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The history of horror and the horror of history.

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Abby sits down with our friend Alan from A Storied Native, to talk about the dark history of New York City. We discuss Roosevelt Island, the New York Lunatics Asylum and Nellie Bly, the lost estates of Astoria, Queens and North Brother Island. Follow Alan @A_Storied_Native on Instagram.lunaticsproject.comGet Lunatics Merch here. Join the discussion on Discord. Listen to the paranormal playlist I curate for Vurbl, updated weekly! Check out Abby's book Horror Stories. Available in eBook and pap...
Abby and Alan present two horrifying dancing plague inspired short stories.The Paino Man was written by Birttany Johnson and narrated by Michael Crosa. Check out Brittany's book Mississippi Blue here. And check out Michael's amazing work here. A Procession of Skulls was written by JR Santos and narrated by Adam McAlonie. Watch Adam's music video Parking Lots here. lunaticsproject.comGet Lunatics Merch here. Join the discussion on Discord. Listen to the paranormal playlist I curate ...
Abby and Alan discuss the horrifying and very real dancing plague of 1518. In the French Town of Strasbourg, in the summer of 1518, a bizarre and horrifying plague took as many as 400 lives. The plague started with a single woman, who could not stop dancing. Almost for an entire week she danced alone until others slowly joined her. Dancing until their bodies gave out.Watch our film The Witching Hour here. SourcesA Time to Dance, A Time to Die: The Extraordinary Story of The Dancing Plague of ...
Alan and Abby present five horrifying one page stories. Vote for your favorite story from today's episode here. Air Bag was written by Mike Macera. Listen to Beach Therapy's new album. Not Myself This Week was written by Sara Luke, folllow Sara on Instagram @saraluke25. Blood Bath was written by Lori D'Angelo. Find her on Twitter and Bluesky @sclly21 or Instagram and Threads at lori.dangelo1.The Hand You're Dealt was written by Alex Grehy. Check out her blog, http://idealreaderblog.wordpress....
Abby sits down with author, historian and tour guide Marie Carter to discuss Walpurgis Night, May Day Horror and her new book, Mortimer and The Witches. From Saint Walburga, to Beltane and The Wicker Man, we cover all of our bases with the storied history of May 1st. Follow Marie on Instagram at @mariewritesandedits and check out her website: https://www.mariewritesandedits.com/Also, consider purchasing her books. More information here. lunaticsproject.comGet Lunatics Merch here. Join the dis...
Abby and Alan present three haunting artificial intelligence inspired horror stories to round out our series on the horror of A.I.Goodnight, Conrad was written by J.R. Santos and read by Mike Macera. Support a charity anthology that gives back to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund. Check out JR's work here. Listen to Mike's band Beach Therapy anywhere you listen to music. Reaper in the Sky was written by S.S. Fitzgerald and read by Jeff Ayars. Follow S.S. Fitzgerald here. Red Light was writ...
Abby and Alan discuss the history of Artificial Intelligence as represented in horror and science fiction films. lunaticsproject.comCheck out the Telelibrary here.Get Lunatics Merch here. Join the discussion on Discord. Listen to the paranormal playlist I curate for Vurbl, updated weekly! Check out Abby's book Horror Stories. Available in eBook and paperback. Music by Michaela Papa, Alan Kudan & Jordan Moser. Poster Art by Pilar Keprta @pilar.kep.What It's Like To Be...What's it like to b...
Alan and Abby present four demonic summoning themed horror stories to round out our three part series. A Fair Trade was written by Chris Ritchey and performed by Jon C Cook of the Fadò Podcast. Check out Chris's website here, and follow him on social media AuthorCRitchey. Finding Friends Through Fiends was written and performed by Kat Day. Check out Kat's website here, and follow the PseudoPod for delicious horror stories.Summoning was written by Terry Lander. Check out his book Monster Jack ...
This week we are thrilled to sit down with Jenn Wexler and Sean Redlitz, the filmmakers behind "The Sacrifice Game," and "The Ranger" to discus the intersection of demons and horror filmmaking. We chat through all things horror, the paranormal and how Jenn and Sean were inspired by The Lesser Key of Solomon while writing "The Sacrifice Game."lunaticsproject.comGet Lunatics Merch here. Join the discussion on Discord. Listen to the paranormal playlist I curate for Vurbl, updated weekly! Check o...
Abby and Alan dive into the history of demonic summoning, and its impact on horror. Embark with us on a shadowy expedition into the origins and evolutions of demonic summoning, where ancient gods were recast into sinister spirits under the unforgiving light of monotheism. From the Lesser Key of Solomon to the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn, we discuss the history of cultures and peoples who have attempted to summon demons. The notorious Warrens, Pazuzu from "The Exorcist," and even B...
