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Each week, host Eric Dwinnells chats with a different guest cohost about the unexplained, paranormal, mysterious, occult...anything that could be described as spooky! Some topics are heavy, some are light, but all are spooky.
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May 29, 2017

Host Eric Dwinnells presents one of his favorite fairy tales, Hansel and Gretel! This story has everything you love: a wicked stepmother who attempts to murder children, a father who reluctantly agrees to the plot, a deep dark forest, a wicked witch who eats children, a house made of candy, and a child who murders a witch by pushing her into an oven!

 

But did you know the witch's home may be a symbol for the missing biological mother's body? Or that Hansel's use of bread crumbs may represent his reverting back to an infantile state? This and other ideas brought up in The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim are presented for your consideration.

Also discussed on this episode: How you can get tickets to see Eric in Rock of Ages, Eric's potty mouth, "bad kids", Sifl & Olly and acquired tastes in podcasts.

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May 21, 2017

It's been a tough couple of weeks for host Eric Dwinnells and although he was going to talk about the Japanese Suicide Forest or Creepy Kids, he found those topics too depressing for the mood he was in and decided to throw his notes aside. Instead, he's just winging it with guest cohost Brian Toney. Together they discuss Ghosts. What is a ghost? Where did belief in ghost come from and what role does the cultural and religious background of the true believer play in shaping their ideas about ghosts?

But be warned, this is NOT a typical episode. Normally Eric or the guest prepares notes on the given subject. Today, it's just two dudes sharing their thoughts. They both have a tendency to wander of topic so in addition to ghosts, you'll also her Eric and Brian discuss religion, the attractiveness of most paranormal investigators, bed sheets, end of life choice (aka death with dignity), Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters, Shakespeare, Passover, Easter, and leprechauns.

This is truly a unique episode that will stand out from the rest. You won't want to miss it!

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May 16, 2017

Your host Eric Dwinnells isn't feeling well, but that won't stop him from talking about nonsense with you...well, for a little while at least!

 

This week it's all about the infamous Black Dogs of The UK! We're talking about the wild hunt and the man so evil hellhounds came to greet him at his grave. We're talking the legendary Barghest and the revenge it takes on those who dare to cross him. We're talking the Hound of Baskervilles and his run in with Sherlock Holmes. We're talking the tale of Moddey Dhoo and his encounter with a drunken castle guard. We're talking about the infamous Black Shuck who left his mark on a church and who's actual bones may have been discovered in 2014!

But the UK isn't the only place haunted by phantom hounds. Right here in the USA we have the black dog of The Hanging Hills of CT. And, slightly off topic, but the notorious serial killer, The Son of Sam took his orders to kill from his neighbor's lab!

Also on this episode: Eric talks about a possible upcoming performance, his love of animals, and his feelings about London.

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May 7, 2017

We all know and love Freddy Krueger, the wise-cracking star of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, but did you know the character has real world roots? Tonight, Host Eric Dwinnells and guest co-host Kristen discuss the origin of Wes Craven's most famous creation, Freddy Krueger!

We'll talk about how he got his name, what true life events caused Craven to make him slightly less horrifying than he originally planed, what inspired Freddy's icon glove, and what terrifying childhood event inspired Freddy's famous sweater and fedora style.

But where it really gets interesting is what inspired Wes Craven to turn Freddy into a murderer who attacks in your dreams! An amazing true life mystery that science has no answer for...but folklore does!

Also discussed: Meeting Freddy for the first time, Last House on the Left, Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Death Syndrome, nightmare, pressing demons, shadow people, Hmong refugees, and how your cat may be planning to kill you!

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