Join host Sapphire Sandalo (Something Scary, Paranormal Caught On Camera), a Filipino American on a mission to add more empathy and diversity to the paranormal community through stories, interviews, and poems. To share your story, ask for paranormal advice, or share interesting news, send an email toStoriesWithSapphire@gmail.com |www.storieswithsapphire.com (http://www.storieswithsapphire.com)
Have you heard of the practice of Spirit Keeping? Hear all about one Christian man's experience dabbling in this form of witchcraft on this week's episode.
Check out these other great paranormal podcasts:
Monsters Among Us:
For the 4th season of Stories With Sapphire, I will be releasing episodes every other week. But in the weeks in between, I’ll be releasing an animated video story on my Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/sapphiresandalo, so make sure you subscribe there as well.
In this week's episode, I’ll be sharing 3 stories that explore the connection between spiritual and physical sickness, along with Krisell Valenzuela's (a multidimensional medium) take on each.
Chapter 1: I Don't Want To Go With Grandpa, submitted by Anonymous
Chapter 2: My Mother, The Healer, submitted by Anonymous
Chapter 3: What's Become Of My Stepmother, submitted by Shadow Dexter
For the last episode of the year, I read and respond to your listener mail! Thank you to everyone who has listened to and supported the show in 2020, I truly appreciate it. If you'd like to submit a story or ask a question, send an email to StoriesWithSapphire@gmail.com
Lopaka Kapanui runs the ghost tour Mysteries of Hawaii. He is an endless well of supernatural stories and Hawaiian paranormal history. In this week's episode, you'll hear about what led to his spiritual awakening and learn more about the Night Marchers.
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Mike Clelland has dedicated his life to studying the connection between owls, UFOs, and death. This was an incredibly eye-opening conversation, one that changed the way I think about these birds, and even led to my own owl synchronicities. To learn more about Mike's work, visit https://hiddenexperience.blogspot.com and https://www.messengersthebooks.com
Humans, by nature, are territorial creatures. Whether it’s a seat at a coffee shop or our lane on the freeway, we make it known with our bags or car horns when we have claimed a space. But there are non human entities that are territorial as well. So what happens when humans and spirits claim the same space? Who does it truly belong to? On this week’s episode, I’ll be sharing stories that discuss the concept of territory.
First, I read a true story about a fishpond business in the Philippines that houses a spirit that refuses to leave. Then, we’ll hear from Greg Mania, who worked at a consignment shop with an easily disturbed resident. And finally, I share a true story about a boy whose life was changed when he witnessed the Smoke Man.
Chapter 1: The Kamatayan, by Maenquin
Chapter 2: Put The Doll Back, with Greg Mania
Chapter 3: The Smoke Man, by Jake
Check out Maenquin's graphic design and artwork
Check out Greg's book Born To Be Public
I usually share true tales on this show, but this week I wanted to share the original stories I wrote for the Grand Rapids Library Halloween special for October 2020. Enjoy!
Chapter 1: Beware of Kuchisake-Onna, by Sapphire Sandalo
Chapter 2: The Heartless Man, by Sapphire Sandalo and Adam Sinker
Chapter 3: Where Heaven and Hell Intersect, by Sapphire Sandalo and Adam Sinker
What comes to mind when I say the word “ghost”? For most people, a ghost is the spirit of a person who has passed. But ghosts are not limited to that one definition. They can be an energy stealing force, the personification of unresolved trauma, or the representation of our mental state. In this episode, I’ll be sharing real stories from real people who have encountered these types of inhuman ghosts. First, I read the story of a witch who was in a budding relationship that was more than toxic. Then, we’ll hear of a mysterious entity that’s been following someone around for years. And finally, I speak with a man who seems to attract spirits of all kinds.
Chapter 1: His Little Devil, by Hiro
Chapter 2: Followed, by Jackknife
Chapter 3: What I Saw In The Darkness, with Ziek Martinez
Check out Ziek's band Frantic Romantic
There is nothing more classically horror than a haunted house. The thought of your safe space being invaded by an otherworldly force is enough to make anyone lose sleep. This week’s episode is dedicated to those who have had to deal with uninvited house guests.
First, I speak with a woman who kept finding things in her apartment rearranged every time she would return home. Then, we’ll learn about a man named Mr. Smith. And finally, we’ll visit a home in Michigan with a restless presence.
