Skip to main content
Real Chills

Real Chills

By Alyssa Truszkowski & Meg Goetz
Real Chills is a podcast of TRUE STORIES that will keep you up at night: Ghosts. Demons. Aliens. Unexplained psychic connections. Time travel.

Hosted by Meg Goetz and Alyssa Truszkowski, comedians from Philadelphia, they talk to their guests about the weird things that go bump in the night.
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo

Breaker

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Currently playing episode

Sapphire Sandalo - Meet me at the Balete tree

Real Chills

Sapphire Sandalo - Meet me at the Balete tree

Real Chills

1x
Shiver - Nate Jones Book Club
On our last Shiver of the season, Nate Jones is back to share some light and breezy summer reads— one book is consistently reviewed by paranormal fans as “truly creepy.” Night sweats and chilling feelings are our fave ways to stay cool during the hot months! We’re on our summer break so HAGS and see you in August!
01:14:22
June 10, 2021
Twon Wood - UFOs and Octopodes
Twon Wood has seen 2 UFOS in the last 6 months--and has the cyberbullying receipts to prove it. We talk about upstate New York, panspermia theory, and how octopi are the REAL ancient aliens. We also play a righteous and decisive game of Monster Fight!
01:04:58
June 3, 2021
Ally Goetz - Mommy, There's a Man in My Room
Ally Goetz joins us to share some paranormal parenting stories. Raising kids is SO hard these days-- especially when your child is haunted by a shadowy figure. We review a very recent case of a Western New York poltergeist that ends in a cleansing fire. Shoutout to all parents out there doing the work that Meg and Alyssa refuse to do.
49:35
May 27, 2021
George Brudermann - Lighthouses, Lore, and a Haunted Tour
Unofficial paranormal historian, George Brudermann, is back with stories of haunted lighthouses and ALL KINDS OF THEORIES. We three emo kids learn that the entire “The Black Parade” tour was super cursed and embrace the coming fourth wave of ska.
01:34:31
May 20, 2021
Shiver - More Like Dela-SCARE If You Ask Me
Together again for a shiver, this time around Meg and Alyssa are investigating the horrors of Delaware. As luck would have it, The Small Wonder has quite a lot of spooky to share!
35:34
May 13, 2021
Lana Epstein - Do We Know Anyone Who's Dead?
Lana Epstein tells us one of the most legit Ouija board stories we've ever heard. Maybe that's why she's also seen ghosts and is probably a psychic. We also talk about why pre-teens bring poltergeists.  Then end with a game of Two Truths and a Lie: 1-Star Reviews of Ouija Board Edition.
01:09:34
May 6, 2021
Shiver - The Rain Man of the Poconos
In this episode Meg and Alyssa dive into the man who originally made it rain...indoors with demons. Turns out most of the Poconos is haunted and we're still here for it!
48:48
April 29, 2021
Goetz Gots Ghosts
This week we have not one, not two, but THREE of the Goetz siblings here to share haunting tales about their historical family home. Meg’s brothers, Jimmy and Bobby Goetz, along with Isabelle R (who’s the bravest of all for living in a haunted house AND dating Bobby), sit down to talk spirits. With so many haunting stories to tell, Alyssa can sleep not-so-well at night knowing Meg hasn’t been making it all up.
01:03:50
April 22, 2021
Isabel Brodsky - Sleep Paralysis & Paranormal Cat-tivity
Wow. We love a good sleep paralysis story but this one is DIFFERENT. Like, so different that we're stocking up on crystals and never sleeping again. We debate if cats are haunted (spoiler: they are) and play one of our favorite games, Haunt, Marry, Kill.
54:19
April 17, 2021
Ben Fidler - Pinnacle Pal
Ben Fidler's back with an even more terrifying tale! We're pretty sure this is the origin of all haunted-camp-murder stories. We also talk about Loretta Lynn's haunted mansion-- and her collection of old dolls. This episode solidifies our belief that camping IS terrible and we're only staying in haunted AirBnBs from now on.
01:30:48
April 8, 2021
Shiver - April Fool's Day
In this minisode, we're celebrating all of the spring festivities, history's best pranks, and some recent paranormal news! The Loch Ness Monster has been seen multiple times in 2021 but with the help of AI, might be seen in alternate realities in the near future!
