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What common ground do an Appalachian folklorist and a horror-savvy scream queen have? Cryptids. Come laugh, learn, and get creeped out!
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Hippity Hoppity, Pooka's on its way! This week, we're talking about another creature from Irish folklore, the shapeshifting trickster spirit that loves to take the form of a rabbit, horse, and human: The pooka/puca/phouka! If you were wondering what cryptid is good for advice, financial tips, or the most terrifying horseback ride of your life? We've got you covered. CW body horror, animal death
We've got a shell of a show for you this week! We're diving into Indiana waters where the mighty Beast of Busco dwells! A massive snapping turtle and local celebrity with a lot of character, this big old friend is a (potentially dangerous) icon and lake monster like no other! Join us as we talk turtles, sightings, and how the Beast of Busco started a long-running local festival! Content Warnings: Animal death, injury
Episode 137 - The Dullahan

Episode 137 - The Dullahan

2020-06-2201:00:03

No need to lose your head! It's just another episode of The Cryptid Keeper! This one takes us back the familiar rolling green hills of Ireland, and the darkness of its faery lore. We're talking about the Dullahan, or the "headless rider" of legend who comes into town at night, bringing death with him. Call us Ichabod Crane because we're very scared but VERY fascinated with the Headless Horseman! Join us as we discuss the endless nightmare fuel of the Dullahan, the Death Coach, and also somehow talk about Emily Dickinson and anime for good measure! Hold onto your heads! Content warning: death, body horror, decapitation, blood, mutilation
Hi there, Keepers. We're back on our regular release schedule, but that doesn't mean the fight for black lives is over, or any of the vital conversations that have been happening. Scroll down in these show notes for some important resources/places to donate. We're keeping it simple this week with a good old giant octopus! Nothing better for your manmade lake than an octopus the size of a horse! Oh, what's that? That's one of the worst things to have in your manmade lake? If you say so. This week's topic is the Oklahoma Octopus, which is absolutely exactly what it sounds like. Join us as we dive into the apparently fairly dangerous waters of three Oklahoma lakes, where there have been whispers of a strange and aggressive tentacled creature for several years. We also take a moment to discuss an incredibly important and often overlooked piece of Oklahoma (and American) history. Content Warnings: Discussion of death, child death RESOURCES: (This is an incomplete list and should be considered a place to start, but we highly encourage you to get involved however you can and look for places to donate/support beyond just this list. Look for local grassroots organizations and community organizers to help out in your communities. Always research organizations before you donate to them, to make sure your money is going to the cause) https://www.theokraproject.com/ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFbCqnPzsY0pSi39i_AjsTpVZpqJ20IOlJoX37N5qOHqN6cA/viewform https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDk1ZaSv_nCqc1wI0KH0ZsOS28FT9tH-BRviA-VUB_Cf-tZg/viewform https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1 https://blacklivesmatter.com/chapters/ https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor https://www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor? https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home/#about https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/ https://bailproject.org/ https://blackoutcollective.org/ https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/
Episode 135 - Kitsune

Episode 135 - Kitsune

2020-05-2657:321

We're feeling foxy this week, and our new episode is all about kitsune! Join us as we discuss this famous, mischievous, shapeshifting fox spirit in all of its trickery and glory. From magic and murder to romance and noodle soup, the kitsune is a creature full of variety. Let us spin you a "tail" or two (or nine). Content warnings: Murder, animal death, food discussion
While so many of us are stuck at home, Alex and Addison are here with an episode all about creatures that dwell in the home. Normally we cover the spooky and scary, but this week is all about helpful household spirits! From hobs and brownies to domovoy and fire ghosts, we're covering a wide range of domestically based creatures. Some are helpful, some are mischievous, but they all have one thing in common: they're homebodies. So curl up with a blanket and a mug of something nice, and let's stay in.Content Warning: Discussion of pagan rituals
Hey there, Keepers! It's time for another Listener Stories episode. Everything in this episode was made possible by Listeners Like You! From aliens and ghosts to bog witches and shadow people, we're here to share a wild mixed bag of stories (with some tangents in between). Thank you so much to everyone who submitted, whether we read your story on air or not! We'll be back next week with a brand new creature but for now just sit back, dim the lights, and enjoy some spooky stories.Content Warnings: Body horror, death, weight loss/body image issues
Episode 132 - Poltergeists

