Episode 035.5: Mythology & Folklore of the Crossroads with Icy Sedgwick

The Monster Guys Podcast: Episode 035.5 – Mythology & Folklore of the Crossroads with Icy Sedgwick

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This episode is dedicated to our friend Chris Cavoretto of Werewolves In Siberia! Listen in and you’ll hear why. 🙂

Special guest and author Icy Sedgwick joins D.C. McGannon & C. Michael McGannon this week as they peel back the veil of the mythology and folklore of the Crossroads.

For many, it’s a place of worship, of sacrifice, of pondering and making major decisions, and also one of searching deep for truths and the meaning of life. For others it’s the very place to meet the Devil himself.

"The Crossroads", where Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for mastery of the blues, according to the legend. It is the intersection of U.S. Routes 61 and 49, at Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States.

“The Crossroads”, where Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for mastery of the blues, according to the legend. It is the intersection of U.S. Routes 61 and 49, at Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States.
By Joe Mazzola [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

People have held a wide variety of beliefs about the crossroads throughout the centuries. Stories of witches, binding vampires, and supernatural endowment are plenty, as are the horrors of false accusation and torture, and even suicide.

From Greek mythology to faerie tales told on the back roads of England and Ireland, to all the way across the ocean in the swampy heat of New Orleans folk religions, the crossroads are a place where the mortal meets the divine, where the natural gives way to the supernatural, where gods and humans make eternal transactions of the soul, and where the veil between two worlds becomes thin.

Join us for an engaging, and fun, conversation. As always, thanks for listening.

About Icy Sedgwick

I’m a creative storyteller, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. I blog about weird myths and folklore, and all things curious or bizarre. The odder the better!

But I primarily write fiction. I’ve written stories for as long as I can remember, and learned to type on my mum’s old manual typewriter…yet I still can’t master typing on a tablet. Go figure!

I’ve been writing for around 18 years now, and I’ve had several stories included in a range of anthologies, including Suspended in Dusk, European Monsters, Short Stack, Masks and Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar & Other Stories. Huzzah!

My main genres are dark fantasy, Gothic horror, and Westerns.

Drawing by Stéphane Mallarmé in Les Dieux Antiques: Nouvelle Mythologie Illustrée in Paris, 1880.

Drawing by Stéphane Mallarmé in Les Dieux Antiques: Nouvelle Mythologie Illustrée in Paris, 1880.

For even more about Icy Sedgwick, her articles and books, visit: www.IcySedgwick.com.

Also listen to our episode of Faerie Tales Podcast featuring Icy Sedgwick’s story “The Moor” followed by a brief discussion by D.C. & C. Michael McGannon.

“3 Weird Things You Might Find At A Crossroads” Article by Icy Sedgwick. Subscribe to her newsletter for more articles and stories!

 

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Music: “Creativity Riot – For The Wolf – For The Wolf on iTunes | HorrorHoundRecords.com | Website”
Music: “In Search of the Beast: Theme Song for The Monster Guys Podcast” from the EP “In Memoriam” by Werewolves in Siberia – Werewolves in Siberia on Bandcamp”

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