This week, we find ourselves once again in the beautiful state of Iowa. In the autumn of 1903, a series of close encounters with a bizarre flying humanoid would forever change the lives of a few of the most prominent figures in the town of Van Meter. Unclassified giant subterranean bat? Antediluvian pterosaur? Ultraterrestrial visitor? Did this nocturnal nuisance fly up from the inner earth? We’re going to talk through it all!


Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week. 

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Van Meter Visitor Festival

Bigfoot Society Podcast

Special Thanks:

Gregg Martin for music contributions! Go follow him on Instagram at or

“Labyrinth of Lost Dreams” by Darren Curtis

Elias Armao for graphic design! Go follow him on Instagram at 

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Hosts Ryan and Jordan deliver terrifying tales of the paranormal and break them down for your listening pleasure.