If you have a story you’d like to submit, visit storieswithsapphire.com
Chapter 1: Someone's Been In Here, with Becky Garcia
Chapter 2: Mr. Smith, with Cheri Passell
Chapter 3: Strangers In My Home
Chapter 4: The Lonely Girl
Welcome back to Stories With Sapphire! I’d like to begin this short and sweet season by sharing the enlightening experiences of Nida: a yoga therapist, psychiatrist, and psychic. As a practical woman of science and a highly intuitive medium, she has an incredibly unique worldview and perspective on death, which I find comfort in and hope you will too.
Submit your stories at www.storieswithsapphire.com
The show is on hiatus until further notice :(
When the sun goes down and the moon controls the sky, it’s almost as if the rules of our physical world change. In this week’s episode, I share stories of the unexplainable things that can happen at night. First, a young man tries to astral project for the first time. Then, I speak with a man who had one of the most bizarre childhood experiences I’ve heard. And finally, I share a heartwarming story of a woman who receives a message from her friend in a dream.
Chapter 1: Out of body, out of mind, by Mike Nevada
Chapter 2: How did we get here? (with Cory Choy)
Chapter 3: My Gothic soul mate, by Marie Conway
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American history is a horror story - for Black people, indigenous people, and people of color. And yet mainstream horror cinema has vastly left these groups out of the picture, both on and behind the screen. In this week’s episode, I speak with horror writer Johnny Compton about why that might be, and how we can change that.
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We are visitors, passing through locations and through people’s lives. This week’s episode is about the visits that have a life changing impact on us. First, I speak with Brian J. Cano, paranormal investigator, about the most terrifying place he’s ever visited. After that, I speak with a friend who was visited by mysterious lights in the desert. And finally, Shelby Scott, host of "Scare You To Sleep", tells her experience of passing through the Vicksburg battlefield.
Chapter 1: The Grand Midway Hotel, with Brian J. Cano
Chapter 2: Brought To Life
Chapter 3: Joshua Tree
Chapter 4: Vicksburg, with Shelby Scott
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I’d always known that my great grandfather, Marciano Calderon (Mars for short) died in World War 2, but I didn’t know much else. Then, when I was texting my mom about my podcast, she asked if she ever told me the story of how they found Lolo Mars’ body. She hadn't, and so my mom reached out to her aunt (my Lola Terrie) to make sure she had all the details right. Then, she emailed me my great grandmother’s memoir page by page, so I could also get her perspective of the story.
And so, with my grandmother and Lola Terrie’s permission, I’d like to tell you a story of the brutality of war, and of my great grandfather’s last moments, as told by my great grandmother, with some edits for clarity.
To see photos of my great grandparents, visit https://www.storieswithsapphire.com
There’s something about tattoos that provokes a strong reaction. Sometimes that reaction is admiration, for the pain tolerance of its wearer. Other times its aberration, disgust that anyone would taint their bodies in such a way. But for indigenous Filipinos, receiving batok (a traditional tattoo) was a spiritual event; a ceremony.
In this episode, I want to undo any negative stereotypes surrounding tattoos by sharing its history beyond Western sensibilities, and speaking with Lane Wilcken, one of the very few recognized mambabatok (tattoo ritualists) in the world. He shares the cultural significance of batok, as well as the intense and sometimes disturbing paranormal encounters he’s had during ceremonies.
Chapter 1: You Wanna Look Like A Gangbanger?
Chapter 2: Stories With Lane
Chapter 3: Intuition
Learn more about Lane and his work.
When we think of historical movements in American history, people of color are typically excluded from the narrative. And as non-black allies, we need be aware of how to make our allyship more inclusive. In this episode, me and my guest Mindy Scott (Femlore Podcast) will be going over these movements. We are not experts on the topic and simply want to share what we’ve learned, and so we welcome any feedback or corrections.
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The Racist Roots of Fighting Obesity
Jane Elliott | A Class Divided
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | We should all be feminists TED Talk
Whether domestic, wild, or spiritual, animals of all kinds play a huge role in our lives. In this week’s episode, I share my parents’ encounter with a spiritual bird, and I chat with Em Lock, better known as Emzotic, who not only has a terrifying paranormal experience but a vast well of animal knowledge that can teach us how to be more empathetic and open minded humans.
Chapter 1: The Sparrow Spirit
Chapter 2: Our Companions, with Emzotic
Chapter 3: Creepy Creatures, with Emzotic
Justice For Breonna Taylor: https://justiceforbreonna.org/
Justice For Rayshard Brooks: https://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a32878622/justice-for-rayshard-brooks/
On Stories With Sapphire, I love sharing stories about Filipino culture, but it no longer feels appropriate to continue doing so without addressing our community’s issues with colorism and anti-blackness. This is my way of learning how to handle these conversations better with certain family members who disagree with me, and I hope hearing other people's stories helps you start these difficult conversations as well.
