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An Irish podcast about why people believe weird things. A critical look at cryptids, UFOs and conspiracies. Enter the Cabin In The Woods with Cian and his guests (but have a beer handy!)

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An Irish podcast about why people believe weird things. A critical look at cryptids, UFOs and conspiracies. Enter the Cabin In The Woods with Cian and his guests (but have a beer handy!)

    BONUS EPISODE: The Order and 1980s Domestic Terrorism

    BONUS EPISODE: The Order and 1980s Domestic Terrorism

    In this episode, Cian and Ali discuss 80s domestic terrorist group who called themselves THE ORDER, in a direct lift from the 1978 white supremacist text The Turner Diaries. The MAGA goons who caused chaos at Washington this month contained at least a core of serious, organised, far-right insurrectionists whose ideas can be traced to this underground 'white supremacist bible' . They committed robberies, murders, and other crimes during the 1980s in order to fund their imagined race war and overturning of the government and were by turns hilariously incompetent and terrifyingly effective. Instead of creating a 'White Redoubt' break-away state in the Pacific Northwest, their reign of terror ended in a shoot-out that only served to further spark off militia groups.

    • 54 min
    The Cottingley Fairies Go To The Movies: Part 2

    The Cottingley Fairies Go To The Movies: Part 2

    Cian returns to the mystical, mythical, WW1-era pastoral English fairyland only to find that it's become a weird British indie film hellscape of death, hallucinations, and poor life decisions in the SECOND of his Cottingley Fairy film analyses, this time talking about the 1997 movie PHOTOGRAPHING FAIRIES. Plus, as the film section is a bit short this time around, enjoy a bit of background about the extremely weird 'Turanian Dwarf Theory' in which writers and anthropologists came to believe that folkloric dwarfs and fairies are memories of an ancient prehistoric race of subhumans ...

    SOURCES:

    Britishfairies.wordpress.com

    Strange And Secret Peoples, Carole Silver

    https://books.google.ie/books?id=3GeN25gJZK0C&pg=PT153&lpg=PT153&dq=turanian+dwarf+theory&source=bl&ots=zuY-wpeZUu&sig=ACfU3U32W4kyakxoirgnKqXVpr3UAf1rAw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjB2MOio6DuAhUVZxUIHcyYCPAQ6AEwEHoECAYQAg#v=onepage&q=turanian%20dwarf%20theory&f=false

    Some Backgrounds Of Fairyland, HP Lovecraft

    http://www.wikithulhu.com/article:some-backgrounds-of-fairyland

    The Watcher By The Threshold, John Buchan

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/57402

    • 56 min
    The Cottingley Fairies Go To The Movies: Part 1

    The Cottingley Fairies Go To The Movies: Part 1

    It's early January at the cabin, before the snow. Cian watches the 1997 movie Fairy Tale: A True Story in the first of two investigations into the 1997 double-bill of Cottingley Fairy films. Grab yourself whatever you may need to get through a schmaltzy 90s kid film. Along the way we'll talk about:

    -how Victorians & Edwardians were obsessed with fairies

    -why Theosophists, Spiritualists, and Arthur Conan Doyle were so keen to believe in real fairies

    -the strange friendship between Conan Doyle and the American magician Houdini

    -the importance of ambiguity in films about fraud/belief

    -the role of youth, femininity and class in the story of the Cottingley Fairies

    SOURCES:

    Borderland Forms: Arthur Conan Doyle, Albion's Daughters, and the Politics of the Cottingley Fairies, Alex Owen, History Workshop, 1994

    https://academic.oup.com/hwj/article-abstract/38/1/48/643266?redirectedFrom=fulltext

    The Coming Of The Fairies, Arthur Conan Doyle, 1922

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/47506/47506-h/47506-h.htm

    Princess Mary's Gift Book

    https://www.gutenberg.org/files/39592/39592-h/39592-h.htm

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Aliens, Spirituality & UFOlogy

    Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Aliens, Spirituality & UFOlogy

    Join us at the cabin for a semi-seasonal late-December big-budget sci-fi extravaganza as we tackle Spielberg's 1977 film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and its inspirations from the real-life world of UFOlogy. We cover:

    -Close Encounters vs Star Wars

    -The Paranormal boom of the 70s

    -Themes of religion and spirituality in UFOlogy

    -J Allen Hynek, 'secular' UFOlogy, and the ETH

    -Small-town America as a magical place in film

    -Real cases that influenced the film

    -Alien abductions

    -Spielberg's interest in UFOs

    NOTES:

    Rolling Stone Interview:

    https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-features/science-fiction-in-steven-spielbergs-suburbia-44190/

    Varicose Brains, Martin Kottmeyer:

    http://magoniamagazine.blogspot.com/2013/12/varicose-brains-part-1-entering-grey.html

    Directed by Steven Spielberg by Warren Buckland:

    https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/directed-by-steven-spielberg-9780826416919/#:~:text=In%20this%20book%2C%20Warren%20Buckland,makes%20in%20structuring%20his%20blockbusters.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    The Constructed Man: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) with Dr Dónal Gill

    The Constructed Man: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) with Dr Dónal Gill

    Dónal returns to the cabin to discuss Kenneth Branagh's 1994 film 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.' It's a spoilerfest so beware - we take the film apart into it constituent elements (it's primarily constructed of hubris and bare chest real estate) to find out whether it's ALIVE or rather a cobbled-together monster. BUT, what if the real monster was John Cleese all along?

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Monsters Of The Frontier: Mokele Mbembe and Mammoths (with Dr Edward Guimont)

    Monsters Of The Frontier: Mokele Mbembe and Mammoths (with Dr Edward Guimont)

    Cian is delighted to welcome Dr Edward Guimont to the cabin for a wide-ranging chat about monster hunters and strange beliefs in the context of post-colonial Africa and the American frontier. Dr Guimont teaches at the University of Connecticut and has written about archaeology in Zimbabwe, cryptozoology, myths of living mammoths, and is now working on the Flat Earth idea within the colonial period. Amongst other things, we cover:

    -History of Great Zimbabwe and the myth of Ophir

    -Nessie and Scottish Nationalism

    -The Sirius Mystery

    -Arthur C Clarke and Carl Sagan

    -Qanon, Bill Cooper as UFO conspiracy

    -The origins of the ‘dinosaurs in Africa’ myth

    -The Scramble For Africa and Neo-Colonialism and Cryptozoology

    -Young Earth Creationists and Ctyptozoology

    -The Myth of the Living Mammoth In North America

    -The Closing of the Frontier and American Monsters

    -EcoGothic Extinction Fiction

    -Links to Conspiracy Culture

    NOTES:

    Dr Edward Guimont’s Twitter

    https://twitter.com/edward_guimont

    Hunting Dinosaurs in Central Africa, Dr Edward Guimont

    https://contingentmag.org/2019/03/18/hunting-dinosaurs-africa/

    Dr Edward Guimont’s Website

    https://edwardguimont.com/

    The Sirius Mystery, Robert Temple

    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Sirius-Mystery/Robert-Temple/9780892817504

    Africa Is A Country

    https://africasacountry.com/

    A Living Dinosaur?, Roy Mackal

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-Dinosaur-Search-Mokele-Mbembe/dp/9004085432

    Thomas Jefferson Monster Hunter, Justin Mullis on the Monster Talk Podcast

    https://monstertalk.skeptic.com/webpage/thomas-jefferson-monster-hunter

    EcoGothic Extinction Fiction, Jennifer Schell

    https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315464930/chapters/10.4324%2F9781315464930-12

    Floating Coast, Bathsheba Demuth

    https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393635164

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

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