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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Jan 18, 2018

When you feel a slight cold coming on, do you have the desire to dig up a dead family member and burn his heart for your cure? If so, then this episode is for you. Strange Country explores the anti-vampire rituals in 18th- and 19th-century New England that were used to ward off consumption. While it may suck, this episode sure doesn't.

Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands

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