58 episódios

Rob C. Thompson, doctor of occult history and ritual, hosts an in-depth exploration of supernatural mysteries, beliefs, and practices. He’s joined by the Alchemical Actors, a ragtag crew of occult initiates who bring these stories to life by re-enacting major moments in the history of the paranormal. We cover magical conspiracies, paranormal scandals, the immortal soul, and search for secret orders across the globe. Episodes post bi-weekly on Fridays.

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Rob C. Thompson, doctor of occult history and ritual, hosts an in-depth exploration of supernatural mysteries, beliefs, and practices. He’s joined by the Alchemical Actors, a ragtag crew of occult initiates who bring these stories to life by re-enacting major moments in the history of the paranormal. We cover magical conspiracies, paranormal scandals, the immortal soul, and search for secret orders across the globe. Episodes post bi-weekly on Fridays.

    8.9: Digital Doomsday Cult

    8.9: Digital Doomsday Cult

    Sherry Shriner ran one of the most infamous internet cults to date. She propagated theories of soul scalping using snakes, celebrity vampires, British royalty crossing animals with people, and the anti-christ. Her views inspired at least one homicide and at least one suicide with the cult leader becoming directly involved with the victims.

    • 1h 13 min
    8.8: Cargo Cults

    8.8: Cargo Cults

    From the nineteenth century through World War Two, white colonizers and occupiers sought to convert the people of Papua New Guinea and the islands of Vanuatu and press them into forced labor on plantations. These efforts resulted in mass death. Visions of liberation from the whites and then the Japanese Army took shape in what have come to be called Cargo Cults. Believers gave up working for the occupiers and paying taxes and awaited the imminent arrival of a ship carrying the spirits of their ancestors and a great cargo that would provide for their every need.

    • 1h 2 min
    8.7: Extraterrestrial Armageddon

    8.7: Extraterrestrial Armageddon

    Do aliens from outer space bookend human history? Were we planted here on earth by visitors in UFOs and will they come again to bring about an apocalyptic paradigm shift? In this episode, we trace the history of the Raelian movement and the theory that extraterrestrials can account for the events in the Bible as well as ancient mythology.

    • 1h 22 min
    8.6: Nikola Tesla's Death Ray

    8.6: Nikola Tesla's Death Ray

    Did Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating current and one of the most important thinkers of the nineteenth-century, create plans for a death ray or particle beam peacemaker that would put an end to all warfare.

    • 1h 2 min
    8.5: Campfire Confessional Volume I

    8.5: Campfire Confessional Volume I

    In our first Campfire Confessional, we respond to listener questions and tell stories submitted by listeners including tales of bee demons, haunted houses, werewolf corpses, sigils, and mechanical birds.

    • 1h 5 min
    8.4: Sex and the Second Coming

    8.4: Sex and the Second Coming

    In Western New York's "burned over district" a series of religious movements rose up with apocalyptic visions. In this episode, we discuss two post-apocalyptic groups: the Shakers or Shaking Quakers, led by Mother Ann Lee, and the Perfectionists at the Oneida Community led by John Humphrey Noyes. Both believed that Christ's Second Coming had already happened and both argued for a complete overhaul of the way human beings had or didn't have sex.

    • 1h 11 min

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