Weird Darkness: Stories of the Paranormal, Supernatural, Legends, Lore, Mysterious, Macabre, Unsolved

Weird Darkness: Stories of the Paranormal, Supernatural, Legends, Lore, Mysterious, Macabre, Unsolved

Darren Marlar
Award-winning podcast hosted by voice artist Darren Marlar who narrates true stories of crime, the unexplained, and paranormal.* Ranked #2 in Podcast Magazine‘s “Best True Crime and Horror” podcasts for 2020* Named one of the “Best Storytellers in Podcasting” in 2019 by Podcast Business Journal* Darren Marlar’s narration of “The Tell-Tale Heart” won Bronze at HEAR NOW 2020 Podcast Palooza* Reached #5 worldwide on the “HOT 50” chart for November 2020 by Podcast Magazine* Finalist for”Storyteller-Drama” award for the “People’s Choice Podcast Awards” in 2019
“THE JAR” by Ray Bradbury (Short Science-Fiction Horror Story) #WeirdDarkness #ThrillerThursday
IN THIS EPISODE: It’s Thriller Thursday, and this time I’m bringing you a classic short story of sci-fi horror from Ray Bradbury entitled, “The Jar.” The story takes us to a carnival side show and to, as Bradbury describes it, "one of those pale things drifting in alcohol plasma,.. with its peeled, dead eyes staring out at you and never seeing you." The protagonist of the story is Charlie, a man so charmed with the jar that he persuades the carnival owner to sell it to him. When he takes the jar home, Charlie's poorly constructed living room becomes the focal point for the oddity. People from miles around come to his rundown shack to sit, in his tiny shabby living room and stare, and philosophize over his jar. Strangely, however, each person who looks at the jar sees something different in it. No one can seem to agree on the thing's eye or hair color, and the thing seems to move; it even seems to change. But I’ll leave it there so as to not spoil the story!SOURCES AND REFERENCES FROM THE EPISODE…“The Jar” by Ray Bradbury: https://amzn.to/3LuUyCAWeird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library= = = = =(Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I use whenever possible. If I somehow overlooked doing so for a story, or if a credit is incorrect, please let me know and I will rectify it in these show notes immediately. Some links included above may benefit me financially through qualifying purchases.)= = = = ="I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46= = = = =WeirdDarkness® is a registered trademark. Copyright ©2024, Weird Darkness.= = = = =Originally aired: July 18, 2024CUSTOM LANDING PAGE: https://weirddarkness.com/thejar/
Jul 19
37 min
Old-Time Radio Marathon: JULY 18, 2024 #RetroRadio #WeirdDarkness
CHAPTERS & TIME STAMPS (All Times Approximate)…00:00:00.000 = Show Open00:01:56.089 = CBS Radio Mystery Theater, “The Dice of Doom” (December 02, 1974)00:48:41.251 = Sleep No More, “Over The Hill / The Man In The Black Hat” (December 05, 1956) ***WD01:13:26.384 = Sounds of Darkness, “Killers” (July 28, 1967) ***WD01:41:19.982 = Strange, “Deja Vu in Paris” (ADU-1955)01:57:35.346 = Suspense, “Cave of Ali Baba” (August 19, 1942) ***WD02:28:29.708 = Tales of Tomorrow, “The Old Die Rich” (March 26, 1953) ***WD03:01:49.633 = Tales From The Crypt, “Tight Grip” (ADU)03:48:29.833 = Mystery House, “Sauce For Goose” (September 30, 1945) ***WD04:15:23.108 = Theater Five, “Homecoming” (August 06, 1964) ***WD04:37:13.545 = Theater 1030, “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury (ADU) ***WD05:03:08.469 = Show Close***WD = Remastered by Weird Darkness (ADU) = Air Date UnknownWeird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library= = = = ="I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46= = = = =WeirdDarkness® is a registered trademark. Copyright ©2024, Weird Darkness.= = = = =Originally aired: July 18, 2024CUSTOM WEBPAGE: https://weirddarkness.com/WDRR20240718
Jul 19
5 hr 4 min
