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In this special Thanksgiving episode of The Q Files, we will be examining the American pop-culture trope of "Ancient Indian Burial Grounds" and how it has deeply woven its way into countless horror films and books since the late 1970s. We'll investigate how it even seems to have infiltrated the oral histories of our local communities and how it undeniably influences our own individual attempts to explain the unexplainable around us, often,  even,  when it happens in our own backyards. We were lucky enough to get writer Colin Dickey to talk with us. He is the author of four books, two of which we will discuss here, "Ghostland" published in 2016 and "The Unidentified" released just this year. Both of his books thoroughly break down the roots and causes of tropes like the Ancient Indian Burial Grounds. Dickey is a regular contributor to the LA Review of Books, and is the co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology. He is also a member of the Order of the Good Death, a collective of artists, writers, and death industry professionals interested in improving the Western world's relationship with mortality.   And Dickey's own website describes him as a....  "Cultural Historian and Tour Guide of the Weird." The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness. The documentary series features astonishing stories about the paranormal, the supernatural, occulture, forgotten history, and the strange. Be Weird. Stay Curious. These are The Q Files. If you enjoyed the show, be sure to subscribe and leave a review. Stay in touch: Facebook: The Q Files Podcast, Twitter: TheQFilesPod, Instagram: TheQFilesPod The music for The Q Files is provided by Sounds Like An Earful.
The UFO Show

The UFO Show

2020-11-1657:11

Welcome back to the The Q Files. On this episode we're hitting the road in search of UFOs, and joining the Roundtown UFO Society (RUFOS) in Circleville, Ohio. Circleville is home to a fascinating, but somewhat forgotten, history of UFO sightings. Lucky for us, RUFOS invited us to their annual meeting on the Stevenson Farm. The location of an iconic Ohio UFO event, and arguably the first classic UFO sighting in history. Listen in, because you'll never believe the adventure we had. The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness. The Q Files documentary series features astonishing stories about the paranormal, the supernatural, occulture, forgotten history, and the strange. The Q Files is created and produced in Columbus, Ohio by Shane McClelland and Lori Gum. Be Weird. Stay Curious. These are The Q Files. If you enjoyed the show, be sure to subscribe and leave a review. Stay in touch: Facebook: The Q Files Podcast, Twitter: TheQFilesPod, Instagram: TheQFilesPod The music for The Q Files is provided by Sounds Like An Earful.
Dining With The Dead

Dining With The Dead

2020-11-0246:331

Welcome back to the The Q Files. Bring an appetite for this episode as we explore the long forgotten tradition of cemetery picnics. During the 19th century, beneath towering pines and sturdy oak trees, people - both living and dead - would literally rest (and dine) in peace, in the new park-like cemeteries and graveyards that were spreading across America. In this episode we're joined by local Columbus, Ohio legend, expert storyteller, and folklore aficionado, Bucky Cutright of Columbus Ghost Tours and Booze & Boos. You can connect with Bucky or schedule a tour, through his website: ColumbusGhostTours.com The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness. The Q Files documentary series features astonishing stories about the paranormal, the supernatural, occulture, forgotten history, and the strange. Be Weird. Stay Curious. These are The Q Files. If you enjoyed the show, be sure to subscribe and leave a review. Stay in touch: Facebook: The Q Files Podcast, Twitter: TheQFilesPod, Instagram: TheQFilesPod The music for The Q Files is provided by Sounds Like An Earful.
Welcome back to the Q Files.  In the second part of the Donner Dinner Party,  we'll continue to tag along on the snowy trail with our unlucky pioneers. We'll share the rarely examined Native American perspective of this epic American tale and finally, conclude our own dinner party with our Donner-inspired main dish and...a little desperation pie. At the end of our last episode, we left the band of our desperate immigrants seeking relief, lost deep in the unrelenting blizzards that had covered the Sierra Nevada mountains in 20 ft. snow drifts.  They called themselves, "The Forlorn Hope". They were out of food. They were dying. So... on Christmas Day, after almost nine days without sustenance, they succumbed to only thing that could save them. Cannibalism. The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness. The Q Files documentary series will feature astonishing stories about the paranormal, the supernatural, occulture, forgotten history, and the strange. Be Weird. Stay Curious. These are The Q Files. Subscribe wherever you enjoy podcasts. Stay in touch: Facebook: The Q Files Podcast, Twitter: TheQFilesPod, Instagram: TheQFilesPod The music for The Q Files is provided by Sounds Like An Earful.
Donner Dinner Party

