Wide Atlantic WeirdOct 01, 2023
Fragments of Gods: Pagan Survival Theory (with Dr Francis Young)
We chat with Dr Francis Young about that favourite WAW topic, the theory of 'Pagan survivals!' Subtopics include:
-what we do know about pre-Christian European socities
-how did the Pagan survival theory come about in Victorian times
-the significance of yew trees
-the Green Man
-connections to alien greys
Francis Young Twitter (that’s what I’m calling it)
Twilight Of the Godlings (and other books by Francis Young)
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The Nearest Thing To A Prehistoric Animal: The Loch Ness Road Trip
Hit the road with WAW on tour through the highlands of Scotland! We visit the home of Nessie, meet Felicity the Inverness Mystery Big Cat, hear what Lovecraft had to say about the monster of the Loch, go ghost-hunting at Glamis Castle, and have a close call with the Great Grey man of Ben McDhui in a most unexpected location!
Cryptofiction - Mystery Animals in Fiction (with Justin Mullis)
From the gilllman of Robert W Chambers' 'The Harbour Master' to the monstrous apes and aquatic dinosaurs of 'King Kong,' fiction has informed the cryptozoologists who went out into the dark corners of the earth seeking 'real' mystery creatures. Justin Mullis returns to talk us through his article 'Cryptofiction.' Get ready for a monster-load of influential stories from writers both familiar and obscure. Talk includes:
-Famous cryptozoologists who were influenced by monster fiction
-The influence of ‘The Lost World’ (of course!)
-Victorians, dinosaurs and ‘real’ dragons
-Victorian stories of surviving dinosaurs and the origin of Mokele-Mbembe
-Arthur Conan Doyle’s non-‘Lost World’ cryptids
-The 1925 Lost World film, King Kong, and novelisations of Kong (with extra dinosaurs!) and connections to Atlantis
-‘The Monster of Partridge Creek’ a fictitious monster that turned up as a ‘true’ story
-Lord Dunsany, the ‘Club Story’ and cryptozoology
-Early fiction featuring Bigfoot-like creatures, including ‘The Cairn’ by HR Wakefield and ‘Rogues In The House’ by Robert E Howard
-Robert W Chambers and ‘In Search Of The Unknown’ - a template for cryptozoology from 1904?
-Cryptofiction, Justin Mullis, 2019
-Justin’s talk on Robert W Chambers for The Last Tuesday Society
-Justin’s writing at Adventures In Poor Taste:
-Justin’s academia.edu with links to his writing
-Wide Atlantic Weird: Fairy Euhemerism with Justin Mullis
-Lake Monster Traditions, Michel Meurger, 1988
-Jacques Collin de Plancy, who wrote ‘Voyage To The Centre Of The Earth’
Brontosaurus, A Faded Star Rises Again, Prehisoric Pulp
Dinomania, Ulrich Merkl
-‘Creatures of Another Age’ edited by Richard Fallon (review by Justin Mullis in AIPT) which features ‘The Dragon of St Paul’s’ which prefigures the climax to The Lost World
Kong Unmade by John Lemay and others
Kong: An Original Screenplay, Edgar Wallace
The Monster of Partridge Creek, Georges Dupoy, 1908.
‘In Search Of The Unknown,’ Robert W Chambers, 1904
The Cryptids of Nigel Kneale: The Abominable Snowman (1957) with Blake Smith & Dr Karen Stollznow
We're chuffed to welcome the esteemed hosts of MONSTER TALK, Dr Karen Stollznow and Blake Smith, to the cabin to talk about the 1957 movie THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN. Written by the tremendous, influential British writer Nigel Kneale, this has got to be one of the best, and most interesting, cryptic films ever made. The fact that it hails from the days of 1950s yeti-mania makes it an important marker of a cultural cryptozoological moment - but even so, Kneale finds ways to put his own stamp on the monster. Our conversation includes:
-The work of Nigel Kneale
-Orientalism in the film
-the trope of psychic relict hominoids
-pelts & paws cryptozoology vs mystical interpretation
-the character ‘Tom Friend’ representing the real-life monster hunter Tom Slick
-real-life expeditions that inspired the movie
-Yetis as understood in their own countries
-Cryptozoology and colonialism (again!)
-when to show the monster?
-Cryptid movie recommendations
Monster Talk: Yeti Stories You've Never Heard Before (a listening must!)
Howard Bury’s Footprints: a WAW episode about the origins of the term Abominable Snowman
Take That, Bembridge Scholars: Orientalism, Pulp Cinema, and The Mummy (with Lauren the Gothic Bookworm)
Lauren the Gothic Bookworm opens the tomb of maybe-classic The Mummy from 1999 as we discuss action movie tropes, Orientalism in Hollywood, the golden age of Egyptology in the popular imagination, and Arnold Vosloo. Digressions include:
-The horror-centric directions the film almost went in
-The lure of the ‘golden age of Egyptology’ in Western storytelling
-Creative use of dodgy CGI
-The mummy as an Indiana Jones clone, and Orientalism in lost race fiction
-Inconsistent geography in the movie
The Mists Clear Away: Arthur Conan Doyle, Professor Challenger and The Land Of Mist (with Professor Christine Ferguson)
Professor Christine Ferguson visits the cabin to discuss the later adventures of Professor Challenger! In 1925, Arthur Conan Doyle's serialisation of 'The Land Of Mist' began in the Strand magazine. This novel was the author's great attempt to make his decades-long interest in spiritualism palatable to the widest audience possible. Did he succeed? Did he portray the world of 1920s London accurately? And why did he choose Professor Challenger, the maverick of the scientific world, to play the stodgy establishment character? All this and more, in The Mists Clear Away!
