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Oct 30, 2019

J.W. Ocker is the award-winning author of macabre travelogues, spooky kid’s books and horror novels. His nonfiction books include, among others, Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe (Edgar Award winner) and A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. His latest book, the novel Twelve Nights at Rotter House, is out now. 

He is also the creator of OTIS: Odd Things I've Seen (, where he chronicles his visits to thousands of oddities of culture, art, nature, and history across the country and world with photos, articles, and through Odd Things I've Seen: The Podcast. His work has appeared on or in, The Atlantic, Rue Morgue, the Boston Globe, The Guardian, and other places people stick writing.


Listen at

  • J.W.’s favorite haunted house stories
  • Danvers State Insane Asylum
  • How to do Sleepy Hollow right
  • Poe’s history in Philadelphia
  • Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas
  • What J.W.’s watching this Halloween season
  • Plus, a special Halloween intro





Vestron Vulture - “I Want to Be a Robot (Tribute to Giorgio Moroder)” 

Kill Yourself - Intro to “Let’s Halloween (2014)”

Splitbreed - “Walkers”

Ponzoo - “This Is Halloween (Trap Remix)”

Kaico and Cocosh - “Ghostbusters (Club Edit)”


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This podcast is produced in the Kingdom of Ohio and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Executive Producers: Mauricio G., Daniel R., Kelly C., Bruce H., Christopher B., Timothy W., Nick F., Michael Q., Jamaica J., Mute Ryan, John W., Andy E., Colleen F., Saliyah S., Michael S., Kevin C., Megan B., Kaleb H., Dionisio T., Scotty R., CL, Raymond G.


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