It's January 2021. The MAGA goons who caused chaos at Washington this month contained at least a core of serious, organised, far-right insurrectionists whose ideas can be traced to the 1978 underground 'white supremacist bible' THE TURNER DIARIES. In this episode, Cian and Ali discuss an older groups who called themselves THE ORDER, in a direct lift from the book. They committed robberies, murders, and other crimes during the 1980s in order to fund their imagined race war and overturning of...
Cian returns to the mystical, mythical, WW1-era pastoral English fairyland only to find that it's become a weird British indie film hellscape of death, hallucinations, and poor life decisions in the SECOND of his Cottingley Fairy film analyses, this time talking about the 1997 movie PHOTOGRAPHING FAIRIES. Plus, as the film section is a bit short this time around, enjoy a bit of background about the extremely weird 'Turanian Dwarf Theory' in which writers and anthropologists came to believe...
It's early January at the cabin, before the snow. Cian watches the 1997 movie Fairy Tale: A True Story in the first of two investigations into the 1997 double-bill of Cottingley Fairy films. Grab yourself whatever you may need to get through a schmaltzy 90s kid film. Along the way we'll talk about:
-how Victorians & Edwardians were obsessed with fairies
-why Theosophists, Spiritualists, and Arthur Conan Doyle were so keen to believe in real fairies
-the strange friendship between Conan...
Join us at the cabin for a semi-seasonal late-December big-budget sci-fi extravaganza as we tackle Spielberg's 1977 film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and its inspirations from the real-life world of UFOlogy. We cover:
-Close Encounters vs Star Wars
-The Paranormal boom of the 70s
-Themes of religion and spirituality in UFOlogy
-J Allen Hynek, 'secular' UFOlogy, and the ETH
-Small-town America as a magical place in film
-Real cases that influenced the film
Dónal returns to the cabin to discuss Kenneth Branagh's 1994 film 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.' It's a spoilerfest so beware - we take the film apart into it constituent elements (it's primarily constructed of hubris and bare chest real estate) to find out whether it's ALIVE or rather a cobbled-together monster. BUT, what if the real monster was John Cleese all along?
Cian is delighted to welcome Dr Edward Guimont to the cabin for a wide-ranging chat about monster hunters and strange beliefs in the context of post-colonial Africa and the American frontier. Dr Guimont teaches at the University of Connecticut and has written about archaeology in Zimbabwe, cryptozoology, myths of living mammoths, and is now working on the Flat Earth idea within the colonial period. Amongst other things, we cover:
-History of Great Zimbabwe and the myth of Ophir
Cian is joined by Emmy & Steve from the Misfits & Mysteries podcast, direct from NYC, to talk about New York state's pet 'window area' and myth cycle, the Montauk Project. The chat features:
-the Philadelphia Experiment
-kidnapped psychic children
-the Montauk Monster
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Cian and Ali return to the American Militia miniseries, and take a look at the life and crimes of Timothy McVeigh, a man who was inspired by the events of Ruby Ridge and Waco to strike against the federal government himself, committing the terrible Oklahoma City Bombing. We cover:
-the Turner Diaries
-the conspiracy that McVeigh was a patsy and was never executed
-McVeigh's military experience
-McVeigh's gun fixation
-Racism in the world of the militia movement
-details of the...
It's flying saucer time once again! Join Cian at the cabin for a chat about the Pepper Transcript, a forgotten bit of UFO lore. There's UFOs in space, Apollo astronauts, and a secret UFO base on the moon. Featuring:
-James McDivitt's 1965 earth orbit UFO sighting
-Apollo 11's anomalous sighting
-The Pepper Transcript
-Alleged sighting by Armstrong and Aldrin of giant UFOs 'parked' in a lunar crater
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Cian enjoys a coffee (forgot to mention the beverage but hey the episode's long enough already) at the cabin in the woods and pores over Michael Crichton's seminal 90s dino-stuffed techno-thriller. He still loves Crichton ... but discovers more troubling themes within the story this time around. Join us for a slightly uncomfortable, and extra-long, revisiting of a classic. Come for the dinosaurs, stay for the analysis of anti-environmentalism! :)
-Crichton's later unfortunate foray into the...
Cian is a massive Kong fan, and after years of resigning Peter Jackson's 2005 remake to the 'dud' bin, he dusts off this 3-hour love letter to the original and gives it another shake. Join us at the cabin in the woods as we discuss:
-my history with the original and Jackson's Kong
-the history of CGI used for creature effects
-Jackson's bloated, indulgent nature
-Jackson's love for Kong
-The history of the 'lost world' genre
-Colonialism in King Kong
-The effect of Jurassic Park on...
Our Halloween mega-episode: the entire twisted history of Borley Rectory, the infamous Most Haunted House in England!
-we cover the four eras of Borley including its history with the divisive ghost-hunter Harry Price
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A sample bonus episode of Wide Atlantic Weird Extra, which will be available only to supporters of our new Patreon! Cian & Dónal talk KISS - in particular the 80s and early 90s, their wilderness no-makeup years! Snubbed by fans until recently, the lads go through your fav superhero clowns' every album from that era! Get ready to LICK IT UP!
