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Join acclaimed ghost storyteller Mike Brown for a bi-weekly tour through the shadows of history. The Pleasing Terrors Podcast features stories about haunted places, creepy history, and forgotten folklore.

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Join acclaimed ghost storyteller Mike Brown for a bi-weekly tour through the shadows of history. The Pleasing Terrors Podcast features stories about haunted places, creepy history, and forgotten folklore.

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It’s one of the best to listen too

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They’re all so well done I hope you’re able to keep making them!!

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863 Ratings
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811
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16
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10

Love this podcast

By brasco 123 - Nov 27 2019
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It’s one of the best to listen too

I miss the episodes!

By Girl who hates this game - Nov 23 2019
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They’re all so well done I hope you’re able to keep making them!!

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Join acclaimed ghost storyteller Mike Brown for a bi-weekly tour through the shadows of history. The Pleasing Terrors Podcast features stories about haunted places, creepy history, and forgotten folklore.

Rank #1: 003: The Invitation

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Wear garlic around your neck. Carry a wooden stake. Hang a crucifix on the wall, and never, ever, open the door for Dracula.

The superstitions that were meant to protect our ancestors from vampires taught them the most important lesson of all: never invite a monster inside. Yet with the birth of Spiritualism in the 19th century came a rise in the belief that the dead harbor secret knowledge from the living, and inviting a monstrous spirit into your home became easier than ever.   

The Ouija board, printed with letters and numbers, has entranced generations as a gateway between this world and the next. Groups gather around the board, hands touching the planchette, and hope to make contact with lost loved ones or benevolent guides with insight that only comes from beyond the grave.

But when you open the door into the darkness, you can’t control what may come slinking through. Murder, madness, and possession have haunted Ouija board users since its inception, but where does this evil really come from?   

The spirit world? Or our own minds? 

Episode Highlights: 

  • Vampire lore and superstition 
  • Usage and origins of the ouija board: Spiritualists & talking boards 
  • Pearl Curran and Emily Grant Hutchings: Spiritualist secretaries 
  • 1920s California madness 
  • Manipulated into murder by spirits 
  • Modern Ouija board possessions 
  • The ZoZo demon 
  • The Exorcist
  • The ideomotor effect 

Resources: 

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist (1973 film)

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Aug 24 2016

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Rank #2: Creepy Door Room

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An unexpected return to a very creepy place to do a very foolish thing.

Apr 24 2018

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Rank #3: 004: The Devil's Business

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A haunted house should loom out of the darkness, its windows boarded up, ghosts and dust as the only occupants. But horror dwells inside two beautifully decorated homes in the Benedict Canyon of Beverly Hills. While its name means “heaven” in Spanish, 10050 Cielo Drive was nothing but Hell for the five victims brutally murdered by Charles Manson’s “Family” within its walls. Some say their spirits still haunt the area, having taken up residence in the nearby Oman House.

Two men, film director David Oman and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, have turned the blood-soaked history of Cielo Drive into a booming source of revenue. Both men show signs of struggling with their own inner demons – are the spirits still trapped within their homes disturbed and vengeful at the business created around their murders, or is it the morality of the situation haunting the living?

Episode Highlights:

  • History of the Oman House
  • David Oman: homeowner, movie director, and tour guide
  • Dr. Barry Taff investigates
  • Trapped spirits in the Oman House
  • Charles Manson & The Family
  • The Tate Murders on Cielo Drive
  • Trent Reznor on 10050 Cielo Drive

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Sep 07 2016

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Rank #4: 014: Condemned, Part One - Welcome to Hell

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Nestled inside Charleston, South Carolina lives a menacing stone monstrosity, often called the most haunted building in America -- The Old City Jail. The square upon which the Jail sits has been home to untold amounts of suffering and torture, making it the perfect breeding ground for the supernatural to take hold.

As part of my training and experience as a storyteller and tour guide, I have been visiting haunted locations for the past 19 years. There have been many times that I’ve been in the presence of people having a paranormal encounter, but I had never felt anything myself until the night I decided to enter the Old City Jail. This is part one of my experience, the story of a night that shook me to my very core.

