Queers for Fears
By Queers for Fears
Two queer best friends since toddlerhood talk about what scares them in life whether based in reality, media, or the supernatural. They take their research seriously, but each other...not so much.
Moviesode 21: Mulholland Drive and a Mulholland Murder
In this, our 21st movisode, Abby and Ellie discuss David Lynch's work Mulholland Drive and then Abby takes on a terrifying Mulholland Murder, complete with tangeants about the name Egbert, cry-sterbating, Twin Peaks and more. Support this podcast on social media and Patreon: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Abby's Sources: Wikipedia entry, Mulholland Drive https://derangedlacrimes.com/?p=5320
October 06, 2021
Movisode 20: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) & A Brief History of Body Snatching
In this episode, Ellie discusses the plot of the classic horror/sci-fi thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Then, Abby discusses some real life body snatching-a crime that goes all the way back to the 13th century. Support us on Patreon, BUY OUR MERCH and follow us on Social Media: queersforfears.com Abby's Sources: Atlas Obscura The Smithsonian Wikipedia
October 02, 2021
Moviesode 19: Malignant and the 'Excorcism' of Vilma Trujillo
Abby and Ellie are (finally) back! We're a bit rust, but we take a dive into James Wan's new horror flick Malignant and talk about its themes of misogony and how that affected the "possession" in a small town of Nicaragua. Support us on social media, buy our merch and more here: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Check out our website: queersforfearspodcast.com Abby's sources: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/nicaragua_exorcism_vilma_trujillo_murder
September 22, 2021
Episode 56: The Life and Death of Oceana Snead
In 1909, a coroner was called to a seemingly abandoned home. A woman in a black dress, veil and cape answered. "Who are you? Who is the deceased?" The coroner asked. "It doesn't matter," replied the Lady in Black. But really though, who was the deceased? And whow as the Lady in Black? Find out on this episode of Queers for Fears. Find us on social media and support us via Patreon or by purchasing merch here: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Remember for 5 dollars off your t-shirt order until September 1, use code QUEERS21 at checkout! Link in Linktree! Sources: The Slow Death of Ocey Snead. Starved, overdosed, and drowned by her… | by Heather Monroe | Medium The sisters in black: The murder of Ocey Snead, 1909 - New York Daily News (nydailynews.com) Sister Act: The Bizarre Drowning of Ocey Snead (the-line-up.com)
August 24, 2021
Episode 55: A Boxing Coach and a Murder Plot
Ramon and Lulu Sosa had it all. A successful gym, a brand new home, cars, motorcycles, and nice clothes. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to...well, listen and find out on this episode! Buy our merch, find us on social media and check out our website here: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Abby's Sources: ESPN's Dead Man Walking by Tisha Thompson and Kevin Shaw
August 17, 2021
Movisode 18: The Nun and The Loudun Possessions
Ellie walks us through her hilarious summation and Opinions about The Nun. After, Abby discusses some "possessed" 17th century French nuns and fails epically at pronouncing French, as per usual. Support us, buy our merch and follow us on social media here: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Abby's Sources: Wikipedia Entry for The Loudun Possessions and Urbain Grandier https://www.college.columbia.edu/core/content/pact-allegedly-signed-between-urbain-grandier-and-devil-submitted-evidence-during-1634-loudu
August 10, 2021
Episode 54: The Tragic Death of Betty Williams
CW for suicide, suicidal ideation, depression and violence. Listener discretion is advised. In this episode, Abby discusses the tragic death of Betty Williams in Odessa, Texas in 1960. Betty was a theatre kid who dressed differently and had more progressive ideas than her peers. For this reason, she was often an outsider and struggled with self esteem and depression. Eventually, Betty asked some friends to kill her. What happened next will shock you. If you or a loved one experience thoughts of suicide, please reach out via phone: 1-800-273-8255 or online: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ Find us on socials, see our merch, support us here: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Abby's Sources: Wikipedia https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/a-kiss-before-dying/amp/