Articles mentioned in this episode:
"Finding Our Place" - https://www.inheritancemag.com/stories/finding-our-place
"Black Pain and Korean Empathy" - https://www.inheritancemag.com/stories/black-pain-and-korean-empathy
"Comfortable in My Own Skin" - https://sojo.net/magazine/january-2020/comfortable-my-own-skin
Ways to commemorate Breonna Taylor's life for her birthday:
Sign The Petition - https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor
Donate to her family's GoFundMe - https://gf.me/u/x6ngqj
Donate to the Louisville Community Bail Fund - https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/louisville-community-bail-fund/
More links: https://msha.ke/30flirtyfilm/
It's the endlessly debated topic: what actually happens when we die? We may never know for sure, but until then, all we have are stories - the experiences of those who have caught a glimpse of the other side. In this week’s episode, I’ll be sharing stories from my Tita (a nurse with an incredible gift) and psychic medium June Ahern, whose near death experience sent her on her spiritual path.
Chapter 1: The Messenger
Chapter 2: I Want To Go Back
Chapter 3: The Other Side, with June Ahern
Learn more about June's work and order her books
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While the show is on a break until Season 2, I'd like to read for you Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale, "The Masque of the Red Death," a story that was written in 1842 and yet has found relevance in our world today.
Don't be like Prince Prospero - here are some simple ways you can help others during this pandemic:
- Donate money, supplies, or food to local charities providing relief for those affected by the pandemic (make sure to find out what's most needed first)
- Order lunch for frontline workers at your local hospital (make sure to call ahead)
- If you are young and healthy, volunteer to run errands or deliver supplies to the elderly or immunocompromised
- Foster an animal from your local animal shelter
- Donate blood
More helpful links:
Here's How To Help During Coronavirus
A Guide to Helping and Getting Help During The Coronavirus Crisis
How To Help Your Community During the Coronavirus Crisis
9 Ways to Help Others During the Coronavirus Pandemic
How to Help Restaurants, Hospitals, People During the Coronavirus Outbreak
While Stories With Sapphire is on a hiatus until May 20th, I wanted to share the work of some of my friends and fellow independent podcasters that I know you'll love listening to during lockdown! Check out their shows and show them some love!
In order of appearance:
Euphomet - with Jim Perry
Scare You To Sleep - with Shelby Scott
American Hysteria - with Chelsey Weber-Smith
Deliver Us From Disney - with Whitney Moore and Ani Baker
Confessions of the Creative Kind - with Jess Kovic
The Q Files - with Shane McClelland and Lori Gum
Monsters Among Us - with Derek Hayes
Somewhere in the Skies - with Ryan Sprague
The first season finale of Stories With Sapphire is about the threats that are invisible to some, and painfully real to others. I know I may not be able to make you all believers of the supernatural, but I hope, at the least, to make you believers of people.
Chapter 1: Bloody George Mackenzie, by Charlie, https://www.instagram.com/charliedrawsjourney
Chapter 2: Get Down, with Linda Lower
Chapter 3: It Might Still Be Here, with Robyn Alezanders, https://www.facebook.com/robyn.alezanders
Listen to Scare You To Sleep
Listen to The Adaptables
We’re all familiar with the image - a woman in all white, with long hair covering her face. It’s common in movies and ghost stories - but why? In this week’s episode, I’ll be sharing stories from those who have encountered a woman in white... and lived to tell the tale.
Chapter 1: She Wants My Baby, written by Aimy
Chapter 2: It Was You All Along, with Cheri Passell
Chapter 3: The Horror at The Great Star Theater, with Ying
Listen to Guide To The Unknown
Watch The Haunted Bay
Supernatural occurrences often happen among those with whom we have close relationships, whether it’s our friends, significant others, or, most commonly, our family. What I love about these stories is that they reveal this unseen, unexplainable force that connects us. In this episode, you’ll meet sisters Brittany and Melissa, whose family communicates through symbols from the other side, as well as Jim Perry, host of the Euphomet podcast, whose relationship with the paranormal runs deep in his blood.
Chapter 1: Red Sheets, Eggs, and Light, with Brittany and Melissa Rochford
Chapter 2: My Inheritance
Chapter 3: Passing Of The Torch, with Jim Perry (Euphomet (https://www.euphomet.com) )
Listener Mail from Katie
EUPHOMET with Jim Perry is a podcast documentary series about the unknown and our relationship to it, featuring real people sharing astonishing paranormal experiences. Listen to Euphomet (https://www.euphomet.com) wherever you listen to podcasts!
