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Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling

Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling

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The study of the paranormal has a long, fascinating, and controversial history. Best friends and hosts Ryan and Jordan explore the depths of metaphysical phenomena, ufology, cryptozoology, and all manor of unsolved mysteries through a time-honored tradition: the campfire story. If you’re fascinated by all things Fortean; if you love stories of ghosts, UFOs, cryptids, and the occult this show is for you.
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This week, we have decided to return to one of our favorite and most intriguing and mysterious cases we have discussed to date, Dyatlov Pass. Like we have done with other earlier episodes, we have completely redone the episode, added sound design, and will focus our next Camp Divination episode to uncover further information and hopefully answer ou…
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Get ready for a night of Aliens, Hybrids, and Tarot! Every Friday we pack our unanswered questions into the canoe and paddle across the lake to see if our friend, The Village Tarot Witch can help us get to the bottom of this! This week, we delve deep into one of the most compelling and chilling UFO encounters of the 20th century. On a cold night in…
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This week, we delve deep into one of the most compelling and chilling UFO encounters of the 20th century. On a cold night in 1979, Lynda Jones, a young nurse from Didsbury, Manchester experienced something that would forever alter the course of her life. While driving home after a late shift, Lynda's encounter with a mysterious, brightly lit object…
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This week, we had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with someone who has become a close friend of the show and the designer behind our Jersey Devil t-shirt, Christina of The Crescent Hare! She’s a brilliant artist, the mastermind behind the Celestial Alien Oracle Deck, and has a fascinating background in extraterrestrial investigation. We discu…
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Two years ago this month, we lost a true giant in the world of modern American folklore. John Edmonds was a true badass and a brilliant storyteller. I’m honor of him and the impact that he had on our weird little world, we bring you a reimagining of our episode from September of 2021, Stardust Ranch. ⠀ ⠀ Nestled in the eerie expanse of Rainbow Vall…
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Get ready. We're talking Bigfoot...of the south! Every Friday we pack our unanswered questions into the canoe and paddle across the lake to see if our friend, The Village Tarot Witch can help us get to the bottom of this! In the shadowy realms of Fouke, Arkansas, the legend of a mysterious creature has haunted this small town for decades. Known to …
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This week, we venture into the shadowy realms of Fouke, Arkansas, to uncover the legend of a mysterious creature that has haunted this small town for decades. Known to locals as the Fouke Monster, this elusive being has been the subject of hundreds of sightings, leaving behind a trail of intrigue and speculation. Through the examination of intervie…
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Get ready for a night of Ghosts, Curses, and Tarot! Every Friday we pack our unanswered questions into the canoe and paddle across the lake to see if our friend, The Village Tarot Witch can help us get to the bottom of this! From July 1928 to July of 1929, a seemingly normal family living in the bustling city of Poona, India saw a haunting unfold t…
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In this gripping episode, we delve into the eerie and perplexing Poona Poltergeist case, a tale that has baffled paranormal experts and skeptics alike. Set in the bustling city of Poona, India, this haunting story unfolds in a seemingly ordinary household that became the center of supernatural occurrences. As we piece together the accounts and expl…
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This week on Tales From Ravenbrook, we’re setting off on a treacherous journey through the dark corners of history and faith. These stories will leave you questioning where the true horror lies – in the supernatural, or within the hearts of men. Part 1: Communion The shadows of Ravenbrook conceal more than just secrets; they hide sins. In a tale wh…
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Explore the chilling legend of Slaughterhouse Canyon in this gripping episode of Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling. Nestled in the heart of the Arizona desert, this desolate canyon is said to be haunted by the ghostly cries and apparitions of its tragic past. As we delve into the sorrowful tales and eerie mysteries that shroud this curs…
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Welcome to Ravenbrook. A town in northern Maine where mystery grows like a crop, monsters lurk at every tree line, and phantoms travel through more shadows than not. In this week’s first tale, we explore the lost tapes of a hypnotic regression therapy session in 2002. Were extraterrestrials responsible for the disappearance of Thomas Harlan? Find o…
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This week, we are venturing into the deep waters of true high strangeness. Sam the Sandown Clown was a strange being encountered by two young children in Lake Common, Sandown, Isle of Wight in May of 1973. This entity is no doubt one of the strangest and most unclassifiable paranormal beings ever recorded. Seemingly neither a spirit nor an extrater…
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Welcome to Ravenbrook. A town in northern Maine where mystery grows like a crop, monsters lurk at every tree line, and phantoms travel through more shadows than not. In this week’s first tale, we have our very first Ravenbrook Bigfoot encounter! But is this sasquatch a simple upright bipedal hominid? Nothing in Ravenbrook is ever that simple. We fo…
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The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Peter Gibbs, often referred to as the Great Mull Air Mystery, took place on Christmas Eve of 1975 at the Glenforsa Hotel on the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. After taking off on an ill-advised night flight, Gibbs vanished without a trace. His uninjured but decomposed body was d…
