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From Ballen Studios, welcome to Bedtime Stories. From the paranormal to the supernatural, unsolved mysteries, strange deaths, cryptids, and the most disturbing of true crime, we’ll bring you stories from around the world, all told in a unique and bone-chilling way. New episodes every Wednesday.


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Ipsum Arcanum

Ipsum Arcanum

2024-02-2136:19

Story One – The Village That VanishedHistory is littered with instances in which large groups of people have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. In many of these cases, some form of explanation has eventually come to light. But for some, the facts are so inexplicable that no convincing hypothesis has ever been agreed upon. In this story, we examine just such an occurrence; the village that vanished.Story Two – Who Was The Isdal Woman?In the closing weeks of 1970, the badly burned remains of a dead female victim were discovered lying on the side of an isolated Norwegian valley. Her identity has continued to elude the authorities, right up to this very day. In this second story, we ask who was the Isdal woman?MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Clearview

Clearview

2024-02-1429:301

During our previous episode, we examined a series of strange incidents, which are believed to have taken place at an isolated cattle ranch, located in Eastern Colorado. But as inexplicable and fantastic as those occurrences may have been, they are in some ways eclipsed by a somewhat unrelated series of events, which are alleged to have transpired on another property. A rural homestead, which would come to be known as Clearview.ALIEN MESSAGE“Attention. We have allowed you to remain. We have interfered with your lives very little. Do not cause us to take action which you will regret. Your friends will be instructed to remain silent regarding us.”MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The US state of Colorado possesses a colourful history of strange and inexplicable incidents. From the San Luis Valley to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, many residents have reported bizarre phenomena including strange lights and cattle mutilations. In this episode, we will hear the accounts of one man who spent almost a decade in charge of a buffalo ranch, on which he would almost lose his sanity.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Final Flight

Final Flight

2024-02-0737:00

Story One – The Peculiar Death of Peter GibbsIn December 1975, a light aircraft took off from a hotel in the west of Scotland, on a recreational flight. It did not return, and when evidence was eventually uncovered about the loss of both the plane and its pilot, there were more questions than answers. This week, we try to unravel the complexities surrounding the peculiar death of Peter Gibbs.Story Two – The Plane in the ForestIn this story, we will be returning to Soviet-era Russia, in order to delve deeper into a mysterious and perplexing incident. That of a Cold War incident, which allegedly resulted in the loss of a number of Soviet soldiers. A mystery known in smaller circles simply as, the Plane in the Forest.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Highways of Horror

Highways of Horror

2024-01-3136:07

In the dark stretches between our towns and cities, there lies millions upon millions of miles of road. These paved networks are the life blood of our economies and facilitate our connections with the wider world. They also provide the settings for some of the most disturbing encounters on record. Join us as we explore these highways of horror.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends

2024-01-2438:463

Story One – America’s VampiresOver the decades, successive literary and cinematic offerings have gradually bastardised the original interpretation of the vampire from that of a terrifying and murderous monster, into a somewhat romanticised and almost comedic caricature. But the reality behind the concept of vampirism is far removed from the fantasy, borne out of a flurry of brutal and truly horrifying murders. In this story, we meet America’s Vampires.Story Two – The Scourge of the SkinwalkerFor centuries, the most southerly regions of the United States have been plagued by stories of strange beings that travel under the cover of darkness, attacking any human beings they encounter without fear or remorse. In our second story, we explore the Scourge of the Skinwalker.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Story One – We Never Went BackIt has been nearly fifty years since the last human being set foot upon the lunar surface. Were budget constraints really the driving force behind this decision? Or was it something far more sinister? If the accounts of certain whistleblowers are to be believed, then it might just be that there is something on the moon.Story Two – The Strange Fate of Phobos IIFor centuries, humanity has obsessed about the existence of intelligent beings residing upon the seemingly lifeless surface of Mars. Towards the end of the 1980’s, there is evidence that Russia may have been the nation to come closest to proving the existence of such beings. In this story, we examine the strange fate of Phobos II.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nightshift