“THE PETROGLYPHS” and More Short Fiction Horror Stories! #WeirdDarkness
SOURCES AND REFERENCES FROM THE EPISODE...“The Petroglyphs” (from the book “4 Strokes to Midnight): http://amzn.to/2iI0ISf“Lady in White” by Paul Spangler“Kingdom Come” by George Contronis“Cyst” by David GreskeWeird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library= = = = =(Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I use whenever possible. If I somehow overlooked doing so for a story, or if a credit is incorrect, please let me know and I will rectify it in these show notes immediately. Some links included above may benefit me financially through qualifying purchases.)= = = = ="I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46= = = = =WeirdDarkness® is a registered trademark. Copyright ©2024, Weird Darkness.= = = = =Originally aired: January 20, 2018CUSTOM LANDING PAGE: https://weirddarkness.com/petroglyphs/
Jul 19
1 hr 7 min
Old-Time Radio Marathon: JULY 17, 2024 #RetroRadio #WeirdDarkness
CHAPTERS & TIME STAMPS (All Times Approximate)…00:00:00.000 = Show Open00:01:56.430 = CBS Radio Mystery Theater, “The Aaron Burr Murder Case” (November 28, 1974)00:47:58.909 = Obsession, “Murder Deferred, a.k.a. Second Best” (Air Date Unknown)01:19:45.070 = Origin of Superstition, “Kissing Under Mistletoe” (Air Date Unknown) ***WD01:34:56.109 = Peril, “Assassin” (Air Date Unknown) ***WD02:02:21.081 = Price of Fear, “Lot 132” (Air Date Unknown) ***WD02:30:53.970 = Quiet Please, “The Pathetic Fallacy” (February 02, 1948)03:01:02.925 = The Sealed Book, “Till Death Do Us Part” (July 08, 1945)03:32:03.313 = I Love A Mystery, “Monster In The Mansion” (November 03, 1044) ***WD03:53:08.951 = The Shadow, “The Hypnotized Audience” (March 27, 1038)04:21:10.442 = Sherlock Holmes, “the Bruce Partington Plans” (November 06, 1939)04:49:02.797 = Show Close***WD = Remastered by Weird Darkness Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library= = = = ="I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46= = = = =WeirdDarkness® is a registered trademark. Copyright ©2024, Weird Darkness.= = = = =Originally aired: July 17, 2024CUSTOM WEBPAGE: https://weirddarkness.com/WDRR20240717
Jul 18
4 hr 50 min
“PILOT FLIES INTO TIME PORTAL” and More Creepy True Stories! #WeirdDarkness #Darkives
IN THIS EPISODE: A university apartment is filled with ghostly voices, shadows and footsteps. *** The playful spirit of a child haunts a home in Canterbury, England. *** A woman hears footsteps in an empty bedroom. *** The biblical story of the witch of Endor. Just a story, or was she a real woman with supernatural powers? *** Did a British Air Force pilot somehow slip into a time portal and fly into the past? *** 87 years ago a fire broke out at the Ohio State Penitentiary – yet somehow, souls still linger there. *** AND MORE!SOURCES AND REFERENCES FROM THE EPISODE…“The Haunted University Apartment Filled With Ghostly Voices, Shadows, and Footsteps”:https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/prdzv4e3“The Playful Child Spirit of Canterbury England”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2m7b33h2“Footsteps In An Empty Room”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2p8s3ftj“Mystery of the Witch of Endor”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/22z422j2“Pilot’s Mysterious Time Slip Into The Future”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/9c7hhvf5“Where The Dead Still Linger – History And Hauntings a the Ohio State Penitentiary”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/mr3e7uup“Granny’s Last Visit”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/4387rfa3“The Girl Genius Who Vanished”: (link no longer available)“Taken By Gypsies”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2p8cpd4jWeird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. = = = = =(Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I use whenever possible. If I somehow overlooked doing so for a story, or if a credit is incorrect, please let me know and I will rectify it in these show notes immediately. Some links included above may benefit me financially through qualifying purchases.)= = = = ="I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46= = = = =WeirdDarkness® is a registered trademark. Copyright ©2024, Weird Darkness.= = = = =Originally aired: November 03, 2018CUSTOM LANDING PAGE: https://weirddarkness.com/pilot-flies-into-time-portal/
