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Astonishing Legends

Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess

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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. Over 85 million downloads and hundreds of thousands of listeners have shown ...
 
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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Now that we've heard the shocking details of Ronnie Hunkeler's exorcism, we're once again left to wonder at what point does a logical, scientific explanation become inadequate in accounting for all the extreme events that occurred? Looking objectively at Ronnie's behavior before, during, and after the exorcisms, those who favor a psychiatric or med…
 
Step right this way, Dear Guest! A magical feast for the ears has been prepared for you this evening. We want to tempt you with magic mushrooms-not like that. Well...maybe. Tonight we delve into the earthy and mysterious world of fabulous fungi. Learn to tell tasty from toxic...hopefully, as Ms. Merrick has collected a fine selection of mushroom lo…
 
We've probably all seen exorcisms performed in movies and TV, but how accurate are those portrayals? Are they really as ferociously terrifying as these shows would have us believe? Where did the writers get their ideas and details about what actually takes place during an exorcism? The Roman Catholic Church has only one sanctioned procedure, and it…
 
The guests are all settled and filled with dread, while Visions of Vampires dance in their heads! Join us tonight as your haunting host, Miranda Merrick leads you astray to meet some “blood enthusiasts” of olden times. We’ll find some of the first famous vampires and hear how they were stopped, then we’ll weigh up our options for joining a nice, fr…
 
We've probably all seen exorcisms performed in movies and TV, but how accurate are those portrayals? Are they really as ferociously terrifying as these shows would have us believe? Where did the writers get their ideas and details about what actually takes place during an exorcism? The Roman Catholic Church has only one sanctioned procedure, and it…
 
What every horror film loves to boast, if possible, is the claim of "Based on a True Story." Because if the story is not just from some writer's imagination, if there is a thread to an actual event with real people, no matter how thin, then the fear becomes more real. William Friedkin's 1973 motion picture The Exorcist is considered one of, if not …
 
You know the legend he created. Tonight, our reading will tell you just how eerily all of the spooky pieces of Bram Stoker’s life fell precisely into place so that he could give the world--DRACULA! Stoker had the right illness, the right grim mother, friends, books, and even the right nightmare that contributed to the making of the perfect literary…
 
As we continue with Part Two of our discussion with Richard Hatem of Ken Webster's book, The Vertical Plane, we find that "The Mystery of the Dodleston Messages" has become even more fantastical and bizarre. As unimaginable as it would be to ostensibly communicate with a living person from hundreds of years ago, Ken and his friends now find themsel…
 
Welcome back, Dear Guests, to The Midnight Library. Tonight, your host, Miranda, will introduce you to The Famous Fox Sisters! Three wily women who took The Modern Spiritualist Movement by storm and left many a ghost in their wake. From a haunted old farmhouse, mysterious coded raps from another realm tapped out messages that put the women in the s…
 
Many of us enjoy a good ghost story. Many of us enjoy Science Fiction. But how many stories do you know that start off as one and evolve into the other? What's become known as "The mystery of the Dodleston messages" is precisely just such a case. And if the story is accurate, it comes with some of the most incredible, baffling, and mind-bending imp…
 
Now that we've covered the story essentials of the strange case of Mary Lurancy Vennum, known as "The Watseka Wonder," it's time to take a look at the possible causes and mechanics of this apparent miracle. Suppose Lurancy's possession was merely the imaginative prank of an attention-seeking impressionable teenager. How then did she know intimate, …
 
We often wonder when was the first time a now well-known phenomenon first occurred or was recorded. In the instance of spiritual possession, at least in the United States, we may have an answer in the case known as “The Watseka Wonder.” Indeed, if such a condition exists, it’s likely people have been claiming or appearing to be possessed by a super…
 
One question we often receive is, do we think the US Government will ever disclose the existence of UFOs? We believe the answer is, they've already begun. Since the groundbreaking, front-page article appeared in the December 17, 2017 edition of the New York Times with a title exclaiming "Real UFOs," the world has seen drips and drops of Pentagon-au…
 
Your journey to reach The Midnight Library is narrated in ASMR fashion by your humble host: Miranda Merrick. Who will you meet on your walk? You’ve gotten in your car and driven to the edge of the village. The main road has narrowed. Forests, pastureland, and old farms dot the dimming distance. Whatever life has had to offer you, whatever reality h…
 