-All about the Edinburgh Edition of The Land Of Mist
-Arthur Conan Doyle’s own spiritualism
-Why did ACD turn to Professor Challenger for his great spiritualist novel?
-Spiritualism as a specifically feminine or masculine movement?
-Challenger as the Establishment, rather than the Maverick
-ACD’s use of real-life Belfast researcher William Jackson Crawford
-ACD’s actual apocalyptic spiritualist messages
-Lord John Roxton goes ghost-hunting! What was ACD’s inspiration for this episode?
Beyond Belief: Literature, Esotericism Studies, and the Challenges of Biographical Reading in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Land of Mist. Professor Christine Ferguson, Brill, 2021.
Dinosaurs, Disintegration Machines and Talking to the Dead: The Wild World of Professor Challenger. Dr Stephen Carver, Wordsworth Editions.
The Lost Worlds of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor Challenger Series, Conor Reid, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 2017.
Edinburgh University Press New Critical Editions
Hesketh Hesketh Pritchard Hunts the Mylodon (with Dr Edward Guimont)
How many Lost World connections can we make in this episode about turn-of-the-century ghost writers searching for extinct animals in South America? Dr Edward Guimont is at hand to tell the tale, bringing essential palaeontological and colonial context for South America in 1900. Hesketh Hesketh Pritchard, creator of Flaxman Low, was sent on this expedition for news mogul C Arthur Pearson. Featuring:
-a potted history of the Occult Detective genre
-Hesketh Pritchard himself as a product of Empire
-Hesketh Pritchar visits Haiti, cringe ensues
-Playing cricket with Arthur Conan Doyle and other literary links
-The theory of ‘American Degeneracy’
-A seemingly fresh Mylodon skin sample is brought to London, scientists astounded!
-A link to the Piltdown Man hoax
-Various expeditions to search for evidence of the Mylodon
-Politicians trafficking in paranormal ideas - some things don’t change!
-And euhemerism returns! (see last episode)
For Fear Of Little Men: Euhemerism and Secret Fairy Peoples (with Justin Mullis)
What if 'fairies' are a memory of a squat race of mysterious pre-humans who lived in Europe before modern humans arrived?
Justin Mullis brings a LOT to the cabin in this episode. We cover: the origins of euhemerism and 'explanations' for Norse gods. Bernard Heuvelmans and euhemerism, our first (but not last!) connection to cryptozoology. Early famous supporters of a mystery race include Sir Walter Scott! Euhemerism used to explain troll legends in Sweden. Disenchantment and the changing attitudes towards folklore in the 19th century. David MacRitchie and the idea of the mystery fairy race. Encounters with African pygmies giving confirmation to this idea later in the 19th century. Connections to fantastic Victorian literature. Our boy Sabine Baring-Gould claiming the fairy race still exists. H. G. Wells' use of the trope. Madison Grant and the Passing Of The Great Race. E. F. Benson and (my favourite) The Horror Horn. And finally a deep-dive into the use of this trope by the heavy-hitters Arthur Machen, Lovecraft and Robert E Howard. The Hobbit, Homo floresiensis, and more connections to modern cryptozoology. You won't want to miss this one!
LINKS & REFERENCES
-Kaiju Transmissions (Podcast)
Abduction Recall: A Visit To The Betty & Barney Hill Archives (with Dr Edward Guimont)
The 1961 Hill abduction is usually considered the 'ground zero' of the entire 'genre' of UFO abductions. It's been pored over by UFO believers and skeptics for decades; been the stuff of TV movies and comic strips. In short, it's been done to death. So I didn't want to return to the subject without a fresh take or some new research. Dr Edward Guimont, having been hard at work at the Betty & Barney Hill archives at the University of New Hampshire, returns to the pod to furnish fascinating new details and connections that make this famous case exciting all over again. Amongst other things, we cover:
-Betty and Barney’s civil rights work
-Betty’s interactions with other famous UFO personalities
-Betty’s reactions to traumatising 80s abduction lore
-the possible influence of the Villas Boas encounter
-Betty’s paranormal family happenings & interest in psychic powers
-Parallells to ‘yellow panic’ tropes and Native kidnap stories
-Finding the original drawings associated with the encounter
-Lovecraft as a UFO debunker, reading Donald Kehoe science fiction, and phantom airships
-Betty’s interest in pseudoarchaeology
-Evolution, the Dinosauroid and the origins of the Greys
Twitter thread about the Hills
The Automatic Writer: The Ghost Of 'Patience Worth' (with Lisa Grimm)
Lisa drops into the cabin with a Halloween tale ... the story of Pearl Curran, a woman who channelled a spirit calling herself 'Patience Worth.' As Patience, Pearl wrote books that gave her a new life among the literati, and eventually adopted a child who she raised as Patience herself.
