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The world is more mysterious than most people are comfortable imagining. We cross paths with the mystical from time to time and may not even notice it. If we do, we quickly return to our usually mundane daily existence. But what if we not only acknowledged the unknown, we investigated it and spoke with those in the know? That’s what co-hosts Scott & Forrest, and their producer Tess Pfeifle do at Astonishing Legends. With the power of the well-vetted Astonishing Research Corps, they have acce ...
 
Proudly brought to you by the fine folks at the Astonishing Legends Podcast- Not just another show but a place you can go: The Midnight Library. You alone, can climb the stairs of the strange, old Victorian mansion and be somewhat welcomed by your Hosts, Miranda Merrick & Mr. Darling. Curl up in a window seat or beside the grand fireplace and hear a tale of times long ago. Be transported to forgotten lands, learn about ancient customs and mysterious happenings… all in the company of your unu ...
 
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On a July afternoon in 1983, Colin Andrews, an electrical engineer and officer employed by the British regional government, was driving between his offices near Winchester and Hampshire when something caught his eye. Seeing something unusual in a farmer's field next to the road, he felt strongly compelled to pull over and check it out. A strange ph…
 
Welcome back, Spooky Lovelies! Tonight Our Ms. Merrick has a dark & devious tale of the very first handmade beings! From The Golem to The Mechanical Turk, she’ll tell you all about how they work… or seem to. Even Our Friend, Mr. Poe has a part in this peculiar tale! And be sure to see The Midnight Library’s Own Glass Case Gypsy, Maria, whilst you v…
 
We have a very special guest joining us tonight, metaphysical "astralnaut," philosopher of the liminal, "Pope of the Paranormal," and host of the AM Radio talk show Dark Air, Terry Carnation. Terry first got his start in the paranormal radio genre when unexpectedly thrust into taking over for another show. While working as a late-night rock n' roll…
 
As legend would have it, or at least how the story goes from Marie Caroline Watson Hamlin's 1884 book, Legends of Le Détroit, on the evening of the 10th of March, 1701, a lively banquet took place in the castle of St. Louis, Quebec. The celebratory dinner host was the governor of "New France," Hector Louis de Callière. The guest of honor was Monsie…
 
In the years between 1764 and 1767, a real-life monster had brutally savaged the residents of the former province of Gévaudan in the highland region of south-central France. While the creature's first attack was reportedly unsuccessful in killing its intended victim, it did provide a horrific description of it. Some sort of massive, canine-like cre…
 
Who among us hasn't wanted to know the future or have insight into the hidden, at least in passing? From the first instance a human had a premonition that came true, it seems likely that the adventurous who were shocked and astounded wondered how those without the "gift" could duplicate this impossible experience. Then, when someone stared too inte…
 
As we wrap up our coverage of the Frederick Valentich story in Part 3 of our series, we'll continue our conversation with Melbourne resident Chris Tyler about his research into the case and other possibly related UFO incidents around the same time and area. We'll also examine the Australian Department of Transport accident report's remaining findin…
 
Step right this way Dear Guest, over the threshold, on your RIGHT foot. We wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to you...not here, not in The Midnight Library. As luck would have it, tonight Ms. Miranda will hold you spellbound with tales of Superstition! From Evil Eyes to shattered mirrors, let us help you turn your luck! Special Thanks to Sounds …
 
When the facts about a paranormal event yield no more answers, investigators and the public alike tend to turn their attention to the experiencer's character to ascertain its authenticity. So what kind of person was Frederick Valentich? A once-lost aircraft accident report from Australia's Department of Transport, which resurfaced in 2012, has shed…
 
On Saturday, October 21, 1978, at 6:19 p.m., 20-year-old Frederick Valentich took off from Moorabbin Airport just south of Melbourne, Australia, for what was supposed to be a routine training and pleasure flight over Bass Strait to King Island. A serious student aviator, Valentich had been flying for two years and had accumulated over 150 hours of …
 
Welcome to The Midnight Library Dear Guest! Won’t you come in for a little drink as you enjoy tonight’s reading? We’re going to discuss art and passion, specifically those with a passion for the art of poisoning! We’re going to visit the good ol’ days when you could slip someone a little something...to help them rest...forever! Don’t worry if the r…
 
‘Tis the season of your folly! You’ve arrived at The Midnight Library just as were hosting some very special beardy weirdies! Join us as we welcome Krampus and a few of his relatives for a joyous (in our opinion!) telling of his brutal kind and their traditions! We Wish You a Merry Krampus!! Special Thanks to Sounds Like and Earful Music Supply for…
 
Please join us for a very special Astonishing Legends episode – an All-Star holiday party featuring some of your favorite podcast personalities! Along with consigliere Tess Pfeifle, we welcome our very own "Alexander Leek," sage, screenwriter and good friend Rich Hatem; podcaster, compadre, and casual archaeologist Micah Hanks; our Space Brother an…
 