Nightshift

2024-01-1038:132

As one might expect, most paranormal or supernatural encounters occur in the hours of darkness. What is it about the night that seems to manifest these experiences? Is it our own feelings of vulnerability and isolation? Or is it something more profound? This week, we hear accounts from those who work on the dreaded nightshift.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AG See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Alien South

The Alien South

2024-01-0335:26

Story One – The Alabama Metal ManWhen reviewing reports of supposed encounters with strange entities, it’s easy to be sceptical. However, the situation becomes more challenging when crucial witnesses can present seemingly compelling physical evidence to substantiate their claims. Such was the case in an incident, which occurred in the southern United States during the early 1970s, an alleged encounter with a mysterious figure known as the Alabama Metal Man.Story Two – The Pascagoula IncidentIn this story, we visit one of the most high-profile alien abduction stories ever to have been made public. We will examine the astounding testimony of those involved, as well as independent evidence which has surfaced in the years since, which seems to support their claims. Join us, as we delve into the disturbing circumstances of the Pascagoula Incident.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AG See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In parts one and two, we explored the instances of high strangeness at Skinwalker Ranch, which were made famous by the reported experiences of the Sherman family during the mid-90s. But who owned the ranch before them? And did they experience anything out of the ordinary? In this episode, we go back in time to the early days of this paranormal Disneyland and take a look at events which occurred long before it gained its wider notoriety.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
After being tormented to the point of mental breakdown, the Sherman family had nowhere to turn. They were stuck on a property that was haunted by something that went beyond their understanding and to make matters worse they were facing financial ruin. Fortunately, someone had heard their cry for help.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
From UFOs, wormholes and cryptids to cattle mutilations and poltergeists, a remote property in Northern Utah has been described as a Disneyland of paranormal and supernatural phenomena. A case that has turned the heads of even some of the most ardent of sceptics, we recount the tales from Skinwalker Ranch.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Season of Sadness

Season of Sadness

2023-12-2038:54

For most people, the Christmas period is a highly anticipated and joyous time of the year, and yet crime often continues unhindered throughout the festive period. In a small percentage of such occurrences, the identity of those responsible have never been uncovered. Meaning that for the families of those involved, Christmas will forever remain a season of sadness.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In this last week before Christmas, we’re bringing you not one, but two episodes filled with mysterious and sometimes downright creepy occurrences, all of which happened over the festive period. So, plug in your earphones, maybe grab yourself a glass of mulled wine, sit back, relax and enjoy!MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dulce

Dulce

2023-12-1339:153

Part One – Mystery Beneath the MesaFor over half a century, there have been rumours of secretive facilities and bases, hidden deep below the surface of the sprawling North American landscape. This week, we examine the most infamous of these alleged sites. An underground base believed to be situated near the town of Dulce, in New Mexico. A modern-day mystery, which lies deep beneath the mesa.Part Two – War Beneath the MesaIn part one, we examined reports from various individuals who stated that there is a secret facility buried deep beneath the New Mexico town of Dulce. But we deliberately avoided the testimony of one man, who is arguably the most controversial figure in the allegations surrounding the possible existence of Dulce Base. A man who claimed he was the survivor of a war beneath the mesa.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Passing Through

Passing Through

2023-12-0635:23

Story One – The Dover DemonAmerica’s north-eastern states are a vast region of rolling woodland and mountain ranges, which are allegedly home to countless cryptids, which seem able to traverse the unsettled areas of these states largely undetected. In April of 1977, the inhabitants of one small town in rural Massachusetts would catch an unwanted glimpse of one such creature. Join us as we investigate the legend of the Dover Demon.Story Two – The Van Meter VisitorDuring the Autumn of 1903, numerous inhabitants of one Iowan city were subjected to a series of terrifying encounters with a mysterious winged intruder. Over a century later, both the origins and ultimate fate of this enigmatic creature continue to remain shrouded in mystery. In this story, we examine the bewildering encounters with The Van Meter Visitor.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Anomalous Materials