August 03, 2021
Episode 53: Hazing
Ellie discusses what hazing is and unfortunate incidents involving hazing. CW: Sexual assault, violence and torture. Sources: Allan, Kerschner, and Payne’s “College Student Hazing Experiences, Attitudes, and Perceptions: Implications for Prevention” in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practices Support us on social media, buy our merch and support us on Patreon here: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears
July 27, 2021
Episode 52: Creepy Sea Creatures
The ocean is a palace of horrors. In this episode of QFF, Ellie describes some terrible sea creatures lurking in the deep. If you want to "sea" more, check out our July video episode on Patreon, in which we discuss our Sea Creatures in a bracket-style tournament later this month. Support us and check out our merch at: www.queersforfears.com Sources: National Ocean Service Encyclopedia Britannica NYT FL Museum of Natural History NPR WaPo Chesapeake Bay Program Australian Museum Natural History Museum (London) BBC Smithsonian Te Papa Tongarewa (National Museum of New Zealand)
July 21, 2021
Episode 51: Murderous Makeup and Makeup-wearers
Abby and Ellie talk makeup history and horror. "positively fucking horrendous" - Marvin on skin-related horror (we take this as a compliment). Support this podcast: www.queersforfears.com Sources: https://strangeremains.com/2017/01/31/beauty-to-die-for-how-vanity-killed-an-18th-century-celebutante/ https://www.thecut.com/2013/12/most-dangerous-beauty-through-the-ages.html Bailey Sarian Videos on Youtube https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/health/brazilian-blowout-formaldehyde-fda.html Wikipedia
July 15, 2021
Movisode 17: The Conjuring Part 3: The Devil Made Me Do It and Arne Johnson & The Glatzel Family
Happy July, dear listeners. In this movisode, Ellie discusses The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It and Abby dissects the Paranormal story and the trial that this movie was based off. The Warrens make another appearance and so do waterbeds- a trend we, at QFF are happy to see gone because it just offers no support and who wants a bed that leaks?! Did the devil actually make Arne do it? Tell us what you think! For links to social media, merch, and how to support our indie podcast, please visit www.queersforfears.com Sources Abby used in this episode: Wikipedia A Haunting- Season 2, Episode 6 Where Demons Dwell by Discovery Channel https://archives.law.virginia.edu/dengrove/trials/demon-murder~~ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1981/09/13/by-demons-possessed/3479fa6b-eee3-4233-a2fc-b9defa403504/ https://thenerdsofcolor.org/2021/04/22/the-true-story-behind-the-conjuring-the-devil-made-me-do-it/ https://creepycatalog.com/creepy-details-from-the-real-life-devil-made-me-do-it-case-featured-in-the-conjuring-3/~~ https://www.newsweek.com/conjuring-3-devil-made-me-do-true-story-demonic-murder-1476782 Special thanks, again, to our listener Lesley for her help in this research! We appreciate you!
July 06, 2021
Episode 50: Belle Gunness
The Black Widow, The Lady Bluebeard, Belle Gunness. Whatever you want to call her, she's said to have killed upwards of 40 men. What's her deal? Find out on this episode of Queers for Fears.
June 29, 2021
Episode 49: Burial Practices with special guest, a fly
Ellie chats about the history of burial practices and why we as a society are so afraid of death. The origins of some of our culture's traditions to mourn the dead are also discussed. Sources: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty Support us: queersforfears.com
June 22, 2021
From the Patreon Vault: Cannibals
Hello everybody! Abby and Ellie were both super busy this past week or so and decided to release this older Patreon Episode to all of you! Abby discusses a brief history of cannibals and then takes slightly deeper dives into 3 cannibals: Issei Sagawa, The Kentucky Cannibal and Armin Miewes. Since it's a Patreon episode we're a bit sillier than usual, we hope you enjoy it and sign up at patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast at the tier you're most excited about! Thanks for listening and see you next week!