The Case Of Patience Worth, L. Gilman, 1916
The Patience of Pearl: Spiritualism and Authorship in the Writings of Pearl Curran, Daniel B. Shea, 2012
The Case Of Patience Worth: A Critical Study Of Certain Unusual Phenomena, Walter Franklin Prince, 1927
Haunted Generation: Lost Memories of the Uncanny 70s (with Bob Fischer)
Bob Fischer, creator of 'Haunted Generation,' joins us for a wide-ranging chat about Hauntology, and how ‘Haunted Generation’ feelings of an uncanny childhood differ around the world. We cover Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World and the how the paranormal was presented in the 70s. We cover memories of a pre-digital age, Alan Garner and the Owl Service, Nicholas Fisk and ‘Grinny’ and a few of our favourite 'Paranormal Ambient' albums. There are warm Fighting Fantasy memories, Bob talks about meeting Ian Livingstone, and we reminisce about visiting Fighting Fantasy Fest, and even cover Cian's childhood 'House Of Hell' imitation!
Obsolete Spells: The Life and Work of Victor Neuburg (with Justin Hopper)
For a ramble through the life of a person who made old, wyrd England the focus of his occult writings and poetry, Cian invites Justin Hopper to the cabin. We cover the life and times of Victor Neuburg, the now-obscure creator behind the Vine Press. A man who knew Aleister Crowley intimately, discovered Dylan Thomas, took part in the infamous Paris Working, and became the local eccentric publisher in a small English town. The book Obsolete Spells is out August 15th, 2022.
APOLOGIES to all the lovely folks who commented on the witchcraft murder episode, and has great suggestions for further reading. Most of them came in AFTER I recorded this, and then I went on a little holiday. I'll read your great suggestions on the next ep!
Obsolete Spells, Justin Hopper, 2022
Room For Romance: Playing with Adventure in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, Ross Forman, 2010
The Lower Quinton 'Witchcraft' Murder (with Dr Jeb Card)
Jeb Card joins us to discuss the supposed witchcraft connections to the murder of Charles Walton on Valentines Day, 1945. Important players include (returning podcast fave) Margaret Murray, Egyptologist and writer of 'The Witch Cult In Western Europe' and Robert Fabian, Detective Superintendent of the London Met and early true crime tv celebrity. Both took the murder as a clue that something sinister, long-lived, and magical was brewing in the rural English countryside. And of course we can't get to them without covering Flinders Petrie, James Frazer, The Golden Bough, Dennis Wheatley, and Victorian ideas about witchcraft, archaeology, and the supernatural. There's also pagan survivals, magical peer-review murder, and a sidetrack about Night Of The Demon!
*NOTE: for extra details on the connections between the novel Ritual by David Pinner and the Wicker Man, wait till the end comments
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Cryptid Chat (with Truth Is Scarier Than Fiction)
Cian is joined by YouTuber 'Truth Is Scarier Than Fiction' to discuss the making of the Cryptid Iceberg videos and more!
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Truth Is Scarier Than Fiction Youtube
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The Allure of Vintage Dinosaur Artwork by HoopsandDinoMan
The Many Faces Of Fawcett 4: Never Say Fawcett Again
Could this be ... the Final Fantasy of Fawcett? In this last episode of Fawcettmania, Cian sits by a stream and flicks the pages of 'Brazil That Never Was' by A.J. Lees, as well as articles by arch Fawcett-dismisser John Hemming. In an episode as thrilling as a mid-Victorian face-off between rival explorers at a packed RGS debate, we conclude:
-confirmation (probably) of the date when Conan Doyle attended Colonel Percy's lecture!
-tangents about John Hanning Speke and a descendent at a London punk gig
-Fawcett writes for Occult Review and uses his Ouija board in the trenches of WW1
-John Hemming says Fawcett discovered nothing; Brian Fawcett says Jack Fawcett is a waster who 'reads Fu Manchu novels!'
-Fawcett describing a real tribe as Bigfoot-like savages is pretty horrific
-Cork mystic Geraldine Cummins makes an unlikely return to the show
-Fawcett is (maybe) seduced by a fairy woman in Carrigaline; Brian is (definitely) seduced by a fairy woman and sees miniature UFOs
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Brazil That Never Was, A.J. Lees, 2020.
Lost City Of Fantasy, John Hemming, The Spectator, 2017
Mutant Museum reading 'The Monster Of Partridge Creek!'
Dr Edward Guimont visits the Betty & Barney Hill Collection
The Many Faces of Fawcett 3: Veil Of The Primeval
So there's a lot of Lost World in our Fawcett this episode, but it's not my fault that the two won't stay a Stegosaurus length apart! In this episode, our boy Percy gets down on the British Empire following the First World War, is quite polite about a certain odious British biologist, hints at sightings of living dinosaurs yet again, and lays out his alternative history of South America before going missing for good. It's good for what ails ya.
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-The nature references at the beginning will be quite dated by the time you hear this. A lot of this was recorded back in early summer.
-Exploration Fawcett, Percy Fawcett, 1953
-Goblinlike, Fantastic: Little People And Deep Time at the Fin de Siecle, Emily Fergus, 2019
-Conan Doyle: The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes, Andrew Lycett, 2007
-The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, edited with Introduction and Notes by Ian Duncan, 1998
-The Lost White Tribe, Michael Robinson, 2016
-Danny Vendramini’s 'Them + Us’ Neanderthal page
H. R. Haggard and Egypt (with Lauren the Gothic Bookworm)
Lauren returns to the cabin to discuss all things H.R. Haggard, especially his deep obsession with ancient Egypt.
