Episodes

Episode 10 Extra: Who Aiwass  
 

In last week’s episode, The Spaces that Linger, we journeyed to the grounds of Boleskine House on the banks of Loch Ness in the highlands of Scotland. Although the house has long been the subject of dark intrigue, it is best known for its association with author and occultist Aleister Crowley who made a failed attempt to conjure his Guardian Angel at the property.    

Four years later, in Cairo, Crowley claimed to have finally make contact with his Guardian Angel, it was an event that would change his life forever and one that has established Crowley in legend far beyond many of his peers.

More info at www.unexplainedpodcast.com and on twitter @unexplainedpod

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

1.    The Wickedest Man In The World, (dir. Rawles, N.), Diverse Productions broadcast on Channel 4 (2002),  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt9WJy6_XZU

2.    Crowley, A. (1969), The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, http://www.thelema.ca, http://www.thelema.ca/156/Confessions/confess.html

3.    MacGregor Mathers, S., L., (comiled by), The Lesser Key of Solomon http://www.hermetics.org, http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/grimoire/goetia.pdf

4.    Crowley, A. (1904), Liber AL Vel Legis – The Book of the Law, http://hermetic.com/legis/ccxx/

5. The Book of Abramelin Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Abramelin

6. Aleister Crowley Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley

7. Wallace, D., F., (2005), This is Water - Kenyon College Commencment Speech,

8. Hoff, K. & Pandey, P., (2004), Belief Systems and Durable Inequalities, An Experimental Investigation of Indian Caste, princeton.edu, http://www.princeton.edu/rpds/seminars/pdfs/hoff_indiancaste.pdf

 

 
Episode 10: The Spaces That Linger  
 

The world of horror is littered with unnerving locations, places that both draw from and have in turn seeped into the public imagination.

For many there is one place in particular that continues to fascinate like no other in the UK. For its combination of mystery, intrigue and atmospheric location you couldn’t concoct a better setting, the place: Boleskine House.

More info at www.unexplainedpodcast.com and on twitter @unexplainedpod

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

 

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

1.    The Wickedest Man In The World, (dir. Rawles, N.), Diverse Productions broadcast on Channel 4 (2002),  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt9WJy6_XZU

2.    Crowley, A. (1969), The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, http://www.thelema.ca, http://www.thelema.ca/156/Confessions/confess.html

3.    MacGregor Mathers, S., L., (comiled by), The Lesser Key of Solomon http://www.hermetics.org, http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/grimoire/goetia.pdf

4.    Crowley, A. (1904), Liber AL Vel Legis – The Book of the Law, http://hermetic.com/legis/ccxx/

5. The Book of Abramelin Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Abramelin

6. Aleister Crowley Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley

 
Unexplained Bonus Episode: William, An Origin Story  
 

With Unexplained on a short break until June 16th, here is something to fill the time...

A short story about a strange boy called William.

(Parental Guidance: some scenes of graphic horror)

More info at www.unexplainedpodcast.com and on twitter @unexplainedpod

 
Episode 9: The Dawn of the Head  
 

Throughout history we have attributed worth and sentiment to inanimate objects, things that when looked at out of context or without the language to understand their worth would otherwise appear completely insignificant.   

But what of those objects that seem not to conform to the vagaries of the human conscious.  Objects that seem to have a power all of their own…

Featuring the extraordinary mystery of The Hexham Heads

More info at www.unexplainedpodcast.com and on twitter @unexplainedpod

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

The original Hexahm Heads

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

1.    Compilation of Hexham Heads resources, https://hexhamheads.wordpress.com/

2.    The Urban Prehistorian (2014), The Hexham Heads Part 1, theurbanprehistorian.wordpress.com, https://theurbanprehistorian.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/the-hexham-heads-part-1-the-discovery/

3.    The Urban Prehistorian (2014), The Hexham Heads Part 2, theurbanprehistorian.wordpress.com, https://theurbanprehistorian.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/the-hexham-heads-part-2-tested-and-contested/

4.    Hexham Heads Wikipedia page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexham_Heads

5.    Clarke, D. (2012), Heads and Tails, drdavidclarke.co.uk,  https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/2012/12/22/heads-and-tales/

6.    Clarke, D. (2012), Twilight of the Celtic Gods, drdavidclarke.co.uk,  https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/2011/03/20/twilight-of-the-celtic-gods/

7.    Clarke, D. (2011), Celtic Curse Tested, drdavidclarke.co.uk, https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/2011/05/04/update-on-campaign-to-protect-celtic-shrine/

