“THE MONSTER OF PARTRIDGE CREEK” and More Horrifyingly True Stories! #WeirdDarkness Image

“THE MONSTER OF PARTRIDGE CREEK” and More Horrifyingly True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

20 February - 1 hour 1 min
Podcast Series Weird Darkness: Stories of the Paranormal, Supernatural, Legends, Lore, Mysterious, Macabre, Unsolved

IN THIS EPISODE: Is it possible that dinosaurs lived recently? Like, in the 1900s? Even more bizarre… could they have been living in the 20th century in, of all places, the Arctic Circle? (The Monster of Partridge Creek) *** On May 3, 1881, Mena Muller and Louis Kettler took the ferry from New York City to Hoboken, New Jersey. They were going to be married in Hoboken, although they each had a spouse already. The legality of the marriage did not concern them; they were returning to Germany and would start a new life there. But somehow their plans went awry; that night Louis Kettler returned to New York alone and ten days later Mena Muller’s body was found in New Jersey with a fractured skull....

1 hour 1 min

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“WHAT DO YOU SAY WHEN MEETING AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL?” and MORE Horrifying True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

“WHAT DO YOU SAY WHEN MEETING AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL?” and MORE Horrifying True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

IN THIS EPISODE: Three boys fishing in the middle of the night hear a blood-curdling scream. But it wasn’t a human making all that noise – it was an extraterrestrial. And thus began a series of meetings with alien beings! (What Do You Say When Meeting An Extraterrestrial?) *** A day of hilarity turns into a day of horror as an uncontrollable fire breaks out at the Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus – resulting in the most deadly circus disaster in history. (The Day The Clowns Cried) *** Most ghosts and specters do a great job of scaring the pants off you – and some can get creative with how they do it, with stacking chairs, making toys talk, slamming doors, etc. But apparently not all spooks are worried about their reputation – and when it comes to haunting, they just phone it in, doing the bare minimum. (Lazy Phantasms) SOURCES AND REFERENCES FROM THE EPISODE… “What Do You Say When Meeting An Extraterrestrial?” from Anomalien.com: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/44h5ykk9 “Lazy Phantasms” posted at Esoterx.com: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2y69m7hu “The Day The Clowns Cried” by Rachel Souerby for Weird History: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/4ek5rsup Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. = = = = = (Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I use whenever possible. If I somehow overlooked doing so for a story, or if a credit is incorrect, please let me know and I will rectify it in these show notes immediately. Some links included above may benefit me financially through qualifying purchases.) = = = = = "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46 = = = = = WeirdDarkness® is a registered trademark. Copyright ©2024, Weird Darkness. = = = = = Originally aired: November, 2021 PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: https://weirddarkness.com/what-do-you-say-when-meeting-an-extraterrestrial/

56 mins

13 April Finished

“THE SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION OF MARY HARDY REESER” and More Horrifying True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

“THE SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION OF MARY HARDY REESER” and More Horrifying True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

IN THIS EPISODE: When police found her in 1951, she was almost entirely ash. But mysteriously, the rest of her apartment remained almost perfectly intact. We’ll look at the death of Mary Reeser – which became known as “The Cinder Woman Case”. (Did Mary Hardy Reeser Spontaneously Combust?) *** Most crimes are pretty ordinary – assault, robbery, the occasional murder, but once in a while a crime is committed in a strange, shocking way – to the point it’s almost hard to believe what you are hearing is a true story. I’ll share a few of those strange crimes. (Creepy Crimes and Crazy Criminals) *** One of the reasons we find chimpanzees so interesting is because they are so much like humans – in body shape, the way they express themselves, it’s eerie sometimes. But still, we know they are just apes. Then there is the strange case of Oliver – a chimpanzee that also appeared to be human. Or was he a human that appeared to be a chimpanzee? Or, is it possible, that Oliver was a genuine genetic hybrid of the two? We’ll look at his incredibly strange story. (Oliver, The Humanzee) *** Some hauntings are more terrifying than others – and some are stranger than others. What happened to the Palzon family in Zaragoza, Spain possibly qualifies for both. They didn’t have a typical haunting – this was no poltergeist or spirit of a recently passed person… they were terrorized by a horrifying goblin. (The Zaragoza Goblin) *** Most haunted paintings are hundreds of years old – but one in particular was painted in the late 20th Century, and to many, it is the most disturbing painting they’ve ever laid eyes on. (The Hands Resist Him) SOURCES AND REFERENCES FROM THE EPISODE… “The Hands Resist Him” by Jenne Gentry for ListVerse: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/mtmj2ysr “Oliver, The Humanzee” by Bipin Dimri for Historic Mysteries: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2ttc3p8s “The Zaragoza Goblin” by Brent Swancer for Mysterious Universe: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2jxxdd6b “Did Mary Hardy Reeser Spontaneously Combust?” by Tommy Thompson for Talk Murder: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2p937wec “Creepy Crimes and Crazy Criminals” by C.J. Phillips for ListVerse: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2p8b3dyw Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. = = = = = (Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I use whenever possible. If I somehow overlooked doing so for a story, or if a credit is incorrect, please let me know and I will rectify it in these show notes immediately. Some links included above may benefit me financially through qualifying purchases.) = = = = = "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46 = = = = = WeirdDarkness® is a registered trademark. Copyright ©2024, Weird Darkness. = = = = = Originally aired: November, 2021 PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: https://weirddarkness.com/spontaneous-combustion-mary-hardy-reeser/

