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The study of the paranormal has a long, fascinating, and controversial history. Best friends and hosts Ryan and Jordan explore the depths of metaphysical phenomena, ufology, cryptozoology, and all manor of unsolved mysteries through a time-honored tradition: the campfire story. If you’re fascinated by all things Fortean; if you love stories of ghosts, UFOs, cryptids, and the occult this show is for you.
 
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This week, we discuss another piece of grade A choice Americana. The Gowrow is a twenty foot long reptilian monstrosity with ten-inch claws, giant tusks, and a spine lined with bony spikes leading to a razor sharp tail! According to Arkansas legend, these beasts roam the forest of the Ozarks looking for cattle to eat, men to smash, and flat bars to…
 
Tonight’s first tale is a spin on one of the most popular creepy pastas of all time. A group of young friends find themselves in a remote cabin for the weekend and our leading man wakes from a drunken slumber to find something that no one would ever have expected. Our second story dives into the psychological trauma of experienced by a set of twins…
 
This week, we discuss the Aswang; a shapeshifting monster usually possessing a combination of the traits of either a vampire, ghoul, or witch, in Filipino folklore. Many accounts describe a being possessing an amalgamation of some or all of them. We get into some shockingly modern accounts that include events that involved missing children, monster…
 
This week, we’re sitting down with fellow podcaster and hot new star on the voice acting scene, James Alexander. This guy has a wealth of incredible paranormal stories from his life and the life of his immediate family. It was an honor to get a tour of just the tip of the iceberg this time. I hope that this will be the first of many appearances to …
 
This week, we revisit and rework a classic story from way back in August of 2021. Sit back and let updated sound design and a new approach to mastering transport you… …deep in the craggy bluffs of the Mendips in Southwest England, to the isolated hamlet of Charterhouse. Standing in stark contrast to this area’s serene natural beauty is it’s penchan…
 
This week, we had the distinct honor of sitting down with podcaster and Fortean enthusiast Kenzie Gleason. She is the host of the Cryptochats Podcast and one of the minds behind the Manic Pixie Dream Ghouls. We discuss her remarkable background, 20 years of ghost hunting, and the remarkable social changes that have taken place within the Fortean co…
 
In this, the much anticipated conclusion of the Mothman Phenomenon, we discuss the madness that took over in 1967 culminating in the largest bridge disaster in West Virginia history. Take this ride with us through UFO sightings, Mothman encounters, Men in Black encounters, poltergeist activity, and prophetic dreams all amounting to far more questio…
 
This week, we’re beginning a new and exciting tradition. We have an honest to goodness round table prepared for your listening pleasure! Our guests? None other than beloved folk artist Christina Baker, or as you know her the Crescent Hare, Podcaster, Comic Book Artist, and actual human ray of sunshine Todd Purse, and the enigmatic eastern block mys…
 
Beginning in mid-November of 1966, a series of rapid fire encounters with the Mothman lit West Virginia on fire with speculation and controversy. From Marcella Bennet’s parental nightmare to Connie Joe Carpenter’s full body trance, this week, we explore some of the strangest and most compelling encounters with everyone’s favorite mothy horror. DON’…
 
We are celebrating Halloween in style with six of our favorite Spooky Story Submissions! Some fictional! Some true! All terrifying! Get cozy and settle in for a murderer’s row of terrifying tales, and a rather lengthy discussion of our favorite Halloween treats! Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The …
 
For this week’s addition to the Campfire Classics Collection, we are returning to the mind of the undisputed master of horror. In this, the shortest of his short stories, he guides us through the final days of a forlorn bride. The neglected wife of an artist lost in his passions. The passions that filled his mind, blinding him to the terrible truth…
 
This evening’s first tale gives us a rare window into the life of the world beyond our own. One lonely girl, trapped in a world in between. Will she find the companionship she so greatly desires, or will her attempts be confused with a poltergeist terror? Our second story follows two young boys as they make an otherworldly discovery. The only probl…
 
On 26 April 1986 at the No. 4 reactor the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukranian SSR in the Soviet Union, one of only two nuclear energy accidents rated at seven, the maximum severity, on the International Nuclear Event Scale took place when, while running a test, the operators accidentally dropped powe…
 
This week’s addition to the Campfire Classics Collection was made though the brilliant works of renowned French author, Guy De Maupassant. Known for his intricate wording, Naturalist writing style, and focus on the middle and lower class alike, Maupassant is able to weave a terrifying tale that is beautifully told. Today, we will be telling you his…
 
First up, we have a tale of the eerie happenings that go on after hours at a 24 hour gas station. Demons. Ghost children. Find out. Our second story is a terrifying story centered on the works of AI in the modern world. A series of trials focused on re-writing DNA goes horribly wrong; leading to an AI takeover. These stories are works of fiction. A…
 
In this, we have for you a very important community project. Strange Semantics is an in-depth look at the language that we use to describe this incredible field that we find ourselves in. Terms like paranormal, supernatural, otherworldly, supranatural, supernormal, paraweird, and Fortean are examined through the input of 30 of the most fascinating …
 
