Strange and unusual stories from history, literature, myths and legends.

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Friday Sep 30, 2022

A discussion about Poe, music, and podcast collaboration.

Poe, The Black Cat

Wednesday Aug 03, 2022

Wednesday Aug 03, 2022

A terrifying tale of animal abuse, axe murder, and impromptu basement renovations! "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe. Read and recorded by Bob Billbrough. Original soundtrack produced by Bob Familiar featuring music by Man Tray (aka Kel Weston and Paul Billbrough), and Bob Familiar.

Tuesday Jul 12, 2022

Poe and Nepotism abound! Two stories by Edgar Allan Poe read by Bob Billbrough. Additional music provided by Man Tray featuring Kel Weston and Paul Billbrough. All other music and audio production by Bob Familiar. Snacks and Poe Bio provided by Jim Billbrough.
Titles and Time Markers:
The Oval Portrait/ 00:32
The Masque of The Red Death/ 9:59
Poe Bio and Credits/ 27:57

Wednesday Jun 08, 2022

Jim Billbrough and Bob Familiar, the production team behind Ambient Arcana, talk about the Pu Songling episodes and try to define what the hell they’re trying to do with this podcasting thing. Is it music with storytelling, or story telling with music? Is it unintentional ASMR? A weak attempt at scary bedtime stories? A sad grasp towards artistic relevance before the fading of the light? Probably. Anyway, tune in and find out!

Tuesday May 10, 2022

Four more stories by Pu Songling featuring a fox wedding, a trip through hell, a dishonest fortune teller (shocking!), and zombies!!!
Titles and time markers are:
The Golden Goblet/ 00:32
A Most Exemplary Monk/ 11:50
Magical Arts/ 14:34
The Living Dead/ 23:04

Tuesday May 10, 2022

Ambient Arcana's first full length episode featuring seven stories from Pu Songling's "Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio."
Story and Time Markers are:
The Giant Turtle/00:32
Biting a Ghost/04:00
Wild Dog/08:09
The Dead Priest/11:10
The Lingering Death/13:50
Wailing Ghosts/15:56
The Girl in Green/19:19
Biography and Credits/25:53

Introducing Ambient Arcana

Monday May 09, 2022

Monday May 09, 2022

Our trailer episode is a cautionary tale about drinking something even when you know it’s probably not good for you called “In a Cup of Tea”, from Lafcadio Hearn’s book-
“Kottō, Being Japanese Curios, With Sundry Cobwebs”.
Music by Bob Familiar.
Read by Jim Billbrough.

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