29:03
April 1, 2021
Ben Fidler - Yep, Those Cold Spots Are Ghosts
This week we had Ben Fidler to brag about his college days! From seeing aliens to college football practice with Gettysburg ghosts, he's seen it all. Then we talk about artists whose paintings predicted the future. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. Ben had so many paranormal experiences he's coming back next week for even more scary stories!
01:01:36
March 25, 2021
Dave Stewart - A Cryptid, A Clock, and My Wife's Doppelganger
Wow. Where do we even start? Dave Stewart has seen cryptids, ghosts, and a paranormal jar of clock parts.   One of those ghosts is possibly a doppelgänger of his wife and that’s not even the wildest story he shares! And that’s not all— We talk haunted skating rinks and even try to decrypt some EVPs.
01:05:15
March 18, 2021
Amy Beth Wright and Jonathan Greenstein: Roswell Sightings and the Best Damn Chili You'll Ever Have
In this week's episode, we had Amy Beth Wright and Jonathan Greenstein to talk about their dad's alien sightings, time in the military and so much more. Then we talk about the super recent sightings that took place two weeks ago. Finally, Alyssa tests our personalities to see which alien type we are, and boy would you be surprised!
01:04:22
March 11, 2021
Nick Bruce - Time Warp Through The Woods
Lots of things lurk on the edges of Pennsylvania's greatest cities, like the cryptid the Squonk, suburban malls Meg and Alyssa have cried in, and the cemetery where Nick Bruce experienced the unexplainable. Nick shares his story about a missing time experience in an eerie clearing in the woods-- while completely sober! We talk about notorious time-slip stories and play a new game where one of us wins the day by dimension-jumping with Nicholas Cage. 
01:12:24
March 4, 2021
Pat George - I'll Take The Most Haunted Room In This Hotel
Pat George has EVP evidence of ghosts in Gettysburg. That’s it. That’s the description. We discuss so much other good, wild stuff, like him being haunted by his grandmother and tales of America's most haunted battlefield but most importantly--  PAT GEORGE HAS EVP EVIDENCE OF GHOSTS IN GETTYSBURG!
01:05:33
February 25, 2021
Jillian Markowitz - Do ghosts think we're hot?
Jillian Markowitz went ghost hunting in an abandoned mine known for its tragic history as part of a documentary. Then we discuss near-death experiences and play a game of Haunt, Marry, Kill.
01:05:17
February 18, 2021
Dan Vetrano: What the hell is happening in Long Island?!
Season 3 starts off with our friend Dan Vetrano! Raised by a ghost-hunting mom, Dan shares a paranormal story with a real M. Night Shyamalan twist! We talk about the best and so far only queer ghost hunting show and play a game of spooky MASH.
01:05:42
February 11, 2021
Shiver - Father Time Looks Creepy AF
In this Shiver episode, Meg and Alyssa talk about closing out 2020 and TIME TRAVEL. In true Real Chills fashion, we also touch on aliens. Y’ALL. WE MADE IT. Cheers to 2021 and our future alien overlords.
38:40
December 31, 2020
Eric Todd - Holiday Screams & Psychic Dreams
Eric Todd dreams big. Like, so big that he's connected to things he can’t explain. He shares some of his stories including one that took place on Christmas morning! We got you covered if you need ideas for creepy Christmas celebrations. Then, we close things out with a game of Would You Rather- Christmas Ghosts Edition!
55:51
December 24, 2020
Shiver - Girls Rule and Troll-Ogres Yule?
On this Shiver episode, Meg and Alyssa gear up for the holidays and talk about the wintery band of Icelandic Santas known as the Yule Lads! It’s like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, except the horrible troll-ogre mom has thirteen weird sons that terrorize children in December. We love a creepy Christmas and you’ll love this episode.
41:20
December 17, 2020
Rusty Wright - Ca$h for Ghosts
Rusty Wright joins us to tell us about his teenage ghost encounter and how his dad almost got scammed by paranormal investigators-- but really turned things around! We talk about what drives us to believe in the paranormal and discuss how technology might be ruining all our fun. We learn who the real ruler of the animal kingdom is in a game of MONSTERFIGHT. 