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This week, we’re catching up with dear friend of the show, Karly Latham. Since we last spoke she has been very busy, launching not only a brand new podcast called Death Becomes Us but a full-scale publishing company called Dark Village Publications. Sitting down with Karly is always a joy. Go check out Death Becomes Us and Dark Village Publications…
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It’s 2024! Happy New Year! 2023 was a fantastic year for us as a show and as people! We’ve gathered here to discuss all of our favorite parts of it! Movies! Music! Games! Podcasts! Everything that we loved from this year. Everything that made our lives better this year. And, of course, we discuss each of our top five Campfire episodes from the year…
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Welcome to Ravenbrook. A town in northern Maine where mystery grows like a crop, monsters lurk at every tree line, and phantoms travel through more shadows than not. In this week’s first tale, we get to know a young doctor whose troubled past brings him back to the town of his turbulent youth. Get ready for this tale that explores the space between…
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In honor of the holiday season and us working on going back to add sound design to previous episodes, we have have decided to revisit and create a reimagining of our popular Pope Lick Monster episode. Story has been redone. New music. Added sound design. And, a better flow of the debrief. Enjoy! This week, we’re headed back to the North-Kentucky br…
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For this week’s addition to the Campfire Classics Collection, we have decided to bring back the timeless pastime of telling scary stories around the Christmas holiday. For this particular episode, we are telling the tale of "Smee" from famed author, A.M. Burgess. Burgess is a British writer, born in Hillingdon, London, in 1889. He was noted in his …
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Since the early days of European culture, winter tradition involved the telling of spooky tales while huddled around the fire. This oral tradition quickly made its way to the page with the advent of the printing press during the Industrial Revolution, and this became a beloved tradition all over modern Europe as well as the west. With the injection…
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This week, we are graced with the presence of a dear friend of the show and one of our absolute favorite authors in this space. Joshua Cutchin has established himself as a true force in the world of speculative non-fiction. With titles like Trojan Feast, Where the Footprints End, and Ecology of Souls, he has made an impact on the Fortean community …
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On October 17th, 1973, the young Falkville Chief of Police, Jeff Greenhaw, was likely hoping for a quiet evening at home after a long day of work. Instead, he would receive a call that would change his life forever, an anonymous call to dispatch from a frantic caller about a UFO in a field just outside of town. When he arrived, he was greeted by a …
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With the new year around the corner, we thought it was a great time to remind out listeners of what they are missing out on by not subscribing to our Patreon. This is just a a preview of some of the content you can expect. There is much more (with plenty to come) over on Patreon. Go subscribe now! www.patreon.com/campfiretalesofthestrangeandunsettl…
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From snakes to scorpions, the Australian Outback infamously contains a wealth of fearsome animals. But legend also states that this vast wilderness is home to more than one mythical creature, including a Bigfoot-like beast called a Yowie. Though accounts from Europeans only date to the 19th century, stories from Australia’s Indigenous Aboriginal pe…
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Welcome to Ravenbrook. A town in northern Maine where mystery grows like a crop, monsters lurk at in every tree line, and phantoms lurk in more shadows than not. In this week’s first tale, we follow the exploits of an RPD beat cop from back in the 40s as he attempts to rid Ravenbrook of one of its oldest standing paranormal nuisances. We follow tha…
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It all started in 2006 with what else but an Ouija board. Two girls at a prestigious catholic school in Mexico City led a group of peers in their first explorations of the dark arts. Soon, they began experiencing shadow figures, disembodied voices, and even suicidal ideations, but this is just the beginning of what would eventually be described as …
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We will be continuing the Campfire Classics Collection throughout the season. For this addition to the collection, we have a tale from one of the true masters of horror. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe was first published in Graham’s Magazine in 1842. It’s a beautifully delivered allegory for the inevitability of death. Poe’s work is…
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This week, we’re taking a look at a bit of an outlier in the psychological profiles of serial killers. Gary Michael Hilton, known as The National Forest Serial Killer, is an American serial killer responsible for four known homicides between 2007 and 2008 committed in three states, all of which occurred within the premises of national forests. What…
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Welcome to Ravenbrook. A town in northern Maine where mystery grows like a crop, monsters lurk at in every tree line, and phantoms lurk in more shadows than not. This week, we have a tale of an internet tulpa that examines the effect of modern myth-making on our seemingly sleepy little town and a story of a family back in the 90s whose young daught…
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In April of 1997, Judy Smith vanished from Logan International Airport. Five months later, her remains were found hundreds of miles away in Asheville, North Carolina. This, in itself is baffling, but the details of the case truly take it to another level. Join us for this truly bizarre tale of a very normal family struck by an extremely abnormal in…
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This week, we have a very special treat. After two years of attempts to line our schedules up, we finally managed to get today’s guest to sit down for an hour to talk. Cole Herrold is the brilliant mind behind the New World Explorers Society blog and a veritable human encyclopedia of Fortean knowledge. I had an amazing time chatting with him about …
