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Cryptids Decrypted

43 EpisodesProduced by Ashton MacaulayWebsite

Cryptids Decrypted is a podcast about diving into the research surrounding creatures from the fringe of reality and the people dedicated to studying them. The host, Ashton Macaulay is an expert in fictional accounts of mythical creatures and aims to examine all sides of cryptozoology from skepticism… read more

43 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

New Loch Ness Monster Proof? - News of the Weird #1

July 28th, 2022


This week, we're bringing you a quick, ten-minute breakdown of a recent article adding fuel to the Nessie legend. For a full copy of the article, …

Cryptid Royale Redux

June 10th, 2022


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This week, John and Ashton take a trip to the past and reevaluate all previous Cryptid …

410 - Cryptid Royale 4

March 24th, 2022


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It's that time again, the last episode of the season! Tradition dictates the guys do a …

409 - Legends Royale

March 2nd, 2022


That's right, we're doing two royale episodes this season! In today's episode, John and Ashton tackle urban legends from across the United States and actually develop a rating system to see how they stack up.

Wanna …

408 - Skinwalker Ranch

February 15th, 2022


This week, we're getting into cattle mutilations, lights, in the sky, and the many mysteries of Skinwalker Ranch. It's basically a thirty minute Conspiracy Corner, so strap in. 

Wanna read a science fiction, crab-based, …

407 - The Loch Ness Monster

January 25th, 2022


This week, listen as John and Ashton figure out what giant eels, secret Scottish nuclear programs, and Scooby-Doo have in common. That's right, they're finally doing The Loch Ness Monster, a creature that has been on …

406 - Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Interview

January 11th, 2022


This week, Ashton interviews Dr. Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State, and well known for his research into the …

Holiday Special - Krampus

December 14th, 2021


It's another History of the Mythtery, this time with Krampus, a wonderful holiday myth hailing from Western Europe. John and Ashton break down the …

405 - Cinema Decrypted - Sasquatch (Hulu Documentary)

November 23rd, 2021


This week, John and Ashton are diving into the documentary, Sasquatch, available to stream on Hulu. Drawn in by the promise of actual sasquatch …

404 - The Flatwoods Monster

November 9th, 2021


This week, John and Ashton are headed to West Virginia, well digitally, because we don't make any money here and there's a pandemic on. Whatever, they're talking about the Flatwoods monster, a myth about a meteorite, …

403 - Slenderman

October 26th, 2021


The internet, a wretched hive of scum and villainy, home to wonderful podcasts, and the birth place of an infamous urban legend. This week, John and …

402 - La Llorona & La Madremonte

October 12th, 2021


This week, John and Ashton tackle two myths about vengeful spirits, La Madremonte and La Llorona. It's a fascinating journey to the spirit world of …

401 - Ghosts, Gouls, and Frauds - Interview w/Benjamin Radford

September 28th, 2021


Benjamin Radford is back to kick off Season 4! We're talking all about things that go bump in the night, and the people trying to make a buck off scaring innocent homeowners. It's a great conversation with more than a …

Cryptid Royale - Australia

May 7th, 2021


On this week's episode, John and Ashton go through some of the best-known myths of the Outback (not the steakhouse). Ranging from drop bears to bloomin' onions, they've got it all!

Want more cryptids? We have merch and …

The Bermuda Triangle - A History of the Mystery

April 13th, 2021


This week, John and Ashton talk about one of the world's most (only?) famous geometric anomalies, The Bermuda Triangle. They've got alien theories, ancient theories, and ancient alien theories, so there's a lot to …

Atlantis - A History of the Mystery

March 23rd, 2021


This week, John, Ashton and Tyler break down the mother of all myths, Atlantis. Is it a cryptid? No, not even by a loose definition of the word, but …

Mermaids - A History of the Mystery

March 9th, 2021


Mermaids, Disney-fied princess fodder, or murderous webbed creature of the deep? Ashton and John dive into the mythical origins of a creature that has existed in legends for thousands of years and recently has helped a …

Cinema Decrypted - Tremors

January 27th, 2021


This week, John and Ashton are joined by special guest, Jason Peters, host of the podcast, Esoterica Cinema! Together, they break down the cult …

Leprechauns - A History of the Mythtery

January 12th, 2021


Today, John and Ashton are looking into a longstanding myth/legend, leprechauns. From the origins in Ireland to the modern-day adaptations with Warwick Davis, they're covering it all, whether they want to or not. 

