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Award-winning podcast hosted by voice artist Darren Marlar who narrates true stories of crime, the unexplained, and paranormal.
* Ranked #2 in Podcast Magazine‘s “Best True Crime and Horror” podcasts for 2020
* Named one of the “Best Storytellers in Podcasting” in 2019 by Podcast Business Journal
* Darren Marlar’s narration of “The Tell-Tale Heart” won Bronze at HEAR NOW 2020 Podcast Palooza
* Reached #5 worldwide on the “HOT 50” chart for November 2020 by Podcast Magazine
* Finalist for”Storyteller-Drama” award for the “People’s Choice Podcast Awards” in 2019

Weird Darkness: Stories of the Paranormal, Supernatural, Legends, Lore, Mysterious, Macabre, Unsolved Darren Marlar

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 3.2K Ratings

Award-winning podcast hosted by voice artist Darren Marlar who narrates true stories of crime, the unexplained, and paranormal.
* Ranked #2 in Podcast Magazine‘s “Best True Crime and Horror” podcasts for 2020
* Named one of the “Best Storytellers in Podcasting” in 2019 by Podcast Business Journal
* Darren Marlar’s narration of “The Tell-Tale Heart” won Bronze at HEAR NOW 2020 Podcast Palooza
* Reached #5 worldwide on the “HOT 50” chart for November 2020 by Podcast Magazine
* Finalist for”Storyteller-Drama” award for the “People’s Choice Podcast Awards” in 2019

    “THE CURSING OF CHRISTOPHER CASE” and More True Paranormal Stories – PLUS BLOOPERS! #WeirdDarkness

    “THE CURSING OF CHRISTOPHER CASE” and More True Paranormal Stories – PLUS BLOOPERS! #WeirdDarkness

    Find Weird Darkness wherever you listen to podcasts: https://linktr.ee/weirddarkness
    IN THIS EPISODE: A man is found dead, fully clothed, kneeling in his own bathtub. The position of the man’s body and where he was found is strange enough – but what happened to Christopher Case before his death is stranger still. (The Cursing of Christopher Case) *** In Norfolk, England the village of Eccles was slowly gobbled by the rising waters of the sea in the early 1600s. But even today, sometimes during a particularly heavy story, you can see St. Mary’s Church mysteriously reappear… bringing with it, the dead buried in the church graveyard who cannot find rest. (The Disappearing And Reappearing Village of Eccles) *** Lory Price and his wife Ethel mysteriously disappeared from Marion, Illinois. But then, sometimes that happens when you are mixed up with the mob or may have learned something you weren’t supposed to. (The Vanishing of Lory Price) *** The Catacombs of St. Callixtus in Rome, Italy, hold the remains of sixteen popes, several martyrs, and around half a million Christians, and according to on author, a not-of-this world entity. (The Callixtus Catacombs Entity) *** Before he became a Civil War general, Congressman Dan E. Sickles' scandalous murder trial changed our legal system forever. He said outright that he had killed his wife’s lover. So how did he avoid being found guilty of the crime he admitted to committing? (How A Congressman Got Away With Murder) *** In 1150, two children were found near Woolpit in England – they wore strange clothes, spoke oddly, but the most identifiable characteristic for both children was their skin was green. The children themselves were a mystery – but what happened when they grew up? Did they marry? Did they have children? Could there be decedents of the green children of Woolpit living among us today? (Great Grandkids of Green Children)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “The Cursing of Christopher Case” by Gurnoor Kaur for Conspiracy Theories: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/145d147q
    “The Disappearing And Reappearing Village of Eccles” by Stacia Briggs for Eastern Daily Press: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/5fopg2hq
    “The Vanishing of Lory Price” by Troy Taylor from his book “Bloody Illinois”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/lsi06qet
    “How A Congressman Got Away With Murder” by Genevieve Carlton for All That’s Interesting: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2jantfjj
    “Great Grandkids of Green Children” from Ancient Code: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/4u4xdypk
    “The Callixtus Catacombs Entity” by Ellen Lloyd for Ancient Pages: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/aqhlme0r
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    Visit the Church of the Undead: http://undead.church/
    Find out how to escape eternal darkness at https://weirddarkness.com/eternaldarkness
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    Stephen King’s “CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF” (aka “Silver Bullet”) #WeirdDarkness

