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A year-round celebration of Halloween history and traditions, spooks past and present, with your master of scaremonies Lucé Tomlin-Brenner

It's Always Halloween Lucé Tomlin-Brenner

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    • 4.6 • 249 Ratings

A year-round celebration of Halloween history and traditions, spooks past and present, with your master of scaremonies Lucé Tomlin-Brenner

    Baba Yaga Folktales [TEASER]

    Baba Yaga Folktales [TEASER]

    Looking out for your fellow creatures of the forest might just keep you out of Baba Yaga's clutches. Here are two classic Baba Yaga tales, one from 19th-century American folklorist Katharine Pyle and one by the turn-of-the-century Russian folklorist Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano de Blumenthal.

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    • 3 min
    Grimalkin by Andrew F. Sullivan

    Grimalkin by Andrew F. Sullivan

    Witchcraft or no, you gotta draw a boundary with family before you're swallowing more than you can take.

    I hope you enjoy this fun and sick little tale by Andrew F. Sullivan. It was first published in the fantastic anthology Tiny Nightmares (2020).

    Do you have a Halloween query or memory you want to share? Call the All Hallows Hotline at (802) 532-Dead! Or you can write an eeeekmail to itsalwayshalloweenpodcast@gmail.com

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    • 19 min
    Real Witches Graves [TEASER]

    Real Witches Graves [TEASER]

    Across America, there are urban legends and folklore about witches' graves and the supernatural happenings connected to them, but is there any historical truth within those tales? In the first of two January bonus episodes, I read a chapter from Ghosts and Legends of Northern Ohio by William G. Krejci that explores the last three people known to be persecuted for witchcraft in my home state.

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    • 2 min
    Small Frights: Halloween Horsin' Around

    Small Frights: Halloween Horsin' Around

    Today we read two incredible EEEEKmails from Lanterns who had different yet equally creative visions for their Headless Horsemen costumes. We take a call from a Pennsylvania Lantern who introduces us to the joy of Halloween carols and we get our first call from The Netherlands! Plus I share some exciting personal news from the pod closet.

    Mentioned:

    January Patron Tricks and Treats

    Kristen Lawrence Halloween Carols

    Sleepy Hollow: Love is Scary by Kristen Lawrence

    The Witch House of Beverly Hills

    Forest of Mirrors Home Haunt

    House at Haunted Hill Home Haunt

    Do you have a Halloween query or memory you want to share? Call the All Hallows Hotline at (802) 532-Dead! Or you can write an eeeekmail to itsalwayshalloweenpodcast@gmail.com

    Order our HalloZINE: The Lantern's Way

    Subscribe to It's Always Halloween on Patreon 

    Support It's Always Halloween with a One Time Donation

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    Join the Local Lantern Society

    • 54 min
    Small Frights: A Gothic Holiday

    Small Frights: A Gothic Holiday

    This Creepmas season we dive into gothic literature and zombie history. Then we read some international EEEEKmails from Italy and Australia. 

    Mentioned on this episode:

    Everything You Need to Know to Read Frankenstein (video)

    Mary Shelley: The Teenager Behind Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Study Guide

    The Tragic, Forgotten History of Zombies

    Frankenstein Inspired YA recs:


    Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron
    Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Henry Franks by Peter Adam Salomon
    Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley
    The Madman's Daughter Trilogy by Megan Shepherd: The Madman's Daughter (inspired by The Island of Dr. Moreau),
    Her Dark Curiosity (inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), and A Cold Legacy (inspired by Frankenstein)

    Gothic YA recs:


    In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
    Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
    Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone
    Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

    Do you have a Halloween query or memory you want to share? Call the All Hallows Hotline at (802) 532-Dead! Or you can write an EEEEKmail to itsalwayshalloweenpodcast@gmail.com

    Order our HalloZINE: The Lantern's Way

    Subscribe to It's Always Halloween on Patreon 

    Support It's Always Halloween with a One Time Donation

    Follow It's Always Halloween on Instagram

    Shop the It's Always Halloween RedBubble store

    Join the Local Lantern Society

    • 48 min
    Frankenstein with Julian David Stone

    Frankenstein with Julian David Stone

    Today I sit down with screenwriter and author Julian David Stone to discuss his newest historical fiction novel, It’s Alive! Steeped in research, this book explores the wild days leading up to the production of Universal’s Frankenstein (1931). We discuss Universal Monsters, the lasting impact of Frankenstein, how to write creatively about history, and of course, we touch on some Halloween memories. All that plus I sew in all your most monstrous EEEEKmails to make the perfect episode! Now I know what it feels like to be God!

    *Note: I misrepresented Murderbot Diaries on the air as a TV series when in fact it is a book series you can learn more about here!

    Also mentioned on this episode:

    Thomas Edison's Frankenstein (1910)

    This is Your Life: Boris Karloff

    Showgirl in Hollywood (1930)

    Jack Pierce — Forgotten Make-up Genius - American Cinematheque

    GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM AND THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN HORROR

    Do you have a Halloween query or memory you want to share? Call the All Hallows Hotline at (802) 532-Dead! Or you can write an eeeekmail to itsalwayshalloweenpodcast@gmail.com

    Order our HalloZINE: The Lantern's Way

    Subscribe to It's Always Halloween on Patreon 

    Support It's Always Halloween with a One Time Donation

    Follow It's Always Halloween on Instagram

    Shop the It's Always Halloween RedBubble store

    Join the Local Lantern Society

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
249 Ratings

249 Ratings

ShinobiShan ,

Favorite Comfort Podcast

I always turn to this podcast for both comfort and knowledge. Lucie has such a soothing voice.

Buttclit ,

So much more than a podcast

This show is medicine for sufferers of Halloween hangovers! It’s so interesting, so fun, cozy, and creepy! Lucé and Pete have created a whole community around Halloween and the holiday’s most fervent devotees. It’s been great to witness how the podcast has evolved and gained so much support over such a short time, and it’s well deserved! Long live the lanterns!

nnezumi ,

A year-round must listen

Cozy, educational, funny, kind, and of course- Spooky! The host Lucé is a talent and a treat!

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