Tonight's episode starts with the coverage of a strange and funny case involving aliens and holiday pies. On January 4, 1979, Mrs. Jean Hingely of the town of Rowley Regis in the West Midlands region of England was visited by three fishbowl-helmeted and friendly aliens with wings. After some spiritually uplifting exchanges, her holiday visitors thr…
 
Welcome, Dear Guests! We knew you’d be visiting this fine dreary night! We also predicted long ago that we were bound to tell you the tale of 3 distinctly different people who seemed destined to meet the end that fate had always had in mind for them. Why...it’s almost as though they had no choice in the matter… like you ...turning up here Special T…
 
In a rare dual-subject episode for us, we take a look at two somewhat Christmas-themed stories, the mysterious yet not-so-mysterious "Utah Monolith" and the Warminster "Thing." In the first part of the show, we discuss the recent discovery of a 9.5-foot-tall metal triangular prism-shaped pillar we've dubbed "The Christmas Monolith." This story made…
 
Step right this way, Dear Guest! Just be sure to mind that open grave… Tonight we take a little trip back in time to meet a one-of-a-kind woman: Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. We’ll learn of her magical life and times and then arrive...safely at her grave. Come... tiptoe through the tombstones...with us Special Thanks to Sounds Like…
 
In tonight’s Part Two of our discussion of Joe Fisher’s book, The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts, with Special Guest Rich Hatem, we continue to examine the narrative of Fisher’s interactions with Spirit Guides through Channeling and their troubling results. With the messages and guidance becoming increasingly confusing, frustrating, and seemingly misl…
 
Sure, maybe most of us would find it enticing to receive "inside information" from a mystical plane, our very own oracle of knowledge beyond what's possible in our earthly human existence. Who wouldn't want access to a Spirit Guide, one that could lend us valuable insight to better our lives and give a glimpse of what awaits us on the other side? P…
 
We understand. These are desperate times. But we caringly caution you…that you may not want to stoop so low that you let your soul go! Let us entertain you in the safety of The Midnight Library Reading Room, as we learn of those who struck the ultimate deal...with The Devil. (No devils were harmed in the making of this story) Special Thanks to Soun…
 
In tonight's continuation of our conversation with author and paranormal researcher David Weatherly, we discuss the rest of the creatures from the remainder of his book, Strange Intruders. This unholy host of insidious beings include such wide-ranging descriptions as reptoids appearing as aliens or disguised as humans, black-eyed kids and adults, t…
 
In this episode, Fabian talks about Season One coming to an end, the importance of having Core Values, and then dives into what's inspired/motivated him this week. Resources: Read: The Road Back To You Watch: Whiplash Listen: Culture Collaborative Vibes Playlist Core Values Conversation from Moments to Momentum Show Check out the songs we played du…
 
Happy Halloween, Spooky Lovelies! Tonight’s reading in The Midnight Library is all about Our Friend, Jack! Mr. Jack O’Lantern, if you will. Just where did he come from and why are we all so very fond of him? Hear all about his glowing personality tonight! We can hardly wait to get carving… Special Thanks to Sounds Like and Earful Music Supply for t…
 
Visiting a spooky location can be scary because of the spirits and monsters which may await you there. However, one can avoid these horrors by merely not going to these places, right? But what if these frightening creatures came to visit YOU? What if they knew where you lived, your secrets, what terrified you the most, then used that knowledge and …
 
Last week's episode on the Ouija board's history and sociological context illustrated that its use was regarded mostly as a virtuous parlor game for over half its life. But then, in the later period of the 20th century, the board's reputation changed from being an innocent way to contact the deceased to often being an oracle and instigator of super…
 
Your favorite spooky library reopens just in time for the Spooky Season! And YOU have a front-row seat by the fire while your haunting host, Ms. Miranda Merrick tells you all about Ancient Books & Their Curses! (After all, she would know) And just when you’ve relaxed as you listen…then, the torture begins. Special Thanks to Sounds Like and Earful M…
 
Aaron Brockett is the lead pastor of Traders Point Christian Church in Indianapolis. Since he joined the church in 2007, it has grown from 1,500 people in one location to more than 9,000 people in four locations, earning recognition as one of the fastest-growing churches in the U.S. from Outreach Magazine. Aaron has contributed to several books and…
 
In this episode, Fabian talks about an app that's helping to get out of a fitness funk then dives into what's inspired/motivated him this week. Resources: Read: The War of Art, Steven Pressfield Watch: Song Exploder on Netflix Listen: Alfredo, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist Check out the songs we played during this episode V1rgo - Ambre Jaune Watert…
 
What has six arms, six legs, two beards, and a witch hat?? A CROSSOVER EPISODE! - between The Midnight Library & The Loremen Podcast!! You’re invited to witness the weird as our own Miranda Merrick holds captive...er...captivates England’s own Alasdair Beckett-King and James Shakeshaft with a water-logged tale of Great Lakes Sea Monsters! Put on yo…
 