Episode 132 - Poltergeists

2020-04-2701:05:441

Boo! Did we scare you? You look like you've seen a ghost. Or, maybe, like you've HEARD a ghost? This week's subject comes from a german word meaning "noisy ghost" and they sure are. These ghosts aren't your usual wispy apparitions in period dress, poltergeists can be rude, violent, and downright NASTY. Listen to Addison torment Alex and geek out over the Enfield Haunting, the Bell Witch, and the Black Monk of Pontefract, as well as some lesser known ghosties too. Content Warnings: Death, violence, sickness, murder (poisoning, specifically)
Episode 131 - Golem

Episode 131 - Golem

2020-04-2001:05:471

This week, special guest and Friend of the Show (and composer of our theme song) Andrew Giotta joins us to discuss the golem, a creature most often described as a humanoid being made from clay. HUGE thank you to Andrew for offering a personal perspective and having a thoughtful conversation with us, ranging from the story of the Golem of Prague to the much more unusual story of "The Clay Boy". We hope you all will join us as well!Content warning for: discussions of antisemitism, death, and animal death
Episode 130- Batsquatch

Episode 130- Batsquatch

2020-04-1049:041

Alex and Addison lit the bat(squatch) signal this week, and this is what we got. He's massive, he's hairy, he may or may not drink blood... We're talking about the Batsquatch! As the name might imply, this is a humanoid bat-like creature that loves caves, volcanoes, and scaring people on deserted roads at night. Join us as we discuss survival tips, bats of all shapes and sizes, and more! Content Warning: Animal death, cattle mutilation
Uh oh...do you feel that? It's a GALAXY WARP! The fabric of space and time is bending, and it's causing podcasts to...switch hosts??? On this day of April Foolery, our friends from Ending Pending have dropped in to host the show for us! They're here to give you a little midweek treat all about the infamous, the creepy, the one and only Goatman! Part man, part goat, all LEGEND. Content Warning: Animal death (18:39-19:15)We'll be back on Sunday with your regularly scheduled episode, and in the meantime enjoy! And Stay Safe out There!
In times of darkness, we all need a little bit of light. Sometimes that light is a metaphor, and sometimes it's a bird that literally glows in the dark. That bird is the Alicanto, a feathered friend with some pretty expensive tastes. Join us as we cover the traits and habits of this beautiful creature, the folklore surrounding it, and how to make a business deal with a bird. Follow the feathers.
Outside, it's very scary, but in here it's spooky with a capital OO. Addison's back to torment Alex, and everyone else, with tales of haunted dolls, cursed teddy bears, etsy listings, and more! It's the promised return of Haunted Dolls, back for Part Two! They just want to play, so sit down with us, turn out the lights, and let's get ghostly! Oh, and we meet possibly the MOST INCREDIBLE HAUNTED DOLL OF ALL TIME.CW demons, ghosts, child death, death
This week, our bodies may be stuck at home, but our minds are traveling to the wild wilderness of the Yukon! This episode is all about the majestic, mysterious, much-debated beast: The Yukon Beaver Eater. Does it eat beavers? IS it a beaver? Let's try to forget about the troubles of the world for an hour and find out for ourselves. Stay safe out there, and stay well.Content warnings: animal death, body horror
In a massive man-made lake in picturesque North Carolina is the biggest Normie known to mankind. He's about 10 feet long, loves to chase boats, and may or may not be coated in toxic waste. This week it's all about Normie, the Lake Norman Monster! Join us as we go over sightings, theories, the possibility of haunted lakes, and much more! And remember: don't stick your arms in catfish mouths unless you're a trained professional!
We're back, baby! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us hit our fundraising goal and make this show weekly again. To start off this brand new podcasting chapter, we're redefining cryptozoology and shaking it all up! From the history of cryptozoology as a field of study to the brave new world of two randoms making a podcast! Join us as we talk about how we categorize cryptids and sort all these buddies, babies, and boys from one another!
A picture's worth a thousand words, but these pictures are worth a thousand screams! This week we're taking a trip into the world of the arts, particularly art with a hidden darkness to it. Whether it's a curse, a ghost child, or a general sense of dread that accompanies looking at it, we covered some of the most infamous haunted paintings in the world. Join us as we talk about the lore of the paintings, where they are now, haunted paintings of ebay, and more! Content Warnings: Death, body horror, illness
Episode 123 - Gremlins