    Stephen King’s “CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF” (aka “Silver Bullet”) #WeirdDarkness

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    IN THIS EPISODE: There’s no better source of horror fiction than the King of Horror himself, Stephen King. Each chapter of “Cycle of the Werewolf” is a short story unto itself. It tells the story of a werewolf haunting a small town as the moon turns full once every month. It was originally published as a limited-edition hardcover in 1983 by Land of Enchantment, and then in 1985 as a mass-market trade paperback by Signet. If it sounds familiar to you, it’s because Stephen King also wrote the screenplay for its film adaptation, Silver Bullet which was released to theaters in 1985 – although if you have seen the film, you won’t be disappointed in the book, as there is a lot that changes from the original pages before it hit the big screen. The movie received mixed reviews at the time, but has since achieved cult status in the US, after appearing on television regularly. In 1985, Signet Books re-issued Cycle of the Werewolf under the title Silver Bullet in an edition that included King's screenplay alongside the original novella. This re-published edition also included a foreword by King, recounting the impetus of the novella and the background of the film adaptation. In this episode of Weird Darkness, however, I will be narrating the original novella. The book, at 127 pages, is technically a novella rather than a novel, but there is no shortage of scares, I assure you. The novella wasn’t even supposed to be a novella at first. The entire concept started out, believe it or not, as a calendar by the Zavista company, with illustrations by renowned comic-book artist Bernie Wrightson. Each month of the proposed calendar featured a drawing by Wrightson complete with a short vignette by Stephen King. But King found the size of the vignettes, which were both small and extremely limited, to be problematic for his writing style. So he proceeded instead with the short novel and had it published by Land of Enchantment in 1983, but kept Wrightson’s illustrations for the publication because they were so beautifully or horrifically brilliant. In the author's notes at the back of the novella, King admits to taking liberties with the lunar cycle. For example, if a full moon was on New Year's Day, another one wouldn't occur on Valentine's Day, but these dates are widely recognized in January and February. He explains that this was done to focus the relevant months more clearly in the readers' minds. But then, this is fiction, so of course liberties are going to be taken – and who are we to question Stephen King?
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    Cycle of the Werewolf” by Steven King: https://amzn.to/2YNP4u6
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    Weird Darkness Publishing: https://weirddarkness.com/publishing
    Visit the Church of the Undead: http://undead.church/
    Find out how to escape eternal darkness at https://weirddarkness.com/eternaldarkness
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    • 2 hr 1 min
    AUGUST 14, 2022 #WeirdDarknessRadioShow (EARLY RELEASE FOR PODCAST LISTENERS!)

    AUGUST 14, 2022 #WeirdDarknessRadioShow (EARLY RELEASE FOR PODCAST LISTENERS!)

    Find Weird Darkness wherever you listen to podcasts: https://linktr.ee/weirddarkness
    HOUR ONE: You know what they say about a woman scorned. We’ll look at the most murderous wives in history – maybe it’ll give some of the men listening an idea of what to avoid in a relationship! (Murderous Wives) *** Most people have at least a passing knowledge of who Typhoid Mary was, and how she spread typhoid to others while being asymptomatic herself – but the full story is a lot sadder than you’ve been told. (The Sad True Story of Typhoid Mary) *** And more!
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “The Sad True Story of Typhoid Mary” by Colleen Conroy: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/za5n6ndb
    “The History of North Brother Island” by Bailey Benningfield: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/5fmhft6f
    “Murderous Wives” by Athena Rhodes: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/385dvjz3
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    HOUR TWO: On September 18, 1973, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter (later to become President Carter) filed a report with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena claiming he’d seen a UFO. (The Jimmy Carter UFO Sighting) *** While most pregnancies go off without a hitch, once in a while there are abnormalities – and sometimes those abnormalities aren’t with the delivery, but with the pregnancy itself. We’ll look at some bizarre real stories of pregnancies that gave almost everyone involved a shock! (Perplexing Pregnancies) *** Stories of monsters have been told for thousands of years – but there are a few cryptids that we had no idea about until relatively recently. We’ll look at a few monsters that we didn’t know about until just a few years ago! (Modern Monsters) *** And more!
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “The Jimmy Carter UFO Sighting” by Bernadette Giacomazzo: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/yxausu49
    “Perplexing Pregnancies” by Jonathan H. Kantor: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/3w8sp6ca
    “Modern Monsters” by Nick Redfern: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/y7kkx9p2
    “Ghostly Buckshot” from Strange Company: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/er52rab6
    “The Cockatrice Legend” by Jocelyne LeBlanc: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/4acnbzuj
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    WeirdDarkness™ - is a production and trademark of Marlar House Productions. Copyright, 2022.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Chamber of Comments: August 09, 2022