01:17:28
December 10, 2020
Cassandra Dee - Is This Cursed or Is It More Money More Problems?
In this episode we sit down with our good friend Cassandra Dee and talk about the cursed object she received in Atlantic City. Then Meg shares some stories about other cursed objects, revealing that all used jewelry is probably cursed. Finally we finish the episode with one of our favorite games: Haunt, Marry, Kill.
01:27:53
December 3, 2020
Shiver - Thanksgiving, Bird Church, and Haunted Plymouth
Happy Thanksgiving for those of you in the US who celebrate! Like 99% of holidays, its roots are problematic but its foods are delicious! We chit chat a bit and do a dive into the famed bird church (honestly, IS it a chicken? listen to find out) and we add Plymouth, Massachusetts to our bucket list of spooky New England towns we need to drink in. Have a great holiday, stay home, and make sure you're subscribed!  
43:51
November 26, 2020
Josh Machiz - Three Weirdly Wild Stories
Our friend, Josh Machiz, joins us to share three paranormal stories. We're talking forest spirits, clairvoyance, and an important message from beyond the grave!! We dive into original stories we sourced from REDDIT about drugs and paranormal experiences. We play a new game in honor of Josh's Movie Flash Mob on Twitter, which happens every Tuesday based on movies that take place at camp. Spooky! Silly! Campy!
01:18:43
November 19, 2020
Zoe August - Let's Clean House
Zoe August has always lived in haunted houses. She shares just some of her stories, including the time she and her family banished a malevolent energy from their home.  Honestly, we're low-key jealous-- and terrified. We talk about both problematic and chill ways to cleanse your spaces and play a game of Fiction or F'Real: Exorcism Edition!
01:11:15
November 12, 2020
Matt Ag - Ghosts of San Angelo
This episode, we talk to Matt Ag about living in a haunted house in San Angelo. Did you know there are tons of spooky places to visit throughout the west Texas city BESIDES Matt's old house? We're setting up our pop-up ghost tour business as we speak. We also play a rousing game of MONSTER FIGHT (shoutout Brian Durkin of the Full Belly Laughs podcast.)
52:27
November 5, 2020
Josh Cirre - An Exorcist, An Unsolved Murder, and A Secret Basement,
It's our HALLOWEEN episode and wowie, are you in for a treat! We have Josh Cirre on to talk about an absolutely WILD story that has so many threads, we didn't know which one was the most incredible! One thing's for sure-- Flagstaff, AZ is one of the weirdest cities in America, perfect for a romantic honeymoon. We talk about the history of resurrection men and the skeletons hiding in Benjamin Franklin's clos--I mean, BASEMENT. Our game of Would You Rather ties everything together in a neat little package, just in time for social-distance Halloween fun. WEAR A MASK and then, PUT YOUR HALLOWEEN MASK ON TOP OF IT. 
01:10:21
October 29, 2020
Soolin - The Haunting of the HOA
In this episode, Soo Lin sits with us to talk about the MANY haunts she's experienced here and in her home country of England. We then talk about England's most famous vampire, the Highgate vampire. We finish off by playing a Real Chills classic -  Haunt, Marry, Kill.
01:16:30
October 22, 2020
Caisy Falzone - Tarot as a Psychic Tool
This week, we have our friend and music artist, Caisy Falzone, on the to do a tarot reading and talk about how she tapped into her psychic abilities. We were prepared to be READ TO FILTH but it was totally lovely, insightful, and we learned a whole bunch about her process. Caisy's new single, STAY is out and her new EP drops soon. Follow her (and book a reading!) on Instagram @caisylikedais and listen to STAY at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/caisyfalzone/stay.
01:00:49
October 15, 2020
Matt Stanton - An American Werewolf In Kentucky
Our guest this episode is the hilarious Matt Stanton. He tells us about his unexplainable cryptid sighting in Kentucky. We talk about recent dinosaur sightings. Then end the episode by learning if we're werewolves or vampires.
