24 episodes

Bone and Sickle is a celebration of the intersection of horror, folklore, and history. Every episode offers a bounty of frightful tales, fantastic legends, and macabre historical anecdotes harvested by eccentric artist, collector, and rogue folklorist Al Ridenour. Dramatized readings of historical texts unfold within an immersive ever-shifting soundscape of original music, old folk ballads, intricately layered effects, and audio clips from horror films both classic and campy. Ridenour’s source books, though real enough, are said to be pulled from a vast private library of antiquarian tastes, part of a manor-house environment in the neighborhood of Charles Addams and Edward Gorey. Ridenour is attended in his imaginary study by the impeccably subservient valet Wilkinson (Rick Galiher), whose distinctly patrician voice provides quotations from any volumes discussed. Interactions between the two reveal a deeply unhealthy mix of fawning attention and neurotic cruelty and indifference.

Bone and Sickle Al Ridenour

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    • 4.8, 79 Ratings

Bone and Sickle is a celebration of the intersection of horror, folklore, and history. Every episode offers a bounty of frightful tales, fantastic legends, and macabre historical anecdotes harvested by eccentric artist, collector, and rogue folklorist Al Ridenour. Dramatized readings of historical texts unfold within an immersive ever-shifting soundscape of original music, old folk ballads, intricately layered effects, and audio clips from horror films both classic and campy. Ridenour’s source books, though real enough, are said to be pulled from a vast private library of antiquarian tastes, part of a manor-house environment in the neighborhood of Charles Addams and Edward Gorey. Ridenour is attended in his imaginary study by the impeccably subservient valet Wilkinson (Rick Galiher), whose distinctly patrician voice provides quotations from any volumes discussed. Interactions between the two reveal a deeply unhealthy mix of fawning attention and neurotic cruelty and indifference.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
79 Ratings
79 Ratings
AlexisSteppling ,

The Perfect Mix of History, Folklore, & Horror

I first learned of the podcast after the host was a guest on The Last Podcast on the Left. I was instantly hooked with his knowledge of both the history and lore behind the Krampus, a German figure often seen as a one-dimensional Christmas demon. I find every episode so interesting and entrancing and often find myself spending hours after each episode going through the sources he cites on his webpage.

As a huge fan of The Last Podcast, I find that Bone & Sickle compliments the comedic style of The Last Podcast by lending a different perspective to similar stories with a very artistic twist. I am very excited to see Bone & Sickle blossom and develop to something much bigger (and hopefully, longer).

I highly recommend giving it a try, especially if you’re a fan of similar podcasts and looking for something completely new and different.

Racer 41 ,

A must for those interested in our fascination with the Macabe

Al has a great hook - his interaciton with his valet' Wilconsen. But the real meat is the investigation without judgement of historical stories of the supernatural. Macabe, humorous and sometimes frightening (even for skeptics) Al does not shy away from horror. I tested one episode after hearing an interview on 'Monster Talk'. If you like horror, monsters, or just enjoy our strange obsession with the subject you really should check it out.

eirc ,

Smart, humorous, evil

He’s got it all.

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