Tag: podcast

Lore Podcast Episode 3: The Beast Within

My current list of podcast subscriptions is so long (“all the great shows“) that even with a 2-hour commute and a 45-minute workout, I end each day with a lengthy queue. Suffice it to say I’m picky about adding new shows, but Aaron Mahnke‘s Lore Podcast made the list in less than 20 minutes.

Each episode dissects the cultural and historical influences behind a given supernatural phenomenon or scary story in 20 minutes. The third episode, The Beast Within, is a fascinating examination of the European werewolf myth’s 16th century origins.

In 1582, the German town of Bedburg was ravaged by a violent and mysterious creature. After untold bloodshed, the townsfolk took up arms and hunted the monster down. What they found was something out of our deepest nightmares, and entirely too close to home.

Mahnke is a great writer and speaker who takes a story familiar to even the most casual werewolf fan and turns it into a captivating, atmospheric experience. The background music (from one of my favourite band’s weirdest albums) is used to great effect, and at 19 minutes, this is an easy listen, even if you “don’t like podcasts”.

Lore is supported entirely via Patreon, so if you like what you hear, consider contributing. You can subscribe via iTunes, Overcast, or listen on the web site.

Werewolf Babysitter on This Week’s “This American Life” Podcast

Monday morning’s walk to work is often the best commute of the week for me, courtesy of the This American Life podcast that arrives on my iPod. This week’s episode, Babysitting, begins with a story that had me grinning like an idiot all the way to the office.

Act One. What Big Teeth You Have.

Lots of babysitting is done by family members. Hillary Frank reports on what can happen when a teenaged son is put in charge of his younger brothers. It’s not pretty.

Hint: a full moon and a group of little kids camping in the back field come into play. I can’t recommend This American Life enough, even when it’s not about an 18-year-old traumatizing his little brothers. Check it out.

12 Short Stories About Werewolves, Cowboys and Silver Bullets

SOScotland sent me a note on Twitter, kindly informing me that there are 12 short stories about werewolves available to read in their entirety (or listen to via podcast) on Jeffery Hite‘s web site. Jeffery does a weekly thing where authors are invited to write between 100 and 3,000 words on a designated topic, and the topic this time around is “Silver bullets, the real reason that some cowboys carried them.”

The titles and authors are:

  • Silver Bullets; the real reason that some cowboys carried them by Eric Moseman
  • Skinwalker by Travis Nelson
  • High Moon by Zach Ricks
  • Waltzing with Werewolves by Mick Bordet
  • Bad Medicine by Scott Roche
  • Letters by Danny Machal
  • Silver Solves The Dilemma by Mick Bordet
  • Suspicions and Silver Bullets by Eldon KR
  • Silver Bullets by Val Griswold-Ford
  • Other kind of Vampire by Patrick and Jeff Hite
  • Changing Times by Jeffrey Hite
  • To be a man, part II by Norval Joe

There’s some great reading material there, and you can vote for your favourite, so go check them out!