Her birth took a life. Her life birthed a nightmare. And her greatest loves died way too soon.
Most of us have read and watched the various versions of Frankenstein. The image of the nameless monster created by a mad scientist is at the center of horror culture. But what inspired such a horrific and grisly tale?
Mary Shelley’s life was its own gothic tragedy—full of loss, pain, and even a few monsters.
This episode mentions rape and cannibalism. Listener/reader discretion is advised.
Fairy tales remind us that there is real evil in the world, but that evil cannot and will not prevail. But the marks it leaves on us are unmistakable, unavoidable, and sometimes have everlasting consequences.
The real story of Sleeping Beauty, at its core, isn't a tale of a damsel in distress; instead, it's a tale of overcoming the worst monstrosities to the best of her ability. The early editions reveal a dark truth. When women are mistreated, bad things happen—the princess learns to save herself, or monsters are created.
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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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Long before man searched for intelligent life in space, he wondered about the ocean and what creatures roamed just below the surface. Lore about sea folk has been around for centuries, but selkies are perhaps the least mentioned in pop culture. In this episode, we'll walk along the rocky shores of Scotland and have the selkies tell us their story.
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Every legend has deep roots, and such is the case of the Alabama tale of Huggin' Molly. She's so famous in this small southern town, she even makes her mark on the city's welcome sign.
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Every city has its ghosts, but the Tampa neighborhood of Ybor has more than its fair share. In this episode, you’ll hear tales of the most haunted buildings in Tampa. Once called the Wild West of the South, Ybor City’s lawless dead inhabitants are still wreaking havoc today.
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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