Abby and Alan discuss the history of Truman Show delusion, an example of cinema influencing culture and society. Have you ever felt like your life is a TV show and you're the unwitting star? It's more common than you think. We talk through the research of Joel Gold, a psychiatrist who coined the term "Truman Show delusion" after seeing patients who believed they were starring in a reality show against their will. We discuss how individuals' beliefs about being the centerpiece of a reality sho...
Abby and Alan present amusement park themed horror stories. Ever wondered what dark secrets lurk beneath the thrills of amusement parks? We have unearthed a trio of harrowing tales that will chill you to the bone and make you question the shadows behind the carousel lights. Our journey kicks off with a look into the world of amusement park horror, a genre ripe with untapped potential. We recount the nerve-wracking experiences of a security guard in an abandoned park, where his reality i...
Join Abby and Alan as they explore the intersection of horror and amusement parks, a match made in heaven sadly. Strap in for a historical rollercoaster that whisks you from the vintage charm of pleasure gardens to the ghostly whispers of long-forgotten theme parks. We unearth the transformative journey of rides, from ice slides to modern-day scream machines, and share a carousel of tales that might just make you think twice about your next fairground visit.lunaticsproject.comGet Lunatics Mer...
This week Abby and Alan present horror stories about exorcisms. lunaticsproject.comGet Lunatics Merch here. Join the discussion on Discord. Listen to the paranormal playlist I curate for Vurbl, updated weekly! Check out Abby's book Horror Stories. Available in eBook and paperback. Music by Michaela Papa, Alan Kudan & Jordan Moser. Poster Art by Pilar Keprta @pilar.kep.Support the talent featured in this episode! Read Brittany's book here, and follow her on Instagram at noctiscriptor. ...
Did you know that The Exorcist (1973) was inspired by true events? We talk through the life of Ronald Doe, the real-life boy who inspired this spine-chilling film. Join us as we delve into his unexplainable experiences and the horrifying tales that led to the creation of this unforgettable movie. lunaticsproject.comGet Lunatics Merch here. Join the discussion on Discord. Listen to the paranormal playlist I curate for Vurbl, updated weekly! Check out Abby's book Horror Stories. Available in eB...
Abby and Alan present Bloody Mary themed horror stories. Our first story, The Mirror, was written by Abby Brenker and narrated by Adam McAlonie. The Sunday Stalker was written by JR Santos and narrated by Jeff Ayars. You can purchase JR’s book, We Living Failures on Amazon. And watch Jeff’s latest feature, This is Our Home (2019) on Amazon. He Comes After Midnight was written by Courtney Eastman. Be sure to follow Courtney on Instagram @TheGhouldGuide. The story was narrated by Lissa Sweeney,...
Are your sleepovers complete without the chilling game of Bloody Mary? The game's origins are steeped in mystery, intrigue, and eerie folklore. In this episode, we unravel the stories of three historical women who potentially inspired this bone-chilling game. From the turbulent reign of Queen Mary the First to the bloodcurdling tales of Elizabeth Bathory and the enigmatic Mary Worth, we walk you through the bloody corridors of history.Imagine a time when King Henry the Eighth severed ties wit...
Abby sits down with an old friend to talk through some of the experiences she has had living in a historic and haunted home. You can watch this episode here.From sleep paralysis to spectral encounters, Grace's tales will have you on the edge of your seat, questioning the boundaries between the physical and the spiritual realm.As our conversation evolves, we discuss theories that our perception of reality is shaped by the energy we emit. We traverse the realms of consciousness and spirituality...
Abby and Alan present the finale of our Kaiju series, with two Kaiju themed horror stories. Prepare to witness the sheer power of nature in its raw, unforgiving form. Imagine a city teetering on the brink of annihilation by a gargantuan storm, a lone boy observing the growing tempest from his window, and a girl from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, as she gazes into the heart of the storm. In this hair-raising finale of our Mega Series, we're pushing the boundaries, as I share a revised version of...
From the Ultra species in Ultraman to the awe-inspiring battles in Gamera, we're diving into the heart of this epic genre. Beyond the giant robots and monsters, we discuss the emotive stories, the humanity caught in the middle, and the real differences that set these films apart from the rest. We even delve into the legacy of Toho's prop department in shaping the Ultraman TV show.Ever wondered how real-life events and political themes find their way into the Kaiju universe? We venture into mo...
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