Episode 24: Sasquatch and the Faerie Realm

Timothy and Joshua Cutchin discuss a very strange article from Timothy’s latest book, Bigfoot: West Coast Wild Men. Joshua has made many observations in the past linking different modern paranormal phenomena with folkloric accounts of Celtic faerie encounters. This particular article, dating from 1857, contains a vast amount of elements which seem to link this bigfoot Read More

Episode 22: Old Christmas Legends and Lore

Timothy gives a list of Christmas lore, portents, and folk magic directives collected from various sources and talks with author, musician, filmmaker, and folklore collector Gerry Milnes about some wondrous strange Old Christmas folk traditions from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. If you would like to help us continue to make Strange Familiars, get bonus content, t-shirts, Read More

Episode 13: Listener Stories 1 – Fae, Grassman, Hatman, and More

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 Read More

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