Episode 123 - Gremlins

2020-02-0459:46

Don't expose this podcast to bright lights, don't get it wet, and DON'T feed it after midnight. Just kidding, you know we love a midnight snack.We tempted fate with our episode subject this week, and decided to talk about those mischievous little creatures that love to sabotage wiring and terrorize a town on Christmas: Gremlins! Naturally, we experienced a TON of technical issues with this episode, but we persevered nonetheless. Join us as we discuss the history of gremlins, the kinds of mischief they get into, and their relationship to World War II. Also, spoilers for the 1980s movie, Gremlins. Content warnings for discussion of: Death, plane crashes, war
Episode 122- Werecats

Episode 122- Werecats

2020-01-2059:15

Pour out a dish of milk, roll out a ball of yarn, and get the cat nip ready! It's time to party! Addison saw Cats in theaters three (3!!!) times, so you know what that means: It's time to talk about werecats. The mysterious, feline cousin of the werewolf, join us as we dive into the rich and varied lore surrounding this creature, and try really hard not to get sidetracked by the musical. MEOW!Content Warnings: human death, animal death, body horror
Episode 121- Banshees

Episode 121- Banshees

2020-01-0851:54

This week's subject's cries ring through the night, a portent of doom and new podcast episodes. We're a little late this week, but we're here with our first episode of 2020 and it's all about banshees. We're ushering in the new year with a conversation about a mournful spirit with a bad reputation. Join us as we discuss the lore of the banshee, some sightings, her connection to barn owls, and her more sinister sister. Happy New Year! Content warnings for: death, loss, grief, pagan rites and rituals
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Comments (34)

Drew Hardenburgh

I 8

Jun 13th
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Mary O.

so weird but....my middle name is Letitia, I do tarot and use a Ouija board....😳

Mar 28th
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Hcllhound

Its doppelgänger like you first said it

Mar 10th
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Nixand Brennt

"Who amongst us has not tried to unzip their skin and walk among another race?" That hit me hard.

Jan 24th
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Deasphodel

As you're not Welsh and don't speak Welsh your English spoken approximation of that name is pretty good

Dec 12th
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Kim Bain

could be a good podcast with out the giggling high school girl voices. NOPE

Nov 27th
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Hcllhound

It's funny understanding german during this episode

Nov 5th
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are g

old man willow is thr tree from the tom bombadil bit of the fellowship

Oct 22nd
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Laura Mühlemann

wasnt jack sparrows ship attacked by a enormous kraken?

Sep 27th
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Cammie Davis

Please Make A Black Shuck Podcast.

Aug 8th
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Hcllhound

Don't they also change the children if their own is sick?

Aug 2nd
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Hcllhound

It's fascinating how much I already knew about skinwalkers because of Supernatural

Aug 1st
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Mary O.

I love Beckett on film!!!! I immediately thought of that Alan Rickman one when you first mentioned Beckett. so excited I'm not the only one and I am 💯 the small crossection that is here for cryptids and Beckett refs💜

May 6th
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Elaine Allen

guys i think its kindof unfair for you to get a bit snoody about JK Rowling's version of the Thunderbird after you guys rebrand those like Frau Perta (please forgive my spelling). i love this podcast sooooo much but i think that was kindof pretty unfair

Feb 11th
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Cayleigh Toles

So beautifully put!

Jan 10th
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Cayleigh Toles

Hellsing has great ghouls too!

Jan 10th
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Cayleigh Toles

This is so fantastic XDDD!

Jan 8th
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Cayleigh Toles

So fabulous! I love the show!

Jan 8th
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Cayleigh Toles

What an amazing episode! Scary though moving may be make a new adventure out of the new! Love you guys!

Jan 8th
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Em

Hello, great episode as always! I'm really glad you talked about the nose imagery and its roots in anti Semitism because that's often overlooked by people who study and are interested in folklore. Thank you for that, you gals and ur podcast are amazing!

Dec 25th
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