48 episodes

This is After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds and the Paranormal. The podcast that takes you to the shadiest corners of the past, unpicking history’s spookiest, strangest, and most sinister stories.
Join historians Anthony Delaney and Maddy Pelling, every Monday and Thursday to take a look at the darker side of history. From haunted pubs and Houdini, to witch trials and weird UFO sightings.
After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds and the Paranormal - a podcast by History Hit, the world's best history channel and creators of award-winning podcasts Dan Snow's History Hit, Gone Medieval, and Betwixt the Sheets.
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This is After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds and the Paranormal. The podcast that takes you to the shadiest corners of the past, unpicking history’s spookiest, strangest, and most sinister stories.
Join historians Anthony Delaney and Maddy Pelling, every Monday and Thursday to take a look at the darker side of history. From haunted pubs and Houdini, to witch trials and weird UFO sightings.
After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds and the Paranormal - a podcast by History Hit, the world's best history channel and creators of award-winning podcasts Dan Snow's History Hit, Gone Medieval, and Betwixt the Sheets.
Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code AFTERDARK - sign up at historyhit.com/subscribe.
You can take part in our listener survey here.

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    The Paris Morgue's Dark Story

    The Paris Morgue's Dark Story

    Citizens of Paris in the 19th century could stroll down to the Morgue to try to identify the unknown dead or to gawp at celebrity murder victims. Though its most famous resident of all was perhaps not dead at all...
    Our guest today is the marvellous Cat Byers, who is a writer, photographer and historian based in Paris. She’s currently finishing a PhD on the nineteenth-century morgues of Paris and New York. Get ready for a story full of poignant humour, Donald Trump, and party hats. 
    Edited and produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 40 min
    Do Mermaids Exist? Historical Sightings & Myths

    Do Mermaids Exist? Historical Sightings & Myths

    Did you know President Benjamin Franklin began his career reporting mermaid sightings? Or that there's a mermaid on every cup of Starbucks coffee?
    Join us as we search the oceans for history's greatest mermaid stories. Anthony tells Maddy this story with special help from children from year 5 of Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park.
    Written by Anthony Delaney. Edited by Tom Delargy and produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 41 min
    The Earliest Evidence of Ghosts

    The Earliest Evidence of Ghosts

    The earliest evidence of human belief in ghosts comes from 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. Who were these first ghosts? What was the underworld they lived in like? What do these most ancient ghosts tell us about today?
    Maddy and Anthony's guest today, Irving Finkel, Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures in the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum and author of 'The First Ghosts: Most Ancient of Legacies'
    Edited by Tom Delargy. Produced by Charlotte Long and Freddy Chick.
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    • 39 min
    The Real Hannibal Lecter

    The Real Hannibal Lecter

    At the tender age of 23, Thomas Harris, author of The Silence of the Lambs, was sent to interview a convicted murderer inside a Mexican prison. What happened that day lived rent free in his mind for the rest of his life.
    Anthony tells Maddy this story of murder and of love that blurs the lines between truth and fiction.
    Written by Anthony Delaney. Produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 38 min
    Murder in Henry VIII's England

    Murder in Henry VIII's England

    In a world before police, what happened when someone was murdered? How were murderers caught? How did the wheels of justice turn?
    We talk to Steven Veerapen, author of Of Blood Descended, about murder under the bloodiest King of all, Henry VIII.
    Edited by Tom Delargy. Produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 34 min
    The Mystery of the Medieval Green Children

    The Mystery of the Medieval Green Children

    Two green children walked into the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, England, sometime in the 12th century. They said they were from a magic land where everything was as green as they were. What on earth was going on?
    Maddy tells Anthony this story that has drawn in curious minds for hundreds of years.
    Written by Maddy Pelling. Produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
201 Ratings

201 Ratings

DJ1966pgh ,

Fantastic podcast

Great podcast. Superb theme song! Never have Irving Finkel on again! He never shuts up! He is tedious and obnoxious.

Kallyhoo ,

Entertaining and Fascinating

I’m loving this podcast during my morning commute. The history is so interesting and the hosts and guests are so knowledgeable as well as personable. This has turned into one of my favorite podcasts. Thank you, Anthony and Maddy!

Kazmierski ,

Enjoying but…

I’m enjoying this a ton; the only reason I’m not giving 5 stars is because of the annoying overuse of “sort of” “kind of”. It’s distracting.

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