An imaginary roadside curiosity museum full of dark and strange music, folklore, high strangeness, Fortean anomalies, and weird fiction. Formatted more like a radio show than what podcasts have become, The Spookatorium is a place for folks with an appreciation of the unusual to pull off the highway and stretch their legs for a bit.
The show originally ran from 2006-2008, resurfaced for a bit in 2011, and now has returned once again in 2022.
In this episode, we look at preserving the strange cures in medieval medical texts at Cambridge. There's a brief stop on Victorian medicine and the rise of antiseptics. We also dig into how a team in Canada built a better mental hospital by using LSD to help them understand the perceptions of the people who would be staying there.
Also Features music from... A Tergo Lupi, The Northern Lighthouse Board, Holy Mountain Beast, The Fall, Lolita Black, No Mind, Clock DVA, Cober Ord, First Law, SIMM, The Sound, This Mortal Coil, and JK Flesh.
This episode gets a little further back on track, with consensus opinions as it relates to poltergeist activity and the mysteries of human energy fields.
Beyond that, there's lots of music. From the likes of Fixions, Menace Ruine, Of The Wand & The Moon, Temple Destroyer, Ghost Actor, Sombre Lux, Cyan Revue, Imvixor, Lubricated Goat, Invercauld, Lucid Dreams, Vomito Negro, & Trust Crusher.
Spookatorium 029 - The Return!
The first new episode in ages... This is a music episode and reintroduction, but elements of the old show will be back going forward.
Featuring music from... Tear Garden, Empty Rituals, Killus, Anatomy Of, Screature, Lydia Lunch, Cuca Negra, Dark Leaves, Fvnerals, Missing Foundation, Moon Mourning Earth, Buio Mondo, The Cramps, Ritual Howls, Lebanon Hanover.
Spookatorium 028 - Halloween episode! (Orig 10/24/2011)
Our 4th Halloween episode, and the last of the old episodes.
This time we have fiction from Orrin Grey & Ambrose Bierce. In addition we look at the life of clairvoyant Marinus B. Dykshoorn.
I read a short vignette by Bierce called “John Mortonson’s Funeral,” first Published in 1906.
Orrin Grey, is a rising talent in the realm of supernatural horror. Orrin reads his vignette, “The Big, Dark House By The Sea.”
Features music from... Siouxsie & The Banshees, Tom Waits, Jill Tracy, Metal Church, Fantomas, Shinjuku Thief, The Church, The Damned, Atrium Carceri, Carpathian Forest, The Cramps, Trial, King Diamond, The Rohan Theatre Band
Spookatorium 027 (Orig 9/27/2011)
In this episode, we look at Cotard’s Syndrome a psychological affliction where the sufferer believes themselves to be dead, missing organs or simple non-existent.
We’ve got some publishing news from Gray Friar Press, Dark Regions Press, Tartarus Press, and the new Phantasmagoria Journal.
Then it’s into the catacombs beneath Paris, and a secret workshop in the dome of the Pantheon with UX an arguably secret society urban explorers and preservationists.
Author Richard Gavin speaks on the ideas behind his bleak tale In The Shadow Of The Nodding God from his collection Omens published by Mythos Books, and gives a reading of his vignette Notes On The Aztec Death Whistle.
Featuring music from... The Birthday Party, Westering, Rasputina, Pain Teens, Celtic Frost, Phallus Dei, Faith & The Muse, Sloppy Seconds, Goatvargr, God Bullies, Abandoner & Angel Of Decay, Malaria!
Spookatorium 026 - Halloween episode! (Orig 10/31/2008)
Welcome to the 3rd annual Halloween episode. This time around we pay tribute to Harry Houdini who left this mortal coil on Halloween back in 1926. In addition to the stupefying feats of conjuring and illusion, he was best known for, Houdini spent 30 years exhaustively researching spiritualism and the paranormal.
Next, we take a look at electro-magnetic fields as they relate to investigating the paranormal. Looking at the reality of what the fields are, and the leap of faith required to draw some of the conclusions that investigators seem to draw from them. Aside from that, there is just a whole lot of music.
Featuring music from... Pessary, Deceased, Gothica, The Protagonist, Mercyful Fate, Nightmare Lodge, Benestrophe, The Rohan Theatre Band, Steroid Maximus, Deathspell Omega, Hocico, The Accused, The Bleeding Light, Megaptera, Bauhaus