Jul 18
54 min
“INSIDE THE FAMILY CULT” and More Darkly Disturbing True Stories! #WeirdDarkness #Darkives
IN THIS EPISODE: The Hamilton-Byrne family was anything but typical, rather it was a doomsday cult with a leader who believed herself to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. (Inside the Family Cult) *** On this date, October 24, 1953, Evelyn Hartley, a 15-year-old sophomore from La Crosse, Wisconsin, vanished without a trace while on her way to a babysitting job. It was like something out of a Halloween urban legend but in this case, the horror was real. (The Babysitter Who Vanished) *** The odd happening that takes place here and there in a house more than likely can be explained in some rational way. Even quite a few strange occurrences could probably be explained by science. But when the events seem to never stop, perhaps it’s time to think something else is going on. (An Assortment of Experiences) *** Legend tells a centuries-old curse was placed upon Dudleytown in Connecticut. The town turned into a horrible place where people committed suicide or went insane. (Cursed Dudleytown) *** Exactly 92 years ago today – October 24, 1926 - something went wrong during a performance by Harry Houdini. A week later, he would be dead. (Houdini's Final Performance) *** In the Oakland Cemetery, a bronze monument to tragedy is said to bring death to anyone who touches it. (Black Angel of Death) *** While camping, a man has dreams of a dark-haired woman several nights in a row. Normally it wouldn’t be anything to be all that concerned about, but it’s something to fear if you are near the French Broad river. (Siren of the French Broad) *** Alien visitors, beings from a different dimension, our planet even had tree monsters and sentient pyramids showing up – and all in the year 1965. (The Inter-Dimensional Interlopers of 1965) *** A retired naval officer reports rocks falling through his home’s roof – dozens in a single day – with no explanation of where they came from. (Cappy Ricks and the Stones) *** In 1994 a man has a paranormal experience with a popular song recorded two decades earlier. (The Joker) *** Is there a clandestine space program designed to save the elite from a global catastrophe? (Alternative 3)SOURCES AND REFERENCES FROM THE EPISODE…“The Babysitter Who Vanished” by Troy Taylor: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/3nzr6k3t“An Assortment of Experiences”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/bdfnz8u5“Inside the Family Cult” by Joel Stice: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/mtvduhy3“Cursed Dudleytown”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/bf3668np“Houdini’s Final Performance” by Troy Taylor: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/yrwap7k9“Alternative 3”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2wnw9jv6“Black Angel of Death” by Orrin Grey: http://ow.ly/v2m430mkGWs“The Inter-Dimensional Interlopers of 1965” by Brent Swancer: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/5n7u987t“Siren of the French Broad”: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/an3ehray“The Joker” by Rory Kavenagh – submitted directly to Weird Darkness.com“Cappy Ricks and the Stones” by Cropster: <a href="https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/zsar9cna" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer...
