This episode’s story is a bit of an oddity. It’s not quite a ghost story…but also not quite something else. The entity – commonly known as Gef the Talking Mongoose is said to have claimed to be a variety of things, ranging from an extra-clever mongoose from India to a spirit to…something else strange, but not completely defined. Matt and, special guest, Dave talk about Gef, what he probably was, and why it matters… or does it?
Kaylia and, special guest Claudya, discuss the book and movie: Like Water For Chocolate. Join us for a conversation about magical realism, the true tragic characters, the trouble with translations, the subversive feminist qualities, and the disappointment of Pedro. Plus, Kaylia continues her trend of not being able to pronounce anything properly. She’s working on it, and she’s sorry. All that plus a reminder that there is no hierarchy for what lights your fire, errr, matches. You do you!
This story involves treasure hunters, crazy old prospectors, a spectral ship, and one of the most unfortunate alleged navigation errors in human history.
Kaylia and, special guest host, Leah talk about this YA novel turned movie. We discuss crappy parenting choices, crappy writing choices, and how charming Mille Bobby Brown is. Was Enola a Mary Sue, a perfect iteration of a young naive girl, a heroine worth rooting for, or maybe a bit of everything? We also discuss the gross misogyny of Sherlock, the villainess of Mycroft, and how the movie really, really, changed the tone, characters, scope, point, and overall EVERYTHING-ness of the book. Plus Kaylia can’t decide if the French words in this English world written by the American author should get the French, English, or American/Kaylia pronunciation.
The story of London Bridge, Arizona, would be weird enough without any supernatural elements. But, then, it wouldn’t be in a Ghosthropology episode. Hear the tale of how a London landmark ended up in the land of cowboys, and consider whether the ghost of Jack the Ripper has been forcibly relocated to the American Southwest.
Kaylia and her special guest (8-year-old Ella) discuss the classic Charlotte’s Web, the classic 1973 Charlotte’s Web, and then the 2006 Charlotte’s Web… is it also destined to be a classic? What changes from book to movie to movie worked? Which changes didn’t? Is it cool to talk about death so much in a kid’s book or is it ok because of the songs and cuteness? All this and more in our episode!
Our very own Ghosthropologist was a guest on the ScareMePodcast.
Matt discusses the history and hauntings of the London Bridge site in London, England. The stories associated with the site range from profound, yet disturbing, to creepy and silly, but all are part of the folklore tapestry of an old and storied city bridge.
Jennifer and Kaylia revisit a book neither of them liked the first time around because they both love George Clooney and in his infinite wisdom, he has made a movie based on that book. They have a lot of thoughts.
Strange as it may seem to many people today, sharing ghost stories used to be an important part of the Christmas celebration. In hopes of restarting this tradition, in this episode Matt shares tales told to him by co-workers, friends, and even a particularly chatty convenience store clerk.