Episode Highlights:

  • My journey into Charleston’s Old City Jail, the most haunted building in America
  • A blood-soaked address
  • Walking through Hell in the Old City Jail -- three terrifying tour experiences
  • The woman in the white dress
  • Horror in the Six Mile Wayfarer House
  • Paranormal investigations inside Old City Jail
  • The Devil’s Hour

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Feb 17 2017

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Rank #5: 028: Strange Terrors

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Alyson Horrocks from the Strange and Unusual Podcast took me on a tour of a historical site with a dark past. The site sits in a town called Danvers, but it was once Salem Village. This site was the culmination of a strange mix of religion, superstition, folklore, slavery, patriarchy, truth, and lies.

A place where people’s imagination or secret motives ran wild and story or lie or desperate attempt at redemption led to the basis for one of the darkest times in colonial American History. What started as a search for freedom to pursue religion and all things good, and ended in a nondescript historical site and archaeological dig, has a sinister history with a story that is hard to tell and even harder to understand.

  • Salem Village was settled in the late 1600s
  • In 1970, Richard B. Trask started excavating the “Danvers Dig”
  • 1688 Samuel Parris moved into the house that once stood at the dig.
  • Parris brought an enslaved South American couple named John and Tituba.
  • In 1692, the invisible world began to close around the Parris family.
  • Using Venus Glass and taking a peek into the invisible world.
  • How it’s human nature to be drawn to what is forbidden
  • In January of 1693, Betty Parris daughter of Samuel, and cousin Abigail were stricken with mysterious illnesses.
  • Sarah Good and her daughter visit the Parris home.
  • Dr. Griggs determines the affliction of Betty and Abigail is supernatural in nature.
  • Thomas Putnam goes to the Salem Town magistrates to file claims of witchcraft.
  • A woman's final plea for freedom opens the floodgates of imagination and evil to begin a dark era of lies and persecution.

Resources:

The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege

The Strange and Unusual Podcast

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Oct 20 2017

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Rank #6: 020: True Horror

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The Salisbury Plain is the name for the 300 miles of grasslands located in Wiltshire, England. Home to Stonehenge, a rich history, and a wide variety of plants and animals, the Salisbury Plain is one of the most famous locations in England. For the residents of Wiltshire, however, the area is notorious for more than its archaeological features and mystical energy. The great grassy plains of Salisbury border the mansions of Wiltshire, whose walls are painted in blood and sorrow.  In these great houses, the dead refuse to rest.

Episode Highlights:

  • The Monuments of Wiltshire County
  • The beautiful maiden in Avebury Manor and the Grey Lady: Ghosts searching for lost loves
  • Midwife of death
  • Spiders, cats, and the Spanish Lady
  • Goody Orchard’s curse
  • The legend of the Salisbury hare
  • Murder in the Road Hill House

Resources:

Haunted Wiltshire by Sonia Smith

@2PodsADay

If you are looking for podcasts that are similar to Pleasing Terrors, check out:

The Strange and Unusual Podcast

The Not Alone Podcast

Quid Pro Quo Podcast, episode 10 “Double Trouble”

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May 19 2017

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Rank #7: In the Shadow of Oz

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This episode features The Wizard of Oz, Greek mythology and a famous unsolved murder.

Apr 10 2018

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Rank #8: 027: The Dark Path

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The history of the Navajo goes back in time to the Four Corners region in Arizona. Where the spider grandmother spun a giant web and threw it into the night sky to create the stars. This area known as Canyon de Chelly is also known as the Canyon of the Dead after a misguided weaver’s warning resulted in a cruel cave massacre.

Like the art and designs of the Navajo weaver’s blanket, the Navajo legends are intertwined with a ranch purchased by a Utah couple. The Sherman ranch seemed like an idyllic place to raise premium cattle, but strange things started happening almost immediately upon the family's arrival. This ranch is now known as the Skinwalker Ranch and the legends continue.

Episode Highlights:

  • Spider rock and the legend of the weaver and Navajo blankets.
  • Terry and Gwen Sherman purchase a Utah ranch in 1994.
  • The Sherman’s experienced strange phenomena and decided to sell.
  • Robert T. Bigelow purchases the ranch and dispatches the National Institute for Discovery Science to investigate.
  • A terrifying dark force grabs one of the observers before fading away.
  • Night vision goggles expose a tunnel through the light used by the black creature.
  • The Ute Tribe and the legend of the Navajo Tribe in New Mexico.
  • New Mexico, 1863 Kit Carson and his troops round up the Navajo for transport.
  • Canyon de Chelly and “The Long Walk” of the Navajo.
  • The legend of the skinwalker.

