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"Life After Midnight: Strange History, Salem Style" is a podcast led by Salem historian and tour guide Kristin Harris, exploring the darker side of history and looking into the connections between popular culture and historical thought. Celebrating and debunking all the strange things in the shadows that make their way into our folklore and culture.

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"Life After Midnight: Strange History, Salem Style" is a podcast led by Salem historian and tour guide Kristin Harris, exploring the darker side of history and looking into the connections between popular culture and historical thought. Celebrating and debunking all the strange things in the shadows that make their way into our folklore and culture.

    Episode 6: Heading Home to the Horseman’s Hollow- Halloween in Irving’s Sleepy Hollow

    Episode 6: Heading Home to the Horseman’s Hollow- Halloween in Irving’s Sleepy Hollow

    In this episode, travel with me on a Halloween Adventure to the legendary village of Sleepy Hollow, New York, where I explore the meaning and symbolism behind Washington Irving’s famous tale. Learn all about my experience in the town, where Irving got his inspiration for the story, some other famous sites in Tarrytown, and perhaps…

    Episode 5: She’s Got Looks That Kill: Deadly Fashions in the 19th Century (Part 2)

    Episode 5: She’s Got Looks That Kill: Deadly Fashions in the 19th Century (Part 2)

      In Part 2 of this episode, I conclude my journey into 19th century fashions with exploring Arsenic in green dye. Join me as we take a look at a fashion plague on Victorian England, its social impact, and the deaths surrounding household items used on a large scale. These fashion faux-pas will NOT leave…

    Episode 4: New Orleans, a City for the Living and the Dead

    Episode 4: New Orleans, a City for the Living and the Dead

    (photo of the "ghost" of Julian Eltinge, with the original signed in 1917 photo on the left)

    (this is a re-posting of an earlier episode that somehow got deleted. Originally recorded March 15, 2018)

    Join me as I tell you about some of my favorite haunts, old and new, in the Crescent City, from my recent travels there. In the episode, I'll tell you about why New Orleans name, City of the Dead, applies to more than just the cemeteries... The dead walk with the living, and are all around you in this city on the river.

    Episode Written and Recorded by Kristin Harris

    NSFW: Some strong language

    *photo courtesy of WGNO.com

    Episode 5 : She’s Got Looks That Kill: Deadly Fashions in the 19th Century (Part 1)

    Episode 5 : She’s Got Looks That Kill: Deadly Fashions in the 19th Century (Part 1)

      In this episode, I explore the strange, and sometimes fatal fashion trends that developed in the Western World in the 19th century. In the words of the ever-eloquent Motley Crue…”She’s Got Looks That Kill.” NSFW. Slight bit of strong language, lots of fire, and lots of frills.    

    Episode 3: Curious Cases of Things Dead and Gone: Salem’s Gothic Literary Past and Present

    Episode 3: Curious Cases of Things Dead and Gone: Salem’s Gothic Literary Past and Present

    Join me in a discussion of, you guessed it, Salem’s gothic literary past and present. I’m joined by Amber Newberry and Laurie Moran, authors and editors for FunDead Publications, and we are discussing what the hell gothic horror actually is, their new anthology, and gothic literature’s connection to Salem. It’s always a wild time when…

    Episode 2: Villages of the Damned: Vampire Exhumations in Early New England

    Episode 2: Villages of the Damned: Vampire Exhumations in Early New England

    In this episode, I explore the evolution of the image of the vampire, and look beyond the fiction and folklore to expose the very real fear of vampirism in Early New England. Fear gripped the people of rural New England Towns in the 18th and 19th century, but where is the line crossed from fear,…

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