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The culmination of this year’s Spooky Season has arrived! The Halloween Hellscape Listener Story Extravaganza is our chance to truly revel in the fun, terrifying, and bizarre tales that make this season what it is. Not only are we reading a selection of your very own haunting tales, we’re diving in and read just a few of the incredible stories incl…
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This week, in our AI story hour, we have two tales of Ravenbrook. First, we follow two young friends as they venture toward the dark heart of a haunted corn maze. What lies at its center just may spell the end of our macabre little hamlet. In our second tale, we check in on Ravenbrook’s resident struggling horror author as she stumbles into a heret…
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For this week’s addition to the Campfire Classics Collection, we have a story from a lesser known, but equally as monumental a writer of the Victorian era, William Harrison Ainsworth. Ainsworth was a prolific English writer who lived from 1805 to 1882. Ainsworth's literary career was marked by a fascination with the macabre, the gothic, and the sup…
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For at least 30 years, the story of a man dressed as a bunny has haunted the residential neighborhoods around our nation's capital. In the final installment of our Spooky Season Urban Legends series, we’re getting into the deep end with The Bunny Man. Tall as this tale may sound at first, the Bunny Man has been a fixture of local legend for decades…
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In this installment of the AI Story Hour, we have two tales of Halloween havoc. For our first story, we follow young Lily on what just may prove to be the most horrifying and momentous Halloween of, not only her life, but the history of Ravenbrook itself. In our second tale of the evening, a curse has taken hold of our seemingly sleepy town. Seems …
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In our third installment of our Urban Legends series, we have a truly fascinating study in the process of myth-making in the Americas. The Woman in White has been seen by countless individuals over centuries. In dark hallways, abandoned homes, balconies, riversides, and above all roadsides. The ubiquity of this entity, born of unadulterated tragedy…
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For this week’s addition to the Campfire Classics Collection, we have one of the most famed contributors to English Literature dipping his toes into the horror genre to great success. Robert Louis Stevenson, most famous for his 1883 novel, Treasure Island, published this short story the following year in The Pall Mall Gazette. Its characters were b…
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Now, deep into Spooky Season, we are continuing our experiment with ChatGPT’s ability to compose short horror stories. For our first story, we venture outside of Ravenbrook to a neighboring town as a group of teens attempt to unravel the mystery of the Beast of Bear Creek! Will their journey into the Hollow spell their own demise? Our second story …
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In the second installment of our Urban Legends Spooky Season series, this week, we’re diving into a legend that all of us here in the West grew up with. None other than Bloody Mary. While the origins of this entity are absolutely up for debate, since the mid-18th Century, legends of this other-dimensional walking horror story have plagued the dream…
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This week, we are continuing Spooky Season with our first official Friday Night Fright of October! From now, until the end of October, we will be continuing our experiment with ChatGPT’s ability to compose short horror stories. This month, the stories will have a distinctly spooky theme. Our first story follows a group of unsuspecting Halloween par…
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It’s finally Spooky Season, and we are diving into the deep end of our October series on Urban Legends! This week, we have an absolute classic. We all know the legend of the Hook Hand, the Hook, or the Hookman. An urban legend about a killer with a pirate-like hook for a hand attacking a couple in a parked car. In many versions of the story, the ki…
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This week, we are officially beginning Spooky Season! From now, until the end of October, we will be continuing our experiment with ChatGPT’s ability to compose short horror stories. This month, the stories will have a distinctly spooky theme. Our first story follows a trio of young teens as they explore the deeply disturbing depths of a haunted ca…
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Ted Bundy was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered dozens of young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, he confessed to 30 murders committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. His true victim total is unknown. This week, we dive into the mind and crimes of one of the…
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This week, we are joined by author, diviner, amateur historian, and all-around lovely human being, Joy Johns. We talk about the influence of geography on mythmaking, folk magic, our mutual love of history, ethics in paratourism, and Joy’s personal history with paranormal activity and divination. She is funny and thoughtful and disarmingly insightfu…
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Clara and Phil Dandy lived in the Hinsdale House along with their children in the early 1970s. The paranormal activity became so frequent and so menacing that they called Father Alphonsus, a priest from St. Bonaventure University for help. With legends of a hanging tree, a pond that has claimed at least one life, a “structural exorcism”, and hills …
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This week, we have a very special treat. Jonathan Dodd and Matt Schang sat down with us to discuss an absolutely incredible encounter that they recently had in rural Chautauqua County in Western New York. This was an absolute blast and hearing about this life-altering experience was genuinely inspirational. Matt and Jon are dear friends of the show…
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In November 2018, New York Magazine published “The Watcher,” which chronicled an affluent New Jersey family being stalked by a mysterious, threatening letter writer. The article, by Reeves Wiedeman, became the basis of a Netflix limited series created by Ryan Murphy. This is a truly bizarre mystery with twists and turns and moments of deep introspe…
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