-Haggard in 'Who's Who in Egyptology'
-his own visits to Egypt
-his writing of 'Cleopatra'
-his mania for collecting Egyptian rings
-his dislike for modern, changing Egypt
-his friendship with Howard Carter
-his attempts to exonerate Western archaeologists
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My H Rider Haggard favourites: She (1887) Cleopatra (1889) Smith and the Pharaohs (1912-13 serially)
Visualhaggard.org all of Haggard’s illustrations
The Cloak that I Left by Lilias Haggard, (Hodder & Stoughton: London, 1951)
The Mummy’s Curse by Roger Luckhurst (Oxford University Press 2012)
The Mummy’s Curse by Jasmine Day (Routledge, 2006)
The Days of my Life by H Rider Haggard (written 1910-12, published posthumously in 1926 in 2 volumes)
You can read all of Haggard’s works for free on Project Gutenberg
The Many Faces of Fawcett 2: Not Your Father's Fawcett
It's 'Not Your Father's Fawcett!' The journey continues with our dive into the first part of EXPLORATION FAWCETT, the 1953 book of Colonel Percy Fawcett's own notes and journals, as tidied up, illustrated and edited by his son Brian Fawcett. Featuring:
-my visit to a Fawcett-related address in London
-the infamous giant snake sighting!
-Fawcett's links to living dinosaurs and other crypto-critters
-Lost cities, Atlantis (because of course), H.R. Haggard, 'white indians'
It's enough to make you never want to hear the name 'Fawcett' ever again!
The Fictional Life Of Hulk Hogan Part 3 (with Dr Dónal Gill)
In which we're asked to audition for Metallica, endorse the George Foreman grill, and wrestle over 365 days in a year. We also cover:
-Hogan's years at WCW
-the infamous Monday Night Wars between WWF and WCW
-the meta writing of Vince Russo
-Hogan's comeback match against the Rock
Beliefs In The Early Medieval Period (with Dr Eoghan Ahern)
Dr Eoghan Aherne visits the cabin to talk about the early medieval period, and some things we might believe about it that might not be true! Topics include:
-modern myths about the medieval period
-were medieval people particularly credulous?
-a medieval flat Earth?
-classical ideas during the medieval period: the four elements
-the scientific revolution as continuity rather than revolution
-the importance of miracles and the Irish saints
-the distinction between ‘natural’ and ‘supernatural’
-Religious relics in Ireland
-Belief in the Devil, demons and possession
-St Colmcille and the Loch Ness Monster
-Pagan gods as demons
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Bede and the Cosmos, Eoghan Aherne, 2020
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Why Can The Dead Do Such Great Things
Observation In the Margins, Katherine Park
Return to the Lost World: Origins and Illustrations (with Dr Richard Fallon)
Arthur Conan Doyle and Professor Challenger make a welcome return to the show, as we turn once again to the worlds of Edwardian fantastic Imperial fiction, and the history of still-living dinosaurs in literature. Dr Richard Fallon joins us to talk all things LOST WORLD, in particular the vision Conan Doyle had for a subtle, restrained presentation of the tale via the illustrations of his brother-in-law PATRICK LEWIS FORBES, versus the more familiar, bombastic, monster-filled illustrations of HARRY ROWNTREE. Will the great writer get his way? Topics include:
-dueling visions of The Lost World through its illustrations!
-dinosaurs in lost race/world stories versus in Swiftian satire
-Conan Doyle's own supposed 'cryptid' sighting
-Professor Challenger as a representation of Conan Doyle's ideas about science
-the faked 'imposter' photos taken for the Lost World
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Creatures Of Another Age, Richard Fallon
Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World: Illustrating the Romance of Science, Richard Fallon (includes some of Forbes' illustrations)
Reimagining Dinosaurs in Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature, Richard Fallon
Call for Interdisciplinary Science Reviews Special Issue
Gallery of Lost World illustrations, including Harry Rountree's set
Flying Saucer Cinema: Day The Earth Stood Still vs Thing From Another World (with Dr Edward Guimont)
Cian welcomes Dr Edward Guimont back to the cabin for a chat about two seminal 1951 flying saucer movies. There'll be saucers skipping across water (whyever would you do that?), McCarthyism, and pulp-era sci-fi authors acting like jerks. Topics include:
-our history with both movies
-the short story 'Farewell To The Master' and 1930s pulp Sci-fi origins
-Robert Wise and Star Trek: The Motionless Picture
-The Star Wars Expanded Universe
-The classic flying saucer shape on film
-Klaatu and the Contactees
-Comparisons to Star Trek: First Contact
-John W Campbell and pulp sci-fi magazines
-Ancient astronauts and The Thing
-Mad scientist archetypes
-McCarthyism in 50s sci-fi
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The Impossible Archive Podcast
Worker's Cauldron episode on Soviet Sasquatch
The Many Faces of Fawcett: Lost City Of Z
Cian returns to the cabin to tackle a subject that he should have tackled long ago: the life and mysterious disappearance of Percy Harrison Fawcett. First part (fingers crossed) of a series attempting to contrast the various books about Fawcett that are out there. Featuring:
