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The unknown. It lies at the root of all fear, and has inspired legends, superstition, folklore, customs, hysteria, and even murder throughout history. Still today we feel the shadowy presence of our ancestors' struggles to explain the mysterious in almost every facet of our lives. Whether it be in the form of religion, urban legends, pop culture, ghost stories, superstitious rituals, and so much more we are still just fighting to keep our monsters in the dark. Welcome to The Strange and Unusual Podcast.

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The unknown. It lies at the root of all fear, and has inspired legends, superstition, folklore, customs, hysteria, and even murder throughout history. Still today we feel the shadowy presence of our ancestors' struggles to explain the mysterious in almost every facet of our lives. Whether it be in the form of religion, urban legends, pop culture, ghost stories, superstitious rituals, and so much more we are still just fighting to keep our monsters in the dark. Welcome to The Strange and Unusual Podcast.

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    A Haunting Nuisance, Pt 1

    A Haunting Nuisance, Pt 1

    Join me for to learn more about Victorian prowling ghosts, including the infamous Spring Heeled Jack

    • 37 min
    The Victorian Ghost Hoax

    The Victorian Ghost Hoax

    Join me for a journey into the strange Victorian practice of Ghost Hoaxing. Starting with the death of Thomas Flynn, the mystery of the Hammersmith Ghost and it's origins is explored.

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    • 26 min
    From Cautionary Tales: Death on the Floor

    From Cautionary Tales: Death on the Floor

    Here’s a special preview of the new season of Cautionary Tales from Pushkin Industries. On Cautionary Tales, bestselling author Tim Harford shares stories of human error, natural disasters, and tragic catastrophes from history that teach us important lessons for today. In this preview, you’ll hear about the 1981 Hyatt Regency Hotel collapse, a shocking design failure that resulted in 114 deaths and many more injuries. Hear the full story, and more from Cautionary Tales, at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/ctstrange.



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    • 8 min
    Killer Green and a St Patrick's Day Bonus

    Killer Green and a St Patrick's Day Bonus

    Join me for a revisit to Killer Green and some St Patrick's Day facts.

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    • 35 min
    RE-RELEASE: A Haunting Winter

    RE-RELEASE: A Haunting Winter

    To end the year, please take a listen to Episode 18: A Haunting Winter, originally released on January 2, 2019. In this episode I explore the old tradition of telling ghost stories in the winter.

    The custom of telling winter’s tales is not known to most of us today, but it was custom that stretches back hundreds of years. And more often then not, these winter tales turned to horror. 


    The popularity of these winter ghost tales peaked to an all time high during the Victorian era and became a celebrated Christmas tradition. And this entanglement of ghosts and Christmas, ultimately lead to a ghost story becoming the most enduring Christmas tale of all, Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Carol’, a story in which the ghosts of past, present, and future, change a man’s life for the better. 


    Join The Strange and Unusual Podcast, as I explore the tradition of winter ghost stories and the reasons they meant to so much to our ancestors, and maybe ought to kept alive today.

    I decided to release this episode again because it's one of my personal favorites, and I am also taking extra time to put together new episodes I'm so excited to release in January and February, 2022. I'm so thankful for my listeners and I look forward to bringing you more strange and unusual stories in the new year!

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    • 57 min
    Playing The Ghost

    Playing The Ghost

    In this episode, I discuss the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian trend of ghost hoaxing and its motivations. Join me for part 1 on this old school, ghost cosplay.

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    Instagram: @thestrangeandunusualpodcast

    Twitter: @thesandupodcast

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Maria Me ,

Yay Alyson is back!

I love this podcast so much and was so happy to listen to a new episode. The stories and the background music are divinely creepy and entertaining. One of the few podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

achristi124 ,

My top spooky and historical podcast!

I have loved this podcast for a couple years and get very excited whenever she drops a new episode. I often go back and re-listen to my favorites! The episodes are so well done and are incredibly well written and researched.

witchyfae ,

Love it

This podcast is so interesting and engaging. I can’t stop listening

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