The Strange and Unusual Podcast

Alyson Horrocks

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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 a...Show More

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Ep 1: Speak of the Devil

30:56 | Jan 1st, 2017

Speak of the Devil and the Devil will appear. The power and superstition of the spoken name is explored as we delve in the stories of Bloody Mary, Beetlejuice, real-life exorcism and more.

A Haunting Winter | Ep. 18

57:18 | Jan 2nd

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...Show More

The Masque of the Red Death and A Memento Mori Halloween, Part 2 | Ep. 17

49:07 | Nov 9th, 2018

A telling of 'The Masque of the Red Death' by Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the conclusion of A Memento Mori Halloween is in this episode. European witch trials, Macbeth, Irish and Scottish traditions, the evolution of Samhain and Halloween, and the Da...Show More

A Memento Mori Halloween, Part 1 | Ep. 16

36:04 | Oct 31st, 2018

In this episode, Halloween, and its predecessor Samhain, is explored with the telling of the ghost story 'The Pale Man' and a dive into its evolving history, which includes a look at the Gaelic Celts, The Black Death, Danse Macabre, All Saints and So...Show More

Conjuring Magic and Murder: A Mystery in Motor City | Ep. 15

1:01:34 | Sep 22nd, 2018

On July 3, 1929, Italian immigrant and occult mystic healer, Benny Evangelist, was beheaded with an ax in his home office. The killer than murdered Benny's sleeping wife, Santina, and their four children upstairs. The murders remain a mystery, but wh...Show More

The Affair of the Poisons, Part 3 | Ep. 14

1:07:32 | Jul 13th, 2018

In the conclusion of this series about the Affair of the Poisons, the increasing accusations against those in King Louis XIV's royal court become more sinister, shocking investigators and the king. With black magic, human sacrifice, witchcraft, pries...Show More

The Affair of the Poisons, Part 2 | Ep. 13

58:26 | Jun 6th, 2018

In February of 1677 the 'Affair of the Poisons' was launched in Paris, France. And King Louis XIV, who had named himself the Sun King, after the Greek god, Apollo, was being faced with possible poisoning murder attempts within his own royal court, as...Show More

Ep 12: The Affair of the Poisons, Part 1

51:42 | Apr 8th, 2018

In 1672, mysterious poisons were found in the home of a recently deceased Frenchman. This discovery would eventually lead to a years-long murder scandal that would come to be known as 'The Affair of the Poisons', and before it done even those in the ...Show More

Ep 11: Wolf In Sheep's Clothes

52:58 | Jan 23rd, 2018

In 1873, three Norwegian women were murdered on the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of New England, by someone they thought they could trust. in this episode, we explore the uncertainty, fear, and the sometimes unfortunate results of trusting real-lif...Show More

Ep 10: Grave Matters in Edinburgh

52:19 | Oct 28th, 2017

In 1836, seventeen tiny coffins were found on the hillside of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland, adding to the mystery and legends of that location. A new theory emerged in the 1990's as to their purpose, and it would center on the infamous 19th c...Show More

Ep 9: The Catacombs of Paris and Holidaying with the Dead

48:08 | Aug 8th, 2017

Dark tourism is explored in this episode, as my visit and history of the Catacombs of Paris is detailed. I am also joined by Alyssa Conary, historian and resident of Salem, Massachusetts, in a discussion of dark tourism, its history, and a closer loo...Show More

Ep 8: The Tell-Tale Heart and Murder in Salem

39:35 | Jun 15th, 2017

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" found its inspiration in a real life murder in Salem, Massachusetts in 1830. In this episode, we examine Poe's story of madness, guilt, and paranoia and the shocking murder case of Captain Joseph White, which w...Show More

Ep 7: Raising the Dead, Part 2

1:05:02 | May 26th, 2017

As we continue exploring the world of necromancy in part 2, we peek into how scientific advances and spectacle factored into the practice during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Frankenstein, Spiritualism, and the Golden Age of Magic created an ent...Show More

Ep 6: Raising the Dead, Part 1

42:32 | Mar 31st, 2017

Listen to the tales of L'lnconnue de la Seine, the dead-raising magicians of the medieval clerical underworld, the Monkey's Paw, bells that woke corpses in their graves and more, as we explore necromancy in the first of this 2-part series on raising ...Show More

Ep 5: Killer Green - St. Patrick's Day Bonus

25:20 | Mar 18th, 2017

While we don as much green as possible on St. Patrick's Day now, green gained a deadly reputation in the 19th century. And it was well-earned. Check it out to hear all about a green to die for!

Ep 4: Murder Mystery Minisode - New York Ripper

41:18 | Feb 21st, 2017

On the morning of April 24th, 1891, the body of a mutilated woman is found in a New York hotel room. Immediately, fear that Jack the Ripper was now at work in America hit the headlines, and the newly-formed New York Police Department was under tremen...Show More

Ep 3: I Put A Spell On You

39:40 | Feb 5th, 2017

Curses, or the belief in the them, have been with us for millennia. Join Alyson as she takes you through the world of curses and hexes through history, fiction, and true crime. We will will explore the Black Death, Shakespeare, the witch trials, and ...Show More

Ep 2: Murder Mystery Minisode - I Wanna Be Loved By You

26:05 | Jan 22nd, 2017

On the morning of October 30th, 1928, Elfrieda Knaak was found with her head, hands, and feet burned down to the bone in the furnace room of the Lake Bluff, Illinois police station. She survived her ordeal with fire, but not for long. Before her deat...Show More