The most recent episodes of the DragonKing Dark Podcast are available for free at When It Was Cool.  It can also be heard on the Dark Matter Radio Network and Figure Four Online and Stitcher Podcast app, and via any podcast app with this RSS feed - http://dragonkingdark.libsyn.com/rss making it one of our most widely heard shows. Archived older episodes are available on our Patreon page at the $5 support level.  Thank you!

DragonKing Darker Podcast is a spin-off of the popular DragonKing Dark podcast.  DragonKing Darker is an all original podcast only for Patreon supporters (at the $5 level) of the When It Was Cool website.

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DragonKing Dark Podcast - Episode 092 - The Silent Twins

(12-10-2017) On this edition of DragonKing Dark, host Karl Stern takes a look at the strange case of the Silent Twins.  Two twin sisters who lived in the UK isolated themselves from others to the point that they developed a secret language only the two of them could understand and made a pact to never speak to anyone else except each other. This dark pact resulted in an incredible bond and an exceptional hatred toward each other that ultimately resulted in one twin deciding to die in order to give the other their freedom... and that is exactly what happened.

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_092_Silent_Twins.mp3

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark Podcast - Episode 091 - Serial Killer Series: Jack the Ripper

(11-26-2017) On this week's edition of DragonKing Dark, we continue our serial killer series with probably the most infamous serial killer in all of history- the Victorian era murderer Jack the Ripper.  Who was Jack the Ripper?  Does anyone know?  Does anyone even have any good ideas?  How many people did Jack the Ripper actually kill and why is there some question about that number?  Why are so many people still so interested in this serial killer who struck London over one hundred years ago?  On this edition of DragonKing Dark, host Karl Stern discusses the case of Jack the Ripper.

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_091_Jack_the_Ripper.mp3

Free to listen to or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/15551490

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark Podcast - Episode 090 - Serial Killer Series: Dr. Thomas Neill Cream

(11-19-2017) On this week's edition of DragonKing Dark, we continue our serial killer series with a man who "may" have claimed to be Jack the Ripper- Dr. Thomas Neill Cream.  His claim to have been Jack the Ripper (if he even actually made that claim) seems suspect at best but even if he wasn't he had a string of killings attached to him in both the United States and England during the Victorian Era.  On this episode of DragonKing Dark we take a look at the claims and killings of Dr. Neill Cream.

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_090_Dr_Neill_Cream.mp3

Free to listen to or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/15447617

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com



DragonKing Dark Podcast - Episode 089 - Serial Killer Series: Ed Gein

(11-12-2017) Ed Gein- The Butcher of Plainfield is the inspiration for many horror movie archetypes such Leatherface and Psycho.  Ed Gein shocks us not just because he killed but because he also robbed graves and had a sick fascination with wearing the skins of the dead.  Listener discretion is advised. 

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_089_Ed_Gein.mp3

Free to listen to or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/15336925

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark Podcast - Episode 088 - Serial Killer Series: H.H. Holmes

(11-05-2017) He is often called "America's First Serial Killer" and his gruesome Chicago Murder Castle sounds like something straight out of a horror movie but does reality actually compare to the narrative in the case of H.H. Holmes- serial killer?  As we will see, the H.H. Holmes story didn't really need embellishment to be horrific enough.  This begins a series on serial killers and murders.

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Free to listen to or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/15224650

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark Podcast - Episode 087 - Halloween!

(10-29-2017) This is the Halloween 2017 celebration and the DragonKing Dark Podcast takes a look back at the origins of Halloween and the traditions associated with it.  Surprisingly, what we now know as Halloween has it's origins in numerous and varied traditions.

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_088_-Halloween.mp3

Free to listen to or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/15100805

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 086 - Netherworld Haunted House

(10-22-2017) On this episode of the DragonKing Dark Podcast - host Karl Stern talks about Halloween related topics, gives an update on the murder of Joe Clack, reads an email from a listener who has an otherworldly experience at one of the most evil places on Earth, then discusses his trip last night to the largest and greatest Halloween Haunted House in the United States- Netherworld just outside of Atlanta, GA and how this haunted attraction actually gets it right.  It was an amazing fun trip and this show is packed with everything you need to know if ever consider visiting this must see attraction.