Jul 18
1 hr 42 min
“DIVERS’ TERRIFYING REAL ENCOUNTERS WITH UNDERWATER MONSTERS” and More True Terrors! #WeirdDarkness
IN THIS EPISODE: Divers venture into the world of the deep, observing seascapes and wildlife most will never witness for themselves. While divers often come across incredible life never seen before, fascinating them and us after seeing the photos, other diver encounters with the unknown leave a lasting impression due to their sheer terror. (Divers’s Terrifying True Encounters With Underwater Monsters) *** One hundred years ago, the surge of interest in communicating with spirits challenged Judeo-Christian traditions, sparking the rise of spiritualism in the 19th century. This movement, ignited by the Fox sisters in 1848, blended science with faith and captivated millions across the United States and Europe. Despite skepticism and debunking efforts by figures like Harry Houdini, spiritualism's allure persisted, with some still practicing its methods even today. (Phantoms And Faith: The Rise of Spiritualism) *** Discovered in the Vologne River with his hands and feet bound, four-year-old Gregory Villemin’s death led to chilling anonymous threats and a complex investigation. Despite numerous suspects and revived efforts, the true perpetrator of the 1984 murder remains elusive, leaving a family and a community still searching for justice today. (The Mysterious Murder of Gregory Villemin) *** In movies and TV shows, characters often emerge unscathed from being buried alive, but in reality, this ordeal can result in severe physical and psychological trauma. Survivors may need extensive therapy to regain basic functions like walking and speaking due to oxygen deprivation. We’ll look at the chilling true horrors of live burials, with firsthand accounts that reveal the terrifying reality behind a fate worse than death. (The Nightmare of Being Buried Alive)CHAPTERS &amp; TIME STAMPS (All Times Approximate)…00:00:00.000 = Title Story Tease &amp; Show Open00:04:15.146 = Divers’ Terrifying True Encounters With Underwater Monsters00:32:09.566 = The Mysterious Murder of Gregory Villemin00:41:02.104 = Phantoms &amp; Faith: The Rise of Spiritualism00:49:20.133 = The Nightmare of Being Buried Alive00:58:30.666 = The Haunted Hills of Seven Sisters Road01:03:25.166 = Show CloseSOURCES AND REFERENCES FROM THE EPISODE…Book: “The Loch Ness Story” by Nicholas Witchell: https://amzn.to/3LpqAzVBook: “Haunted Media: Electronic Presence From Telegraphy To Television” by Jeffrey Sconce: https://amzn.to/3Y7tSzd“Divers’s Terrifying True Encounters With Underwater Monsters” source: Brent Swancer, Mysterious Universe:https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/3hdp3xyj“Phantoms and Faith: The Rise of Spiritualism” source: Ines Anton, National Geographic: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/ypfhbweh“The Nightmare of Being Buried Alive” source: Jacob Shelton, Ranker: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2ku9pnmh“The Mysterious Murder of Gregory Villemin” source: The Scare Chamber: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/y8wktjbv“The Haunted Hills of Seven Sisters Road” source: Patricia Platt, Graveyard Shift: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/yckjz5jbWeird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library= = = = =(Over time links seen above may become invalid, disappear, or have different content. I always make sure to give authors credit for the material I...
Jul 17
1 hr 4 min
Old-Time Radio Marathon: JULY 16, 2024 #RetroRadio #WeirdDarkness
