 

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 65 - The Man from Taured

    Episode 65 - The Man from Taured

    In 1954, a man landed at Haneda Airport. All seemed to be normal until he produced a passport the likes of which had never been seen. According to his exceptionally legitimate looking documents, he hailed from a nation named Taured. What transpired in an effort to legitimize this man’s claims truly boggle the mind. We’re left with the question,
    GOVERNMENT COVER-UP OR INTERNET HOAX?

    Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week. 

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    Mental Illness
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    Mothmen 1966
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1755030/Mothmen_1966/

    Bigfoot
    https://www.bigfootplay.com/

    Directory of Possibilities (1981-06-29) 
    https://a.co/d/bZu2uOg

    Strange Man from Alternate Reality Arrives in Tokyo
    https://m.beforeitsnews.com/beyond-science/2012/04/strange-man-from-alternate-reality-arrives-in-tokyo-2026509.html

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    • 57 min
    Fireside Chats: Bumps in the Night with Derek Olson

    Fireside Chats: Bumps in the Night with Derek Olson

    This week, we have a true blue experiencer. Derek Olson is someone who has lived with the paranormal alongside him his entire life. We discussed a wide array of phenomena, some genuinely quite terrifying, and landed on some pretty fascinating theories on what is behind a few of his more harrowing experiences. He was also gracious enough to discuss with me how the paranormal fits into his faith and his relationship with God. This was a great chat.
    We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did. 

    Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week. 

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    • 41 min
    Episode 64: The Pentyrch Incident

    Episode 64: The Pentyrch Incident

    A cold winter's night in south Wales back on February 26, 2016, was anything but ordinary in one Welsh town. In a scene equal parts terrifying and theatrical, multiple witnesses reported seeing a huge UFO and other lights along with military planes, helicopters, a chase, explosions, shaken buildings, an apache helicopter landing with its cockpit on fire, weird snow, and mystery men in white overalls, and damaged trees and wreckage in Pentyrch. The activity was explained by the authorities as an Armed Forces exercise known as 'Chameleon'. Many still believe it was something out of this world, claiming to have spotted unidentified lights which did not conform to the normal idea of a military aircraft. Was this an extraordinary show of strength? Some interdimensional misstep? Mass hysteria? Above all, we’re left curious about one thing:
    HOW BIG WAS THIS PYRAMID??

    Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week. 

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    Explosions


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    Mothmen 1966
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1755030/Mothmen_1966/

    Bigfoot
    https://www.bigfootplay.com/

    The Pentyrch Incident: The Greatest UFO Cover-up of Modern Times 

    https://a.co/d/d4ZMFPj

    Kaz Clarke Interview

    https://youtu.be/C-slV-X2ftc

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    Elias Armao for graphic design! Go follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/doggedlinedesignsupply 

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Fireside Chats: Cryptid Comforts with Lisa Russell

    Fireside Chats: Cryptid Comforts with Lisa Russell

    This week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the owner and operator of Cryptid Comforts. She has spent the last eight years filling the market and our hearts with some of the most adorable and beautifully designed stuffed cryptids. She is a certified veteran of the paranormal conventions circuit and offers a truly unique perspective on the value of paratourism and small town festivals. We also managed to drag out a few paranormal experiences of her own that were truly chilling. Go follow her and check her schedule odds are, she’ll be in a city near you sooner than you think. 

    Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week. 

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    Special Thanks:

    Gregg Martin for music contributions! Go follow him on Instagram at Instagram.com/reverentmusic , on Bandcamp at https://reverentmusic.bandcamp.com/releases or on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/album/6QVhQsYQeeBVOtxrelehTI?si=V5CAxS8sSXyVFn14G7j-GA

    Additional Music: "Out of Sight: The Cursed Piano" - Ghost Stories Incorporated

    Elias Armao for graphic design! Go follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/doggedlinedesignsupply 

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Reverentmusic ,

Captivating & Exemplary!

Absolutely my favorite podcast! Jordan and Ryan really know how to allure the imagination with brilliant story telling! I’m constantly captivated by the story and intrigued by the details of each tale. Ranging from extraterrestrials, to monsters, paranormal, to cryptids…they cover so many genres and it’s a breath of fresh air to the field they are in. It’s awesome seeing their attention to detail and writing really develop and strengthen and progress with each episode. Can’t wait for the next! -Gregg Martin(Reverent)

cassiesland ,

Legit Storytelling

This is an amazing podcast! The campfire stories are amazing, Stardust Ranch is my favorite, and the research is top notch! You can tell there is much time and effort put into whatever Jordan and Ryan put out and they put out a lot of episodes and extras for everyone who follows them! The Patreon seems amazing and I can’t wait to join!

WestCoastSquatchers ,

Line and sinker!!

Hooked!!! ABSOLUTELY HOOKED!! Thank you for all of your hard work and I am sorry I am so late to your game!!!! But! Better late then NEVER!!! Thank you again so so much!!!!!

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