Nabarang: the Cebuano word for "cursed." That's what this week's episode is about - people who have experienced or delivered a curse.
Chapter 1: Bewitched in Siquijor, by Sam http://www.mindfulwanderlens.com, IG @mindfulwanderlens
Chapter 2: Don't Mess With Me, with Lyn Pacificar, https://www.herbalaria.com
Chapter 3: In The Shadows
Chapter 4: The Hat Man, with Michelle Davis
Subscribe to American Hysteria on Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/american-hysteria/id1441348407) , Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/4VjkwFSQpgnHwugtqJwSxD) , Stitcher (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/chelsey-webersmith/american-hysteria) , or wherever you get your podcasts!
The spirits of our ancestors are all around us, guiding and teaching us. In this episode, I'll be sharing stories that will help you hear their voices, and hopefully inspire you to dig a bit deeper into your pasts.
Chapter 1: Full Moon Ritual
Chapter 2: Allow the Remembering, with Lyn Pacificar, https://www.herbalaria.com
Chapter 3: The Pacific, by Jame Legaspi, https://www.facebook.com/norcal.JamieLegaspi | https://ko-fi.com/jlegaspi7000
Chapter 4: If You're Still Watching Over Me, by Crazyturtlemama (https://www.reddit.com/user/Crazyturtlemama)
Just when I think I’ve heard it all, I am always pleasantly thrilled when a story comes along that surprises me. That’s what today’s episode is about - people who have witnessed something that is difficult to categorize. Unexplainable things, that you may or may not heard of, that are possibly not of our world.
First, I welcome back Derek Hayes, host and creator of the Monsters Among Us podcast, as he describes a cryptid he witnessed as a child that set him on his paranormal journey. Then I chat with Susan Slaughter, paranormal investigator, as she describes her nocturnal visit from a hag. And finally, I speak with Mark Alan Miller, former Vice President of Seraphim, Clive Barker’s production company. I’ve been collecting ghost stories for years, and Mark’s is truly one of my favorites. You definitely don’t want to miss it.
Chapter 1: Alien Big Cat, with Derek Hayes, Monsters Among Us (http://www.monstersamonguspodcast.com)
Chapter 2: The Hag, with Susan Slaughter
Chapter 3: The Man Whose Features Were Crawling On His Face, with Mark Alan Miller, Encyclopacalypse Publications (https://www.audible.com/search?searchProvider=Encyclopocalypse+Publications&pf_rd_p=52918805-f7fc-40f4-a76b-cf1c79f7d10a&pf_rd_r=MBS1515F17734YGDN523&ref=a_pd_The-Br_c1_publisher)
Do we have ownership of our souls? This week's episode dives into the topic of demon possession, along with other ways in which we can become possessed.
Chapter 1: We Are All Possessed
Chapter 2: My Demon, Anxiety
Chapter 3: The Case of Clarita Villanueva
Chapter 4: Don't Be Scared, It's Just Your Lola, with Gerlie Collado
Chapter 5: The Visitation, written and narrated by Andrew Tate, Let's Not Meet Podcast (http://www.letsnotmeetpodcast.com/)
Dreams are all just in our head...right?
Chapter 1: Bangungot
Chapter 2: My Sleep Paralysis Demon Turned Itself Into My Boyfriend (https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/d3d9el/my_sleep_paralysis_demon_turned_itself_into_my/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf) , written by reddit user anxiousnddreamy
Chapter 3: The Shared Dream, with Genesis and Grace
Chapter 4: Dreams Within Dreams
Chapter 5: He Was Watching Me Sleep (https://www.reddit.com/r/creepyencounters/comments/e8m70i/he_was_watching_me_sleep/) , written by reddit user Crazyturtlemama
Have you ever experienced something so coincidental, that it made you believe that maybe some things are predetermined?
Chapter 1: How I Met My Husband
Chapter 2: The Soul of Teri Ilasco, by Maika Illaneza
Chapter 3: Just A Coincidence
Chapter 4: The Reluctant Psychic, with Derek Hayes
Listener mail submitted by Brandy
Check out Derek Hayes' podcast Monsters Among Us (http://www.monstersamonguspodcast.com/) .
When I was younger, I recorded my grandpa telling his unbelievable encounters in the Philippines. These stories sparked my obsession with the paranormal, mythology, and folklore.
Chapter 1: Why I Love Supernatural Stories
Chapter 2: The Little People
Chapter 3: Aswangs and Maria Labo
Chapter 4: How to Kill an Aswang
Chapter 5: Zack Ford, written by Gaven Godbolt
Listener Mail submitted by Alphy