Christmas Special 2015: Two Victorian Ghost Stories

Happy Holidays!  Once upon a time, it was typical for friends and family to gather around the fire and tell ghost stories on Christmas Eve.  Following in that tradition, J. J. offers up two classic Victorian Christmas Eve ghost stories. Between the Lights by E. F. Benson. A Strange Christmas Game by J. H. Riddell  …

Ep. 21: Death and Wrestling – Part 2

If you thought last week was dark, hold on to your spandex.  In today’s episode, your hosts investigate some of the reasons why wrestlers have a significantly shorter lifespan, on average, than the rest of the population. Drug addiction, substance abuse, head injuries, emotional trauma, and suicide are all elements characterizing the intense lifestyle many wrestlers adopt.  We…

Ep. 20: Death and Wrestling – Part 1

  Are you ready to rumble?!  Today Jack and J. J. discuss the dark underbelly of professional wrestling.  Once your hosts warm up with a primer on wrestling lingo, they get into the meat of violence and murder.  They end with an in-depth discussion of the Chris Benoit double murder/suicide.  In the next episode, they’ll examine…

Ep. 19: Mass Hysteria

Laughter and screaming, hallucinations and fainting… what happens when a whole community goes mad?  Find out in this fearful episode when Jack and J. J. examine the phenomenon of mass panics.  From externally induced maladies to mass psychogenic illnesses, the stimulus for hysteria can run the gamut from Monkey-Men to Strawberries with Sugar.  In the end,…

Ep. 18: Creepypasta

  Haunted video games, Deep Web horrors, and spooky photographs abound in this creepiest of episodes.  Jack and J.J. discuss what a creepypasta actually is, and then provide an outline of some of the most popular entries.  Then they discuss the nature of urban legends, horror fiction, and how creepy stories spread across the world…