June 15, 2021
Episode 48: Mirrors
Abby walks through a brief history of mirrors, superstitions surrounding mirrors, creepy mirror games and mirrors in horror movies. Why are they so darn creepy to us? Find out in this episode of Queers for Fears. Support Us: www.queersforfears.com patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast Sponsors: Bruush: Save 15% with promo code POD15 using this link: https://bit.ly/3xe5g7S Sources: Wikipedia https://www.cnn.com/2013/02/22/tech/social-media/apparently-this-matters-haunted-mirror/index.html http://hauntedattractiononline.com/haunted-mirrors-world/ https://www.bustle.com/articles/180548-12-creepy-mirror-games-to-play-when-you-just-want-to-freak-yourself-out https://www.fandango.com/movie-photos/top-11-horror-movie-mirrors-789
June 09, 2021
Movisode 15: Things Heard and Seen & The Murder of Cathleen Krauseneck
It's the first week of the month so that means it's a movisode, everybody! In this episode, Ellie discusses the new thriller straight-to-streaming-service Things Heard and Seen starring Amanda Seyfried and James Norton. Then Abby discusses the inspiration for the film: the author's spooky ghost stories in her own farmhouse and the murder of Cathleen Krauseneck one cold February in 1982. Her husband, 37 years later in 2019 was indicted on second degree murder charges, but there are many folks that doubt his involvement. Find out more on this episode of Queers for Fears! Support us: queersforfears.com for social media, blog posts, our merchandise and more patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast to keep the laughs and research going! Support our Sponsor: Bruush https://bit.ly/3xe5g7S Movie: Things Heard and Seen (2021) Abby's Sources: Wikipedia https://krauseneck.com/about-us/ https://people.com/crime/1982-ax-murder-of-n-y-mom-went-unsolved-for-nearly-40-years-but-now-her-husband-is-charged/ The New York Times: WOMAN, 29, FOUND SLAIN WITH AX IN HER HOME IN ROCHESTER SUBURB (1982) https://abcnews.go.com/US/husband-charged-1982-ax-killing-wife-chief-calls/story?id=66935195 https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2020/01/29/killer-claimed-he-killed-cathy-krauseneck-brighton-husbands-attorneys-claim-court-filing/4552446002/ https://www.elle.com.au/news/netflix-things-heard-and-seen-true-story-25161
June 02, 2021
Episode 47: May Combisode: The Last Woman Executed in England and Historic Fires
In this episode, Abby and Ellie’s witty banter includes but is not limited to: this school year lasting forever, firefighting, being sweaty, and so on. Then, Abby dives into the sad story of Ruth Ellis, a woman who was discriminated against for being 1. A woman, 2. “Lower Class” and 3. A sex-worker. Ruth, who struggled with abusive relationships with men, snapped one night. Her story is a sad tale for women everywhere. CW for pregnancy loss and suicide. Finally, Ellie discusses some historic fires, their failures, and the safety measures that we now have in place as a result of these terrifying tragedies. CW for death of children. Check us out and find our MERCH: queersforfears.com Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast Sponsors: Revolution Beauty: https://bit.ly/2RKFGY8 codePODGO20 Sources: Abby: Wikipedia Ruth Ellis: the Murder Case We Can’t Forget, published by The Guardian 2018 by Duncan Campbell Murder Maps Season 3, Episode 4: Ruth Ellis Ellie: Wikipedia The presentations of her peers
May 26, 2021
Episode 46: The Mysterious Death of Maria Marta Garcia Belunce
After Abby and Ellie talk about the plights of fire academy training, teaching during the longest school year known to man and "adulting" nonsense (looking at you, Comcast Customer Support and the Department of Motor Vehicles) Abby dives in to the mysterious death of Maria Marta, an upper class Argentine woman who died in October of 2002. At first, it seemed like a terrible accident: a woman slipped, hit her head and fell in the bath tub. But how could she have slipped if her tennis shoes were still on? And why was she fully dressed if she was getting ready to take her Sunday afternoon bath? Oh yeah, and then there was a fake death certificate, cleaning up the crime scene too early and not following with the doctor's advice to call the police for this so-called "accident." Was this death really a terrible accident or a gruesome murder? And if it was, who could have murdered a sweet, charitable woman in a gated community? Find out on this week's episode of Queers for Fears Check out our website, purchase merch, or make a one time donation here: www.queersforfears.com Support Us: patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast Sponsors: PODGO: podgo.co Sources: The documentary Quien mato a Maria Marta? (Who Killed Maria Marta?) Evidence, trial documents, and media coverage: https://casobelsunce.blogspot.com/
May 19, 2021
Episode 45: Cryptids Part III
Well, well, well, dear listeners. Abby and Ellie are doing Cryptids Part III! Before we dive in to creepy crawlers, we discuss driving the "wee-woo" truck, and an unfortunate Driver's Education circumstance involving a sighting of a possible cryptid (???). Then, with a dash of off-brand genitalia (grab a bucket and a mop, everyone) and some standard QFF tangents, we discuss cryptids, including, but not limited to: the Oklahoma Octopus (and why real Octopus are so dang creepy). the Lake Worth Monster and the Ozark Howler. Support and Follow Us: www.queersforfears.com https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Merch (our totally awesome T-shirts!): https://www.etsy.com/shop/Queersforfearspod One-Time Donation: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/queersforfears Sponsors: Brüush: For 15% off your purchase, go here and enter code POD15: Brüush Discount Link Our Patreon: patreon.com/queersforfears Sources: Wikipedia Lost Tapes Season 1, Episode 5 Scientific American Blog The Birch Aquarium Ozark Howler Verse by Rufus Grey Ozark Howler Blog The podcast H2OMG