1 hour 13 mins

12 April Finished

“X MINUS ONE” Multi-Episode Marathon 08 #WeirdDarkness #RetroRadio

“X MINUS ONE” Multi-Episode Marathon 08 #WeirdDarkness #RetroRadio

Get full-length pulp audiobooks, pulp eBooks, and old-time radio shows ABSOLUTELY FREE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD by emailing WeirdDarkness@RadioArchives.com! By the mid 1950s, science fiction had largely fallen into a familiar pattern, regardless of medium. When fans tuned into the radio or caught the latest science fiction movie, they either encountered space opera adventures or fare aimed largely at a juvenile audience. Only in magazines such as Astounding Science Fiction and Galaxy were stories grounded firmly in science fiction being told with mature themes aimed at character development, true literature taking off to the stars. The debut of X Minus One in April 1955 changed that on radio, making this program not only the best of its type, but in many ways one of the only shows from Radio’s Golden Age to present science fiction for a well-rounded adult audience. It is an often debated point among experts and fans as to whether or not X Minus One was simply a new season of Dimension X, a program that ran on NBC in 1950-51, or a revival of sorts of this previous show. The latter is probably more accurate since the first 15 episodes of X Minus One were new productions of Dimension X episodes. What makes X Minus One stand out, however, is the fact that the remaining programs were actually adaptations of works from two of the best science fiction magazines of the period. NBC staff writers, primarily Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, scoured the pages of Astounding Science Fiction and then later Galaxy Magazine for tales that would thrill and chill their listeners, aiming most assuredly at the more sophisticated science fiction fans. Stories penned by noted science fiction and genre authors such as Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein, Frederik Pohl, and Isaac Asimov, and many others found themselves expertly adapted for radio over the program’s nearly three-year run. Listen to X Minus One and rocket to new heights of top-notch science fiction old time radio! 00:00:00.000 = INTRODUCTION 00:01:54.470 = Martian Sam (April 03, 1957) 00:23:05.410 = Something For Nothing (April 10, 1957) 00:44:10.355 = Discovery of Morniel Mathaway (April 17, 1957) 01:05:48.183 = Man’s Best Friend (April 24, 1957) 01:28:03.208 = Inside Story (June 20, 1957) 01:48:25.455 = The Category Inventor (June 27, 1957) 02:08:54.377 = Skulking Permit (July 04, 1957) 02:30:10.133 = Early Model (July 11, 1957) 02:51:34.432 = The Merchants of Venus (July 18, 1957) 03:12:40.934 = The Haunted Corpse (July 25, 1957) 03:33:34.689 = End As A World (August 01, 1957) 03:53:15.073 = The Scapegoat (August 08, 1957) 04:14:27.700 = At The Post (August 15, 1957) 04:35:52.542 = Drop Dead (August 22, 1957) SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS… This episode is sponsored by http://RadioArchives.com Weird Darkness Retro Radio theme by Storyblocks. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46 Find out how to escape eternal darkness at https://weirddarkness.com/eternaldarkness WeirdDarkness® - is a registered trademark. Copyright, Weird Darkness, 2024. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = CUSTOM WEBPAGE: https://weirddarkness.com/xminusone-marathon-008

4 hours 57 mins

12 April Finished

“SKELETON” by Ray Bradbury #WeirdDarkness

“SKELETON” by Ray Bradbury #WeirdDarkness

It’s #ThrillerThursday and this time I bring you a strange story from master storyteller, Ray Bradbury. The story is odd in the beginning and gets slowly darker as it progresses. Our protagonist, Mr. Harris, has slowly become more and more obsessed with his own skeleton – which he only sees as a symbol of death, as an enemy. He sees his skeleton not as a part of him, but as a separate entity continually working against him… eventually coming to believe his skeleton is trying to kill him. While it’s obvious the man is quite mad, it’s still an interesting journey as he plunges further down into his madness as the story moves forward. SOURCES AND REFERENCES FROM THE EPISODE… “Skeleton” by Ray Bradbury: https://amzn.to/3TY0esq Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. = = = = = (Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I use whenever possible. If I somehow overlooked doing so for a story, or if a credit is incorrect, please let me know and I will rectify it in these show notes immediately. Some links included above may benefit me financially through qualifying purchases.) = = = = = "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46 = = = = = WeirdDarkness® is a registered trademark. Copyright ©2024, Weird Darkness. = = = = = Originally aired: April 11, 2024 CUSTOM WEBPAGE: https://weirddarkness.com/skeleton-ray-bradbury/

