There’s no secret: We here at Atlas Obscura love creepy stuff, and not just at Halloween time. Ghost stories, urban legends, mysterious happenings—we’ll take it. So to celebrate the longest possible time before another Halloween, this week we offered some of our absolute favorite creepy Atlas Obscura Podcast episodes, from a mysterious island where many dueled to the death to our own contributors’ most terrifying experiences in unusual places.
So turn the lights off, get cozy, and prepare to listen—if you dare.
This aptly island between Missouri and Illinois was once a preferred meeting place for duels to the death in the early 1900s. Hear all about the many deadly contests that took place there, and why the island no longer exists.
Spooky Sites With the Places Team
Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring you two spooky legends: the Mothman from Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and a potentially ghoulish forest in the Transylvanian region of Romania.
Scary Stories From Real Places
Don’t listen to this one in the dark. Atlas Obscura Podcast contributors bring listener stories from spooky locations they’ve visited, and that continue to haunt them.
Yemrehanna Kristos Church
Special guest Paul Koudonaris, a photographer and author, brings listeners to an Ethiopian Church to begin an exploration of ossuaries, jeweled skeletons, and death practices throughout the world.
The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft
Reporter Eric Grundhauser recounts a memorable visit to an unusual museum in Iceland, where he explored the ancient lore of the occult, learned how to steal milk from his neighbors, and laid his eyes upon a pair of pants … made of human flesh.