This week, we’re focusing solely on the universally agreed upon encounter with the Mothman. On November 15, 1966, quite possibly one of the most important encounters with anomalous phenomena took place when two young couples from Point Pleasant, Roger and Linda Scarberry, and Steve and Mary Mallette, told police they saw a large grey creature whose…
 
This week we have a seminal piece from one of the most important authors of the 19th century. Edgar Allen Poe initiated the modern detective story. He was the first to truly develop the gothic horror story. He was, quite possibly, the most significant early forerunner of the science fiction form. There is a reason that the vast majority of you, reg…
 
First up, we have a tale of entrepreneurship gone wrong when a group of ambitious teens start a haunted house in what turns out to be a….HAUNTED HOUSE! They’re getting much much more than they bargained for. Our second story is a terrifying exercise is unrequited love. What happens when a very lonely man discovers a resource beyond imagination? Not…
 
In early November of 1966, amid a flurry of UFO activity, a sewing machine salesman from West Virginia named Woodrow Derenberger was returning from a business trip to Marietta, Ohio, when he encountered one of the most bizarre and fascinating characters in Fortean history. Indrid Cold would not only come to be what Woody was known for. He would bec…
 
In this week’s installment of Campfire Classics Collection, we have the pleasure of presenting a lesser known title from the undisputed master of the Victorian ghost story, Haunted by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. A story of deceit, redemption, and vengeance; this tale will without a doubt chill you to the bone. Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsett…
 
Tonight’s first tale chronicles the experiences of a young couple on a retreat in the frozen wilderness. Exploring the range of perception in instances of high strangeness, this story is a true testament to what it’s like when everything goes wrong. Our second story is a terrifying look at what just may be going on in our cities after the proverbia…
 
This week, we’re beginning our long-awaited series that on one of the most incredible time periods in American history. Many fans of Forteana are familiar with the Mothman, but precious few are aware of how truly mind blowing the flood of Fortean phenomena that surrounded those events in Point Pleasant, West Virginia were. This, our opening salvo o…
 
In this week’s installment of Campfire Classics Collection, we’ll be snuggling up to the fire with A Ghost Story by acclaimed American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, Mark Twain. This tale is particularly fascinating because, not only is it good for a scare, it is a damming commentary on the hoax of the Cardiff Giant. For t…
 
This week’s first tale explores the nature of precognition, death, and the power of interpersonal relationships to transcend its boundaries. Someone Has Died chronicles a night in the life of a woman plagued by an unshakable feeling; the unwavering stone in her stomach that warns of impending doom. Our second story tells the tale of a promising you…
 
In 1967, George and Helen Ackley, along with their four children, moved into their dream home in Nyack, New York. This stunning eight-bedroom Victorian was built in the first decade of Nyack’s existence with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River. Little did they know, they would go on to forge a working relationship with the ghosts of their home that…
 
This week’s guest is none other than the intrepid editor-in-chief at Paranormality Magazine, Jack Kirby. Jack has built several wildly successful businesses over the last 20 years and has finally found a way to combine his unique approach to entrepreneurship and his love and fascination with all things Fortean. We dive deep into his young life and …
 
In 1954, a man landed at Haneda Airport. All seemed to be normal until he produced a passport the likes of which had never been seen. According to his exceptionally legitimate looking documents, he hailed from a nation named Taured. What transpired in an effort to legitimize this man’s claims truly boggle the mind. We’re left with the question, GOV…
 
This week, we have a true blue experiencer. Derek Olson is someone who has lived with the paranormal alongside him his entire life. We discussed a wide array of phenomena, some genuinely quite terrifying, and landed on some pretty fascinating theories on what is behind a few of his more harrowing experiences. He was also gracious enough to discuss …
 
A cold winter's night in south Wales back on February 26, 2016, was anything but ordinary in one Welsh town. In a scene equal parts terrifying and theatrical, multiple witnesses reported seeing a huge UFO and other lights along with military planes, helicopters, a chase, explosions, shaken buildings, an apache helicopter landing with its cockpit on…
 
This week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the owner and operator of Cryptid Comforts. She has spent the last eight years filling the market and our hearts with some of the most adorable and beautifully designed stuffed cryptids. She is a certified veteran of the paranormal conventions circuit and offers a truly unique perspective on the v…
 
This week, we’re headed into our own backyards to discuss an epic Indiana legend. The Beast of Busco first showed its face in Fulk Lake over a century ago. The original owner’s live-and-let-live approach would be radically abandoned by his successor in 1948. Gale Harris would embark on a campaign to expose the massive alligator snapping turtle so e…
 
This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Fortean philosopher extraordinaire, Joshua Cutchin. To say that this guy has been prolific since his first book, Trojan Feast, in 2015 would be an understatement of criminal proportions. In the last seven years, he has penned a series of in-depth books on various aspects of paranormal phenomena. Links…
 