8. Boothman, N. (2005), The Wolf of Allendale/The Hexham Heads, taken from Fortean Times published on mysteriousbritain.co.uk,  http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/northumberland/legends/the-wolf-of-allendale-the-hexham-wolf.html

9. Laycock, M. (2014), Famous Ghost Witness Harry Martindale Dies, yorkpress.co.uk, http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11559578.Famous_ghost_witness_Harry_Martindale_dies/

10. Treasurer’s House Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasurer%27s_House,_York#Roman_soldier.27s_appearance

11. Thomas Lethbridge Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Charles_Lethbridge

 

 
Episode 8 Extra: Into the Myst  
 

Angelino Dulcert's portolan chart 1339

In last week’s episode, When the Light Fades, we looked at the haunting tale of the Lightkeepers of Eilean Mór.

The island was often referred to as ‘the other country’, a place where a mysterious otherworld had touched with our own mortal world.  It is a sentiment reserved for a number of remote islands from around the world.

Though many will be familiar with the mythical Atlantis or the lost land of Lemuria, there is one island, once thought to be located a few hundred miles off the south coast of Ireland that may just prove the strangest of them all...

Featuring the mythical land of Hy Brasil

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

More info at www.unexplainedpodcast.com @unexplainedpod

 

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

1.    O’Connell, T. (2016), Hi Brasil or Hy-Brasil, www.atlantipedia.ie, http://atlantipedia.ie/samples/hi-brasil-or-hy-brasil/

2.    Dennis (2012), Hi Brasil The Real Mysterious Islands, www.topsecretwriters.com, http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2012/02/hy-brasil-the-real-mysterious-island/

3.    Brasil Wikipedia Page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brasil_%28mythical_island%29

4.    Lemuria Wikipedia page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemuria_%28continent%29

5.    Angelino Dulcert Wikipedia page, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelino_Dulcert

 

 

 
Episode 8: When the Light Fades  
 

Thomas Marshall, James Ducat and Donald McArthur

Of all the unexplained mysteries I have come across there is one that has for me left the most indelible impression.  As far as mysteries go you couldn’t invent a better story. A story that has over time led to some of the most extraordinary of speculations and has since evolved a folklore all of its own.

This is that story.

Featuring the mystery of the Eilean Mòr Lighthouse Keepers

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

@unexplainedpod

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

1.    Dash, M. (1998), The Vanishing Lighthousemen of Eilean Mòr, Fortean Studies 4, http://www.mikedash.com/assets/files/Vanishing%20Lighthousemen.pdf

2.    Flannan Isles Wikiepdia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flannan_Isles

3.    The Unexaplained Files (2014), S02E04, Science, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VXSIVR-cQk

4.    Collin, D. R. (2010), The Ross Island Lighthouse Murder , Kirkcudbright.com, http://www.kirkcudbright.com/dynamic.asp?ID=66

5.    Original wreck report for the SS Archtor, http://www.plimsoll.org/resources/SCCLibraries/WreckReports/17924.asp?view=text

6.    The report submitted by Robert Muirhead, Superintendent, on the 8th January 1901: https://www.nlb.org.uk/HistoricalInformation/FlannanIsles/Report-by-Superintendent/

7.    The Draupner Wave Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draupner_wave

 
Episode 7 Extra: Hands Off  
 

In last week’s episode, Ghosts in Time, we looked at the strange occurrences that took place in the 1920s at Borley Rectory in Essex, England. 

What intrigues me most about the story is its slight air of credibility due to the reputable character of the witnesses and the anodyne nature of the supposed hauntings. 

But for others, a ghost story is nothing without something a little more sinister buried somewhere within...

Featuring the terrifying Hairy Hands of Dartmoor...

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

@unexplainedpod

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

1. HM Prison Dartmoor, Wikipedia Entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_Prison_Dartmoor

2. Original Documents written by Charles King and Francis Seymour Larpent of the Brittish Navy pertiaining to the 1812 massacre at Dartmoor Prison, http://www.1812privateers.org/Riot.htm

 
Episode 7: Ghosts in Time  
 

For all the many elements that constitute the paranormal, there are few things quite as evocative as the notion of ghosts.  

There are of course the ghosts that we carry with us in our daily lives, memories of those we have loved and lost or perhaps even wronged.  Thoughts that sit in the deepest parts of the psyche, straining to become manifest.

