Spirits of the Corn

Spirits of the Corn

Spirits of the corn (grain) fields from the United Kingdom to Russia have been imagined as embodiments of the harvest and guardians of the fields, sometimes evolving into fantastically cruel fear-figures in the process. We begin with a look at the Scottish and English ballad “John Barleycorn,” first appearing as a broadside in 1568. The …

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Master of the Wolves: Transylvanian and Balkan Wolf Lore

Master of the Wolves: Transylvanian and Balkan Wolf Lore

The Master of the Wolves is a supernatural figure central to Transylvania’s (modern Romania’s) voluminous body of wolf lore, a mythology that extends more broadly into Balkan regions once occupied, like Romania, by the ancient Dacians. We begin with a snippet from a contemporary recording of the 1857 poem “St. Andrew’s Night,” by the Romanian poet …

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Episode 93: Marvelous and Rare

Episode 93: Marvelous and Rare

As a “summer intermezzo” Bone and Sickle is offering three episodes this August in our “Marvelous and Rare: Antiquarian Circle” format.  These are shorter episodes normally enjoyed once a month by our $4+ supporters on Patreon (www.patreon.com/boneandsickle). There’s a reference in this particular episode to “world events” and the contemplation of heavenly phenomena as a …

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Episode 92: Marvelous and Rare

Episode 92: Marvelous and Rare

As a “summer intermezzo” Bone and Sickle is offering three episodes this August in our “Marvelous and Rare: Antiquarian Circle” format.  These are shorter episodes normally enjoyed once a month by our $4+ supporters on  Patreon (www.patreon.com/boneandsickle).  We look forward to returning in September with our regular shows.

Episode 91: Marvelous and Rare

Episode 91: Marvelous and Rare

As a “summer intermezzo” Bone and Sickle is offering three episodes this August in our “Marvelous and Rare: Antiquarian Circle” format.  These are shorter episodes normally enjoyed once a month by our $4+ supporters on Patreon (www.patreon.com/boneandsickle).  We look forward to returning in September with our regular shows.

Halloween Pumpkin Book for Sale

Halloween Pumpkin Book for Sale

Al Ridenour, your host of Bone and Sickle, has created a countdown book for HALLOWEEN! “THIRTY-ONE ROTTEN PUMPKINS” THIRTY-ONE images of surreal and decaying pumpkins rendered in a painterly 17th-century style – one pumpkin for each night of October to guide your nightly meditations toward Halloween. INFO/PURCHASE

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 SHOPIFY 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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