-extended thank yous to all the nice folks who've sent me books and things during the hiatus
-in-depth breakdown of the 2009 David Grann book 'The Lost City Of Z'
-audio from my trip to Spike Island, where Fawcett was stationed in the early 20thc
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Megalodon and Other Prehistoric Cryptids (with Tyler Greenfield)
Tyler Greenfield visits the cabin to chat about sightings of supposed living extinct creatures. We discuss early 20th century origins of living Megalodon stories, the French Pterodactyl trapped in rock, the bizarre 'Triassic Kraken,' and how the mysterious Cadborosaurus got its type specimen. (Episode picture thanks to Tyler! It's a full-size replica of our titular beast)
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Megalodon: Monster Of A New Mythology, Dr Edward Guimont
Cryptozoological Reference Library
The French Pterodactyl: A Fortean Folly, Mick Goss
The Triassic Kraken
The Man Who Studied Ghouls: TC Lethbridge and Weird Archaeology (with Lisa Grimm)
Ancient chalk figures, Arctic exploration, pendulums, and emotions 'recorded' onto the landscape: TC Lethbridge dabbled in them all, and remains an important figure in mid-20th century alternative thinking. Lisa from the Beer Ladies Podcast joins us at the cabin to talk about Lethbridge. We cover:
-Lethbridge’s early archaeological career
-Lethbridge as an institution figure vs an outsider
-The imperial era of archaeology and exploration
-The Mildenhall Treasure
-‘Lost white race’ theories
-The disputed Cambridge chalk figures
-Lethbridge’s pendulum ideas
-early takes on the ‘Stone Tape’ theory
-Colin Wilson promoting TC Lethbridge
-A ‘ghoul’ as a physical area of negative energy
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T.C. Lethbridge: The Man Who Saw The Future, Terry Welbourn, 2011
Lisa on Twitter
Beer Ladies Podcast
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Paranormal, People, & Politics with the Workers Cauldron
Cian is joined at the cabin by David & Mercedas from the Worker’s Cauldron to talk about a variety of paranormal topics and their cultural/political influences. Subjects include:
-evolution of Wicca
-social context and the paranormal
-alien abduction in the 90s
-David’s trip to Bluff Creek
-colonial literature’s influence on Forteana
-Demonic possession and economic anxieties
-The Ballinspittle Moving Statues
-70s Haunted House Stories
-Vampire as political satire
-Influence of the X-Files
Worker’s Cauldron Podcast:
Books & Articles Mentioned:
Our Most Troubling Madness, Tanya Luhrmann
Drawing Down The Moon, Margaret Adler
Triumph Of The Moon, Ronald Hutton
They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves, Brigette Brown
Communion, Whitley Strieber
UFO Abduction Reports: The Supernatural Kidnap Narrative Returns in technological Guise, Thomas E Bullard
Explorers Of The Nile, Tim Jeal
The Great Orm Of Loch Ness, Ted Holiday
Hunting Dinosaurs In Central Africa, Edward Guimont
The Water Horses of Loch Ness, Roland Watson
Hostage To The Devil, Malachi Martin
Monsters Of The Market, David McNally
Ley Lines and Spooky Geology (with Sharon Hill)
Sharon Hill joins us to speak about Spooky Geology and Ley Lines! We discuss the origins of the lines before they became associated with mystical ideas, leys as a way to connect with landscape, how they’re thought of in the paranormal community today, connections to UFOs (of course!), a little bit of Stone Tape Theory, and some real geological processes that might have been an influence on the idea.
Sharon’s Strange Times
Sharon discussing Paranormal Researchers
Spooky Archaeology, Jeb Card
Analogue Ghosts of the 1970s and Hauntology
Tales From The Hollow Earth (with Dr Edward Guimont)
The history of beliefs regarding lost cities and civilizations beneath the Earth's surface is as vast and winding as the caverns of Agartha itself. In this episode we welcome Edward Guimont back to the cabin for a chat about some of the most interesting characters who have contributed to Hollow Earth thinking. Beginning with an apocryphal tale of American pilot Admiral Byrd encountering a super-civilization of Nordic Masters inside the Hollow Earth, we cycle back to John Cleeve Symmes and his manifest destiny-style plans to conquer the Hollow Earth for the USA. Meet Raymond Bernard, the health food utopian who placed flying saucers within the Hollow Earth, Willy Ley, who wrote on occult Nazi beliefs, and Gerard Kuiper, respected astronomer who lended legitimacy to the idea that Nazis studied the sky in order to spot the movements of allied vessels on the far side of the concave Hollow Earth.
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Impossible Archive Podcast
Full text of the supposed Admiral Byrd secret diary
Pseudoscience in Naziland, Willy Ley
German Astronomy During The War, Gerard Kuiper
Bigfoot At The Movies: Man Or Beast
Pack your harmonica and join an expedition into the murky world of 1970s low-budget docudrama-making as we take a look at Bigfoot hunter Robert Morgan's 1974 'American Yeti' Expedition into the Pacific Northwest, and the recobbled film 'Bigfoot: Man Or Beast' that chronicles this epic event!