Enjoy a wee drop of whiskey at the cabin for a chat about the infamous Great Grey Man of Ben Macdhui - whether it be a cryptozoological Bigfoot-like creature, or a more mystical being of folklore. The Grey Man is only one of many strange tales told about high elevations. In this episode, we investigate:
-the 1975 Bonighton Everest ghost
-Dan Simmons’ novels ‘The Terror’ and ‘The Abominable’
-1920s mountaineering mania
-Ghosts and hallucinations on Everest
-Frank Smythe’s sighting of...
Join Cian at the cabin for a beer as he gets to know influential Welsh writer of the strange, the inimitable Arthur Machen, and focuses on his 1895 tale of a Victorian scientist searching for a forgotten race of malevolent ab-human ‘fairy folk’ living in (or under?) the Welsh hills. Discussion covers:
-Psychogeography & hauntology of Machen’s work
-the ‘orientalising’ of Britain’s Celtic fringe
-Margaret Murray & the Witch-Cult Hypothesis (of...
Join Cian & Dónal at the cabin for another October monster episode .... this time, the monsters of Gulliver's Travels! We discuss:
-Swift's life and identity as an Irishman
-The place of the Anglo-Irish and Church of Ireland in the 18th Century
-Gullivar's Travels, the four books
-The Lilliputians, The Brobdingnagians, Laputa, & the Yahoos
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Cian is delighted to invite to the cabin in the woods W. Scott Poole, author of In The Mountains Of Madness: The Life And Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft for a chat about the great New England horror writer! In this episode we have an enormously fun conversation that includes:
-Lovecraft's short story The Moon-Bog, set in Ireland
-Lovecraft's racial worldview and how the Celts/Irish feature in it
-Links to better-known HPL stories such as The Rats In The Walls and The Horror At...
Join Cian at the cabin in the woods for an informal, off-the-cuff bonus episode on the 1968 classic The Devil Rides Out! There's folk horror, Hammer horror, 1930s glamour, and dashed bad company Satanists in this episode! Enjoy one of our favourite films of all time with comparisons to the original 1934 book and extra notes on the life and work of the inestimate Dennis Wheatley. Take a glass of Imperial Tokay at the door!
The Devil Rides Out, 1934, Dennis...
Join Cian on a bright cold Autumn morning for a cup of green tea and a deep-dive into the history of America's most mysterious bird. Special Guest: Mr Brent Burton, naturalist & science educator.
-the life of American birding hero John James Audubon
-his 'sighting' of the elusive and massive Washington Sea Eagle
-new evidence on Audubon's personal situation when he made the claim
-did Audubon invent the bird to appeal to financial backers?
-other reported sightings of the...
Join Cian for a coffee on an autumn morning at the cabin in the woods to discuss:
-Thomas Harris' 1981 book Red Dragon
-memories of serial killers from the N64 game Shadowman from 1999
-the literary debut of Hannibal Lecter
-the stereotype of the genius serial killer in fiction
-the stereotype of the super-smart FBI profiler
-serial killer and the occult
-who serial killers target and the society that lets them do it
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Hi folks – this episode is part two of a two-part miniseries! To get the full story of the background of Dublin’s infamous Hellfire Club, and the site we visit in this episode, I strongly encourage you to go back and listen to the previous episode if you haven’t already– it’s rather soberly named The Hellfire Club: Lore Of Dublin’s Hell House, and it’ll fill you in on the details of the supposed black mass, the ghosts and ghouls, and the real-life bizarre characters associated with the...
On a wooded hill overlooking Dublin city sits a mysterious stone lodge shrouded in legend and lore. Dubliners know it as the haunt of the Hellfire Club, a secret group of devil-worshippers who carried out ghastly and terrible rites there in times gone by. Join me as I find out the truth and learn of the strange men who once shocked eighteenth-century Dublin with their wild escapades and hard living. A world of rakes and libertines drinking and whoring to excess; idle rich who lived for absurd...
In the early 1970s, two men climbed into the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. They came to a remote spot in the woods, miles from civilization. There, they recorded the sounds of a group of creatures whose existence is still debated. The sounds they captured remain to this day the most extensive collected of purported sasquatch evidence on record. At the cabin we enjoy a beer and discuss:
-the ecology of Bigfoot
-the story of the Sierra Sounds
Not a fun episode, but one that had to happen.
Cian and Dónal (now a Dr of political science) talk about:
-the origins of Qanon and 4chan 'fake insider' culture
-what do Qanon followers believe
-why did Qanon become mainstream during lockdown
-a detailed breakdown of Qanon-proponents now entering the US govenrment
-the so-called 'save the children' and its connections to Qanon
-why Qanon is already spreading to other countries
In 2016, tabloid newspapers were telling tales of a werewolf-like creature sighted in Yorkshire. Variously known as 'Old Stinker' and 'The Beast Of Barmston Drain,' this creature seems to have sprung from the misty centuries of English werewolf lore. Or has it? On this episode, Cian sinks a Black Sheep ale while looking into:
-what is the real history or werewolf lore in England?
-is lycanthropy a curse, or something you do yourself?
-links between werewolfism and early modern witch...