May 11, 2021
Movisode 14: House of Wax (2005) and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Abby and Ellie haven't seen each other for a WHILE in this episode, which is why our witty banter and updates last until about the 17:00 mark. Ellie discusses a hilarious fire chief and Abby whines about a short summer vacation that feels so far away. There's something for everyone in this episode: movie trivia, a roadkill pit?!, a throwback 2009 Folger's Coffee Commercial, some French Revolution history, and so much more we can't cram it all into the show notes! Due to a misread text, Abby had to watch this travesty twice in two days so she considers herself an expert on the topic. Abby and Ellie discuss the big 2005 vibes of House of Wax. Juicy Couture velour sweat suits, Chad Michael Murry miscast as a brother instead of a boyfriend, Jared Padelecki pre Supernatural, Disturbed and My chemical Romance on the soundtrack, and more. Then, Abby discusses the bloody history of Madame Toussad and her Wax Museum. We also, of course, in true QFF fashion, discuss the controversies that surround them: the royal family wax figures, whitewashed Beyonce, and an inaccurate depiction of Nicki Minaj just to name a few. Enjoy the spooky vibes and comedic relief we offer in this movisode and don't burn the house down when you stream House of Wax! Support Us: patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast Follow QFF on Social Media: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Sponsors: PODGO.CO https://www.podcastwithoutanaudience.com/ Sources: House of Wax (2005) Wikipedia IMDB https://www.madametussauds.com/ Mental Floss Time Magazine
May 04, 2021
Episode 44: The Doomsday Clock and Carl Wanderer
Happy Combisode Day, dear listeners! This month, Ellie discusses her firefighting academy updates and then Abby talks about some good old fashioned Amish cookin'. From there, Ellie talks about her fear of impending doom by chatting about the history and timeline of the Doomsday Clock. Then, Abby talks about Chicago's first John Doe case, in which a man went back on his deal with a stranger resulting in a triple homicide. Find out why this bizarre crime was committed and whether or not humans will be the reason for their own downfall (spoiler alert: probably) on this episode of Queers for Fears! Links to our social media, website, and more: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast Sponsors: Baxter Blue https://baxterblueglasses.pxf.io/c/2544961/1031264/11471 The Podcast: Haunt Her? I Barely Know Her! https://linktr.ee/Hauntheribarelyknowher
April 27, 2021
Episode 43: The Acid Bath Murders (John George Haigh) feat. Marvin
Ellie, Marvin and Ellie unironically discuss soap for a while before we dive into a terrible bath (sorry, we couldn't resist). Abby's back at it again with the serial killer John Haigh, who killed 6-9 people in London during the 1940s. Haigh grew up with strict, religious parents and went against their fire and brimstone lectures because he never got caught in petty crimes. He escalated...quickly murdering people for their money to support his champagne taste on no budget and a bad gambling habit. Ellie and Marvin, of course, make their comments on the side about John, his life and his....hm...creative? Disgusting? Terrifying? Way of disposing of his victims (spoiler alert, in acid). What led to his downfall? Then, Marvin brings us home with some creepy politicians and their...circumstantial evidence of acid baths...As one does. Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast Our Website, Socials, Merch, and More: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Sponsors: Baxter Blue Glasses (click here!) Featured Podcast: Morning Cup of Murder Abby's Sources: Wikipedia Murderpedia Murder Maps Season 3, Episode 2 The podcast Time Suck (Episode 216) with Dan Cummins
April 20, 2021
Episode 42: Modern Day Vampires
Abby and Ellie do typical midwestern stuff and talk about the weather. Ellie talks about firefightin' and Abby talks about some remote learning and graduate school frustrations. Then, Ellie explains Modern Day Vampires, these are real people who have cravings for consuming blood. Then we come to the conclusion that, hey, as long as everything is healthy and consensual, live your truth on this episode of Queers for Fears. Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast Our Website, Socials and more: https://linktr.ee/queersforfears Ellie's Sources: John Edgar Browning, who has done fieldwork with vampires in NOLA and Buffalo; DJ Williams, sociology prof at ID State, and Merticus of AVA
April 13, 2021
Movisode 13: The Invisible Man (2020) and The Invisible Boy
Ellie and Abby discuss the 2020 movie "The Invisible Man" starring Elizabeth Moss and what scares them about the movie and toxic relationships. Then, Abby lightens the mood with a "possession" of sorts from the 1950s in Manila in which a 13 year old boy was said to be able to disappear and reappear seemingly at will. CW for abuse and suicide. If you are in an abusive situation, please contact the Domestic Violence hotline at: 800.799.SAFE or visit thehotline.org Sources: The Invisible Man (2020) And That's Why We Drink Podcast, Episode #178 The Bizarre Case of the Teleporting Boy in Manila mysteriousuniverse.org The Invisible Boy Documentary by Lester Sumrall youtube.com Support Us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast Our Website: https://queersforfears567271273.wordpress.com/ Sponsors: SkinStore: 20% of your next purchase by using the code POD that's code P-O-D for 20% off your next purchase at skinstore.com/pod.list Make sure to check out, review, and follow our friends at Don't Look Under the Internet podcast!
