In this episode Timothy introduces James, his new partner for paranormal investigations – and a voice you’ll be hearing a lot more on Strange Familiars. They talk about some weird happenings from James’ childhood: Were bigfoot creatures stalking around his family home? What was the strange thing is father saw crouched along Toad Road? (They also promised to get to some of Timothy’s experiences but ran out of time. Look for those on a future episode.)
For episode 13 we talk with Jim Pyre. Jim is a Strange Familiars listener and he reached out to us with some of his experiences with the strange and paranormal. We talked about will-o-the-wisps, the fae folk, grassman, hatman and more – including some thoughts about what may be behind some of these phenomena.
We’ll be featuring listener stories on occasion and we would like to do compilation shows featuring multiple listeners – so even if you just have a short encounter, we would love to hear from you.
In Episode 12 we present the story of a piece of history nearly lost; we talk about antique photography; we hear about a blind hero of the Civil War who became an amazing horse trainer; we learn the value of research; tell about a trip to the Antiques Roadshow; and talk about some interesting synchronicities…. or maybe just wondrous coincidences.
The song which closes the episode in Hymn to the Angelus II by The Forest Beggars (with Stone Breath) – words by E.A. Poe, music by Forest Beggars. This song is available on CD only – from Virgo, Mater, Domina – a bonus disc which comes with the 2CD and box set version of Stone Breath‘s The Shepherdess and the Bone-White Bird which is available at this link: https://stonebreath.bandcamp.com/album/the-shepherdess-and-the-bone-white-bird
For episode 11 we continue our talk about iron and the supernatural. This episode we focus on the blacksmith and the blacksmith’s role in folklore, magic, and as a liminal figure. We talk with author, powwow practitioner, and blacksmith, Cody Dickerson. We hear another story of a changeling and a boy taught to work iron by the faeries. Finally, we hear some traditional songs about the blacksmith.
The lady stands at her bower door Straight as a willow wand And by her came the coal blacksmith With a hammer in his hand Crying bide, lady bide, There’s nowhere you can hide. This rusty smith will be your love For all your maiden pride.
Well may you dress my lady fair All in your robes of red. Before the morn at this same time I’ll gain your maidenhead.
Away, away you coal blacksmith Would you do me wrong To think to gain my maidenhead That I have kept so long.
I’d rather I were dead and gone And buried in my grave Than a rusty stock of coal blacksmith My maidenhead should have.
The lady she held up her hand And swore upon her soul That she’d not be that blacksmith’s love For a whole chest full of gold.
The blacksmith he held up up his hand And swore upon the Mass: I’ll have you in my bed lady In a half an hour or less.
The lady she became a dove And flew up in the air And he became a cock pigeon And they flew pair and pair. She was woe, he held her so And still he bade her bide. This lusty smith her lover was For all her maiden pride.
The lady she turned into a hare And ran across the plain And he turned into a greyhound dog And chased her down again.
And she became a little mare As dark as the night was black And he became a gilt saddle And rode upon her back.
She became a silken plaid And stretched upon the bed And he became a green covering And gained her maidenhead.
And she became a corpse, A corpse all in the ground, And he became the cold grey clay And smothered her all around.
In Episode 10 we start our ongoing series discussing iron and the supernatural. With Joshua Cutchin, we talk about iron and the fae folk, changelings, and more – and then we hear some old stories regarding changelings, including one that went horribly wrong.
In this episode we hear about a very old sighting of a possible albatwitch creature (Pennsylvania’s “little bigfoot”) from 1838 – and then we talk with Mark Blankenship who has had some much more recent encounters with creatures in Washington state.
In Episode 7 we talk about the little town of Seven Valleys and many strange reports that have come from the area – including mystery lights, bigfoot sightings, pig weirdness, and more. We hear the story of Old Man Ruby, who died the same day as his horse and was seen riding his spectral mount for nearly a century after his death. Tim and Anthony pay a midnight visit to Panther Hill in Seven Valleys – where something unseen, but very much heard, runs them off!
Episode 6 tells the true story of P.T. Barnum’s Fiji Cannibals. After being taken from Fiji and exhibited in sideshows and dime museums around the United States, one of these men died in York, Pennsylvania. Newspapers reported that two other “cannibals” attempted to eat his corpse. What really happened?...and where is the Fiji Cannibal’s body? We visit Potter’s Fields, and discuss sideshows, circuses, Circassian women, and more. Our guest is Alison Renner.