Here's a question: What makes a haunted house spooky if you've never been there? How scary can a haunted house be if no one has repeatedly investigated it? In other words, what is more frightening, the honest anecdotes about experienced paranormal activity in a haunted location or the unverified legends and lore of a place that send the frights of …
 
Well, Dear Guest, how do you feel about getting a little dirty? (Not like that!) Join us tonight! - as we slip into the slime with Bog Bodies!! How old are they? How did they all get into the bogs in the first place? What kind of fashion sense did they have? What kind of tea do they prefer? Visit The Reading Room and hear your Host, Miranda Merrick…
 
It's much more comfortable for most of us to think of paranormal subjects as having their origins beginning only in recent history – an amusing byproduct of mid-twentieth century foolishness or the internet age. Much easier to dismiss then. Many people, persuaded by an uninformed media, believe UFOs only started appearing to the public after pilot …
 
Our goal in covering the story of the Perron family's experience while living for a decade at the Arnold Estate, the inspiration for the motion picture, The Conjuring, was to uncover the real story behind the persistent hauntings. What we discovered once again was the actual truths at the heart of this, and other famous cases are as murky and nebul…
 
So, you’ve got a little demon infestation. Who ya gonna call? More demons, of course! Carefully make your way to The Reading Room, Dear Guests, as tonight Ms. Merrick holds court in the case of: DEMON Vs. DEMON. Oh and there’s cake! Join us for tonight’s reading as we go down, down, down where the demons dwell! Isn’t that a Hell of a thing? Special…
 
Welcome to tonight’s reading, Dear Guests! We believe you’ll find the subject to be quite disarming… Granted the topic is a daunting one, but we are not defeated… We’re determined to single-handedly tell you everything about… amputations. We promise not to cut anything short. So, get yourself together and join us in The Reading Room for, The Amputa…
 
Whether you're a fan of horror films or not, you've probably heard of the 2013 motion picture, "The Conjuring." This film, starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, struck such a chord with viewers that it spawned a franchise of related films like The Conjuring sequels, The Nun, Annabelle, and The Curse of La Llorona. But the initial movie was insp…
 
What if Miranda ever left The Midnight Library? What if she showed up on your doorstep?! This is the fate that’s befallen The Loremen (Now to be referred to as “Those poor Loremen”) Don’t worry, she’s brought her Holiday Snakes and the story of “The Ghost of Harry Main”- Join us as Our Ms. Merrick & Mr. Darling make a surprise visit to stay the nig…
 
Many of us have taken an adventurous expedition to check out some local, notorious spot to see if we could witness or sense some evidence of a past famous or infamous incident. Most of the time, one only returns with a minor anecdote or pictures of an ordinary location bereft of anything noteworthy. The more realistic purpose is not so much to find…
 
It’s just as terrifying as it sounds. Tonight in a strange twist of fate, you find yourself alone with your favorite mysterious host for an intimate chat in which she answers the curious questions submitted by her trusty patrons. A less guarded, more candid, but always enigmatic Miranda will tell you the answers to some of The Midnight Library’s mo…
 
So, as we close out our three-part series on Crop Circles, what have we all learned so far? Well, we've learned that Crop Circles are not just another fad from the 1980s and 90s. Generations of farmers going back at least to the turn of the last century have found them, and probably long before that if written accounts are accurate. They may have b…
 
You’ve been hopeful. You’ve been curious, patient, and vigilant. Tonight is your night. The Wendigo, in all of their incarnations, are assembled here in The Midnight Library. They are as anxious to meet you as you are to meet them. Take a seat by the fire or snuggle up with a wolf pup for protection. It’s about to get cold, dark, and oh so dreary. …
 
As we dive deeper into exploring the phenomenon of Crop Circles, it seems that the story of its research takes on the shape of other histories of paranormal investigation. Misinformation and misdirection from government and military agencies, hoaxes complicating genuinely anomalous evidence, and the phenomena itself presenting an ever-moving target…
 
There’s going to be a DANCE, Spooky Lovelies!! And you’re ALL invited! And you’ll show up...whether you want to or not. No one gets to sit this one out. This is The Danse Macabre and Our Ms. Merrick will tell you the story of it in history, art, music, and of course, dance. So, get your sad rags on, polish up your black dancing shoes, and tiptoe th…
 
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 an 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…
 
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