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Bigfoot: Man Or Beast on Youtube
Bigfoot, The Life And Times Of A Legend, Joshue Blu Buhs
The Mysterious Monster Mash of the Mid 70s, Sharon Hill
Regional Horror Films 1958-1990, Brian Albright
Oceans Of Time: Thoughts On Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) with Victoria Pearson
Cian and Victoria discuss the definitive Dracula of their childhood, Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 'Bram Stoker's Dracula!,' which is a mouthful.
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The Impossible Archive, Project Blue Book episode
Marsh's Library Dublin exhibition on Bram Stoker
From The Shadow Of Dracula, Paul Murray, 2004
In Research Of Podcast - Dracula (*NOT Monster Talk as I mistakenly said in the episode! Listen to their addendum too!)
Bram Stoker And The Seduction Of Old School Movie Magic, David Crow
The Art of Dracula 1992, Nick Louras
Some Thoughts On Mystery Big Cats
Recorded at the tail (aha!) end of an uncharacteristic Irish heatwave, and following a spot of solo camping that accidentally strayed into mystery big cat territory, Cian marshalls some thoughts on the subject of ABCs or Alien Big Cats. With some detail on the Exmoor Beast and the Surrey Puma, as well as thoughts on whether this is a flesh-and-blood happening, or something more mystical.
Lost Souls and Lost Cities: Stories of Polar Terror (with Leanne from Strange Ways)
In a MUSICAL episode long delayed, Cian welcomes Leanne from The Strange Ways blog to talk about the special place the chilly polar extremes have always held in fact and specifically horror fiction. The poles themselves become mirrors through which colonial-era Europeans saw themselves and measured their achievements. We discuss Dan Simmons' book The Terror, the more recent TV adaptation, the clairvoyants who searched for the lost Captain Franklin, Arthur Conan Doyle's captain Of The Pole Star, ghost stories of Scott and Shackleton, Frankenstein and its polar bookend, and lovecraft's At The Mountains Of Madness. And there's even a couple of polar exploration-themed songs along the way!
Songs performed by Geraldine Gill, Kevin Gill and Cian Gill. Intro music by Kevin Gill and Cian Gill
Mummy Lore In Myth And Fiction (with Lauren the Gothic Bookworm)
Take THAT, Bembridge scholars! Cian is delighted to welcome Lauren the Gothic Bookworm to the cabin for an awesome chat about all things Mummy, curses, and of course, Victorian Gothic! So many of our favourite writers, books, historical topics and more appear, including but not limited to:
-the mummy in comparison to other 'classic' monsters
-The Victorian/Edwardian fascination with Egypt and mummies; colonialism & orientalism
-Victorian 'invasion' literature
-early Victorian mummy fiction
-Arthur Conan Doyle's mummy & curse stories
-HR Haggard's mummy and Egypt in his fiction
-The British Museum unlucky mummycase
-Favourite mummy movies, including the 1959 and 1999 mummies
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Mummy Mania Mondays
The Anatomy Shelf
The Mummy’s Curse, Roger Luckhurst
Nicky Nielsen: Egyptomaniacs
Bob Brier: Egyptomania & Mummies
Jasmine Day: Mummymania
Man Of The Year Million: The Ideas and Futurism of HG Wells (with Dr Dónal Gill)
Best remembered today for his incredible output of genre-defining early science fiction novels during the 1890s, for much of his career Herbert George Wells was perhaps better known for other things. From the early 1900s he positioned himself as a man who would predict the future. Cian and Dónal chat about War of The Worlds, When The Sleeper Wakes, Well' ideas about progress and eugenics, and about his amusing meetings with other famous folks from his day - Joseph Conrad, George Orwell, Orson Wells, Charlie Chaplin and even Joseph Stalin.
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Bonus Episode: Jurassic Park Trespasser
From the vaults, comes a Crichton-adjacent bonus episode in which Cian and Chris 'The Voice' Joyce discuss Jurassic Park: Trespasser, a famous over-reaching early open-world game that pretty much disappointed everybody upon its release. But, sifting through the wreckage of this abandoned dream, the guys discover that somehow, life ... has found a way.
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The Jurassic Time Youtube videos of Hammond's memoir
Heuvelmania: Bernard's Sea Serpent Classification System (with Cameron McCormick)
Cameron McCormick, writer on marine monster mysteries and sea serpent superfan, drops into the cabin to talk about the work and influence of Bernard Heuvelmans, remembered as the 'father of cryptozoology.' Heuvelmans was important as an early figure in the codification of cryptozoology, but many of his ideas were to remain unique to him in the decades that followed. Despite his respected status as a pioneer, not many who followed built upon the specific zoological ideas he came up with to explain monster sightings. In this episode we focus particularly on Heuvelmans' classification system for sea serpent sightings. He believed there were (approx) nine different categories of unknown enormous underwater animals.
Montreal Bloomsday Video Interview
Neanderthals And Northmen: Eaters Of The Dead (with Dr Edward Guimont)
Michael Crichton had a habit of recycling various Victorian-era fringe beliefs and obsessions in his techno-thriller fiction. With Eaters Of The Dead, he created a faux-academic 'translation' of the travels of the real-life Ibn Fadlan. The resulting novel has echoes of Beowulf, elements of cryptozoology, relic hominids, and a positive portrayal of Vikings as part of America's changing process of self-identification.
Incoming professor of history at Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA, Dr Edward Guimont rejoins the pod to discuss all this, with many links to other subjects familiar to listeners here at the cabin in the woods, in NEANDERTHALS AND NORTHMEN: EATERS OF THE DEAD.
