Fabled

Fabled

Fabled is a bi-weekly podcast that 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.... Show More

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Her birth took a life. Her life birthed a nightmare. And her greatest loves died way too soon.

Most of us have read and watched the various versions of Frankenstein. The image of the nameless monster created by a mad scientist is at the center of horror culture. But what inspired such a horrific and grisly tale?

Mary Shelley’s life was its own gothic tragedy—full of loss, pain, and even a few monsters.

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Fairy tales remind us that there is real evil in the world, but that evil cannot and will not prevail. But the marks it leaves on us are unmistakable, unavoidable, and sometimes have everlasting consequences. 

The real story of Sleeping Beauty, at its core, isn't a tale of a damsel in distress; instead, it's a tale of overcoming the worst monstrosities to the best of her ability. The early editions reveal a dark ...
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September 9, 2019 26 min

The South is full of superstition, folklore, and spooks. I think it's because of our large number of Scottish descendants, but it could also be because people move slower here. We spend lots of time sitting around the table or on our dusty front porches. We're natural-born storytellers. We believe in community and keeping traditions alive.

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August 26, 2019 29 min

Some places aren't safe. Have never been safe. Some would say they're cursed. Such is the case with St. Albans Sanatorium in Virginia. With its complicated and horrific past, it sits now as a relic of proof that even the cursed still survive.

I’m about to take you to a place of horrors—where madness and mayhem roam the halls. This is a story you don't want to miss.

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August 12, 2019 23 min

Long before man searched for intelligent life in space, he wondered about the ocean and what creatures roamed just below the surface. Lore about sea folk has been around for centuries, but selkies are perhaps the least mentioned in pop culture. In this episode, we'll walk along the rocky shores of Scotland and have the selkies tell us their story.

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July 30, 2019 27 min

Every city has its ghosts, but the Tampa neighborhood of Ybor has more than its fair share. In this episode, you’ll hear tales of the most haunted buildings in Tampa. Once called the Wild West of the South, Ybor City’s lawless dead inhabitants are still wreaking havoc today. 



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July 15, 2019 35 min

Pirates have always been glamorized in entertainment. Just the mention of them brings images to our minds. They are history’s favorite bad guys, but as we'll discuss in this episode, there were a few fearsome women, as well.

And we’ll delve into the most famous legend and pirates’ tavern in history--The Pirates' House--which you can still visit today.

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If you take a ghost tour in Charleston, you'll likely hear the legend of Lavinia Fisher, reported to be the first female serial killer in America. But despite what we're told on the tours, the real story behind this infamous woman may surprise you. In this episode, we'll uncover the facts and search history for the truth behind the lore.

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June 17, 2019 20 min

What happens when a hero is murdered? Find out in "The Singing Bone" by the Brothers Grimm. We'll explore famous cases of familial murder in history and why this story has been forgotten by many.

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Have you ever visited a haunted house? Did it live up to the hype? Did it give you all the spooky thrills? In this episode, we'll step inside the infamous Sorrel-Weed House located in Historic Savannah, Georgia. We'll uncover the history, debunk the legend, and I'll share my personal experience.

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All writers are told to "write what you know," but why is that so important? Behind all believable fiction, there is someone's true experience and emotion. Tolkien's full and interesting life bled into his masterpieces. In this episode, we'll find out the story behind The Lord of the Ring's epic cast and adventure.

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May 6, 2019 23 min

In this episode, we'll explore the legend of La Llorona and its origins, which go back further than you may think. We'll even delve into the darkest corner of the tale and discuss Biblical references and the demonic. Due to the graphic nature of this myth, listener discretion is advised.

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What is it about fairy tales that intrigue us—that endure time? Perhaps it’s simply their closeness to purity and innocence that we long for. Or, what if it’s not their moral that grips us but their villain? What if the layers were peeled back, and the sweet, pure characters revealed their skeletons. After all, no one is who they seem.

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There are certain things that once experienced, there’s no going back. In this episode, we'll meet the forgotten author, Conrad Aiken. He witnessed the most horrific thing a person could when he was eleven years old. That life-altering event both haunted him and defined him. We'll discover the most famous poet most people have never known.


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March 25, 2019 25 min

On December 3rd, 1926, the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie disappeared and wasn't seen again for 11 days. What happened to her? Let's travel back in time and peek behind the carefully wrought facade of Agatha's seemingly perfect life. We'll find out why she took this one to the grave.

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March 11, 2019 31 min

Why is it that seemingly innocent things--children, dolls, clowns, churches--when turned on their heads make the most terrifying horrors? The juxtaposition of good and evil and holy and hell piques our attention when the benign unexpectedly becomes malicious.

In this episode, we'll tell you two stories and a few undeniable truths.



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Every town has its ghosts, and small Southern towns are no different. One of the most well-known ghost stories in Alabama is the legend of Bill Sketoe--a man who wrongfully lost his life in 1864. Visit the decaying South, in its haunting glory, in this episode.

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In the last episode, we meet Little Red. In this one, we’ll delve deeper into an even more terrifying aspect of the story—the wolf. We’ll step into a little known corner of history and find out the truth behind the beast.



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We’re all familiar with the childhood favorite—Little Red Riding Hood. But what if I told you that it may actually be true? At least, partly. Find out what makes this tale one of the most terrifying yet.



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Does chivalry still exist? King Arthur and Guinevere like you've never seen them before. Referencing Lord Tennyson's "Morte d'Arthur" and William Morris' "The Defence of Guenevere," we explore the history of Arthurian legend and the epic romance (or lack thereof) between Arthur and Guinevere.

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