April 06, 2021
Episode 41: Junji Ito and The Survival Story of Victoria Cilliers
We're back at it again everybody! This episode we TURNT UP (does anyone say that anymore?) to celebrate our one year podiversary and celebrated being able to record safely in person together for the first time in six whole months. Ellie discusses the work of the Japanese manga horror artist and writer Junji Ito and Abby discusses one woman's skydiving experience. It was a horrible accident...or was it? Honorable mentions to our guest stars Jack and Marvin and our tangents on wisdome teeth and South African accents (just listen if you don't get it). Find out more on this episode of Queers for Fears!
March 30, 2021
Episode 40: We'll Never Be Royals: Racism and Controversies in the Royal Family
Oh boy, dear listeners. We really went hard in the paint on this meaty episode (Abby's trying to make "meatisode" a thing, but Ellie isn't buying it). Abby and Ellie discuss it all- from the monarchy's relationship with Nazis to 'Megxit'! Our topics include some royal controversies, scandals, the media's treatment of the royal family, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton and how the monarchy is.... *checks notes* bad... due to it being founded on imperialism and racist ideologies. Even Fergie isn't safe from our eyebrow raising and banter. So fill your cup and add one lump or two and join us at this spill-the-tea party on this episode of Queers for Fears! Vote for Jackie's book "Win, Lose, or Rain" here!: https://tinyurl.com/ysvzk7ee Support us on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/queersforfearspodcast Check out our website here: https://queersforfears567271273.wordpress.com/ Sources Used: Wikipedia Bbc.com Cheatsheet.com huffingtonpostUK Aljazeera Observer.com Insider.com
March 23, 2021
Episode 39: We're Gonna Party like it's 1518: The Dancing Plague
In this episode Ellie talks about her firefighter exam and Abby talks about how much she misses dancing at the club. Then, Abby does a dive into the 16th century plague called The Dancing Plague or The St. Vitus Plague and how messed up it was that people danced until they died. But why? Find out in this episode of Queers for Fears!
March 16, 2021
Episode 38: Cephalo-phore a Good Time, Call on Your Favorite Martyred Saint
Get ready for some bad jokes and heresy, dear listeners! In this episode, Ellie talks about cephalophores (AKA headless saints) and we are grossed out. Which cephalophore is your favorite?
March 09, 2021
Moviesode 12: The Leprechaun
What's luckier than finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? When your favorite podcast watches 1993's "The Leprechaun" so you don't have to! Come for the L.A. Gear sneakers, stay for Warwick Davis roasting Jennifer Aniston et al. while skateboarding. Plus some actual leprechaun lore - turns out they're neither particularly attached to green, nor prone to pogo-sticking people in the lungs.
March 03, 2021
Episode 37: An Olde Timey Murder and The End of the World
In our February combisode Abby talks about the 19th century murderer and conwoman Kate Webster while Ellie breaks down instances the apocalypse was discussed in history and/or supposed to happen and spoiler alert, didn't, at least for us.
February 27, 2021
Episode 36: Ouija Boards
Ellie goes through the history of Ouija Boards, famous times that they were used and Abby tries her hardest to distract her. Mass-marketed toy or communication tool with the dead? You decide, on this episode of Queers for Fears.
February 16, 2021
Episode 35: A Refreshing Lawsuit
Abby takes a break from true crime and covers the history of a popular soda brand and a whole big trial they went through to get rid of an ingredient, but not the one you're probably thinking of!