In Part Three, the commercial-free final "mega-sode" of our D. B. Cooper series, we continue with the FBI's profiling of the infamous skyjacker and learn of their Lead Agents' conclusions, Ralph P. Himmelsbach and Larry Carr. While the FBI investigation would practically come to a dead-end stalemate with their inability to "prove culpability beyond…
 
Jennifer Broxterman is a Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutritionist. She’s a successful entrepreneur and founder of NutritionRx, offering in-person and online nutrition coaching that encourages people to build a happy and healthy relationship with food through habits-based behaviour change. She’s worked with thousands of clients over the past 10 ye…
 
What makes the legend of D. B. Cooper so enduring is not so much the crime itself, but everything that happened after. Cooper's skyjacking was just one of many during a wave in the era. His method of escape was only somewhat novel. Although he seemed to know about some commercial jet aviation aspects, a few of his choices left authorities questioni…
 
In this episode, Fabian talks about procrastination and fear then dives into what's inspired/motivated him this week. Resources: READ: The Daily Dad, 'Send Them A Postcard' WATCH: Everybody’s Everything LISTEN: Dissect Podcast Season 7: Because The Internet by Childish Gambino Check out the songs we played during this episode Kendrick Lamar, Fear R…
 
On the afternoon of Thanksgiving eve, November 24, 1971, a smartly dressed man approached the flight counter for Northwest Orient Airlines at Portland International Airport and purchased a one-way ticket to Seattle. The name he gave was "Dan Cooper" as he paid cash to board Flight 305, a short 30-minute trip that would turn into one of the longest …
 
Scott Stulen is the CEO and President of Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s also an artist, curator, programmer and DJ. Previously he was the first Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Director of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers and Project Director of mnartists.org at…
 
In the continuation of our interview with the mastermind behind the infamous and legendary Alien Autopsy film, director, producer, conceptual artist, and magician, Spyros Melaris, we learn more about the process of its creation and the aftermath of its release upon the world. But if you think this is just one more case of "Mystery Solved! Nothing t…
 
In this episode, Fabian talks about his struggle to decide what this podcast channel will be used for moving forward and then dives into what's inspired/motivated him this week. Resources: READ: Atomic Habits WATCH: Baby Driver *bonus baby driver content LISTEN: Chelsea Handler, Life Will Be The Death of Me Check out the songs we played during this…
 
Chris Cooper believes hard-working business owners are the heart and soul of the economy, and he’s dedicated his life to supporting them through mentorship. His goal: help 1 million entrepreneurs find success. After starting Two-Brain Business on Feb. 13, 2016, Chris grew the company into the largest gym mentorship company in the world. The busines…
 
Indeed, there is no shortage of debatable evidence and probable hoaxes when it comes to the subject of UFOs and aliens. Yet as with any cultural phenomenon, there are those prime examples that rise to the top to become forever cemented into our collective consciousness. One such artifact is a 17-minute black-and-white film that became so iconic it …
 
In this episode, Fabian explains the concept behind the Motivation Chaser Podcast and how it started, then dives into what's inspired him this week. Resources: Joe Rogan Experience Read - The Daily Dad Watch - David Goggins on Instagram Listen - Congratulations, Post Malone Thank you to our sponsor, Full Stack. Learn more about Full Stack at www.fu…
 
In the continuation of our interview with esteemed UFO and paranormal investigator Stan Gordon, he relays case studies that indicate that the event at Kecksburg may have been merely one incident in a long and continuing saga of High Strangeness. In his 61 years of research so far, beginning in 1959 at the age of ten, Stan has interviewed thousands …
 
Welcome to the debut of our new show, Motivation Chaser, a show about finding inspiration in the books we read, movies we watch, and music we listen to. Ian Chang is the acclaimed drummer for the band Son Lux. I had the chance to talk to Ian about Son Lux’s new Record, Tomorrow’s. On our show today, we find out what Ian reads, watches, and listens …
 
Tonight's show will be a special treat for those listeners who've been patiently awaiting a revamping of our coverage of the Kecksburg UFO incident. Those unfamiliar with the case but entertain a curiosity with mysterious, non-organic objects falling from our skies meeting an equally mysterious fate will also find this episode fascinating. In the l…
 
For children, the world is still new and full of wonder. Every day is a chance for an adventure, discovering exciting possibilities, and meeting interesting people. Sadly, today's world is a little less safe for kids to explore on their own than it was in the nostalgically idyllic year of 1973. In early May of that year, two kids would make a new f…
 
In the second & final part of our Question & Answer interview with the inimitable Rich Hatem, Scott & Forrest continue to babble & blather on & on about everything from UFOs & Ghosts to vampires & Yetis, and everything in-between. Because, you know, everything is connected. And if everything is indeed connected, then is anything really, a long, dra…
 
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