59:18
October 8, 2020
Sapphire Sandalo - Meet me at the Balete tree
Our guest this episode is the mystifying Sapphire Sandalo. She recounts the story of a family member that was groomed by an evil spirit. Then we talk about haunted museums. We also get into Sapphire's experiences as a podcast host (Stories with Sapphire), and an expert on the paranormal for the Travel Channel series "Paranormal Caught on Camera". Finally, we end with a competitive game of Monster Fight. Thanks as always to Brian Durkin and Full Belly Laughs for the game inspiration.
01:08:60
October 1, 2020
Ellie Summerling - A Mystical Mom and Other Family Stories.
Our guest this episode is the magical Ellie Summerling, we talk about growing up in a family that is possibly a magnet for paranormal activity. We then talk about one of Hollywood's famous haunts and the famous people that haunt it. We end the show by playing an exhilarating game of paranormal M.A.S.H., and cannot wait for these future predictions to come true.
57:58
September 24, 2020
Shiver - Democrat Demon Cats of the Republic
On this Shiver-minisode, Meg and Alyssa talk about the upcoming spooky season! We dive into paranormal tales about the US Capitol building and share some suggestions on how you can prepare to for the upcoming US Election.  There's less than 50 days left, people! There's so much still to do like getting a costume; buying tiny candy bars; drinking out of decorative gourds; and most important: voting by mail where applicable. Enjoy the episodes and make a voting / Halloween plan STAT! 
47:03
September 17, 2020
Josue Sanchez - An Exorcism In Mexico
This episode, our guest is Josue Sanchez! He tells us a family story about an exorcism in Mexico —and we are RIVETED. We also talk about Star Seeds and take a quiz to see if we’re actually slacker-Star Seeds who just need to tap into our true potential.
01:02:49
September 10, 2020
Seamus Millar - Existence Is a Cup of Coffee
This episode we talk our friend, Seamus Millar, about growing up in a haunted house unexplainable experinces while meditating! In preparation for SPOOKY SEASON, we talk about the folklore behind will-o'-the-wisp and jack-o-lanterns. If you want to play along with our game of WOULD YOU RATHER, you'll need to make some tough descions about how you'll spend the rest of eternity/the remainder of the pandemic quarantine.
01:18:45
September 3, 2020
Brian Durkin - Full Belly Ghosts
This episode we have our Friend-Of-The-Pod, BRIAN DURKIN joining us! Brian hosts the long-running podcast and humor/food site Full Belly Laughs. We talk about some of the ghosts from his teenage years (like, actual ghosts, not emotional ones); we touch on some cults Meg wants to join; and discuss ways folks can cross the veil. Plus, we play a rousing game of Bearfight- MONSTERS EDITION! Check out episodes of Full Belly Laughs (both Alyssa and Meg have been guests!) at fullbellylaughs.com
01:14:26
August 28, 2020
Anna Rispoli - Afterlife Radio
Our guest this episode is Anna Rispoli! She shares how, after the loss of her friend, she’s literally haunted by him and their love of Culture Club. We find Anna’s in good company when we goss about celebrities who’ve had encounters with ghost and other spirits. Sticking with the theme, we play 20 Questions — movie ghost edition!
56:38
August 7, 2020
Nate Jones - Haunted High School High
On this episode, we talk to Nate Jones about times he's seen UFOs, felt dark energies, and that one time he was alone in his high school and saw the family ghost. Meg shares a story about El Paso High, one of the most haunted high schools in America. Alyssa shares a throwback game with a twist, MASH: GHOSTHUNTING EDITION. This episode was recorded pre-pandemic so pleased be charmed by us learning about the 1918 Spanish Flu for the first time! 
01:26:21
July 31, 2020
Shiver - Glitches in the Matrix
After we recorded this episode-- like a WHILE afterwards, Meg found a Glitch in the Matrix story that is so low-key, yet awful and unforgettable that both hosts can't stop thinking about it. If you want to be cursed with the same story, slide into our DMs or check out our show notes on our website. This episode, we're talking about the subreddit Glitch_In_The_Matrix. If you read it, you might slide into an alternately reality yourself-- AKA, you'll open the page, fall down a rabbit hole, and come out the other side having time traveled three hours into the future into a dimension where you can't un-know the secret knowledge you've gained. We recap what we've been re/watching. Some of our faves are HELLIER, Hell House LLC,  Ready or Not, Two Sentence Horror Stories, and Holidays.
