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What common ground do an Appalachian folklorist and a horror-savvy scream queen have? Cryptids. Come laugh, learn, and get creeped out!

The Cryptid Keeper The Cryptid Keeper

    • Comedy
    • 4.7, 647 Ratings

What common ground do an Appalachian folklorist and a horror-savvy scream queen have? Cryptids. Come laugh, learn, and get creeped out!

    Episode 143 - Ouija Boards

    Episode 143 - Ouija Boards

    It's a dark and stormy night, and we're going to call on some voices from the beyond. Just put your fingers on the planchette, clear your mind, ask a question, and hope the wrong thing doesn't answer. This week is all about the world's most controversial board game, the Ouija Board. Derived from the Spirit Boards of olden days, this tool of contacting the dead is now the property of the Hasbro corporation! Join us as we discuss scary Ouija Board stories, the history of the board itself, and how housewives have moved and shaped American culture.

    Content Warnings: Death, violence, supernatural/demonic elements

    • 58 min
    Episode 142- The Nahuelito

    Episode 142- The Nahuelito

    Let's go for a swim! Don't worry about that feeling of something brushing up against your feet, it's just algae! OR it's the subject of this week's episode, the Naheulito! Native to Argentina, this little (okay, big) lake monster has made quite a name for itself, inspiring news coverage, hunting parties, and more! Join us as we discuss what kind of creature it might be, the bizarre history of hoaxes and hunts surrounding it, and whether it would be nice to ride on its back and be its best friend.

    • 52 min
    Episode 141 - Crawlers/The Rake

    Episode 141 - Crawlers/The Rake

    My my my, this sure is some scary spaghetti! Some menacing manicotti! Some...creepy pasta, if you will? This week we're covering the intersection of internet horror and cryptid culture, a spindly pale humanoid creature so scary it spawned an online horror movement and a subreddit to boot! We're here to discuss Crawlers, a type of unsettling creature made famous by the creepypasta story of The Rake. Join us as we get into the origins of The Rake, the cryptozoological possibility of crawlers, and more than a fair share of spine-tingling sightings.

    Content Warnings: Body horror, frightening imagery, mention of animal death

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 140 - The Amabie

    Episode 140 - The Amabie

    She's beauty and she's grace, she'll heal you with her face. This week we're talking about the often-requested Amabie, a mermaid like creature from Japan that protects people from pandemics in a very particular way. Join us as we discuss the story of the Amabie, the first meme, the Amabie challenge, and more! We'll also get into how the Amabie has become a symbol of hope and solidarity in the current moment.

    CW disease, pandemic

    • 45 min
    Episode 139 - The Pooka

    Episode 139 - The Pooka

    Hippity Hoppity, Pooka's on its way! This week, we're talking about another creature from Irish folklore, the shapeshifting trickster spirit that loves to take the form of a rabbit, horse, and human: The pooka/puca/phouka! If you were wondering what cryptid is good for advice, financial tips, or the most terrifying horseback ride of your life? We've got you covered.

    CW body horror, animal death

    • 52 min
    Episode 138- The Beast of Busco

    Episode 138- The Beast of Busco

    We've got a shell of a show for you this week! We're diving into Indiana waters where the mighty Beast of Busco dwells! A massive snapping turtle and local celebrity with a lot of character, this big old friend is a (potentially dangerous) icon and lake monster like no other! Join us as we talk turtles, sightings, and how the Beast of Busco started a long-running local festival!

    Content Warnings: Animal death, injury

    • 51 min

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647 Ratings

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A really neat podcast, I’ve been listening to the backlog and have been trying to catch up but I love this podcast so much it’s helped a lot when I’m having a rough day

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Crawlers/Raker episode is a creepy delight!

The most recent episode from this posting was great! Truly creepy is unusual for TCK but this episode was great! Good job Addison!

jaragona93 ,

A wonderful trip through Cryptids and Comedy

I recently stumbled on this podcast and was immediately hooked, both hosts manage to weave the tails of various creatures while exploring the folk lore, science, sightings, all the while keeping the laughs rolling.

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