Resources:

Battle of Canyon de Chelly

Kit Carson’s Campaign Against the Indians

Skinwalker Ranch

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Sep 29 2017

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Rank #9: 009: The Mourner's Curse

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The stories of Charleston, South Carolina are composed of a tangled web of dreams and memories. They’ve been passed through historians, artists, writers, and tour guides, twisting into a new shape with each retelling.

Deep within the historic city lies a graveyard. Cloaked in ivy and wildflowers, the cemetery is a tranquil spot for a walk and a popular sightseeing destination… as long as the sun is shining. In the dark of night, the graveyard belonging to the Unitarian Church of Charleston transforms from peaceful to terrifying, leaving late-night tour participants shrieking in fear at the ghostly woman lurking behind tombstones. Are the stories surrounding the graveyard’s mistress a true account of a pair of star-crossed lovers still searching for each other beyond the grave, or are they nothing but a spooky story to tell in the dark?

Where does fact begin and fiction end?

Episode Highlights:

  • Mike Brown’s graveyard
  • The history of Charleston, South Carolina
  • Ghostly residents of King and Queens Street
  • The curse of King’s Street Gate at the Unitarian Church of South Carolina
  • A scream in the graveyard
  • What is folklore?
  • Life and times of Edgar Perry
  • Star-crossed lovers
  • Annabel Lee
  • Folklore, facts, and fiction

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Nov 18 2016

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Rank #10: 005: Shadow of the Wolf

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Werewolves have been portrayed in folklore, books, movies and television for centuries. Rageful howls under the full moon. Fangs, claws, fur, muscle and legend. Is it a monster? A ghost or a demon? Is it real? Historic folk tales about werewolves often evoke images of crisp nights in dark ages of Europe. Yet in the United States, the state of Georgia has one of the longest histories of werewolf encounters in the country. This is the story of the Georgia Werewolf.

Personal accounts and anecdotes in modern times give us a glimpse of this creature, not yet verified by science. Small-town legends passed down since the 1800s led ghost-hunters to the local cemetery. Rumors swirled around a well-known farm and the unusual behavior of a young family member. What if the monster was not in the woods, but amongst us?

Episode Highlights:

  • Personal accounts of close encounters with werewolves in Georgia
  • Author Linda S. Godfrey’s research on the American Werewolf
  • Ghost-hunters investigate the cemetery linked to the monster
  • Livestock slaughters and oral history in rural Georgia
  • Hunting parties searching for a killer wolf
  • The troubling story of Isabella Burt
  • Theories on the origins of a werewolf

Resources:

Hunting the American Werewolf by Linda S. Godfrey - Amazon

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Sep 21 2016

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Rank #11: 024: The Devil Inside

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Chicago’s West 63rd Street Post Office was built in 1938 over the site of what its creator referred to as “The Castle”, and in 1902 an Ohio Daily News article called it Chicago’s Ghost Castle. Whatever you want to call it, this site was once or possibly still is the home to a notorious killer.

A figure who built a home that included a 2nd floor full of secret passages, trap doors, and hidden staircases. The basement so notorious that a crowd would lay on the sidewalk and try to peer through the cracks as it was excavated.

The creator of “The Castle” claimed to be under an evil influence. An influence that seemed to continue to claim victims after his death. An influence that is still felt today

  • Moyamensing Prison was finished in 1835
  • Chicago Police Detective Frank Geyer interviews his nemesis in 1895
  • A crowd gathers for the excavation of “The Castle” basement excavation
  • Another crowd gathers outside “The Castle” to see if the owner returns after his execution
  • In 2012 a tunnel that leads to “The Castle” basement is discovered
  • The story of Herman Webster Mudgett
  • Christmas Day, 1891 Julia Smythe and her daughter Pearl disappear
  • The investigation into the Pitezel case
  • H.H. Holmes wrote Holmes’ Own Story while incarcerated at Moyamensing
  • Mysterious deaths of anyone connected to the case or “The Castle”

Resources:

Herman Webster Mudgett or H. H. Holmes

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Jul 31 2017

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Rank #12: 006: The Mountain of Madness

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Mysteries are a rarity in our world. What used to be unexplainable is now quickly answered by the modern marvels of technology and science. So when a new mystery appears, we drive ourselves crazy searching for an explanation, haunted by what we can’t explain.

One modern mystery is reasoning behind the strange events that took place on a Siberian mountain in 1959, in which a group of experienced hikers were found dead in bizarre circumstances. Since the day of the discovery, many have been tormented by one simple question: What happened on Dyatlov Pass?