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_086_Netherworld.mp3

Free to listen to or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/dragonking-dark-14992096

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 085 - Universal Monsters

(10-15-2017) On this edition of the DragonKing Dark Podcast, host Karl Stern continues #MonsterMonth by looking back at the famous Universal Studios monsters and their movies.  The Universal Monsters included the Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and their respective spin-offs and cross-overs.  Which of the Universal Monster movies are the best and which are the worst?  This week's show celebrates the iconic Universal Monster movies!

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_085_Universal_Monsters.mp3

Free to listen to or download or stream on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/14875998

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 084 - Friday the 13th

(10-08-2017) This coming Friday is Friday the 13th and falling in the same month as Halloween is a perfect topic for #MonsterMonth and DragonKing Dark.  In this episode, host Karl Stern explores the origins of Friday the 13th and how it may, or may not, have came to be known as an unlucky day including the very Game of Thrones story of the mass arrest of the Knights Templar on Friday the 13th.  Obviously, we also talk about the movie series franchise.

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_084_Friday_the_13th.mp3

Free to listen to or download or stream on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/dragonking-dark-14765980

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 083 - The Booger Tree

(10-01-2017) Joe Clack is buried somewhere down by the creek.  The mill owner was given $5 to bury his body.  His horse is dead in the middle of the creek.  Riding back west with a suit of baby clothes retrieved from Clack are a family of southern Union sympathizers.  On today's new edition of DragonKing Dark, host Karl Stern tells us a tale of deep south history you might not be familiar with. Not every southerner was on-board with the Confederacy and sometimes those values ended up in murder.  Today, the tale of the Booger Tree and the killing of Joe Clack.

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_083_Booger_Tree.mp3

Free to listen to or download or stream on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/14640935

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Darker - Seven Deadly Sins Series Conclusion - Pride

(09-27-2017) On this episode of DragonKing Darker, Karl & Tonya conclude the examination of the seven deadly sins with what they contend is the deadliest of all- PRIDE! Pride can be deadly if you have too much... or too little.  Join us for our debate and conversation as we conclude our look at the seven deadly sins!

Patreon link - https://www.patreon.com/posts/dragonking-011-14586552


DragonKing Dark - Episode 082 - End Times Revisited

(09-24-2017) On this week's episode of the DragonKing Dark Podcast, host Karl Stern revisits an earlier episode on the end times.  According to some, the world was supposed to end yesterday (spoiler: it didn't) but with all the calamity in the world today it's easy to see why some might think it would.  How bad are things really and who are these voices shouting over we, the middle masses?  Today, Karl takes a look at the end times and the turbulent world we live in today.

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_082_End_Times_Revisited.mp3

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 081 - Halloween is Coming

(09-17-2017) This week's DragonKing Dark Podcast takes a look at our favorite time of the year- Halloween!  Last year, Karl and the When It Was Cool family visited several haunted attractions including the largest in the United States- Netherworld! We are going back this year plus discussion of all the wonderful things that make Halloween so awesome!  On this week's DragonKing Dark we celebrate Halloween!

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_081_Halloween_is_Coming.mp3

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 080 - It

(09-10-2017) This week's DragonKing Dark is a spoiler free discussion of the 2017 movie based on Stephen King's novel IT. I also watched the terrible 1990 mini-series and talk about what the 2017 movie did that was so much better. While this is a spoiler free discussion of the movie it does contain general plot point discussion. This show primarily focuses on the fear elements used in the movie and how and why people fear the things they do.

