Episode 11: Iron and the Supernatural, part 2: The Blacksmith

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 Read More

Episode 10: Iron and the Supernatural, part 1: Changelings

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. If you would like to help us continue to make Strange Familiars, get bonus Read More

Episode 9: Bigfoot Yesterday and Today, part 2

We continue with Mark Blankenship’s bigfoot encounters and then hear two more articles about possible bigfoot creatures from the 1800s. If you would like to help us continue to make Strange Familiars, get bonus content, t-shirts, stickers, and more rewards, you can become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/StrangeFamiliars Episode 9 notes and links: Mark’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqj1… Matt Deterior: http://mattdeterior.bigcartel.com   instagram: Read More

Episode 8: Bigfoot Yesterday and Today, part 1

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. If you would like to help us continue to make Strange Familiars, get bonus Read More

Bigfoot in Pennsylvania

My new book, Bigfoot in Pennsylvania: A History of Wild-Men, Gorillas, and Other Hairy Monsters in the Keystone State, is available now. You can get it from me directly or Amazon.com. Though the terms “Bigfoot” and “Sasquatch” have only been in our popular vocabulary since the late 1950s, people have been seeing large, bipedal, hairy Read More

Episode 7 – delayed

Hey everybody – Strange Familiars episode 7: Spooklights & Headless Ghosts is going to be delayed a bit. We are working on it NOW and we’ll get it out asap … probably in a few days. We’ve been juggling a lot of projects simultaneously – as well as dealing with some medical issues (nothing serious – just some Read More