This episode of professor Gruntsplatter’s Spookatorium includes information on the Piasa, a giant bird(?) once believed to inhabit the Mississippi Valley, and a look at some of the more esoteric interests of Sabine Baring-Gould the priest behind the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers.” And of course, there’s music. This time from Rope Sect, The Ex, Head Of David, Dynastes, November Novelet, Grey Frequency, Caulbearer, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Le’Enfant Del La Foret, Mago, Tertium Non Data & Velum Sonus.
This episode looks at a type of Fae called Night Elves, among other names, as possibly having a role in the Sleep Paralysis phenomenon. Beyond that, there is music from Masses, NoMeansNo, Hypsiphrone, Lot 49, Infestation Ritual, Delta Kane, Recant, Oureboros, Pain Emission, Swamp Terrorists, Controlled Bleeding, & Burial Hex.
This episode, we dip our toes into the Victorian tradition of holiday ghost stories with a reading of M.R. James “A School Story.” Beyond that, there is lots of music from the likes of Badrich, Naxal Protocol, Never Worse, Murderous Vision, Hoducoma, Blackmole, Skinny Puppy, Khost, Luasa Raelon, Black Egg, Box and The Twins, Weever and Wilt.
In this episode, we explore the idea of the Sin Eater and look at some of the superstitions surrounding the Hangman’s Rope. And there is lots of great music from the likes of Intersigno, Ourea, Belt, Swarm Intelligence, Images In Silence, Tribe Of Circle, Volunteer Coroner, Drape Excrement, Pain Teens, Shallow Waves, Dismal Thoughts, and A.M.Q.A
Episode 35 of the Spookatorium looks at Medium Helene Smith, who claimed to astral travel to Mars, and the work of macabre photographer William Mortensen. In addition, there is music from: The Handsome Family, Helge Sten, Hexvessel, IV Horsemen, Ivillion, Rituals, Second Spectre, Dark Circuitry, Coeur, Stefan Bachmeier, Stem Cell Research Project, & Council of Nine.
The video version includes some drawings from Helene Smith and also some examples of Mortensen’s work. Or you can check it out through your favorite place for podcasts.
In this episode, we take a look at the idea of man-eating trees in remote parts of the world in the 1700 and 1800’s. It occurred to me after I finished this episode how Lovecraftian some of the descriptions of these trees are prior to Lovecraft’s writing. There is music from Antechamber, Black Mare, P.H.O.B.O.S., Haeretici 7o74, Ligeia, And Also The Trees, Reverence, Dreadmaul, The Chameleons, Geko, The Glass Beads, Funerary Call, Reptyla, Shadow Monument.