Free to listen to or download on Libsyn - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dragonkingdark/DragonKing_Dark_071_It.mp3

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com



DragonKing Dark - Episode 079 - Communing With the Dead

(09-03-2017) On this week's edition of DragonKing Dark, host Karl Stern discusses the ancient belief that it is possible to communicate with those who have died. From the Biblical Witch of Endor to the more modern Ouija Board our ancestors have long felt that it was possible to talk to those who have passed on. Where do we go when we die? Why do many believe there is life after death? This episode continues our recent series of shows discussing how little we still know about death.

Free to listen to or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/14196917

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 078 - Haunted Dolls & Annabelle

(08-28-2017) On this edition of DragonKing Dark host Karl Stern is joined by Tonya from When It Was Cool to discuss the new horror thriller Annabelle: Creation and haunted dolls and haunted houses and objects.  Can spirits or demons inhabit everyday objects? What is it about dolls that creep some people out?  On this episode of DragonKing Dark we discuss haunted dolls and objects.

Free to listen to or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/14086541

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Darker - Episode 010 - Seven Deadly Sins Series: Lust & Gluttony

(08-23-2017) On the latest edition of the Patreon only DragonKing Darker podcast, Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool continue the seven deadly sins series with the penultimate show talking both lust and gluttony.  We both agree the world has lots of lust but we are probably both gluttons.  DragonKing Darker 010


DragonKing Dark - Episode 077 - Total Eclipse

(08-19-2017) On this week's episode of DragonKing Dark podcast, host Karl Stern takes a look at the upcoming total solar eclipse.  He talks his memories of the one he saw in 1979 then discusses what a solar eclipse is scientifically and historically plus how rare they are and when the next several will take place.  This weekend's episode is everything you need to know about the great American solar eclipse of 2017!

Free to listen or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/13939840

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 076 - Zombie Dogs

(08-12-2017) On this week's episode of DragonKing Dark podcast, host Karl Stern takes a further look at the line between life and death with a look at weird and macabre Russian dog experiments including:  severing a dog's head and then bringing it back to life, severing a dog's head and then planting it in a ROBOT BODY straight out of a sci-fi movie, and bringing dog's back to life HOURS after death.  The video discussed during the show is included below but it isn't for the faint of heart... but neither is DragonKing Dark!

Free to listen or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/dragonking-dark-13821746

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 075 - The Line Between Life & Death

(08-06-2017) On this week's episode of DragonKing Dark, host Karl Stern takes a look at the line between life and death.  For centuries mankind has wondered what happens at the point of death.  There is an even greater problem, however, even today we don't even clearly know when the point of death is!  On this episode of DragonKing Dark Podcast, Karl takes a look at the case of a Japanese woman resurrected hours after being found dead and a cyclist who modern science reanimated.

Free to listen or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/dragonking-dark-13654494

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 074 - America's First UFO Sighting

(07-30-2017) On this week's episode of DragonKing Dark, host Karl Stern takes a look at the story of America's first UFO sighting.  The Governor of Massachusetts, no less, wrote of two UFO sightings in Colonial era New England.  We take a look at both of those stories as we continue our search for plausible UFO sightings in the time before airplanes, satellites, and hot air balloons.  Will we finally find something we can't explain?  This week we take a look at two 1600's UFO sightings. 

Listen or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/dragonking-dark-13505003

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 073 - Julius Obsequens and the Greco-Roman UFOs

(07-23-2017) On this week's episode of DragonKing Dark, host Karl Stern takes a look at the story of 400 AD era writer Julius Obsequens who wrote several reports of possible UFO sightings in the Greco-Roman era... or did he?  We continue our search for plausible UFO sightings in the time before airplanes, satellites, and hot air balloons.  Will we finally find something we can't explain?  This week we search the writings of Julius Obsequens to find out.

Listen or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/13233521

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Dark - Episode 072 - Charlemagne and his UFOs.

(07-16-2017) In this episode of DragonKing Dark, host Karl Stern continues his hunt for UFOs in the era before airplanes and balloons. He continues to scour history for reports of unknown objects in the sky to see if any pan out to be truly unanswerable.  On today's show he takes a look at Charlemagne, King of the Franks who supposedly had help from fiery wheeling shields during a middle ages battle.  Does this story check out?  On today's show DragonKing Dark - now FREE - Charlemagne and his UFOs. 