February 09, 2021
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February 04, 2021
Moviesode 11: Lovely Molly
Abby and Ellie really wanted to talk about "The Devils" (1973) but do not trust themselves to pirate it properly, so instead, we found a possession flick neither of us had seen before: 2012's "Lovely Molly." Plus, Abby talks about a "real-life" possession story - and what each of us means by those scare quotes.
February 02, 2021
Episode 34: Combisode: the Lipstick Killer and Haunted Asylums
Abby and Ellie discuss another famous Chicago crime, the Lipstick Killer, and talk about what we really talk about, when we talk about haunted asylums.
January 26, 2021
Episode 33: Leopold & Loeb - Part 2
Ellie and Abby continue their deep dive into one of the most famous crimes in Chicago history.
January 19, 2021
Episode 32:Leopold & Loeb - Part 1
It wasn't until 1988 that a Northwestern University archivist realized that the law school had, at some point, been given a treasure trove of primary source documents - including the original ransom note - from one of Chicago's most famous crimes, committed in 1924. Ninety-seven years on, the names Leopold & Loeb ("the original affluenza teens" - Abby) are familiar to anyone with an interest in true crime or Chicago history. In this episode, Ellie begins her deep dive into the murder of Bobby Franks, drawing from author Nina Barrett's exhaustive 2018 book on the Northwestern archive materials, "The Leopold and Loeb Files."
January 12, 2021
Moviesode 10: The Boy II
Abby and Ellie discuss "Brahms: the Boy II" (how did they get Katie Holmes and Ralph Ineson for this??) and, more importantly, some real-life "haunted" dolls (including one doll who is not haunted in the sense of "ghost-containing" but in the sense of "has seen some shit").
January 05, 2021
Episode 31: Snow Hags, Sanatoriums, and Staten Island: a combisode
In a rare role-reversal, Ellie discusses a possible serial killer (to be fair, she thought the documentary she watched was about an urban legend) and Abby talks about personifications of wintriness in folklore from around the world (to be fair, extreme cold is also a serial killer, after a fashion).
December 29, 2020
Episode 30: Merry Cryptsmas and Happy New Queers
This episode has everything: unintelligible growling, rude horses with wine bottles for eyes, mad lads licking things, sacks of unsettlingly mysterious ashes, helicopter-assisted goatnapping, oddly relatable witches, drunk people setting things on fire, original Christmas music by Abby, and a partridge in a pear tree.* Happy holidays from QFF, and we hope you enjoy our Christmas Cryptids episode as much as we enjoyed making it. (*partridge in a pear tree sold separately)
December 22, 2020
Episode 29: Scream Queens
Abby and Ellie talk about the history of scream queens and final girls in horror, plus why Debbie Rochon needs a girlfriend.
December 15, 2020
Episode 28: The List Family Murders
Ever since Ellie heard what this episode is about, she's been wondering, "where does a guy who killed his whole family get off being a sanctimonious prick?" Abby has all the answers this week on the Queers for Fears podcast.
December 08, 2020
Moviesode 9: Better Watch Out
Abby and Ellie tricked themselves into watching a Christmas horror movie that started out as a rated-R "Home Alone" and turned into a teenage "Funny Games." We've got Final Girls, Toxic Masculinity, Are the Heteros Okay?, and - is that the upsettingly hot guy from Stranger Things? A very merry moviesode to you.
December 01, 2020
Episode 27: Combosode: Sir Elvis? And, Arthur Conan Doyle has Opinions again (ugh)
Abby and Ellie discuss the unsolved murder of the Grimes sisters in 1950s Chicago and ghost ships from throughout time and space.
November 24, 2020
Episode 26: Creepypasta and the Slenderman Stabbing feat. Marvin!
Abby, Ellie, and Marvin talk about the origins of creepypasta and the 2014 stabbing allegedly inspired by the King of Web Scares™, Slenderman. CW for violence against a child, and brief mentions of (fictional) suicide.
November 17, 2020
Episode 25: Spooky Ohio - with Marvin!
Abby and Ellie are joined by special guest Marvin ("Terrible, Just Terrible," "Working Week," and "Midwest Nightmare") for some spooky Ohio history, courtesy of their adventures with the Cleveland Area Paranormal Society. We also talk about lucid dreams, Steve Buscemi, and that one Bass Pro Shop that looks like a pyramid, because — you know what, you'd better just listen to the episode, probably. CW for brief mention of suicide.
