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In the new Post-Truth world, it's hard to know what to believe. That's why Wide Atlantic Weird explores conspiracies, cryptids, urban legends and weird fiction to find out just why people believe weird things. Enter the cabin with Cian and his guests (but have a beer handy!)

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In the new Post-Truth world, it's hard to know what to believe. That's why Wide Atlantic Weird explores conspiracies, cryptids, urban legends and weird fiction to find out just why people believe weird things. Enter the cabin with Cian and his guests (but have a beer handy!)

    The Jewel Of Seven Stars: Bram Stoker's Spooky Egypt Part 1

    The Jewel Of Seven Stars: Bram Stoker's Spooky Egypt Part 1

    On this episode, enter the Wide Atlantic Weird cabin-in-the-woods to find the place stuffed with mummified cats, cursed relics and forbidden idols as we delve into THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS! This 1903 book from Dublin-born Bram ‘Dracula’ Stoker affords us the perfect excuse to doff a pith helmet, drink cognac, and tell mystical tales of turn-of-the-century Gothic London and spooky, mysterious Egypt!

    Come to find out when the Western world actually decided that mummies were scary, why the British were obsessed with Egypt, and how to tell when a fellow is decent by looking at his skull – but stay for the eccentric Irish occultists, the racial hang-wringing, and of course the blatant Orientalising.

    -what race were the ancient Egyptians anyway?

    -did an Irish palm-reader predict the downfall of Charles Stuart Parnell?

    -why did Oscar Wilde’s father want Cleopatra’s Needle brought to London?

    -can Cian jam HG Wells, AC Doyle and ‘Invasion literature’ into another episode??

    All these questions and more will be raised, mulled over, and distainfully dismissed in THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS: BRAM STOKER’S SPOOKY EGYPT PART 1.

    Theme from the 1959 Hammer version of The Mummy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zef-RrAunZ4

    Quadrivia article about Cleopatra’s Needle

    https://quadriv.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/the-sphinx-cleopatras-needle-and-the-psychogeography-of-london/

    • 1 tim. 9 min
    Ancient Astronauts, Religion & Science In Prometheus (2012)

    Ancient Astronauts, Religion & Science In Prometheus (2012)

    Prometheus, made with a decent amount of creative control by increasingly-eccentric director Ridley Scott, is a sorta-maybe prequel to the Alien movies, and a rather divisive entry into the franchise. Cian invites Prometheus fan Daffy to the Cabin In The Woods on a rainy summer's night to discuss the ups and downs of this visually-stunning but thematically confusing film. The guys discuss racism in Ancient Astronauts theory, the place of religion in science, bad plot tropes, and lots of other good things. So grab a bottle and listen here for ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS, RELIGION & SCIENCE IN PROMETHEUS. Spoilers aplenty.

    DRAGON'S HOARD ETSY

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonsHoardMinis

    • 1 tim. 20 min
    Rumour Control: The Unbelievable Development Hell Of Alien 3

    Rumour Control: The Unbelievable Development Hell Of Alien 3

    Christ on a bicycle, you just wouldn't believe the madness that went on behind the scenes during the making of ALIEN 3. An astonishingly bleak, gothic entry into a big-budget franchise that killed off most of its beloved cast, Alien 3 was hated by fans upon release and has only very slowly gained a slightly better reputation over the years. Cian and Stokes enjoy some fine German beer (and Kinsale Pale Ale - recommended!) while getting into the almost incredible reasons why this film spent so long in development hell. From unused scripts about monks on a wooden planet to British wrestlers, dogs in costumes, sexy blonde studio spies, and a pre Fight Club David Fincher, this story has enough weirdness going on to swing a Xenomorph. But does the film hold up? Will the guys ever record an episode about Alien Resurrection? And what is the connection to Last Action Hero? Join Wide Atlantic Weird for some horror film goodness and a descent to Fiorina (Fury) 161 in RUMOUR CONTROL: THE UNBELIEVABLE DEVELOPMENT HELL OF ALiEN 3. 

    Theatre Preview (The Bitch is back)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3L3jJyzjFI

    Alien 3 UUP

    Original Script (Hicks, Ripley and Newt)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_3#1987%E2%80%931989

    Brian Glover, wrestler, angry, bald, yorkshireman.

    Wrestling 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_zPH3u65H8

    Wrestling 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QxyO_rGqYg

    Bottom (i.e Secret Shame): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsz5aGJUNXs

    Special Effects

    Whippet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUMX6hsvbO4

    Super Face Hugger: https://avp.fandom.com/wiki/Royal_Facehugger

    Bambi Buster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQCq3CHzhdk

    Michael Biehn

    Time Bomb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105597/

    Michael Biehn on Ripley & Hicks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vgl6eopOy8

    Reactions to Alien 3:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QHc0n0G2kA

    • 1 tim. 26 min
    From The Vaults: The History Of KISS

    From The Vaults: The History Of KISS

    From the vaults, we bring you a VERY special episode of Wide Atlantic Weird (before it was WAW). Back in 2017, Cian was reunited with his brother Donal in snowy Montreal to talk about the history of the band KISS. Donal has long been a card-carrying member of the KISS army, and Cian has had to live with the results of this obsession, so there's a lot to talk about! And the guys came up with a special concept just for the occasion: instead of reviewing a book or movie, they each read two of the four KISS biographies (along with a few other books for good measure, as they just couldn't stop themselves) and they discussed the story of the band's career through the often-conflicting lenses of the four members.

    Even for those with no interest in the music, it's a fascinating trip into the world of four conflicting personalities who decided to dress in leather, paint their faces white, tour the world and fight bitterly with one another for over 30 years. These guys wrote awful things about one another on a regular basis, remember events differently and big themselves up in their books to a hilarious degree. Rock 'n roll excess, spectacle, terrible business and artistic decisions: there's something for everyone here, and as KISS would say themselves, you wanted the best, you got the best!

    • 1 tim. 46 min
    The Land Beyond The Forest: The Mythical World Of The Uberwald

    The Land Beyond The Forest: The Mythical World Of The Uberwald

    Digging up an old script at the Cabin In The Woods, Cian addresses an old topic, a suitably spooky and Gothic one for an unseasonably cold summer’s evening: the Uberwald, the mythical imaginary version of Central and Eastern Europe where Gothic tales of the macabre traditionally take place. On this journey we take on the Fighting Fantasy books, The White Wolf Of The Harz Mountains, Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, and of course Dracula. Grab your torch, pitchfork, and a can of Nightcrawler milk stout and meet me at the castle as we explore the history of this influential idea.

    The White Wolf Of The Harz Mountains Etext

    http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0606061h.html

    Carmilla Etext

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10007

    Dracula Etext

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/345

    Dracula 1992 Theme

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dracula+1992+theme

    Sabrewulf Theme (Killer Instinct)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCAK3bwOGx0

    • 40 min
    The Anti-Environmentalist Agenda Within Conspiracy Theories

    The Anti-Environmentalist Agenda Within Conspiracy Theories

    When you get down to brass tacks, the evil New World Order of conspiracy lore have one ultimate goal: population reduction. As such, believers cast environmentalists as being agents of this shadowy one-world government. As we acknowledge the trade-off in environmental degredation caused by human activity, the logic goes, we must wish death upon untold numbers of people.

    So in this episode we investigate the reality of the global extinction event, whether population reduction is really a goal of environmentalism, and which actual groups in history have proposed this policy for real. You're going to need a stiff drink: it ain't pretty.

    • 34 min

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