Listen or download on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/13030218

Also heard on Dark Matter Radio Network and F4WOnline.com


DragonKing Darker - Episode 09 - The Seven Deadly Sins (Part 4 - Greed)

(07-22-2017) DragonKing Darker host Karl Stern is joined by Tonya from When It Was Cool on the fourth of a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.  The series continues with a look at greed!  Originally we argued it's relation to envy but discovered through our conversation that greed is closer to selfishness and doesn't necessarily have anything to do with money.  Karl also plays devil's advocate from an Objectivism perspective.  DragonKing Darker 009


DragonKing Dark - Episode 71 - Alexander the Great and his Flying Saucers

(07-08-2017) DragonKing Dark host Karl Stern takes a look this week at the story of Alexander the Great being turned back from his advance into India by flying saucers.  Alexander again, apparently, had otherworldy help taking the city of Tyre.  But what is the truth of these stories?  In the time before airplanes, what did people see in the skies that was unidentified?  And finally, what does it really mean to be a skeptic?  DragonKingKarl has his take.



DragonKing Darker - Episode 08 - The Seven Deadly Sins (Part 3 - Envy)

(07-04-2017) DragonKing Darker host Karl Stern is joined by Tonya from When It Was Cool on the third of a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.  The series continues with a look at envy!  This one was a little easier to draw the line between the good and the bad... or was it?  Where does ambition turn to envy?  DragonKing Darker 008


DragonKing Darker - Episode 07 - The Seven Deadly Sins (Part 2 - Wrath)

(06-18-2017) DragonKing Darker host Karl Stern is joined by Tonya from When It Was Cool on the second of a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.  The series continues with a look at wrath!  What are we so mad about?  When is wrath justified and where is the line?  On this episode we discuss the cardinal sin of wrath.  DragonKing Darker 007


DragonKing Darker - Episode 06 - The Seven Deadly Sins (Part 1 - Sloth)

(05-17-2017) DragonKing Darker host Karl Stern is joined by Tonya from When It Was Cool on the first of a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.  The series begins with sloth which goes deeper than you might think.  Have we become a society of lazy, technology dependent sloths? What happened to our work ethic? Were our parents right that we are lazier than they were? On this episode we discuss the cardinal sin of sloth.  DragonKing Darker 006


DragonKing Darker - Episode 05 - Revenge of the Bullshido

For Patreon supporters only of When It Was Cool, episode 05 takes a further look at Bullshido - the mystical aspect of the martial arts.  Host Karl Stern takes a look at one well known Bullshido master and takes apart "no-touch" knock outs and other nonsense. Episode 05


DragonKing Darker - Episode 04 - Freeze

For Patreon supporters only of When It Was Cool, episode 04 takes a look at fear as explored in the Rush song Freeze.  When host Karl Stern began this show, he felt like it might be the weakest of the series, however, as it continued the lyrics and themes really struck a chord with him and by the end, Karl felt like it was one of the best episodes of DragonKing Dark or Darker he had ever recorded.  Episode 04


DragonKing Darker - Episode 03 - The Enemy Within

For Patreon supporters only of When It Was Cool, episode 03 takes a look at fear as explored in the Rush song The Enemy Within.  The greatest fear may be within you.  Episode 03


DragonKing Darker - Episode 02 - The Weapon

For Patreon supporters only of When It Was Cool, episode 02 takes a look at fear as explored in the Rush song The Weapon.  There are those who use their power to exploit the fear of others.  Episode 02


DragonKing Darker - Episode 01 - Witch Hunt

Karl Stern debuts a spin-off of the popular DragonKing Dark podcast for Patreon supporters only of When It Was Cool.  Episodes 1-4 will explore the concept of fear through four Rush songs dealing with the topic.  The first looks at "Witch Hunt" dealing with the mob mentality and misplaced righteous indignation.  Episode 01


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