E28 – The Salem Witch Trials (Halloween Special)

“How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.” – Florence Nightingale

Episode 28 – Something wicked this way comes… 

Erik and Justin are joined by their wives, Meghan Slader and Meghan Ache (aka “The Meghans”), for this Epik Halloween Special to talk about The Salem Witch Trials (of 1692 and 1693), as well as the long and dark history of the European witch burnings, the Celtic origins of ‘All Hallow’s Eve’, and even the Spanish Inquisition! 

Also on this episode:

  • Epik Wins of History: Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”
  • The Bracket of Fails: Vlad the Impaler vs Leopold II of Belgium / Stalin vs Ivan the Terrible
  • Spooky History Trivia: Jack the Ripper, The Blood Countess, Werewolves, and more! 
  • Post-Credits Bloopers – and a random tangent about coffee in Boston?

Audio / Music Clips: “Frankenstein” (1931), “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), John Carpenter’s “Halloween” (1978), “Ghostbusters II” (1989), “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992), “Hocus Pocus” (1993), “Battlestar Galactica” (2004), “Samhain” by Lisa Thiel (2005)

Outro Music / Segment Jingles by DeftStroke Sound!

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Erik Slader

Erik Slader is the creator of “Epik Fails of History” a blog (and podcast) about the most epic fails… of history. With Ben Thompson, Erik is the co-author of the Epic Fails middle grade book series, including The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History and The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff. His latest book, “2299” is a sci-fi / noir novella. Erik is also an editor on Podcasters Assemble and a co-host on 2 Young 4 This Trek, as well as a contributor to Geek to Geek Media and ComicZombie.net! He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media, once managed a comic book shop, has a weakness for fancy coffee as well as retro video games, and currently lives in Green Cove Springs, Florida with too many cats.

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