But what of the apparitions that seem not to have been brought forth from our unconscious, those that have no connection to the observer but instead seem for all the world to be reaching out to us from a seemingly timeless space?  

Featuring the intriguing mysteries of Borley Rectory

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

@unexplainedpod

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

1. The History of Borley Rectory as compiled on the Harry Price Website, http://www.harrypricewebsite.co.uk/Borley/historyofborley-intro.htm

2. Mark, J.J. (2014), Ghosts in the Ancient World, Ancient.eu, http://www.ancient.eu/ghost/    

3. Wisner, C. W., Thorne, K. S. & Wojciech, Z. H. (2009), John Wheeler, relativity and quantum information, Physics Today, http://authors.library.caltech.edu/15184/1/Misner2009p1638Phys_Today.pdf

6.    Wheeler-DeWitt Equation, Wikipedia Entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheeler%E2%80%93DeWitt_equation

 

Borley Rectory, Borley, England c. 1920s

 
Episode 6 Extra: The Ultimate Price  
 

In last week’s episode, Demons in Suburbia, we looked at the tragic story of Michael Taylor and in the process touched on the notion of free-will.

The degree to which any of us can be truly held accountable for our actions is a complex and controversial subject.

For one man in particular, this idea became an obsession for which he would ultimately give his life.

Featuring the life of maverick academic George R. Price

@unexplainedpod

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

1.   Brown, A (1996), Altruistic equations that killed a good man, The Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/altruistic-equations-that-killed-a-good-man-1358399.html

2. The Price Equation Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price_equation

3.  Joliffe, T. (2015), The Homeless Scientist Who Tried to Prove Selflessness Doesn’t Exist, Vice, http://motherboard.vice.com/read/george-price-altruism

George R. Price

 
Episode 6: Demons in Suburbia  
 

Daily Express article March 25th 1975

The notion that free-will might be nothing more than an illusion is a little unnerving to say the least.  For some, it might merely be seen as a fascinating quirk of life.

But for others, a lack of free-will might speak of something else entirely, something far more sinister.

For after all, if we aren’t in control of our minds, then just who, or what, is?

Featuring the chilling and tragic story of the exorcism of Michael Taylor.

@unexplainedpod

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

  

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

1. Swancer, B. (2015), Demons and Death: The Strange Case of Michael Taylor, Mysterious Univers, http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/12/demons-and-death-the-strange-case-of-michael-taylor/

2. Zizzi, P. & Pregnolato, M. (2012), Quantum Logic of the Unconscious and Schizophrenia, NeuroQuantology, http://www.quantumbiolab.org/admin/files/Zizzi%20and%20Pregnolato%20-%20NeuroQuantology%202012%20%2810.3%29%20566-579.pdf

3. Quantum Mind, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_mind

 
Episode 5 Extra: Can You Hear What I Hear  
 

Sketch of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

For last week's episode, What Hides Beneath, we looked at the infamous K-219 incident and wondered at the many mysteries of the vast ocean deep.

Some believe a strange underwater sound, known as a Quacker, may hold the key to unlocking the mystery.

However, in 1997 a sound known as the Bloop was picked up by hydrophones deep in the pacific ocean.  The intriguing recording may yet prove to be the the most extraordinary underwater sound of them all…

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

  

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

1. A collection of interesting underwater sounds recorded by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administraton (NOAA):

http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/sound01/background/seasounds/seasounds.html

 
Episode 5: What Hides Beneath  
 

For all the myths and stories that have sprung from the sea, fantastical tales of monsters and mermaids, there remain those that make no allusions to metaphor, whose place is not for the pages of the poet or the psychologists couch but exist merely as a matter of record.

Stories of hidden worlds and unknown creatures that may yet prove to be beyond our wildest imaginations…

Featuring the mysterious K-219 incident.

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

 

 

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

Aurora, V. (2001) Freudian Metaphor and Surrealist Metalanguage in Michel Leiris' Failles: The Unconscious and the Sea, Columbia University, http://litte.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/litte/article/download/29737/27325

Article on the the death of K-219 sub and Quakers, Pravda, http://www.pravdareport.com/society/stories/15-02-2013/123803-submarine_quakers-0/

Article on strategic nuclear mystery of Bermuda Triangle, Pravda, http://www.pravdareport.com/history/06-10-2010/115239-bermuda_triangle-0/

Wikipedia entry on K-219 Submarine Incident, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_submarine_K-219

Website measuring the current location of the Voyager Space Probe: http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/where/

The Kraken, poem by A. L. Tennyson:  https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/kraken

 

 
Episode 4 Extra: The Victorian Ghostbusters  
 

For last week's episode, Where Darkness Plays, we touched briefly on the supernatural theories of the eminent Sir William Barrett.