Donner Dinner Party

2020-09-2823:00

Welcome back to the second season of the Q Files. In our first episode, we will give you plenty of fascinating food for thought and more than a few human conundrums to chew upon. There are few stories that have captured the American imagination like the tragic and horrifying story of the Donner Party. We'll explore the tale of their cannibalistic nightmare...and host our own Donner dinner party. The Q Files is a personal, purposeful, paranormal podcast about the highly strange and weirdly unknown. Join us on our queer adventures as we explore the people, places, and phenomena, outside popular consciousness. The Q Files documentary series will feature astonishing stories about the paranormal, the supernatural, occulture, forgotten history, and the strange. Be Weird. Stay Curious. These are The Q Files. Subscribe wherever you enjoy podcasts. Stay in touch: Facebook: The Q Files Podcast, Twitter: TheQFilesPod, Instagram: TheQFilesPod The music for The Q Files is provided by Sounds Like An Earful. The dinner party music was provided through a creative commons license by Jazz at Mladost Club. It is entitled "Maiden Voyage" and was downloaded from freemusicarchive.org.
In this special episode, we'll share with you a brand new story related to Digging Up The Dead. This time covering the story of Dorthy Parker - an American writer of short stories, poetry, critical essays, and most notorious for her clever and biting wit and wise-cracks. Be Weird. Stay Curious. If you enjoyed this episode - tell your friends and leave a review. Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness. The Q Files has been rated as one of the best paranormal podcasts by: Feedspot, Vurbl, and Queerty. Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPod We'd love to hear from you. The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful.'
In the final episode of season 1, we'll go back to where it all began - Lori's back porch. Join us as we discuss our favorite episodes, what we're dying to cover next season, and give you a behind the scenes look at everything that happened in the first 18 episodes. We'll be back before you know it! But be sure to subscribe to the show so you don't miss a thing. Be Weird. Stay Curious. If you liked this episode, tell a friend, or leave a review. Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness. Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPod We'd love to hear from you. The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful.'
In this episode, we'll get our hands dirty, digging up the dead. It’s not an often thought of or spoken about process, but exhumation happens more often than many of us realize. Ranging from lighthearted to deadly serious, Shane and Lori will explore stories ranging from King Arthur and vampires to Medger Evers and Emmett Till. Be Weird. Stay Curious. If you enjoyed this episode - tell your friends and leave a review. Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness. The Q Files has been rated as one of the best paranormal podcasts by: Feedspot, Vurbl, and Queerty. Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPod We'd love to hear from you. The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful.' The audio clip of Mamie Till Mobley, mother of Emmett Till, is attributed to: American Experience; The Murder of Emmett Till; Interview with Mamie Till Mobley, mother of Emmett Till. Boston, MA: WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-15-5717m04w8f
In this freaky episode, we will look "beyond" the normal. Just another way of saying "paranormal" if you will... but this time, from a very different vantage point. We know this might seem an odd choice to start off the Pride Month of June but...just stick with us. What fun is normal anyway? Be Weird. Stay Curious. If you enjoyed this episode - tell your friends and leave a review. Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness. The Q Files has been rated as one of the best paranormal podcasts by: Feedspot, Vurbl, and Queerty. Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPod We'd love to hear from you. The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and others.
This paranormal adventure has Shane and Lori exploring the legend of the Phantom of Flatwoods - a mysterious alien-cryptid from West Virginia.The Phantom of Flatwoods is also known as: the Braxton County Monster, The Green Monster, and most famously as, The Flatwoods Monster.The astonishing event was the talk of the small town. It made local news, national news, world news - later even ending up in video games like Zelda and Fallout. It was rated as the #11 story of 1952.Be Weird. Stay Curious.If you enjoyed this curious alien cryptid episode - tell your friends and leave a review.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.The Q Files has been rated as one of the best paranormal podcasts by: Feedspot, Vurbl, and Queerty.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and is titled: "The 8-Bit Forest"
S1E15 - Ghost Train