From The Vaults: The Reincarnation of Bridey Murphy
A classic episode about the fascination 1950s America had with a woman who relived a past life as a 19th century woman from Cork! Hypnotism, regression, and a time in podcasting history ...
Red Sky At Night: Lost Cosmonauts (with Dr Tom Ellis)
Dr Tom Ellis talks about the myth of the Lost Cosmonauts, why this symbol has had such staying power, and what it tells us about Western perceptions about the Soviet Union and its space programme. Topics include:
-American reactions to Yuri Gagarin’s flight
-The secrecy of the Soviet space programme breeding rumours and myths
-The idea of the ‘communist mind’ and communism as a ‘secular religion’
-Robert Heinlein and the Lost Cosmonauts
-‘Yurimania’ and promoting Yuri Gagarin as a sex symbol
-The Italian Battista brothers’ claims of recording lost cosmonauts
-The Lost Cosmonaut image in film and art as a representation of memories of the Soviet state
-Vladimir Komarov, the ‘real’ lost cosmonaut
-Lost cosmonauts as a political idea vs a cultural idea
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Gagarin And The Lost Moon
Imogen Knox’ article on Haxan
Bobcat Goldthwait’s American Bigfoot
Conspiracy Culture, Peter Knight, 2000
Roadside Picnics Article by darmon Richter: Chernobyl and the Falcon Lake UFO Incident
The Space Suit Film, Gary Westfahl, 2012
Supposed Lost Cosmonaut Recordings
Sven Grahn’s Article about Torre Bert
Into The Silent Sea: Short Lost Cosmonaut Film
The Cosmonaut Who Couldn’t Stop Smiling, Andrew L. Jenks, 2012
Early Modern Witchcraft Belief (with Imogen Knox)
Cian is joined by Imogen Knox for a chat about witchcraft belief during the early modern period. Subjects covered:
-stereotypes about medieval vs early modern witch trials
-witch hunts as a 'top down' or 'bottom-up/ phenomenon?
-vomiting of pins, apports, and other witch-related phenomena
-the role of authorities in witch hunts
-Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General
-witch-hunting before/after the Reformation
-a case from Co Antrim and an earlier case it may be patterned after
-the role of Margaret Murray, Montague Summers and Dennis Wheatley in shaping modern ideas about witches
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BONUS EPISODE: The Origins Of Kong
This is a find from the vault - an old patreon episode that's an addendum to our COLONIALISM AND KONG episode, which you can find below. Loads more info about Willis O'Brien and the 1933 King Kong, the history behind the 'lost world' genre and 'jungle' pictures, my own background with stop-motion animation, O'Brien's lost projects, plus the bizarre expanded ecology of Skull Island in Peter Jackson's 2005 version.
Irish Burial Customs and 'Teig O'Kane and the Corpse' (with Dr Aoife Bhreatnach)
'I FOUND it hard to place Mr. Douglas Hyde's magnificent story. Among the ghosts or the fairies? It is among the fairies on the grounds that all these ghosts and bodies were in no manner ghosts and bodies, but pishogues--fairy spells. One often hears of these visions of Ireland.'
Taking, of all things, the Hellboy story 'The Corpse' as a starting point, Cian is joined by Dr Aoife Bhreatnach from the Censored Podcast to talk about Irish burial customs, the stories of Douglas Hyde, changelings, folkloric moving graveyards, sectarian burial rivalries, Irish fairy lore, and lots more!
The original Taidhg O'Catháin story collected by Douglas Hyde
Creatures Out Of Time: Those Who Hunt The Skunk Ape
From what might become a semi-regular miniseries focusing on the monster-hunters of cryptozoology, this episode is about a man who had a sighting of the Florida 'skunk ape,' a regional type of Bigfoot, and it changed his life. Obsessed with the creature, he spent every day for six months sitting in his stand in the swamp until he captured photographs - and eventually footage - of the creature. What kind of man does it take to hunt the skunk ape? We find out. A portrait of the renegade, outsider, throwback woodsman type monster obsessive. Episode includes:
-discussion about the various regional types of Bigfoot
-disagreement among cryptozoologists about how many species there might be
-Discovery Florida's video of a visit to the Skunk Ape headquarters
-Physical description of the skunk ape
-Upcoming film on the skunk ape, shot on location!
-Smithsonian article all about the Skunk Ape Headquarters
-Some reports from the 70s
-The 'outsider' traits of the cryptozoologist
-How a feud with the parks system became an origin story for the monster hunter ...
-Conspiracies in Bigfoot world ...
-Primate Products: are actual monkeys the answer?
