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This week, we’re headed into the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey to discuss a legend as American as apple pie. The Jersey Devil, a chimera that has filled the eastern seaboard with terror since before the founding of our nation. We begin with a terrifying tale from the perspective of one of the many 1909 experiencers before discussing it’s varied origins, modern sightings, and the important place it holds in colonial American history. Is this an unidentified creature? An ultraterrestrial entity? Is an honest to goodness demon plaguing the Pine Barrens? Or could this be a simple case of misidentification so common in the 18th and 19th century? As Mrs. Leeds herself bellowed into the night,


Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week. 

This week’s episode includes the following sensitive content:


Gun Shots

Violence Against Children 

Animal Cruelty

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