Anomalous Materials

2023-11-2934:431

Story One – For Whom the Bell TollsThe German war machine’s efforts to turn the tide of conflict in its favour have given rise to numerous tales involving advanced and dangerous weaponry. But amidst the rumours of alien technology and paranormal experimentation, one story in particular stands out. That of a mysterious machine, the ultimate purpose of which remains an enduring enigma. What was Die Glocke?Story Two – The Mysterious Betz SphereIn this story, we take a look at a bizarre object, which possessed what presented as both strange and unnatural abilities. An item whose perplexing origins have remained as inexplicable as its subsequent fate. Join us, as we delve into the story of the mysterious Betz Sphere.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Chase

The Chase

2023-11-2238:321

Part One - SpectresSituated at the most northerly point of Britain’s West Midlands region lies a vast nature reserve. And whilst the dense forests and sprawling heathland of this area of outstanding natural beauty bring joy to countless visitors each year, they have also played host to incidents of great suffering and misery. Join us this week as we explore the horrors of Cannock Chase.Part Two – Beast MenIn Part Two we continue to explore reports of strange activity which has transpired within the boundaries of a rural heritage site located within Britain’s West Midlands region. We will begin by examining an account that pertains to one of the area’s most bizarre and haunting residents; the Pig-Man of Cannock Chase.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Near Missing 411

The Near Missing 411

2023-11-1538:561

Part One - ForebodingDavid Paulides, an ex-police office turned author believes something strange is going on in and around North American national parks, where hundreds of people go missing each year. He refers to this phenomenon as the missing 411. However, over the course of this episode, we will be examining a cross-section of his research which receives perhaps the least publicity and analysis, those of the near missing 411.Part Two – Missing TimeIn part one, we recounted several alleged eyewitness accounts from survivors of strange occurrences, which might otherwise have ensured their disappearance and/or demise. And whilst those accounts were certainly bizarre, each one was very different, with no single phenomenon to pinpoint exactly what is going on in North America’s national parks. In part two, we recount three more strange tales of the near missing 411.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AGSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Under the Bed

Under the Bed

2023-11-0835:431

Story One – The Gurning Man of GlasgowDuring the late 1970’s, the inhabitants of Scotland’s largest city were subjected to a series of terrifying encounters with a hideous nocturnal entity, whose incessant twitching and animalistic grunting put the fear of God into those who encountered him. This week, we take a look at the Gurning Man of Glasgow.Story Two – The Night of the TokolosheIn previous episodes, we have explored tales of strange and bizarre creatures. But whilst often enigmatic in nature, few have been quite as malevolent and haunting as the entity we will encounter this week. An African legend in possession of supernatural capabilities, which it utilises to carry out a truly evil agenda. Join us, as we examine the Tokoloshe.MUSIC Tracks used by kind permission of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Tracks used by kind permission of CO.AG See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Benjamin Taylor

Huh, so it's skinwalker ranch all over again.

Feb 19th
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Joe Reller

This podcast is great! I appreciate that the reader speaks clearly, eloquently and the stories are interesting, well written.

Jan 23rd
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Gabriel M

If Ballin endorses this then I'm game. Love these type of formatted stories. However, wish Ballin would bring back his podcasts to the masses instead of segregating is distribution.

Nov 5th
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Intrograted

if you enjoyed this, check out Danny Robins' BBC Radio 4 podcast The Witch Farm - an 8 part (plus bonus live episode) dramatised documentary series featuring Joseph Fiennes which includes interviews of family members involved

Nov 1st
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Aakash Amanat

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Oct 25th
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Robert Gonzalez

So you're just combining your old stories and taking out the great music and sound? Usually, podcasts upgrade their production instead of doing away with it.

Oct 20th
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Nicole Terronez

If joining Ballen brings exposure and profit, then great. Wish you would have left up your older episodes :(

Oct 7th
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Narkolepsy

welcome back! hope joining Ballen Studios expands your reach... been watching your channel for years, glad the podcast version is back!

Sep 26th
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