-The amazing Myakka Ape photo
The Digital Campfire: Looking Back At Creepypasta (with Chris Joyce)
Cian and Chris host a campfire chat to remember the heyday of creepypasta: bad grammar, juvenile topics - and yet occasionally incredibly effective bite-size (ok, sometimes epic) slices of crowd-sourced digital horror. Creepypasta ruled the roost in the early days of Web 2.0, back when folks wondered whether Ted really was a caver, whether N64 cartridges really could be haunted, and why you should stay away from cabins in the woods (present company excluded, of course). Conversation includes:
-personal memories of creepypasta
-origins of the name
-some famous Cpastas: Jeff the Killer, Ben Drowned, Slenderman, etc
-Candle Cove and short Cpastas vs epic, expanded ones
-our personal fave Cpastas
-NoSleep and the 'rules' for online creepy fiction
-the 2014 Slenderman attack and moral panics
-nostalgia and the obsession with old video games and pre-digital tech
-the legacy of Cpasta? Indie horror gaming & social media ghost stories
Return to Yowie Country: The Australian Apeman Again
Cian returns to the subject of the Australian 'yowie' with more detail, more opinions, and possibly more conclusions, giving an in-depth take on the most thorough piece of literature on the subject, the 2006 book The Yowie: In Search Of Australia's Bigfoot by Healy & Cropper. Subjects include:
-aboriginal and pre-colonial tales of the 'yahoo'
-links to contemporary US bigfoot culture
-Yowie or yahoo? What's in a name ...
-Do cultures worldwide report 'hairy man' beings? An archetype?
-Colonial era 'Australian gorilla' reports and 19c newspaper hoax culture
-Why were there so few sightings in the early 20th century? Should we trust back-dated reports?
-Rex Gilroy and the emergence of the yowie into popular culture circa 1975
A House That Eats Girls: House (1977) with James Harding
Cian invites James Harding from Toronto 16-bit rockers Villainest to the cabin for a chat about the 1977 Japanese movie 'House.' Frequently noted for its strangeness, Cian and James push past appearances to discuss the context in which the film was made in order to appreciate the creativity and joy this experimental haunted house movie brings! Topics include:
-Villainest's amazing reworking of the 'House' theme (stick around till the end for the full track!)
-memories of limited access to Japanese cinema when we were younger
-memories of the Tartan Asia Extreme series
-Japanese cinema during the 1970s and the effect of Jaws & blockbusters
-Nobuhiko Obayashi's background in advertising
-The genesis of 'House' as a child's dream-logic
-Memories of the atomic bomb and clashes of culture in 20th-century Japanese films
Check out the amazing work of Villainest, James' band, here:
Listen to the Villainest cover of the House theme music
Listen to the amazing Rex Viper doing Mighty Wings, with James on lead vocals!
Invisible Empire: Mysticism And Colonialism in Joan Lindsay's Picnic At Hanging Rock
Join Cian at a chilly Cabin In The Woods for a Valentine's chat about the ever-mysterious Picnic At Hanging Rock. Whether you're more familiar with the book or the film, you'll be fine in terms of spoilers here, so grab an ale (no Fosters, please) and get ready for a disappear (ahem) into:
-the tradition of 'Australian Gothic'
-Picnic as a still-relevant urban legend
-whiteness in the novel, Miranda Must Go, and the Australian 'tabula rasa'
-why we love unresolved mysteries
-a post-colonial interpretation of PAHR
-a 1900s period piece or a 1960s new age classic?
-which characters 'transcend' and why?
-the 'great Australian novel', Joan Lindsay as a mystic
-Lindsay's obsession with time, her own background with Hanging Rock
-why St Valentine's day?
-the enigmatic final chapter!
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Flat Earth Belief Throughout History (with Dr Edward Guimont)
The podcast returns to the topic of flat Earth, and Cian is joined once again by Dr Edward Guimont from snowy New York to cover the history of who exactly believed the earth was flat, when did they believe it, and why did they believe it? A litany of topics are covered in this wide-ranging episode, including:
-the infamous Bedford Level experiment naturalist with Alfred Russell Wallace
-Flat earth belief within Christianity in the 19th century
-Flat Earth belief in Islam, including Boko Haram
-Connections to Qanon and creationism
-Flat Earth, Kruger, and the Boers
-Ronald Reagan's UFO fixation
-Christopher Columbus as a 'proto-Protestant', Washington Irving, and bad history
-The need for pre-Columbian contact and historical revisionism
-Geocentrist belief in China
-The myth of flat Earth belief in the Middle Ages
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The Fictional Life Of Hulk Hogan Part 2 (with Dónal Gill)
In which Cian & Dónal once again take a headlock to the Hulkster's life and career by taking the claims of his 'auto-biography' to task. In this long-awaited follow-up we tackle:
-Hogan joining the WWF and his relationship with Vince McMahon
-The first Wrestlemania
-Hogan and Mr T visit some kids to promote Wrestlemania
-Rowdy Roddy Piper makes Hogan cry by ripping off his crucifix
-Hogan and Vince bro out making 'No Holds Barred'
-Hogan's relationship with Randy Savage & the Ultimate Warrior
-Hogan pretends to have discovered the Undertaker
-Vince and the WWF are taken to court for steroid scandals
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BONUS EPISODE: The Order and 1980s Domestic Terrorism
In this episode, Cian and Ali discuss 80s domestic terrorist group who called themselves THE ORDER, in a direct lift from the 1978 white supremacist text The Turner Diaries. The MAGA goons who caused chaos at Washington this month contained at least a core of serious, organised, far-right insurrectionists whose ideas can be traced to this underground 'white supremacist bible' . They committed robberies, murders, and other crimes during the 1980s in order to fund their imagined race war and overturning of the government and were by turns hilariously incompetent and terrifyingly effective. Instead of creating a 'White Redoubt' break-away state in the Pacific Northwest, their reign of terror ended in a shoot-out that only served to further spark off militia groups.