44 mins

12 April Finished

“THE POSSESSION OF REUBEN GRUNDY” Noir Fiction Horror #WeirdDarkness

“THE POSSESSION OF REUBEN GRUNDY” Noir Fiction Horror #WeirdDarkness

IN THIS EPISODE: It’s #ThrillerThursday, and this episode brings a creepypasta by Julian J. Alexander entitled “Things Darker Than Man”. SOURCES AND REFERENCES FROM THE EPISODE… “Things Darker Than Man” by Julian J. Alexander: https://www.creepypasta.com/things-darker-than-man/ Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. = = = = = (Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I use whenever possible. If I somehow overlooked doing so for a story, or if a credit is incorrect, please let me know and I will rectify it in these show notes immediately. Some links included above may benefit me financially through qualifying purchases.) = = = = = "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46 = = = = = WeirdDarkness® is a registered trademark. Copyright ©2024, Weird Darkness. = = = = = Originally aired: November, 2021 CUSTOM WEBPAGE: https://weirddarkness.com/possession-of-reuben-grundy/

1 hour 3 mins

11 April Finished

“INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES” Multi-Episode Marathon 07 #WeirdDarkness #RetroRadio

“INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES” Multi-Episode Marathon 07 #WeirdDarkness #RetroRadio

Get full-length pulp audiobooks, pulp eBooks, and old-time radio shows ABSOLUTELY FREE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD by emailing WeirdDarkness@RadioArchives.com! A creaking door and a chorus of haunting organ music. No radio show opening is more memorable for many fans than the one heard on Inner Sanctum Mysteries. This disturbing simple salvo led people into thirty minutes of suspense and horror sprinkled with puns from a creepy host, all of which can now be heard again in sparkling audio quality from Radio Archives. Inner Sanctum Mysteries was the brainchild of producer Himan Brown, inspired by the unsettling creaking door in the basement of a studio where he once worked. Brown took that inspiration and built around it a formula that lived on beyond the show itself. Listeners tuned in every week to hear that door open and be welcomed by the sinister, yet often humorous host to join him in a chair near the fire inside the Inner Sanctum for a story sure to chill them to the bone. Stories on Inner Sanctum Mysteries originally included both classic and original tales, the new stories taking center stage as the show continued. With writers like pulp scribes Emile Tepperman and Robert Newman, as well as Robert Sloan, Milton Lewis, and others, it is little surprise that Inner Sanctum is still beloved by fans today. Utilizing numerous clichés and literary devices, Inner Sanctum Mysteries carried listeners into the heart of horror, a liberal dose of camp often thrown in. Using voices ranging from star Boris Karloff to a veteran crew of New York radio actors, Inner Sanctum set the standard for horror programs both on radio and even inspired decades of horror hosts on television. Inner Sanctum Mysteries features some of the best of fright, terror, and fantastic storytelling old time radio has to offer! 00:00:00.000 = INTRODUCTION 00:01:54.794 = Lonely Sleep (September 25, 1945) 00:31:30.615 = Shadow of Death (October 02, 1945) 01:00:18.433 = Death By Scripture (October 09, 1945) 01:30:20.033 = Till Death Do Us Part (October 16, 1945) 01:57:13.353 = Corridor of Doom (October 23, 1945) 02:26:27.655 = The Man Who Couldn’t Die (October 30, 1945) 02:55:49.378 = Wailing Wall (November 06, 1945) 03:25:10.068 = Boomerang (November 20, 1945) 03:55:00.800 = Dark Chamber (December 11, 1945) 04:24:45.523 = Undead (December 18, 1945) SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS… This episode is sponsored by http://RadioArchives.com Weird Darkness Retro Radio theme by Storyblocks. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46 Find out how to escape eternal darkness at https://weirddarkness.com/eternaldarkness WeirdDarkness® - is a registered trademark. Copyright, Weird Darkness, 2024. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = CUSTOM WEBPAGE: https://weirddarkness.com/innersanctum-marathon-007

4 hours 55 mins

11 April Finished

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