November 10, 2020
Moviesode 8: Orphan
Abby and Ellie discuss the 2009 film "Orphan," as well as some real-life stories of orphans who were not what they seemed.
November 03, 2020
Episode 24: The Vampire of Dusseldorf
Abby and Ellie discuss German serial killer Peter Kuerten, who was not a real vampire but honestly sounds way worse.
October 27, 2020
Episode 23: The Lottery Curse
Abby and Ellie discuss misfortunes that befall people who won the lottery, featuring cyanide, scammers, and swords (500 of them). CWs for substance abuse/mention of OD and intimate partner violence (right after the ad, for about 7 minutes).
October 20, 2020
Episode 22: Jim The Builder, a Hometown Piece of Shit, and Ellie as Scrooge McDuck
Abby and Ellie are joined by Wayne and Ashley from Slay Queens Podcast for a combosode featuring gay house-flipper ghosts, lesbian vampires, and the last guy on earth who ever should have been hired as an orderly.
October 13, 2020
Moviesode 7: Antebellum
Abby and Ellie review "Antebellum" starring Janelle Monáe, which Ellie has been waiting to see for-approximately-ever.
October 06, 2020
Episode 21: Could it be?? Ruckis Part 3! A bonus episode for... thee.
Abby and Ellie finally wrap up the Rucki family saga, for real this time, we promise.
October 03, 2020
Episode 20: Combisode: Some Hitmen NOT found on Yelp, a Hitchhiking Nun and Eunuch, and a Deal with the Devil (With special guest, Jackie!)
In September's Combisode Abby, Ellie, and special guest Jackie discuss the Patty Columbo scandal, vanishing hitchhiker urban legends, and the intersection of history and mythology in blues music.
September 29, 2020
Episode 19: The Disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki - Part 2
Abby and Ellie continue their deep dive into the Rucki disappearance, featuring People Behaving Badly in Court.
September 22, 2020
Episode 18: The Disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki - Part 1
Abby and Ellie discuss the contentious battle for - and subsequent disappearance of - the Rucki sisters.
September 15, 2020
Episode 17: Listen to This Episode, or Suffer My Curse
Abby and Ellie talk mummies, mythos, and magic - particularly King Tut's "Curse."
September 08, 2020
Movisode 6: The Boy and Daniel LaPlante
Creepy dolls and living in walls - that's what this episode is made of! Spoilers ahead!
September 01, 2020
Episode 16: Combisode: A Serious Bad Thing that Happened and a Scooby Doo Episode
Abby walks through the Alphabet Murders in the early 70s in New York and Ellie discusses haunted artwork in this second combisode we've made! Enjoy!
August 25, 2020
Episode 15: NPFO: The Alt-Right in Punk Music Scenes
Ellie describes how Neo-Nazis have affected music scenes past and present in this real life horror episode of QfF.
August 18, 2020
Episode 14: The Winchester Mystery House
We discuss Sarah Winchester and her elegant 24,000 square foot home in this episode of QfF.
August 11, 2020
Episode 5: Stupid Safety Tips
Ellie and I serve up hot takes on victim blaming, rape culture, and chain emails threatening terrible "what-if" scenarios. Trigger Warning: sexual assault, rape, and date rape drugs are discussed in this episode.
August 05, 2020
Movisode 5: The Lodge
SPOILERS IN EPISODE! Trigger/content warning for assault and suicide. In this episode we discuss the 2019 film The Lodge as well as three other suicide cults.
August 04, 2020
Episode 14: Combo-Episode: A Bunch of Eyeballs and a Magician's Six Pack
It's a new format! For this episode both of us did research on a topic the other one doesn't know anything about! Our first combo episode: lesbian incestuous killas and a famous magician. Enjoy this episode of spookiness!
July 28, 2020
Episode 13: Astrology and Tarot: A History and a Mini-Reading
We walk through a history of astrology and tarot. We even read the charts of the lovely hosts and listeners of this podcast!
July 21, 2020
Patreon Bonisode Sample Content: Carl Tanzler and His Corpse Bride
Abby describes the creepy hobbies of Carl Tanzler in this Patreon Sample content! Enjoy!
July 14, 2020
Episode 12: The Satanic Panic, Satanic Ritual Abuse and the Exonerated San Antonio Four
In this episode we go over a quick history of the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and 1990s, Satanic Ritual Abuse and a few cases that cite it, but most specifically, the San Antonio Four case that wove together both the Satanic Panic and homophobia in a successful effort to wrongfully convict four women in Texas of abuse.