In the early days of 1965, rumors began to spread through a small English town. Bizarre sounds had been heard on the morning of Christmas 1964, which would be followed by a long period of odd sightings. Soon, Warminster was swarmed by UFO enthusiasts, who wanted to learn all about “The Thing.” This week, we run through the full gamete of theories t…
 
This week, we had the honor of sitting down with a new friend of the show. Joe Turino is a certified grade A ghost hunter. He’s a member of War Party Paranormal in South Florida and the host of the podcast Greetings From Floweirda. We had an amazing chat about the history of paranormal experiences that created his passion and drive to explore these…
 
This week, we’re exploring one of the most terrifying and mysterious locations in all of London. 50 Berkeley Square is a four-story townhouse with an incredibly dark history. After a series of tragic and violent deaths, the residence began experiencing paranormal phenomena of all types and this was topped off by a cephalopodic Lovecraftian horror r…
 
We finally did it! It’s been a long time coming, but this week’s guest is Ashley Hilt, known to all of you as Asherz. She’s the host of Monster Radio and On Wednesdays, We Talk Weird. She’s an author, a filmmaker, lecturer, and dedicated Fortean researcher. We discussed her work with the Mothman phenomenon, Indrid Cold, her own history of anomalous…
 
This week, we're discussing a mysterious disappearance; a body with strange burns and an inexplicable substance that baffled scientists. Zigmund Adamski, a 56 year old miner, went missing from his home in Tingley, near Wakefield in June 1980. He had gone out to do some shopping. To Zigmund's colleagues at Lofthouse Colliery, it was a complete myste…
 
In honor of all of our new listeners, we’re returning to the second part of the episode where we sat down to discuss the incredible history of paranormal encounters endured by our very own co-host, Ryan. In part two, we get to some truly traumatic experiences that quite literally haunted his teen years, then move into the more peaceful acceptance t…
 
In November of 1872, a ship named ‘Mary Celeste’ was on its way from New York to Genoa. Less than a month later, Mary Celeste was found floating adrift in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was completely intact with no serious damage done to it. But the whole crew had vanished without a trace. This week, we’ll be diving into the range of theories offere…
 
This week, we’re rereleasing our original Fireside Chat! It’s a sit down that we did together to discuss the incredible history of paranormal encounters endured by our very own co-host, Ryan. From unexplainable footsteps and bumps in the night to disembodied voices, full-body apparitions, and shadow people. This episode set the tone for the series …
 
Back in the fall of 1891, a truly anomalous creature struck fear in the hearts of the people of Crawfordsville, Indiana. Was this a close encounter with an atmospheric beast? A ethereal invertebrate? A….Sky Whale?? Or was this nothing more than another example of yellow journalism’s effect on a fairly normal occurance? We’re just going to make a lo…
 
This week, we were graced with the presence of one of the most talented artists on the scene today. Easton Hawk is a fascinating creative, a brilliant drummer, and the mastermind behind our Stardust Ranch T-shirt whose childhood obsession with monsters slowly grew into the incredible approach to creature pieces that his fans have come to know and l…
 
In September of 1988, a young boy made a grizzly discovery. There on the banks of the largest man-made lake in São Paulo lay the body of a middle-aged man. A father. A brother. A husband. Mutilated beyond comprehension. This inexplicable set of injuries baffled investigators and the medical examiner. Things took a serious turn for the bizarre when …
 
This week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with friend and Indiana Bigfoot researcher, Luke Boyers. We talk flesh and blood vs woo-woo cryptozoology, Luke’s fascinating history with the field, and talk through the bizarre occurrences that made him a true believer. Could a massive bipedal hominid really be living in the vast flatness that is the…
 
Back in the spring of 1976, the sleepy community of Crosshill began experiencing a series of terrifying encounters. Soon, the Gurning Man captured the fear and imaginations of women throughout Glasgow. This disturbing visage of a seemingly black-clad tall spindly humanoid figure started stalking the women of Crosshill relentlessly and even showed u…
 
This week, we had the great pleasure of sitting down with Fortean folk artist extraordinaire, Cassie Marozsan. We had a fascinating chat about her personal approach to the immortalization of the creatures of cryptozoology through artwork, her personal quest to find new and exciting mediums, and a three-legged forest walrus that may or may not be li…
 
In the early 1990s a Seattle executive with a passion for ancient music would have a run-in with a strangely seductive woman while on a business trip to San Francisco. This chance encounter would, within just one week’s time, utterly shatter his life. The man’s name is Christopher Case. The woman claimed to be a witch and the hell she would unleash…
 
You know this week’s guest as the village tarot witch. Karly is the host of Painting, Tarot, and True Crime on YouTube, a divination specialist, and a bonafide history nerd. She’s a great friend of the show and you should absolutely support her in everything that she does. In this, her second appearance around our campfire, we discuss her transitio…
 
This week we’re discussing the inspiration for the 1986 book The Haunted and the 1991 TV movie of the same name. The Smurl Haunting is a classic tale of poltergeist activity, auditory and visual phenomena, and ghost hunter shenanigans. After being displaced from their homes due to flooding on hurricane Agnes, Jack and Janet Smurl moved their family…
 
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