It’s the 1980s and the arcade is the center of life for a group of young chaps in Portland, Oregon. But those lives would be forever changed with the arrival of an ominous and irresistible unmarked cabinet. Graphical capabilities beyond their comprehension would lead to illness, obsession, and the harrowing disappearance of a young boy that lasted weeks. An insane tale of covert government experimentation or an early aughts hoax designed to direct internet traffic? We’ll be the judge of that.


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.

This week’s episode includes the following sensitive content:

Child endangerment 

Visual and auditory hallucinations 

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