16. The Dark Watchers

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For at least a century, possibly longer, people have claimed that the Santa Lucia Mountains of California’s central coast have been home to strange humanoid entities,  garbed in black, who keep a silent watch, seeming to care little about the humans who witness them. Their nature and purpose is unknown, but they have appeared in both local legends and works of literature. In this episode, we look into the Dark Watchers.

This episode was written by Matthew Armstrong with music by Matthew Armstrong and production assistance from Kaylia Metcalfe.

A transcript of this episode can be found here.

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Show Notes and Sources

Coast-to-Coast AM 

Brocken Spectre illusion

Brocken Peak is within the Harz Mountains

Klamath and Modoc 

Dreamtime / The Dreaming 

Salinan Tribe

Esselen Tribe

El Cid 

Obispeno Language


John Steinbeck’s short story Flight

Robinson Jeffers poem “Such Counsel You Gave to Me.”



Weird California

Gummerfan Monster Hunter HQ




Blackburn, Thomas C. 1975. December’s Child: A Book of Chumash Oral Narratives. University of California Press, Los Angeles.

Greenwood, Roberta. 1978. Obispeno and Purisimeno Chumash, in Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 8: California (Robert F. Heizer, Editor). Pages 520-523. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 

Hester, Thomas Roy. 1978a. Esselen, in Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 8: California (Robert F. Heizer, Editor). Pages 496-499. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Hester, Thomas Roy. 1978a. Salinan, in Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 8: California (Robert F. Heizer, Editor). Pages 500-504. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Hauk, Dennis William. 2002. Haunted Places: The National Directory: Ghostly Abodes, Sacred Sites, UFO Landings and Other Supernatural Locations. Penguin Books, NY.

Kroeber, Alfred L. 1976. Handbook of the Indians of California (reprint of 1925 work). Dover Publications, Inc. New York, NY. 

Reinstadt, Randall A. 1977.  Ghostly Tales and Mysterious Happenings of Old Monterey. Ghost Town Publications, Carmel, CA.

Spier, Leslie. 1930. Klamath Ethnography. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

If you have a story about a ghost, some bit of folklore, or anyting else you want to share, please contact me.

Photo credit: Wood photo created by wirestock – www.freepik.com

Published by kayliametcalfe

Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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