In 1882 Sir William had been a founding member of a fascinating collective known as the Society for Psychical Research, a group considered by many to be the original Ghostbusters.

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

Some Useful Links:

Here you can find the full text of Phantasms of the Living:

http://www.esalen.org/ctr-archive/book-phantasms.html

The website for the fascinating Society for Psychical Research:

http://www.spr.ac.uk/

  
Episode 4: Where Darkness Plays  
 

Fear, it would seem, is a powerful primal emotion. So potent that it can even make us afraid of things that may not even exist.  But then again, just because we can't see something, it doesn't mean it isn't there…

Featuring the terrifying Pontefract Poltergeist.

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

Physicist Brian Greene discusses the Double Slit Experiment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoQYnhHQ95U

The original footage of The Phillip Experiment:

https://vimeo.com/94576042

 



 
Episode 3 Extra: Heaven's Gate  
 

Heaven's Gate website homepage

For last week’s episode, Do You See What I See, we came across a story that demonstrates the sheer power of belief and how one man’s interpretation of the arrival of the Hale Bopp comet led to the death of 39 people.  

Featuring the extraordinary story of Heaven's Gate.

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

 

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

The original website of the group can still be found here:

http://www.heavensgate.com/

You can watch the final statements of the group members here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHz9it70TdI

 

  
Episode 3: Do You See What I See  
 

The crash that never was... Original article in The Sheffield Star, March 25th 1997

The stories we tell can often be said to reveal certain truths about ourselves, and yet, the notion of truth is the most elusive of things.

For the residents located near Howden Moor in the North East of England, the strange events that occurred on one spring night in 1997 would test their credulity to the limit…

They say the truth is out there, but does it even exist?

Featuring the extraordinary story of The Howden Moor Incident.

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

I’m indebted to the exhaustive work carried out on the subject of The Howden Moor Incident by Journalist and Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, Dr. David Clarke.

You can read more about his highly sceptical interpretation of the events here:

http://drdavidclarke.co.uk/secret-files/howden-moor-incident/

You can listen to the extraordinary account of J. Allen. Hynek’s time working for Project Blue Book here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_OuoDNbjj8

And if you want to report a sighting yourself, where better than to report it to the J. Allen. Hynek centre for UFO studies:

 

http://www.cufos.org/org.html

Here’s a video of perhaps the most famous experiment to determine inattentional blindness, if you haven’t seen it I wont give it away…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo

Something I didn’t quite manage to squeeze into the episode but weirdly interesting nonetheless… This is the original and oddly fascinating website for the Heaven’s Gate cult preparing it’s followers for the arrival of Hale Bopp comet:

http://www.heavensgate.com/

  
Episode 2: Resurrected Dreams  
 

Original Daily Mirror article from May 6th 1957

It could be said that all stories are ultimately about one thing – death. None more so than the stories we tell each other concerning what awaits us after life. It is a theme that can be found in stories told across every community and culture, from as far back as we can remember. 

But what might our dreams have to do with it?

Featuring the unsettling story of The Pollock Twins.

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

John and Florence Pollock discussing their daughters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhpuvUiQ2xA

K. J. Ressler and B.G. Dias’ original research paper:

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v17/n1/full/nn.3594.html

A fascinating organization dedicated to investigating evidence of reincarnation:

http://www.iisis.net/index.php?page=reincarnation-past-lives-evidence-case-studies&hl=en_US

 

  
Episode 1: Opening the Gate  
 

Moina Mathers (acquaintance of Netta)  c. 1925

Since the dawn of communication we have shared stories about imaginary beings; entities such as demons, angels, monsters and fairies.

But what if they weren’t stories at all. What if these entities were real, existing right next to us, right now, walking invisibly among us?

What if all we needed to see them was some kind of gateway? What price might we pay for opening it?

Featuring the story of the mysterious death of occultist Netta Fornario.

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

Aleister Crowley, Lam and the Alamantrah Working:

http://www.vice.com/read/magickal-stories-lam

Netta Fornario's essay on the Immortal hour:

http://www.servantsofthelight.org/knowledge/the-immortal-hour/

Terence Mckenna discussing Clockwork Elves: (very poor quality audio)

Pt 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw75PxL6O7U

Pt 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvRCE-KtZ2o

  
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