Stories with Sapphire
Stories with Sapphire
Sapphire Sandalo
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Join host Sapphire Sandalo (Something Scary, Paranormal Caught On Camera), a Filipino American exploring paranormal and supernatural phenomena through stories, interviews, and poems. To share your story, ask for paranormal advice, or share interesting news, send an email to | ( Support this podcast:
Spooky Originals
I usually share true tales on this show, but this week I wanted to share the original stories I wrote for the Grand Rapids Library Halloween special for October 2020. Enjoy! Chapter 1: Beware of Kuchisake-Onna, by Sapphire Sandalo Chapter 2: The Heartless Man, by Sapphire Sandalo and Adam Sinker Chapter 3: Where Heaven and Hell Intersect, by Sapphire Sandalo and Adam Sinker --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Nov 4
29 min
What comes to mind when I say the word “ghost”? For most people, a ghost is the spirit of a person who has passed. But ghosts are not limited to that one definition. They can be an energy stealing force, the personification of unresolved trauma, or the representation of our mental state. In this episode, I’ll be sharing real stories from real people who have encountered these types of inhuman ghosts. First, I read the story of a witch who was in a budding relationship that was more than toxic. Then, we’ll hear of a mysterious entity that’s been following someone around for years. And finally, I speak with a man who seems to attract spirits of all kinds. Chapter 1: His Little Devil, by Hiro Chapter 2: Followed, by Jackknife Chapter 3: What I Saw In The Darkness, with Ziek Martinez Check out Ziek's band Frantic Romantic --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Oct 28
35 min
Strangers In My Home
There is nothing more classically horror than a haunted house. The thought of your safe space being invaded by an otherworldly force is enough to make anyone lose sleep. This week’s episode is dedicated to those who have had to deal with uninvited house guests. First, I speak with a woman who kept finding things in her apartment rearranged every time she would return home. Then, we’ll learn about a man named Mr. Smith. And finally, we’ll visit a home in Michigan with a restless presence. If you have a story you’d like to submit, visit Chapter 1: Someone's Been In Here, with Becky Garcia Chapter 2: Mr. Smith, with Cheri Passell Chapter 3: Strangers In My Home Chapter 4: The Lonely Girl --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Oct 21
29 min
Doula For Death
Welcome back to Stories With Sapphire! I’d like to begin this short and sweet season by sharing the enlightening experiences of Nida: a yoga therapist, psychiatrist, and psychic. As a practical woman of science and a highly intuitive medium, she has an incredibly unique worldview and perspective on death, which I find comfort in and hope you will too. Submit your stories at --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Oct 14
29 min
Stories On Hiatus - An Update From Sapphire
The show is on hiatus until further notice :(  Links mentioned: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Sep 2
2 min
What Happens At Night
When the sun goes down and the moon controls the sky, it’s almost as if the rules of our physical world change. In this week’s episode, I share stories of the unexplainable things that can happen at night. First, a young man tries to astral project for the first time. Then, I speak with a man who had one of the most bizarre childhood experiences I’ve heard. And finally, I share a heartwarming story of a woman who receives a message from her friend in a dream. Chapter 1: Out of body, out of mind, by Mike Nevada Chapter 2: How did we get here? (with Cory Choy) Chapter 3: My Gothic soul mate, by Marie Conway Check out Cory's work: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Jul 15
25 min
Stories For Change: The Black Experience in the Horror Genre
American history is a horror story - for Black people, indigenous people, and people of color. And yet mainstream horror cinema has vastly left these groups out of the picture, both on and behind the screen. In this week’s episode, I speak with horror writer Johnny Compton about why that might be, and how we can change that. Follow Johnny's Work --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Jul 10
22 min
Visitors (with Brian J. Cano and Shelby Scott)
We are visitors, passing through locations and through people’s lives. This week’s episode is about the visits that have a life changing impact on us. First, I speak with Brian J. Cano, paranormal investigator, about the most terrifying place he’s ever visited. After that, I speak with a friend who was visited by mysterious lights in the desert. And finally, Shelby Scott, host of "Scare You To Sleep", tells her experience of passing through the Vicksburg battlefield. Chapter 1: The Grand Midway Hotel, with Brian J. Cano Chapter 2: Brought To Life Chapter 3: Joshua Tree Chapter 4: Vicksburg, with Shelby Scott Follow Brian Listen to Scare You To Sleep --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Jul 8
35 min
The War: Dedicated to Col. Marciano Calderon & Dorotea Calderon
I’d always known that my great grandfather, Marciano Calderon (Mars for short) died in World War 2, but I didn’t know much else. Then, when I was texting my mom about my podcast, she asked if she ever told me the story of how they found Lolo Mars’ body. She hadn't, and so my mom reached out to her aunt (my Lola Terrie) to make sure she had all the details right. Then, she emailed me my great grandmother’s memoir page by page, so I could also get her perspective of the story. And so, with my grandmother and Lola Terrie’s permission, I’d like to tell you a story of the brutality of war, and of my great grandfather’s last moments, as told by my great grandmother, with some edits for clarity. To see photos of my great grandparents, visit --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Jul 1
20 min
Batok (Traditional Filipino Tattoos), with Lane Wilcken
There’s something about tattoos that provokes a strong reaction. Sometimes that reaction is admiration, for the pain tolerance of its wearer. Other times its aberration, disgust that anyone would taint their bodies in such a way. But for indigenous Filipinos, receiving batok (a traditional tattoo) was a spiritual event; a ceremony. In this episode, I want to undo any negative stereotypes surrounding tattoos by sharing its history beyond Western sensibilities, and speaking with Lane Wilcken, one of the very few recognized mambabatok (tattoo ritualists) in the world. He shares the cultural significance of batok, as well as the intense and sometimes disturbing paranormal encounters he’s had during ceremonies. Chapter 1: You Wanna Look Like A Gangbanger? Chapter 2: Stories With Lane Chapter 3: Intuition Learn more about Lane and his work. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Jun 24
45 min
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