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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 finally pinned down the elusive Oscar Romo, host of the Induced Fear podcast. We have a thrilling talk about what we have most in common, mainly an unquenchable thirst for storytelling. We talk about how that love was handed down to us so graciously through our respective families’ oral traditions. We also discuss hauntings, poltergei…
 
Linda Napolitano was a simple New York housewife, at least until November 30, 1989, when in the middle of the night she was abducted by aliens and made to float above the Manhattan sky until she entered a UFO. Believe it or not, events only get more strange from there! Join us as we try to make sense of this tangle of bizarre incidents. What is tru…
 
This week’s first tale explores the nature of self-definition. What is it to be a human being? What are we capable of? How do we reconcile the ends of the spectrum of human potential? These deep philosophical questions are explored through the medium of urban legend games and the brutality that they can create within us. Our second story speaks to …
 
In the late 1970s, the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) received a report from a family in Eastern Colorado. Reports detailed over a year of near-daily encounters with everything from alien encounters and UFO sightings to Bigfoot attacks and shadow people. Not to mention the almost constant back track of an unidentifiable metallic hum …
 
This week, we had the distinct pleasure of welcoming a new friend to show. It isn’t very often that you come across someone with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering that is assessing Forteana through a sociological lens but Chris Cogswell, the host of the Mad Scientist Podcast, is just that. We had an amazing talk about the development and societal imp…
 
This week, we’re discussing the Pukwudgie, a humanoid creature of Wampanoag folklore, found in Delaware, Prince Edward Island, Indiana, and Massachusetts’ Bridgewater Triangle! These fearsome little beasties are said to be 2-to-3-foot-tall with pointed noses and ears, and a thick patch of porcupine-like quills covering their backs! We examine this …
 
This week, we sat down with blogger and lifelong Fortean, Stephanie Quick. We discussed the influence of growing up in the midst of the Bay Area’s early-80s art scene, some of her early paranormal experiences, her near-death experience, and the meeting place between Western spiritualism and ritual magick. Stephanie is a brilliant and intoxicating p…
 
The Rake is a creature believed to be a humanoid in appearance, with several references in folklore and horrific urban legends, originally appearing on the internet as a Creepypasta. The creature reportedly attacks humans for unknown reasons and often causes its victims great psychological trauma. Several theories as to its development Rake point t…
 
This week, we had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Fred Andersson. He is the head editor of Sweden’s most streamed show, Spökjakt (Ghost Hunt), and takes a special interest in rarely discussed Swedish UFO sightings. In this episode, we really just wanted to find out what makes Fred tick. Turns out that may be the biggest mystery we’ve tac…
 
Edward Mordrake is the subject of an urban legend who was born in the 19th century as the heir to an English peerage who was born with a rare form of Craniopagus parasiticus called Diprosopus. He was born with a fully formed additional face on the back of his head. According to legend, unlike confirmed instances of this malformation, the face appea…
 
Happy New Year! 2021 has been an incredible year for us, so we decided to take a little time to look back on the ups and downs, the experience of making the show, and the progress we’ve made throughout. Thanks so much for your love and support. Here’s to another fantastic year! Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audi…
 
Tonight’s first story deals with death, mediumship, automatic writing, and the ethical considerations within each, from a perspective rarely explored. Our second tale is a deep dive into the joys and dangers of lucid dreaming. Is an ability like precognitive dreaming a blessing or a curse? In this story, we explore the line between reality and drea…
 
Black Eyed Kids are a legend of paranormal creatures that resemble children between the ages of six and sixteen. These creatures with pale skin and black eyes have reportedly been seen hitchhiking, panhandling, or at the doorsteps of residential homes. That’s just the beginning of the terror. Join us as we discuss one of the most horrifying legends…
 
This week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with writer and true Fortean, AP Strange. We discuss some of the most formative moments from his childhood, a few of his experiences with precognitive dreams, and his general outlook on Forteana. Enjoy! Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and d…
 
As detailed in her in 1996 book Encounter, Ms Cahill's case had all the hallmarks of the classic alien abduction story of the era: lost time, strange spaceships, bright lights, inhuman creatures and inexplicable marks on her body. But her story had something other alien visitations didn't. Independent witnesses who could back up her story. Along wi…
 
This week, we have another favorite guest of the show; new father, author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief at Paranormality Magazine, Aaron Deese. We talk Dogman, authorship, the future of Paranormality Magazine, and the joys of fatherhood. This was a fantastic chat with an old friend. Please go and support him in everything that he does, but first …
 
Just twenty years after the founding of our nation, General David Bradford, also known as "Whiskey Dave" of the Whiskey Rebellion, fled the United States to avoid arrest and imprisonment. Bradford arrived at Bayou Sara, then a Spanish Colony, and obtained a land grant of 650 acres from the Baron de Corondelet to begin a new life. This was the begin…
 
This week, we have a returning guest; one of our favorite people to have around the campfire, Lady Ann Selene. She is the author of Aperture In the Veil: Born In a Preternatural World, the owner and operator of KPNL Radio, and the host of Caravan: Library of Lore podcast. We pick up where we left off last time, and spend a lot of time discussing he…
 
In June of 2011, Peter Lindberg, Dennis Åberg and their Swedish OceanX diving team discovered a feature visible on an indistinct sonar image while treasure hunting on the floor of the northern Baltic Sea at the center of the Gulf of Bothnia. The seemingly remarkable circular shape of the object led to tremendous amounts of speculation. Everything f…
 
This week, we are beyond blessed to have Joy Johns, Bizzy Blank, and Karly Latham sitting down to discuss all things divination! We go deep on tarot, Oracle, rune casting, the Akashic records, bibliomancy, and something that Joy has taken to calling chaos readings! We also take a dive into the ladies’ personal histories with divination and discuss …
 
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…
 
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