S1E15 - Ghost Train

2020-05-0420:00

The ghost train investigation has Shane and Lori in the field and haunting the railroad. Hundreds of people over the years have claimed to have seen the ghost train traveling across its familiar tracks. It has been witnessed that clocks and watches stop as the translucent, spectral train image passes in front of them. Sometimes people even see phantom smoke belch from the train stack as it approaches.Listen in to see what they find.Be Weird. Stay Curious. If you liked this episode, tell a friend, or leave a review.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful.'
This paranormal adventure has Shane and Lori exploring the legend of The Crosswick Monster - a mysterious cryptid from Ohio.Cryptids are animals that have not been proven to exist - like Bigfoot. However, as you'll learn, the cryptid from Crosswick is a reptilian monster that was seen by many folks before mysteriously vanishing.Be Weird. Stay Curious.If you enjoyed this curious cryptid episode - tell your friends and leave a review.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and is titled: "Suspicion Rising," "Greed," and "Grit"
An exciting update to our last episode - Stigmata. This paranormal minisode includes a riveting find by Lori, and a supernatural question from Shane. If you have any additional finds or thoughts of your own, please let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.We encourage you to listen to our full Stigmata episode before this, if you have not. From last week's spooky stigmata episode:Stigmata is the supernatural appearance of wounds that mimic the wounds of Jesus Christ during his crucifixion.If coronavirus/covid-19 has you staying home and avoiding others, if you've already binged the Tiger King Joe Exotic 17 times, join Shane and Lori on an exciting paranormal adventure that travels through time exploring occurrences of stigmata.In this supernatural Easter themed episode of The Q Files, we'll discuss the history of stigmata and share the stories of modern stigmatists, Cloretta 'Cocoa' Robinson and Rhoda Wise.Be Weird. Stay Curious.If you enjoyed this stimulating stigmatic episode - tell your friends and leave a review.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and is titled: "Just One Last Thing"
S1E12 - Stigmata

