The South is full of superstition, folklore, and spooks. I think it's because of our large number of Scottish descendants, but it could also be because people move slower here. We spend lots of time sitting around the table or on our dusty front porches. We're natural-born storytellers. We believe in community and keeping traditions alive.
Southern Gothic Literature focuses on grotesque themes, often featuring broken, damaged, and delusional characters with possible supernatural elements. It's a vibrant genre that has long captured the attention of audiences. Authors who write Southern Gothic embrace their heritage and write about what they know best--the mysterious, murky madness that staunch tradition, religion, and secrecy create.
Some places aren't safe. Have never been safe. Some would say they're cursed. Such is the case with St. Albans Sanatorium in Virginia. With its complicated and horrific past, it sits now as a relic of proof that even the cursed still survive.
I’m about to take you to a place of horrors—where madness and mayhem roam the halls. This is a story you don't want to miss.
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Pirates have always been glamorized in entertainment. Just the mention of them brings images to our minds. They are history’s favorite bad guys, but as we'll discuss in this episode, there were a few fearsome women, as well.
And we’ll delve into the most famous legend and pirates’ tavern in history--The Pirates' House--which you can still visit today.
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If you take a ghost tour in Charleston, you'll likely hear the legend of Lavinia Fisher, reported to be the first female serial killer in America. But despite what we're told on the tours, the real story behind this infamous woman may surprise you. In this episode, we'll uncover the facts and search history for the truth behind the lore.
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Have you ever visited a haunted house? Did it live up to the hype? Did it give you all the spooky thrills? In this episode, we'll step inside the infamous Sorrel-Weed House located in Historic Savannah, Georgia. We'll uncover the history, debunk the legend, and I'll share my personal experience.
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There are certain things that once experienced, there’s no going back. In this episode, we'll meet the forgotten author, Conrad Aiken. He witnessed the most horrific thing a person could when he was eleven years old. That life-altering event both haunted him an defined him. We’ll discuss the most famous poet most people have never known.
Why is it that seemingly innocent things--children, dolls, clowns, churches--when turned on their heads make the most terrifying horrors? The juxtaposition of good and evil and holy and hell piques our attention when the benign unexpectedly becomes malicious.
In this episode, we'll tell you two stories and a few undeniable truths.
Every town has its ghosts, and small Southern towns are no different. One of the most well-known ghost stories in Alabama is the legend of Bill Sketoe--a man who wrongfully lost his life in 1864. Visit the decaying South, in its haunting glory, in this episode.
Why do tales of murder intrigue us? When we're children, we fear the dark--the hidden creatures in the shadows. But as we age, so do our fears, turning from something otherworldly to monsters much more terrifying.
Allow me to tell you a story of a mysterious murder. Then we'll sort through the facts. The jury has already decided the fate, but it's your turn to be the judge.
Edgar Allan Poe had a sad life, losing every woman he ever loved. Of course, he’s famous for his macabre stories, but it’s his very last poem that is truly fascinating. Who was Poe’s Annabel Lee? Was she his wife or some secret love who’s been lost in history? There’s a legend in Charleston, South Carolina that you may find compelling. We know a lot about Poe’s dark mind, but in this episode, we’ll explore a lesser known side of him—his heart.