Scary Stories

Scary Stories

Not your usual urban legends podcast. Scary Stories is an atmospheric exploration of the psychology of fear told through those classic stories that happened to a friend of a friend. Say a fond farewell to folklore because these are the stories we hope aren't true ...... Show More

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September 11, 2019 25 min

In a world of ever increasing digital data, our privacy is paramount to us. We know very clearly what parts of our lives are for public consumption and what parts are strictly private. But what happens when that line is crossed? What others find out about us? More importantly what will we find out about others?

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August 28, 2019 24 min

What is it about heights that can have such a dizzying effect on us, and send us into a slow panic. Perhaps it is the fear of falling into a known end, the fear of the void just below our feet, or perhaps it is something more sinister. Perhaps it is the fear of being pushed into that end.

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August 14, 2019 25 min

It is the root of all our fears. The heart of the human condition. The knowledge of our own death shapes us from our youngest ages. But is our mortality inescapable, or, like so many of our ills, can it one day be overcome?

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July 31, 2019 24 min

Call him what you will, by any of his myriad names, the Devil still inspires fear in an increasingly secular world. And convince yourself as you might that he does not exist, part of you is not sure you really want to find out more ...

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July 17, 2019 24 min

Since time immemorial, humans have marvelled at the moon in the night sky. We made it our mission to reach it, to step on it, and in doing so uncover its secrets. And yet the moon still has some mysteries left, but we might just want to leave them hidden. 

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July 3, 2019 23 min

Water can be soothing and comforting. It is easy to drift away in it and leave the world above the surface behind. But in a flash it can turn from something that embraces you into something that drags you to your ultimate demise. 

 

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June 19, 2019 26 min

Beauty is not something we typically associate with being scared. It is alluring and aesthetically pleasing, but in many ways it can also be dangerous. And perhaps the scariest thing of all, is that beauty leads us willingly into peril and we will never know something is amiss until it is too late. 

 

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June 5, 2019 28 min

Numerology has long been part of our every day superstitions. And while we think of numbers as objective, in actuality we often attach to them special meaning. Perhaps we use our lucky number for the lottery, or maybe we avoid sitting at an unlucky seat number. Although, deep down we probably know such things are absurd. But when numbers really have unlocked some of the deepest mysteries of our world, maybe it is wise to be hesi... Read more

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May 22, 2019 24 min

We have all become accustomed to the grim visage of the distorted and subverted clowns of our childhood. Films and books have long traded on our fear of that painted face, and have spawned one of the most common phobias. But clowns are also a throwback to our childhoods, a time of youthful imagination, when we could innocently laugh at their playful antics. And we weren’t scared then, were we?

 

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May 8, 2019 24 min

Ghosts can seem like a relic to a quaint past, a past where folklore was more than mere tales and hauntings were all too commonplace. And yet in a world where secularisation and atheism are ever increasing, curiously so is our belief in ghosts. But are such apparitions really the things that should be keeping us awake at night?

 

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April 24, 2019 24 min

Every night we lay down our heads, close our eyes and allow ourselves to slip into unconsciousness. And in doing so, every night we are unthinkingly putting ourselves at the mercy of our surroundings. Because monsters, both real and imagined, are too often lying in wait, and what better time to strike than when we are asleep?

 

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April 10, 2019 24 min

We live in, what can often seem to be, a relentlessly frightening world, where we are inundated with the worst crimes in our society by a 24 hour news cycle. And so, it would be natural to think that we would seek refuge from these daily horrors. Why is it then, that we feel a frisson of excitement when something scary opens with those five little words … based on a true story.

 

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March 27, 2019 21 min

We have long needed our fight or flight instinct for survival. But in a world where survival has never been easier, this internal mechanism is somewhat unnecessary. And, instead, it simply paralyses us with anxiety, where we neither run nor battle, but simply freeze. 

 

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March 13, 2019 21 min

It is a popular adage that trust takes a lifetime to build and only a moment to break. But if we are being honest, we often give our trust willingly at a moment’s notice. Every time we step onto a bus, eat out, order a drink, get into that taxi, we are trusting strangers with our lives. But what happens if we get it wrong?

 

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February 27, 2019 21 min

When we think of the traditional roles that women have inhabited, we think of them as mothers and caregivers or as ingenues or temptresses. And while we may try to steady our nerves as we walk past a large group of men late at night, the same is generally not felt if that group is entirely female. Because we almost never see women as the person to be feared, the stranger who could do us harm. But are we right to make such an ass... Read more

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February 13, 2019 25 min

Love has been celebrated throughout human culture. From poetry and literature to heartfelt ballads and romantic comedies, we are obsessed with that first flush of romance. But at its core, the only difference between being in love and being scared beyond reason is who or what is standing in front of you.

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January 30, 2019 23 min

Humans have an instinctive fear of the dark. For good reason too, because the world quite literally looks and feels like a different place with the lights out. But the dark hides our own secrets as much as it does the monsters.

You might want to keep your nightlight on for this … 

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January 16, 2019 22 min

The experience of time passing is integral to our understanding of the world around us. So when something appears to defy our ability to locate it in a particular time and place, humans will often feel a deep sense of unease. When this fuses with unnerving cultural memories, the result can often be something quite terrifying.

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January 3, 2019 23 min

We have all been taught from our youngest days that strangers equal danger. From the people living in our apartment blocks to the ones we share a subway home with, most of us are constantly surrounded by strangers. So how are we to ever know who we can and can not trust?

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January 3, 2019 21 min

Looking for the sinister in the absence of knowledge has long been an integral part of the human experience. That urge created much of our folklore, and urban legends are proof that we still do this today – even about the seemingly innocuous. But, you know what they say, just because we’re paranoid, doesn’t mean we’re not right.

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