43:32
July 23, 2020
Shiver - Imaginary Friends
We talk about the creepy imaginary friends children have...And how creepy kids are, in general. We debated even posting an episode but we wanted to spend a small amount of time together doing something that makes us happy, as friends. Do what you can. We are recommending the Okra Project (https://www.theokraproject.com/) and the Equal Justice Initiative (eji.org) as just two of the causes you should research and consider supporting. Stand together. Black Lives Matter.
55:22
June 12, 2020
Shiver - The Squonk: A Pennsylvania Cryptid Classic
In this minisode, we talk about our TV habits, how lumberjacks are forest pirates, and THE SQUONK. Hear our late-takes on Tiger King, some Instagrams you should be following, and how all of our teenage boyfriends were probably descendants of the Pennsylvania cryptid, the Squonk: a being that mopes around, crying in the woods.
35:45
May 2, 2020
Shiver - The Kecksburg UFO & Falling Water
Real Chills brings you our new minisode series, we're calling Shivers! In these social distancing/quarantine times -- Meg and Alyssa are releasing some mini-episodes to give you more of that sweet, sweet content. This week, we're talking two places in western Pennsylvania: Kecksburg, home to the famed UFO, and Falling Water, which is lightly haunted. We also talk about what we've been up to and share some recommendations for living your best life at home.
27:27
April 11, 2020
Sonia Zambrana - You Down With EVPs? Yeah, You Know Me.
SONIA ZAMBRANA and her longtime friend, Kelly, join us to talk about SO MANY THINGS. Sonia tells us about living in a haunted house, loved ones following her home from the Great Beyond, and that one time she and her friends caught an EVP at Eastern State Penitentiary. She also gives us some great tips on being witchy in the age of online ordering. We debate if spectrophilia is the hot new kink and play a topical game of Haunt, Marry, Kill.
01:37:59
March 29, 2020
Dan D'Aprile - Ghost Hunting with Mom
DAN D'APRILE talks about his ghost-hunting mom, working on the set of GHOST ADVENTURES, and what the Black Dahlia house is like IRL 65+ infamous years later.  We didn't realize paranormal investigation societies have the same level of drama as the Philly comedy scene-- only this time, the stakes are BEYOND life and death.  We play a game of WOULD YOU RATHER but after listening to this episode, you'll be asking yourself why we didn't play TRUTH OR DARE OR HAIR. Truly, a missed opportunity on our end.
01:34:42
March 12, 2020
Che Guerrero - Past Lives Lived
WE'RE BACK! SEASON 2 coming for you and we're starting things off with our friend, CHE GUERRERO. We talk about our earliest memories (spoiler: birth?) and about past lives. We make wild guesses about the essence of human nature and learn none of us actually understand capitalism. We play a quick game of Would You Rather and it goes deeeeep. Che's album, A Temporary Summit, is out now and you should buy it (capitalism?)
01:07:30
January 28, 2020
Episode 10 - Alien Witch Fingers
On this episode, Cody Wright tells us about his encounters with aliens. Are we saying that intergalactic species traveled all through outer space, possibly crossing dimensions of existence and physics, on their advanced technologies, unfathomable to our understanding-- to mess with a kid...in the woods...of NEW JERSEY?!?! Yes. Yes, we are saying that. We also talk about Tom DeLonge's To The Stars Academy and play a game of Real Questions.
01:35:00
October 8, 2019
Episode 9 - Killing the Dead
This episode we have the very funny George Brudermann on to talk about growing up in the New England vampire country-- Connecticut! We goss about who in Philly Comedy is most likely a psychic vampire (spoiler: it's probably all of us, tbh.) We discuss an "academic" study of modern vampirism and unscientifically analyze whether all figurative draculas might be OCD. In our group therapy segment, we reveal our own personal neurosis top it off with a very revealing game of HAUNT, MARRY, KILL.
