62 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 Georgian Husband with Fourteen Wives

    The Georgian Husband with Fourteen Wives

    Charles Hamilton allegedly had fourteen wives according to the newspapers, but the headline was that Charles used to be called Mary. In the 18th century newspaper stories about 'female husbands' were not uncommon; people assigned female at birth who assumed the legal, social and economic position reserved for men.
    Today we explore two stories with Jen Manion, author of Female Husbands: A Trans History.
    Edited by Tom Delargy. Produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 38 min
    Bigfoot: the Origin Story

    Bigfoot: the Origin Story

    Our second episode examining the very real history of Bigfoot. This time we're looking at ancient Native American rock art and meeting the extinct (or is it?) giant ape Gigantopithecus.
    Our returning guest is the wonderful Dan Schreiber - host of We Can Be Weirdos and co-host of No Such Thing As a Fish.
    Produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 35 min
    Deadly Dancing Plague of 1518

    Deadly Dancing Plague of 1518

    When people think of Medieval diseases, hysterical dancing is not usually what first comes to mind. Yet in 14th and 15th century Germany, dozens of ordinary people claimed to be infected by the ‘dancing plague’. What was this mysterious phenomenon? What caused it? And was it even a real disease?
    Anthony and Maddy are joined by Dr. Eleanor Janega, co-host of History Hit podcast 'Gone Medieval'.
    Edited by Tom Delargy. Produced by Charlotte Long.
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    • 39 min
    Bigfoot: Hunt for the Truth

    Bigfoot: Hunt for the Truth

    Does Bigfoot really walk among us? Today we start a three-part mini-series exploring the very real histories of Bigfoot and the Yeti.
    We begin with Bigfoot and the 1967 home-movie that lit the spark. Maddy & Anthony are joined by the one-and-only Dan Schreiber - host of podcast 'We Can Be Weirdos' and of co-host of 'No Such Thing As A Fish'. There can be no better guide into the world of weirdness.
    Edited and Produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
    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 https://historyhit/subscription/ 
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    • 36 min
    Jack the Ripper

    Jack the Ripper

    What is it about this case that holds the imagination after all these years? When did that fascination with it begin? How early on did the myths of Jack the Ripper evolve?
    Anthony and Maddy look at how the newspapers and showmen were quick to pounce on this case, turning these tragic murders into the most infamous true crime story of all.
    Written by Anthony Delaney. Edited by Tom Delargy. Produced by Freddy Chick. The Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 51 min
    Medieval Mass Murdering Monk: Malmesbury Abbey

    Medieval Mass Murdering Monk: Malmesbury Abbey

    Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire was an institution of national significance from the late seventh century until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. It was home to eminent writers and had strong royal connections. It housed the tomb of Æthelstan, first king of all England, and Queen Matilda, wife of Henry I, took a close interest in its affairs. But it was also home to arguably the most immoral abbot of the Middle Ages, the mass-murdering monk John of Tintern. 
    Today we're bringing you an episode of our sister podcast Gone Medieval, where host Matt Lewis finds out more from guest Tony McAleavy, author of the first full-length study of the history of Malmesbury Abbey - ' Malmesbury Abbey 670-1539' - which brings to life its colourful cast of characters.
    This episode was produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

ddot4116 ,

Thank you for these interesting pods….

I really enjoy your podcasts—dynamic duo for sure & special guests add so much too. You both ROCK!

JennTripper ,

My new favorite History Hit show

So interesting, so insightful, Anthony and Maddy bring history to life and tie these historic acts to present day. Love this show

Radnor91 ,

Wonderful hosts and topics

I can count on great guests, interesting questions, and learning something new. I look forward to each new episode and know it will feed my fascination with history off the beaten path.

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