    Chamber of Comments: August 09, 2022

    Got an opinion, comment, or suggestion? Email me at darren@weirddarkness.com!

    • 18 min
    “DEATH BY GOLDEN THROAT” and 5 More Terrifying or Creepy True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    “DEATH BY GOLDEN THROAT” and 5 More Terrifying or Creepy True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

    Find Weird Darkness wherever you listen to podcasts: https://linktr.ee/weirddarkness
    IN THIS EPISODE: When it comes to receiving the death sentence, history has given us several ways to go about the execution. Hanging, firing squad, gas chamber, being stoned to death or burned at the stake… but you have to be some whole new level of “hated” by the people if your death blow comes by way of molten gold being poured down your throat. (Death By Golden Throat) *** Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray devised a scheme to get rid of Ruth’s husband – and they planned it so well that, okay… actually no. They were so inept they were caught immediately, and even the police publicly called them incompetent. (The Dumb-Bell Murder) *** In the 1800s, women finding themselves “with child” but unmarried, were treated like second-class citizens or worse. And during a time when birth control was limited or even unavailable outside of the rhythm method, what was a girl to do if she found herself in such dire circumstances? Fortunately, there was a woman there ready to help – to take the baby off their hands and give it a good home. Or so everyone thought. (Minnie, The Baby Farmer) *** Tom and Lena are in a loving relationship and have a young child together. It sounds like the perfect family – except for one tiny detail about their relationship. Tom and Lena are biological brother and sister. (I Fell In Love With My Sister) *** Typically, when you hear the phrase “high speed chase”, you think of law enforcement trying to catch the bad guys who are in a getaway vehicle. Perhaps after a bank robbery, or after blowing a stop sign and simply refusing to pull over. But have you heard about the time that the police were involved in a high-speed chase up to 100-miles-per hour, trying to catch up to a flying saucer? (The 100mph UFO Chase) *** When the Black Plague arrived at their doorsteps, the villagers were forced to choose between life or certain doom. It’s the tragic tale of England’s Plague Village – the village of Eyam. (The Black Death Comes to Eyam)
    SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…
    “Death By Golden Throat” by Genevieve Carlton for Weird History https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/3586qeqk, Rachel Nuwer for Smithsonian Magazine https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/18pu2d9b, and Laurie L. Dove for History https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/3vy6r2a9
    “The Black Death Comes to Eyam” by Stephanie Almazan for The Line Up: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/1aptirxk
    “Minnie, The Baby Farmer” from The Scare Chamber: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2eqd77xa
    “The 100MPH UFO Chase” from The Parajournal for The Times Online: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/ntcaqk3y
    “The Dumb-Bell Murder” by Troy Taylor: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/192wwaer (includes execution photo)
    “I Fell In Love With My Sister” by Jennifer Tillman for Vice: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/y2dmtp2e
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    Visit the Church of the Undead: http://undead.church/
    Find out how to escape eternal darkness at https://weirddarkness.com/eternaldarkness
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    AUGUST 07, 2022 #WeirdDarknessRadioShow (HALLOWEEN ENCORE!)

    AUGUST 07, 2022 #WeirdDarknessRadioShow (HALLOWEEN ENCORE!)

    AUGUST 07, 2022 #WeirdDarknessRadioShow (HALLOWEEN ENCORE!)

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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

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The best

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Love, love, love it!

By far my favorite podcast. Always interesting topics/stories. Darren’s is an awesome narrator and a wonderful , funny, caring person! Can’t get enough of Weird Darkness!😍😍😍 Thank you Darren for everything you do. You’re awesome!

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Weird Darkness is fantastic. Every episode is interesting and entertaining. Darren has a wonderful voice that is very engaging. I look forward to listening every day. Give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

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