CHAPTERS &amp; TIME STAMPS (All Times Approximate)…00:00:00.000 = Show Open00:01:55.979 = CBS Radio Mystery Theater, “Courtyard of Death” (November 26, 1974)00:48:52.457 = Macabre, “House In The Garden” (December 04, 1961) ***WD01:19:20.299 = Mindwebs, “Carcinoma Angels” (Air Date Unknown)01:47:10.506 = Somebody Knows, “The Unsolved Murder of Samuel I. Paris” (August 10, 1950)02:18:06.754 = Mystery In The Air, “The Horla” (August 21, 1947) ***WD02:49:16.857 = Molle Mystery Theater, “Fifty Candles” (July 25, 1044) ***WD03:21:38.572 = Murder At Midnight, “The Man Who Was Death” (September 23, 1946)03:48:53.703 = The Black Museum, “Frosted Glass Shards” (Air Date Unknown) ***WD04:13:24.296 = Mysterious Traveler, “The Good Die Young” (February 27, 1944) ***WD04:43:35.471 = Night Beat, “The Elevator Caper” (January 13, 1950)05:13:13.269 = Show Close***WD = Remastered by Weird Darkness Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library= = = = ="I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." — John 12:46= = = = =WeirdDarkness® is a registered trademark. Copyright ©2024, Weird Darkness.= = = = =Originally aired: July 16, 2024CUSTOM WEBPAGE: https://weirddarkness.com/WDRR20240716
Jul 17
5 hr 14 min
“REAL TRUCK STOP HORROR STORIES” and More Dark Non-Fiction Stories! #WeirdDarkness #Darkives
IN THIS EPISODE: Did lost cosmonauts make it into space before Yuri Gagarin? (The Tombs in Space) *** Don't take a gift from Gracie Watson's grave... or her life-like statue might cry tears of blood. (Gracie’s Ghost) *** A latchkey kid comes home to an empty house… or so they thought until they heard footsteps in another room. (The Laundry Room) *** People often encounter strange and frightening things when they experience sleep paralysis – but in one particular story, the horrors began well before going to bed. (Sleep Paralysis in Bangkok) *** Did Bonnie Scott run away? Was she kidnapped? Murdered perhaps? All anyone knew was that no one had a clue where she was. She had simply disappeared without a trace. (The Murder of Bonnie Leigh Scott) *** Samuel Joselyn was buried in 1810 in a North Carolina cemetery.  Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that Samuel was actually DEAD at the time of his burial! (Buried Alive in Wilmington) *** in 1894 Rosa Lochner was a witness to murder, but she had been deaf since birth and her spoken vocabulary was limited. So how could she testify against the accused? (Murder In Pantomime) *** A boy wakes to find his previously closed curtains now open – and the only explanation involves a previous resident of the house he’s nowliving in. (Strange Manifestations) *** Mention the word “Chupacabra” and most people will think of a strange, hairless dog-like animal. They are never described as having the ability to fly… until now. (Winged Chupacabras) *** These UFOs aren’t shiny metallic discs or cigar-shaped spaceships. They are humanoid – and they fly without the help of a jetpack, wings, cape or even a broom to sit on. And the sightings are still coming in all throughout Mexico. (The Flying Humanoids of Mexico) *** The North Carolina Cherokee have a story about how dangerous it can be even near a calm river – where the waters can suddenly foam and a giant beast can appear on the rocks. (James and the Giant Leech) ***Supernatural women, shadowy men, odd animal sightings, and more… they can all be found at late-night truck stops if you’re not careful. (Truck Stop Horror Stories)SOURCES AND REFERENCES FROM THE EPISODE…“The Tombs in Space” posted at The Unredacted: http://ow.ly/nW5U30mwbWw“Gracie’s Ghost” by Gary Sweeney for The Line Up: http://ow.ly/arFz30mwaLc“The Murder of Bonnie Leigh Scott” by Troy Taylor for American Hauntings Ink: http://ow.ly/v6wX30mwbwW“The Laundry Room” submitted anonymously to Weird Darkness“Sleep Paralysis in Bangkok” by MarkiO for YourGhostStories.com: http://ow.ly/FUOD30mwc0C“Truckstop Horror Stories” by Erin McCann for Ranker: https://tinyurl.com/wldxxnl“Buried Alive in Wilmington” by TheresaHPIR for Theresa’s Haunted History of the Tri-State: https://tinyurl.com/rr4cvoh“Murder in Pantomime” by Robert Wilhelm for Murder By Gaslight: https://tinyurl.com/y97rswf5“Strange Manifestation” by Brian Abraham posted at My Haunted Life Too: https://tinyurl.com/wmlzd22“Winged Chupacabras” by Nick Redfern for Mysterious Universe: https://tinyurl.com/th8p7ox“The Flying Humanoids of Mexico” by Brent Swancer for Mysterious Universe: <a href="https://tinyurl.com/urxujoc"...
Jul 17
2 hr 3 min
"Time Doesn't Exist" #MindOfMarlar
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Jul 17
8 min
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