S1E12 - Stigmata

2020-04-0625:101

Stigmata is the supernatural appearance of wounds that mimic the wounds of Jesus Christ during his crucifixion.If coronavirus/covid-19 has you staying home and avoiding others, if you've already binged the Tiger King Joe Exotic 17 times, join Shane and Lori on an exciting paranormal adventure that travels through time exploring occurrences of stigmata.In this supernatural Easter themed episode of The Q Files, we'll discuss the history of stigmata and share the stories of modern stigmatists, Cloretta 'Cocoa' Robinson and Rhoda Wise.Be Weird. Stay Curious.If you enjoyed this stimulating stigmatic episode - tell your friends and leave a review.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and is titled: "Battle At Dawn" and "Just One Last Thing"
This psychic paranormal adventure takes Shane and Lori through the archives to discover the famous Lady Wonder.Lady was a super natural horse, and with the help of her owner Claudia, amazed crowds of folks for decades. Providing psychic guidance and solving crimes for the police.Be Weird. Stay Curious. If you enjoyed this paranormal, equine episode - tell your friends and leave a review.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and is titled: "Nothing But Trouble"
This ghostly paranormal adventure has Shane and Lori hosting their first ever seance in an effort to make contact with their long time ghost friend Madeline (Sarah), and perhaps solving the mystery of her life.Rebekah Lee Ives, Psychic Medium, leads Shane and Lori through making contact with Sarah Barron - an entity they first made contact with at Collingwood Arts Center, a former convent, and the first location in their hit series, Queer Ghost Hunters.Part reunion, part going away party. The mystery of Sarah's life, and why she needed to hide, may finally be solved with the help of Rebekah's unique psychic abilities.Be Weird. Stay Curious. If you liked this episode, tell a friend, or leave a review.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.If you would like to work with Rebekah you can reach her at rebekahleeives.comThe music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and is titled: "They Found The Car"
This paranormal adventure takes us back in time to when people could...fly.Were there special gifts of flight, magically gifted half a world away? Could that gift be further given to another, with just a few magical phrases?In this episode we sit down with historian, Professor William R. Black and discuss a few examples of historical, magical, flight. These are astounding supernatural stories, not often heard - phenomena outside the popular consciousness. Stories about President Lincoln, from ex-slaves, describing the unimaginable. Come...fly away with us.Be Weird. Stay Curious. If you liked this episode, take a moment to subscribe and leave a review.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and is titled: "Melancholia"
Bryn Du and the Estes Method - This weeks paranormal adventure takes us to Granville, Ohio where for the first time ever, a spirit will "come out of the closet" using the Estes Method. Several years ago while filming with Queer Ghost Hunters at Bryn Du Mansion we came in contact with a famous local ghost, Sallie. Based on our prior research we thought she might be LGBTQ. On our return trip we upgrade our skill set and determine to meet Sallie again, this time using the Estes Method. You'll witness the groundbreaking moments and hear the teams excitement. The Estes Method is a powerful paranormal investigation technique that uses near sensory deprivation in an attempt to make contact with phenomena like ghosts. It was created by Karl Pfeiffer and Connor Randall. Popularized by TV shows like Kindred Spirits (Amy Bruni and Adam Berry) and the hit series Hellier (Greg Newkirk and Dana Newkirk).Special thanks to the folks at Bryn Du, and to our entire team: Michelle Apgar, Susan Crawford, Brian Lightfoot-Long, Clay Lightfoot-Long, Willa Young, and all the wonderful guests that joined us on this adventure - especially Jessica and Alyssa.Be Weird. Stay Curious. If you liked this episode, please take a moment to subscribe.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and is titled: "Here Comes The Rain"
The Mysterious Man in Black: The Mystery of Austin Pennsylvania’s Flood Visitor. A Spooky Stranger that Predicted Disaster?The Austin Dam Flood was called the “Austin Horror” in period newspapers around the world. A mysterious figure stalked the town of Austin for the year prior to the September 30, 1911, flood. Was it just a ghost or was it a Mothman style warning, left unheeded?Be Weird. Stay Curious. If you liked this episode, please take a moment to subscribe.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and is titled: "Take Me Home."
In this enlightening episode Lori and Shane sit down with Chris Blake to discuss the concepts in his Terra Obscura article "THE PATTERN AND THE PHENOMENON; WHEN PERSONS OF COLOR SEE UFOS."Chris is a lawyer and journalist. We encourage you to read his article, and if you would like to engage further with Chris, he can be reached on Twitter: @ Chris3LBBe Weird. Stay Curious. If you liked this episode, please take a moment to subscribe.Your hosts, Shane McClelland and Lori Gum, the self-proclaimed queer Mulder and Scully, are curious explorers of the weird and strange. They co-created the hit series 'Queer Ghost Hunters' and together with their team of paranormal experts explore the strange, the unknown, and the phenomena outside popular consciousness.Connect with us on Facebook at: The Q Files Podcast; and on Twitter & Instagram at: TheQFilesPodWe'd love to hear from you.The music in this episode was provided by 'Sounds Like An Earful' and is titled: "After Dinner"
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