Dark Fairy Tales II: Heads in a Fountain, Bones in a Bag

Dark Fairy Tales II: Heads in a Fountain, Bones in a Bag

Dark fairy tale elements including floating heads and bags of bones are featured in a family of tales classified under the Aarne-Thompson system as Type 480, “Kind and Unkind Girls.”  Imaginative punishments and rewards for the kind and unkind characters in question are a further interesting element.  The girls in these tales are always sisters or stepsisters, and …

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Bone and Sickle 2022 Shirts, Merch Now Available

Bone and Sickle 2022 Shirts, Merch Now Available

Now available for all fans of the show (or people who just like to wear skeleton shirts)! Please visit our ETSY STORE FOR PURCHASE. We have T SHIRTS… Men’s/Unisex Women’s Long Sleeve. We have HOODIES. ALL IN BLACK, BLACK, BLACK, BLACK ONLY. Printed with image on FRONT show name on BACK. ALSO SHIPPED IN EUROPE …

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Dark Fairy Tales I: The Girl with No Hands

Dark Fairy Tales I: The Girl with No Hands

“The Girl with No Hands” is the name of a a folk-tale motif shared by a number of gruesome fairy stories in which the the amputation of the heroine’s hands allows her to escape death, the Devil, or a repugnant suitor. (NOTE: For details on the 2022 Bone and Sickle shirts mentioned in the show, please visit …

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Electric Fairy Rings and the Slime from Space

Electric Fairy Rings and the Slime from Space

The folklore of fairy rings and “star jelly” is strangely connected to celestial phenomena, including lightning and shooting stars. We begin with a description of a folkloric fairy ring and its dancing population from John Aubrey’s 1690 book Natural History of Wiltshire, following this with a few other folkloric takes on the topic. The botanical phenomena of …

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A great review for our show!! Please share if you’ve ever tried to describe Bone and Sickle to friends and couldn’t quite find the words! FROM PODCASTGEEK  Bleeding saints and forest witches MAY 15, 2022 / SLUDGIEBOY / 0 COMMENTS Bone And Sickle review Rating – Honestly, I’ve been a fan of this show for …

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The Seeress: Germanic Tribes, Vikings, and Witches

The Seeress: Germanic Tribes, Vikings, and Witches

In pagan Germanic cultures, the seeress played an extremely important role, not only as a clairvoyant, but also often fulfilling the role of a priestess, wisewoman or witch. We begin with a short clip from Robert Eggers’ The Northman, in which Björk plays a seeress.  Old Norse words used to describe this role include spákona, or …

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“All the Haunts Belong to…”

“All the Haunts Belong to…”

…Joshua Shockley IV, who was randomly chosen from among our last 2 months of new subscribers. As a sort of consolation prize to others who joined, we’ll be making new T-shirts available exclusively to our subscribers in a month or two.

The Hellfire Clubs, Part Two

The Hellfire Clubs, Part Two

The best known of the 18th-century Hellfire Clubs, one founded by Francis Dashwood, is largely remembered today because of the theatrical settings in which they were said to gather, namely a ruined abbey and a network of caves. The latter is represented in the 1961 period drama, The Hellfire Club, from which we hear a brief snippet …

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Hellfire Clubs, Part One

Hellfire Clubs, Part One

The Hellfire Clubs of 18th-century Great Britain were gatherings of upper-class libertines dedicated to hedonism, blasphemous jests and taboo activities expressing a cultural and political opposition to the Church. They were also the subject of lurid rumor and legend.  In this episode and the next we attempt to tease out Hellfire Club fact from folklore. …

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Patreon Raffle: All The Haunts be Ours

Patreon Raffle: All The Haunts be Ours

We have a special offer running from now until April 30, a chance to win the 15-disc set, All The Haunts Be Ours: A Compendium Of Folk Horror.  It’s a splendid collection released in conjunction with the Folk Horror documentary Woodland Dark and Days Bewitched, which is one of the included discs.  Not only does …

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