Was it a Yeti, an avalanche, a top secret military test gone horribly wrong that killed the group? Or was it something simply incomprehensible to modern listeners– an ill-fated encounter with goddesses and myths of old?

Episode Highlights:

  • Dyatlov Pass Incident: Ski Tourists in Siberia
  • The search begins
  • First disturbing discoveries
  • Nine sets of footprints in the snow
  • Charred and frozen bodies
  • Conflicting and confusing evidence
  • Timeline of events: What went wrong?
  • Theories and speculations
  • Spheres of light in ancient lands

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Oct 07 2016

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Rank #13: 015: Condemned, Part Two - The Devil’s Hour

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The time between three and four in the morning is said to be the hour when evil is at the height of it’s power -- the time when the Devil ascends from Hell and ghosts haunt the land of the living. In part two of my experience of the Devil’s hour inside Charleston’s Old City Jail, I receive a message from Hell itself, and discover the truth about one of the jail’s most famous prisoners -- Lavinia Fisher herself.

Episode Highlights:

  • 3 AM inside the Old City Jail
  • Torture chambers, the crane of pain, and the hangman’s lair
  • Lorraine Warren visits the Old City Jail
  • Footsteps in an empty corridor
  • A child behind bars
  • Lavinia Fisher and Daniel Duncan: Old City Jail’s famous residents
  • An exploration to the third floor
  • My conversation with Bruce Orr: The truth about Lavinia Fisher

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Feb 24 2017

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Rank #14: 026: Monster of the Deep

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On November 20th, 1850 night watchman George Pollard Jr. makes his nightly rounds on the foggy Island of Nantucket, MA. An island once inhabited by proud tribes of Native Americans before the addition of the colonists. An island that was the whaling capital of the world for over a century.

The inhabitants and the whalers themselves were haunted with superstition and legends about the dark underworld of the sea and the evil that lied beneath the depths. The dangers were all too real, yet it wasn’t a sea monster or a devil ascended from Davy Jones’ Locker that posed the threat. It was an invisible threat that lurked in the hearts of men like the night watchman.

  • George Pollard Jr. Nantucket Nightwatchman
  • Davy Jones Locker and the dark underworld of the sea
  • The story of Jonah and being cursed by god
  • Pliny the Elder, sea monsters, the merman, and the Krakken
  • Sightings of mermaids, sirens, and mermen
  • WWI German U-boat surrenders to British patrol ship after sea monster attack
  • The legend of the black demon of the sea or megalodon
  • The story of Moby Dick based on a Nantucket whaling ship voyage
  • Mocha Dick the albino sperm whale and the voyage of the Ann Alexander
  • Captain George Pollard Jr. and the last voyage the whaling ship Essex
  • Owen Coffin and becoming what you fear most
  • November 20th, the anniversary of the destruction of the Essex

Resources:

Nantucket

How Nantucket Came to Be the Whaling Capital of the World

George Pollard Jr.The True-Life Horror That Inspired Moby-Dick

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Book of Jonah

Pliny the Elder

Megalodon

Mocha Dick

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Sep 19 2017

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Rank #15: 016: True Crime

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Fairy tales often teach an important moral lesson, hidden within the entertaining twists and turns of the story. The tale of Bluebeard, the rich man who keeps the bodies of his murdered wives locked behind the forbidden doors of the dungeon in his castle, doomed to have his wrongdoing exposed by his newest wife, serves as a reminder to young women that curiosity can sometimes be your downfall -- or your savior. In real life there are rarely happy endings to tragedies and moral lessons must be learned the hard way.

For Zona Shue, choked to death in her own home, life was certainly no fairytale. Yet the strange events that led to a murder conviction were as fantastical as any tale written up in a storybook. The moral lesson in her twisted fairy tale?

Mothers are always right.

Episode Highlights:

  • The horrifying fairy tale of Bluebeard and his wives
  • The trial of the Greenbrier Ghost
  • Zona and Trout: A love story gone sour
  • A grisly discovery
  • Witnesses on the stand
  • Mary Jane Hester’s otherworldly visitor
  • Confessions from beyond the grave
  • Broken vertebrae and bruised skin: Autopsy discoveries
  • Trout Shue’s troubled life
  • A mother’s vengeance -- fact or fairytale?

Resources:

The Man Who Wanted Seven Wives by Katie Letcher Lyle, Quarrier Press 1999

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Mar 17 2017

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