Fabled Collective explores mysteries, legends, myths, lore, ghosts, and fairy tales. Investigation of these tales of woe often reveal grim details that have been long hidden in the dark corners of history. Every story is a mix of both fact and fiction, and so are our episodes. We'll tell you a story, and then we'll tell you the truth. And to be perfectly honest, sometimes even our best fiction isn't as riveting as the facts.
If you drive over the causeway from Savannah, Georgia to Tybee Island, you’ll notice a small lighthouse in the Savannah River. It captured my interest the first time I saw it. Often times, the lighthouse is inaccessible from neighboring Cockspur Island. Residing near Fort Pulaski, the tiny lighthouse has a fascinating history. And maybe even a few ghosts.
The most horrible of monsters are those who prey on the weak, the sick. These angels of death strike when they're needed, when their patients cannot care for themselves. When medical professionals decide to harm, they turn their backs on all they’ve been taught. Such is the case of Jane Toppan, one of America’s first serial killers, who claimed to have murdered at least 31 people, perhaps as many as 100 from 1887-1901.
Emily Dickinson is one of most popular American poets of all time, but she didn't experience fame until after her death. This analysis of her poem "Tell all the truth but tell it slant" gives insight into her thoughts and understanding. Truth is a most rare thing.
In this unscripted episode, my husband and I take a stroll down memory lane and recount the most memorable haunted experiences we've had thus far.
If you'd like to know more about the places we discussed, check out:
Ep 1 -- Unitarian Cemetary Charleston, SC
Ep 14 -- The Sorrel-Weed House Savannah, GA
Ep 18 -- Haunted Ybor City, FL
Throughout the centuries and numerous cultures, superstitions surrounding black cats have varied. Are black cats lucky or unlucky? Some believe crossing a black cat to be fortunate, and others see it as an impending omen. Luck, it seems, is in the eye of the beholder.
The story of Marie Lafarge reads like a gothic novel. A well-bred, attractive woman living in a mansion in the country, married to a man she doesn't love, sounds like a tale we'd all like to read. And read, people did. Her case was one of the first trials to be followed by the public through newspapers. She was the first person to largely be convicted due to direct forensic and toxicology evidence.
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William Faulkner chooses an interesting title for his story about a woman confined to her past. The story is filled with many symbolic references, but none as interesting as its title. “A Rose for Emily” allows us to explore what the upcoming events may entail. The title symbolizes Emily’s superiority to the town, her choice of seclusion, and the ultimate fall of her sanity and life.
Though a rose may have its bloom, it still has it...
Strange things were happening in Jonesville, LA, in 1938. Alice Belle Kirby was thirteen years old at the time and was described as having light wavy brown hair with grey-blue eyes. She was the seventh child of eight to farmers Leon and Mary Kirby.
According to an article by the Madera Tribune, there were witnesses to Alice's ability to make tables move miraculously without effort and sometimes without touching them at all. She ...
Our ancestors lived in perilous times, not knowing what would happen from one day to the next. They faced sickness, death, and suffering—the likes of which we can only imagine today. One of the only ways they found to protect themselves was through rituals, the practice of doing things in a particular order. In the same way, certain practices became superstitions—a belief that doing things in a specific fashion would lead to either...
Robert Frost is one of the most widely respected and accomplished American poets of all time. His simple, yet profound, work has touched the minds and hearts of millions. His extraordinary use of language has offered numerous interpretations by readers, but a closer look at the poet's ideas helps in interpreting the underlying messages of his poetry. Careful analysis of Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening...
If you've ever been into board games, chances are that you own or have owned a Clue game. Have you ever wondered about the history of it? As per usual, I’ve followed my curiosity and learned about the inventor of my favorite board game.
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The Foley House Inn is one of the infamous historical places in Savannah, Georgia. Because of its dark history, tourists daily walk by the house on one of the city's many tours.
Though lovely, it's not the architecture that draws the crowds but the story of the skeleton in its walls.
Nervous by Kevin MacLeod
In the early 1800s, crowds gathered to witness the fasting woman of Tutbury, Ann Moore. It seemed remarkable, impossible even, that a woman could live without sustenance for years. Certainly, such a thing couldn’t be possible. Or could it?
Cover photo: Anthony Cardon, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
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Why are rabbit's feet considered lucky? And why do people say "rabbit, rabbit" first thing on the first day of the month? Find out more about the tradition, superstition, and folklore surrounding this bizarre, yet fascinating, practice.
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Even the most lovely places can harbor ghostly pasts. The haunting tales of the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia have spanned many years. Who roams the halls with the guests before performances? Who spooks the crew behind the stage? And who’s the girl on the balcony?
Cover image in Public Domain, Wikimedia.
Relent by Kevin MacLeod
The holidays are all about long-held traditions. But where did these traditions come from? And why did some of the old ones fade away? In this episode, we’ll explore how the Victorians shaped the way we celebrate Christmas today, and we’ll revive a tradition that I personally feel should make a comeback.
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Christmas is quickly approaching. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of sitting down with my dear friend JL Gillham. We had a fun conversation about the villains of Christmas, exploring their folkloric backgrounds. We also discussed the first book in her Winter Wonderland Chronicles, Princess Claus and the Great Escape.
Find JL Gillham on her website: https://www.jlgillham.com/read
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Folklore is usually a culmination of truth and fiction. It’s a sort of flavoring for a specific region—a mash of traditions, beliefs, and stories that are passed from one generation to the next. It can be difficult to pick apart because, with every new storyteller, there’s a new spin on the original. Multiply that by a hundred years or more, and what you get may scarcely resemble the seed of truth buried inside.
Lore is obscure, it...
Shh… can you hear it? The woods are calling.
There’s something mysterious about the woods, wouldn’t you agree? I remember one of my favorite things to do as a child was wander through the woods close to our house, and my best friend and I would treasure hunt in the woods behind her home. As children, we are incurably curious, which makes those wandering parts of our childhoods almost magical. As adults, we struggle to hold onto tha...
Snag yourself a pumpkin spice latte, y'all. It's finally fall. For many of us, autumn is a magical season. But why? What's the allure of fall? In this episode, we explore the psychology and love for the season. As if that isn't enough, we'll also discuss hygge and cozying your home and office.
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Camp Hell: Anneewakee
The Anneewakee Treatment Center for Emotionally Disturbed Youth operated in Douglasville, Georgia for over 25 years. Purportedly, it was a place that parents could send their troubled kids for help. But in reality, it was a breeding ground for abuse. This is the story of Anneewakee, as never told before.
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