01:04:04
September 5, 2019
Episode 8 - Sleepover Games
We're back from a summer vacation! This week we have Roya Hamadani on the podcast to talk about ghosts of the Philippines! We chat about the creepy sleepover games we played as kids and if you fall asleep while listening to this episode, we will definitely braid your hair, put your hand in warm water, and make you summon a spirit in our parents' bathroom! Our game this round is Fiction or Folklore and we keep it pan-Asian --with some beasties and ghouls you've probably never heard of. LYLAS!
45:26
August 14, 2019
E7 - Bigfoot Comes Out To Play
This episode, Jack Fitzsimmons tells us about that time he actually saw BIGFOOT and, honestly, we couldn't be more jealous. We fangirl'd out about now being two degrees removed from Bigfoot and are mad that it didn't bring us any degrees closer to Kevin Bacon. Le sigh.  We talk about The International Museum of Cryptozoology in Portland, Maine. We also play a game of 20 Questions-- Cryptid Edition!
01:06:09
June 24, 2019
Episode 6 - It Sees You When You're Sleeping
This week our guest is the very funny Megan Chialastri. You might say they "suffer" from sleep paralysis but, as fans of the strange, we celebrate it. Megan is an unaccredited expert on true crime everything-- which comes in very handy when talk true crime documentaries and we dissect the Twitter spectacle that was Dear David. Spoiler: We all would have asked better questions. In a rousing game of Would You Rather and we confirm that Megan and Meg are complete opposites despite sharing the same name.
01:15:10
June 7, 2019
The Haunted Smush Room and Other Tales
Pat Dohony lived in a real-life haunted house-- where he generously let his guests sleep in the basement. This story is too wild to write a summary but let's just say this is riveting until the end.  We butcher Spanish pronunciations from the story Meg shared about a small town in Mexico who were visited by spirits and gold. We play a twist on the classic drinking game, "Don't Judge Me," and, not passing judgement is REALLY the hardest part.
01:03:55
May 23, 2019
Episode 4 - Christina's Unwanted Roommate
Christina Anthony dishes about her WORST roommate-- a ghost! Spoiler: He's a fuckboi. This ghost-dude will be in-between forever until he learns how to be less of a dipshit. He also has depression because he never comes out of his room.  We blow Christina's mind with the demon-talk AND we discuss innovations in tampering with the spirit world via 3D-printing. Can we 3D print some protection spells? We play a game of Fiction or F'Real and all learn something about the many treasures of Oregon.
56:51
May 23, 2019
Every Boarding Ever School Is Definitely Haunted
On this episode, we have our first guest! It's the very funny Andy Lane! He's full of facts and has a spoooooky story to tell about his time at a boarding school and a strange encounter he had. Plus, we talk about the important stuff, like which doomsday cult we'd want to marry, what witch-Meg would be like as an adult, and of course, Hit Clips. Check out our website for more show notes!
52:50
May 2, 2019
Episode 2: Alien Abductions are Covered by Obamacare
Welcome to Episode 2 of Real Chills! This week, our co-host, Alyssa Truszkowski, talks about some scary times of being a teenager in Texaaaaaaas, and that time she maybe almost was abducted by aliens; Meg finally puts her wealth of insurance knowledge to practical use; and we play a Real Chills version of the classic game, Desert Island!  Visit www.realchillspodcast.com for more show notes and links from our show!
32:17
April 18, 2019
Episode 1: The Poconos
It's EPISODE ONE and we are so psyched you're here. This week, our co-host, Meg Goetz, tells some personal stories about her paranormal experiences growing up in the Poconos mountains of Pennsylvania; we share a piece on a haunted candle shop located just around the corner from Meg's parents' house; and we play a creepy version of "Would You Rather." Check out our website at http://www.realchillspodcast.com Bonus: We dare you to say "Paranormal News" five times fast.
26:08
April 5, 2019
Preview - Real Chills Podcast
Welcome to the preview for the Real Chills Podcast! Your hosts, Meg Goetz and Alyssa Truszkowski, bring your TRUE PARANORMAL STORIES every other week for dread/delight! Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Instagram @realchillspodcast.com! And if you have a SPOOOOOOOKY story of your own, make sure you submit at http://www.realchillspodast.com/submit.
01:14
April 3, 2019