July 07, 2020
Moviesode 4: Cabin in the Woods and Horror Tropes
Abby and Ellie discuss "Cabin in the Woods" and horror tropes!
June 30, 2020
Episode 11: La llorona, el chupacabras y el cucuy, oh my!
In this episode we discuss three Latinx legends and their (possible?) origin stories!
June 24, 2020
Episode 10: Joseph Vacher Part 2 Electric Booga-deux
Sorry for delay, Abby had to go and MOVE and didn't have time for editing. This is part two to our Joseph Vacher, "The French Ripper" case. CW; child sexual assault and death, sexual assault, violence and murder.
June 21, 2020
Movisode 3: The Amityville Horror (2005)
We talk about the DeFeo family, the Lutz family and the claims of the haunting at 112/108 Ocean Drive as well as the 2005 horror flick. **We had some issues with the episode not starting from the beginning when first published, so if you feel like you got dropped in medias res, try again**
June 09, 2020
Episode 9: Joseph Vacher Part I (Un)
We discuss the "French Ripper" Joseph Vacher. TW: Suicide and self harm, sexual assault and rape, child murder and sexual assault.
May 26, 2020
Episode 8: Cryptids Part I
Ellie, Abby and a SPECIAL MYSTERY GUEST!!! Discuss well-known and lesser known cryptids alike. Then, they create an imaginary battle royale cryptid bracket and see which one would come out on top.
May 19, 2020
Episode 7: Creepy Critters Rodent Edition
We talk about where some of the horrors of rodents could have come from and share some personal anecdotes about our rodentspierences.
May 12, 2020
Movisode #3: Bad Ben and our Supernatural Experiences
WARNING: The audio in this episode is ROUGH, so if that bothers you, check out our episodes around episode 13 or so! Bad Ben spoilers in episode! We discuss the indie Bad Ben film series in detail and talk about some spooky stuff that has happened to us.
May 05, 2020
Episode 6: The Gee Family Murders
WARNING: The audio in this episode is ROUGH, so if that bothers you, check out our episodes around episode 13 or so! Ellie and Abby walk through the brutal murders of 5 out of 6 family members in Beason, Illinois with motives that are unclear. TW: child death.
April 29, 2020
Episode 4: John Wayne Gacy (Part 2)
WARNING: The audio in this episode is ROUGH, so if that bothers you, check out our episodes around episode 13 or so! We discuss the victims and trial of John Wayne Gacy at length in this episode. TW for homophobic language (it's pretty censored but still there) and transphobic language at the end of the episode.
April 16, 2020
Episode 3: John Wayne Gacy Part I
WARNING: The audio in this episode is ROUGH, so if that bothers you, check out our episodes around episode 13 or so! Contractor. Politician. Clown. Monster. John Wayne Gacy killed more than thirty young men in the Chicagoland area in the 1970s. But is this a simple case of insanity? Or is he just as evil and calculating as everyone claims and how does the argument of nature vs. nurture weave itself into this? Find out on this episode of: Queers for Fears Trigger Warning: sexual assault, rape, torture and murder are discussed as well as homophobia and transphobia.
April 14, 2020
Movisode 2: Pontypool and Epidemics
WARNING: The audio in this episode is ROUGH, so if that bothers you, check out our episodes around episode 13 or so! We discuss the movie Pontypool and epidemics (the AIDS Crisis, the Spanish Flu, COVID 19 and the Bubonic Plague) at length.
April 07, 2020
Episode 2: The Fall River Cult Murders
WARNING: The audio in this episode is ROUGH, so if that bothers you, check out our episodes around episode 13 or so! What do Massachusetts, the woods, and Satanic cults have in common? MURDER is the answer. Trigger Warning: graphic torture, murder, and sexual assault and rape are discussed in this episode.
March 31, 2020
Episode 1: St. Joseph's Catholic Orphanage
WARNING: The audio in this episode is ROUGH, so if that bothers you, check out our episodes around episode 13 or so! We go through the history and horrors of this orphanage in small-town Burlington, Vermont, whose doors remained open for 120 years.
March 24, 2020
Movisode 1: Bad Match: A Movie Discussion and Bad Dates
WARNING: The audio in this episode is ROUGH, so if that bothers you, check out our episodes around episode 13 or so! Spoilers of Bad Match in episode. Abby and Ellie also discuss their worst dates.
March 17, 2020