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In this special Halloween season bonus episode, Ryan brings us just outside the North of Prague in the Czech Republic, to a 13th century castle with an ominous and extremely dark history. Houska Castle wasn’t near any water, wasn’t strategically important, and didn’t seem to have anyone living in it. So why was this random fortress built? According to local legend, below the stone floors of the castle’s chapel, was a dark, seemingly endless pit that was literally a gateway to Hell. Throughout its time, the castle housed poets, Swedish warlords, and perhaps most notably, the Nazi regime. Said to store thousands of books on the occult, the Nazi’s were rumored to practice alchemy and occult-like practices for over a decade in Houska Castle. We hear the mysterious history behind this enigmatic castle and its unique design said to have been built not as a fortress to keep danger out, but to keep danger… and demons inside.

This episode was researched and written by Jane Palomera Moore. Follow on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/janepalomas

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