Episode 2: The Mad Trist

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Episode 2: The Mad Trist is now available where ever you listen to podcasts, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Need to catch up? Here is Episode 1. Subscribe to stay up to date as the mystery unfolds. After listening to Episode 2, listeners are encouraged to explore companion materials below.


Music for Episode 2 was provided by Prom Queen as well as Jon Briggs via his experimental music act Rudy Sims. Among his many works as Rudy Sims, there is an entire album centered around the sounds of the nose flute and another inspired by birdsong. All of his work can be found on his Bandcamp site. The track featured during this episode was Turdiform which I encourage you to purchase. Jon Briggs is the co-host of his own podcast titled The Muse Podcast where musicians play new, unreleased work live. Briggs and co-host Duncan Watt also talk to the musician about the creative process behind the work.

The song featured in the episode by Prom Queen is called Black Magic. Click on the image below to view the music video and then check out Prom Queen’s website for touring information and the upcoming new album.


This episode dealt heavily with Edgar Allen Poe’s freely available short story The Fall of the House of Usher. If you haven’t read it in a while, then you should… by candlelight! Or here is a link to the story being read by the late great Christopher Lee.

Thanks to Tom Aligost, Alfred P. Daniels, Kelsey Erickson of Deathcast, Eileen Ruttle, the University of New Hampshire, and my wife Carol for making this episode possible. Thanks finally to Jason Robertson, Michelle Boncek, Jon Briggs, Elliot Baker, and Jeremy Murphy for the support. Learn how you can support the show here.


John Herman

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