Episode 18: The Albatwitch

Another early release for this episode. We’ll get back on our regular Thursday release schedule next time… With Albatwitch Day approaching, James and Timothy discuss albatwitches: the short in temper – as well as stature – hair covered ape-men said to haunt the riparian regions of South-Central Pennsylvania. We discuss albatwitch legends, some modern sightings, and Read More

Episode 16: Gettysburg Ghosts

In this episode we talk about the ghosts of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Featuring interviews with author Mark Nesbitt, Patrick from the Gettysburg Paranormal Association, and Jack from the Cashtown Inn. James also tells about some of the strangeness he experienced staying at some of the haunted inns around Gettysburg. If you would like to help us 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

Episode 6: Barnum’s Cannibals

Episode 6 tells the true story of P.T. Barnum’s Fiji Cannibals. After being taken from Fiji and exhibited in sideshows and dime museums around the United States, one of these men died in York, Pennsylvania. Newspapers reported that two other “cannibals” attempted to eat his corpse. What really happened?…and where is the Fiji Cannibal’s body? Read More

Episode 1 – Toad Road and the Seven Gates of Hell, part 1

Strange Familiars explores a variety of subjects in a combination of storytelling, reporting, interviews, and discussion. Cryptids, ghosts, folklore, mythology, and paranormal topics. Our first cycle of episodes will explore some local legends from York County, Pennsylvania beginning with Toad Road and the Seven Gates of Hell. In the first episode we talk a little Read More