40 episodes

Widdershins Stories is a storytelling podcast delving into the darkened pathways of folklore, fairy tales, mythology, legend, and beyond. Each tale is accompanied by a sparse and haunting live composed score, setting the mood for a journey deep into the woods. Before the episode comes to an end, join both Narrator and Bard as they peer into their process and explore the importance of story.

Widdershins Stories Ashley Nunez & Joe Sabourin

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Widdershins Stories is a storytelling podcast delving into the darkened pathways of folklore, fairy tales, mythology, legend, and beyond. Each tale is accompanied by a sparse and haunting live composed score, setting the mood for a journey deep into the woods. Before the episode comes to an end, join both Narrator and Bard as they peer into their process and explore the importance of story.

    35. Cupid & Psyche by Josephine Preston Peabody

    35. Cupid & Psyche by Josephine Preston Peabody

    Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day with a retelling of Apuleius’ “Cupid & Psyche” by Josephine Preston Peabody. When a princess rivals the goddess of beauty, Venus sends her son Cupid to punish her for her charms. But when Cupid’s arrow strikes himself, he falls in love and protects her from the wrath of his mother in a royal home where she is treated like a goddess herself although never seeing this prophesied “creature” who is now her husband. When her sisters visit, in their jealousy they poison her mind against Cupid and she looks upon him while he sleeps, breaking the peace they had together and leaving her alone. Heartbroken, Psyche tries to find him and is set trials by Venus to gain the goddess’ favor and her lost husband back again. How will a mortal maid fare against the goddess of love and beauty?

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify or our various social accounts!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 20 min
    34. A Christmas Ghost Story

    34. A Christmas Ghost Story

    “A Christmas Ghost Story” by an unknown author is a tale much like the Dickens classic. A miserly old man heads to bed on Christmas Eve only to find himself face to face with a ghost who offers him all the gold he could wish for-which comes with a hard price to look back on his life’s mistakes. He cannot undo the past, but perhaps he can learn from the bitterness he sewed along the way.

    ***Content Warning***
    While in the tradition of Victorian ghost stories for Christmastime, this tale does stray into some darker territory with suicide. This can be a hard time of year for all regardless of what you celebrate, so we wanted to share a friendly heartfelt reminder that if you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal ideations, help is available with someone you can talk to today at ​​800-273-8255. Be gentle with yourself, and remember to reach out if you need some support this dark winter season.

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify or our various social accounts!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 22 min
    33. October in the Chair by Neil Gaiman

    33. October in the Chair by Neil Gaiman

    “October in the Chair” by Neil Gaiman is a dark and whimsical tale. What do the months of the year do to harken the change of their time? Why tell stories, of course! And with October in the chair, you know it’ll be something to give you a bit of a shiver.

    Special thanks to Neil Gaiman for his affirmative tweet giving our lowly little podcast permission to read one of his works. Neil Gaiman is the much beloved author of such great pieces as The Sandman, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and frankly too many amazing works for us to even begin to list off. This particular tale is from his collection of Short Fiction, Fragile Things. You can find him readily enough on Twitter (as you may have guessed) or find out more at www.neilgaiman.com.

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify or our various social accounts!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 35 min
    32. Madam Lucifer by Richard Garnett

    32. Madam Lucifer by Richard Garnett

    “Madam Lucifer” by Richard Garnett is a bit of a divergence in our tales of fairy and nature, offering a peek into the whimsical fantasy realm from his classic, The Twilight of the Gods, written in 1903. Lucifer sits with Man, playing chess for his soul when, hearing his lament for his beloved, decides to keep her company. Smitten upon sight with Adeliza, he gets it into his head to marry, but to do so would have to leave Madam Lucifer and lose his dominion over Pandemonium...what’s a devil to do?

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 17 min
    Daughters of Darkness Special: She by Allison Carr Waechter

    Daughters of Darkness Special: She by Allison Carr Waechter

    On this special episode for Salem Daughters of Darkness Festival, we have created a virtual wander through the woods to go along with our tale. To celebrate the dark and strange, we chose “She” by Allison Carr Waechter for our tale. Listen on to this queer and dark tale of a curious entity taking over the body of another. A tale that brings us the fey strangeness of changeling tales and the wild feral nature of Other.

    Join us on YouTube to enjoy the visualizer that accompanies this episode or stick around here for the audio.

    Allison Carr Waechter, is the author of Vessel of Starfire, the debut novel in the Outlaws of Interra trilogy. Follow her work and sign up for her newsletter at www.allisoncarrwaechter.com for news of upcoming tales. And for more information on The Way of Thorn & Key, please visit their Patreon: www.patreon.com/thewayofthornandkey

    We hope you take some time to check out Salem Daughters of Darkness’ virtual festival this weekend! Please visit www.salemdaughtersofdarkness.com to visit the vendor’s websites and the other great virtual programming!

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 26 min
    31. Wild & Sacred: Poems By Tom Hirons

    31. Wild & Sacred: Poems By Tom Hirons

    A special diversion from the normal stories this week, we have a journey into the woods for you to read two brilliant poems by Tom Hirons. “Sometimes a Wild God” and “The Worship of Place” both speak to our relationship with nature both in a feral and wild sense as we have, many of us, become domesticated things and also to the awe of the sacred beauty of the world around us.

    It was an absolute delight to read and perform these poems, and a special thanks again to Tom for giving us permission to read his works!

    Tom Hirons was born and raised on the Suffolk-Norfolk border in East Anglia, but lived in Scotland for almost twenty years before gravitating to Dartmoor in the Southwest of England. Tom has been storytelling publicly for over 15 years and writing for much longer. He now teaches storytelling for Hedgespoken and has been known to mentor a writer or two.

    Tom hopes his work provokes you into a deeper relationship with this marvellous world, or sings a remembering song to you, or inspires some kind of cathartic fit that takes you home via the stars… There's much to lament and grieve, and much to be angry about and take action against, but to be alive is an incredible thing. We do not know when death or disaster will take us, so let us live fully while we may and nourish the web of life around us as much as we possibly can. To learn more about Tom you can visit his website at www.tomhirons.com or Hedgespoken Press to pick up some of his works at www.hedgespokenpress.com

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

KaiKeiks808 ,

A Cozy Gothic Blanket

If you want to feel held by darkness, listen to this podcast! Stories are intricate. Voice of the storyteller is intriguing. Live music is soothing.

Acwaechter ,

Cozy, Creepy and Fun

Widdershins has been keeping me company during the pandemic, bringing a little weird magic to dull days and otherworldly magic to what has felt like a time devoid of anything magical. Thanks to Ashley and Joe for giving us this lovely gift.

PhoenicianPhoenix ,

Spooky and Elegant

Look at this stuff, isn't it creepy? Doesn't it make your arms nice and tingly? Wouldn't you think it's the podcast, the podcast that has everything? Listen to it, treasures unfold. How many wonders does this podcast hold? Lookin' around here you think, wow, I'm going to binge listen to this and let chills crawl up my spine and be tantalized by live composition and the sound of Ashley's voice and be changed forever.

Also gadgets and gizmos aplenty.

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