Want …

Conspiracies, Toucan Men, and Heresay - Interview w/Benjamin Radford

December 8th, 2020


In this episode, Ashton Macaulay interviews Benjamin Radford for a second time as they get into the subject matter of his new book, Big If True: …

Mongolian Death Worms - A History of the Mystery

November 17th, 2020


This week we're talking Mongolian Death Worms with Tyler, Ashton and John. It's a bizarre myth, but a lot of fun. 

Want more Cryptids? We have an …

The Amityville Horror - A History of the Mystery

October 20th, 2020


This week, Ashton and Tyler break down the mystery behind the infamous Amityville Horror. 

Want more Cryptids? We have an Instagram now, so be sure to check that out: Looking …

Paranormal Investigation 101 - Interview w/Donna of Philly Ghost Hunt

October 6th, 2020


On this episode, Ashton Macaulay interviews Donna of Philly Ghost Hunt about the ins and outs of paranormal investigation. They talk about various …

Cryptid Royale - American Folklore

July 28th, 2020


On this episode, John and Ashton breakdown the famous cryptids of American Folklore in another edition of Cryptid Royale! Jackalopes, Hodags, Tessie, …

Chupacabra Territory - Cinema Decrypted

July 7th, 2020


In this episode, John and Ashton break down Chupacabra Territory, a found footage horror film about a group of 20-somethings that go out in search of the legendary chupacabra. If you want to give this movie a watch (not …

Wendigos - A History of the Mystery

May 26th, 2020


This week, Ashton and John break down the gruesome origins of the Wendigo legend. From Native American possession, to cannibalism, this episode really has it all. 

If you're looking to read Ashton's Wendigo short …

Thunderbirds - A History of the Mystery

May 5th, 2020


This week, Ashton, Tyler and John dive into a myth that spans centuries, Thunderbirds. From Native American storytelling to cowboys shooting at alien craft, this myth really has it all. Hope you enjoy!

If you want to …

Mysteries, Myths and Misconceptions - Benjamin Radford Interview

April 14th, 2020


This week Ashton Macaulay, expert in ficional accounts of mythological creatures is interviewing self-categorized science-based paranormal …

Harry and the Hendersons - Cinema Decrypted

April 7th, 2020


This week, we're breaking down the most beloved cryptid film of all time, Harry and the Hendersons. It's a new format, but there is plenty of other cryptid cinema for us to check out if you end up liking it!

If you want …

El Chupacabra - A History of the Mystery

March 23rd, 2020


This week, we're breaking down one of the most popular myths of the 20th century, El Chupacabra. If you like weird stories about aliens breaking out …

Loveland Frogman - A History of the Mystery

February 25th, 2020


On this week's episode, John Ceccarelli and Ashton Macaulay dive into the waters of Ohio in search of the Loveland Frog Man. Ok, the diving is more …

Mokele-Mbembe - A History of the Mystery

February 11th, 2020


This week on Cryptids Decrypted, John Ceccarelli and Ashton Macaulay are talking about a fascinating myth from the Congo River Basin, Mokole Mbembe …

Monsters, Weird Kids and Baby Cryptids - Kelly Milner Halls Interview

January 28th, 2020


On this episode of Cryptids Decrypted, Ashton Macaulay interviews Kelly Milner Halls, author of over 50 books including cryptid guide books and much …

Cryptid Royale - Creatures of the Deep

December 19th, 2019


On this episode of Cryptids Decrypted, John and Ashton break down four famous ocean cryptids, The Megaladon, Cadborosaurus, The Ningen, and The Kraken. After this, Cryptids Decrypted will be taking a short break, but …

Inter-Dimensional Creatures of the Deep - David George Gordon Interview

December 4th, 2019


For episode 9 of Cryptids Decrypted, we're talking with our first guest, David George Gordon, again! This time, we're getting into lake/sea monsters and the possibility of inter-dimensional cryptids. If you want to …

A History of the Mystery - The Jersey Devil

November 13th, 2019


Together, Ashton Macaulay, Tyler Mitchell and John Ceccareli break down the history of the wild Jersey Devil myth. You might ask yourself: Who are …

Writing the Book on the Jersey Devil - Dr. Brian Regal Interview

October 30th, 2019


In this episode of Cryptids Decrypted, Ashton Macaulay interviews Dr. Brian Regal, an expert in the origins of the Jersey Devil myth. Dr. Regal has …

Roswell - A History of the Mystery

October 3rd, 2019


In this episode of Cryptids Decrypted Ashton Macaulay, an expert in fictional accounts of the mythological and co-host Tyler Mitchell, all-around …

Yeti - A History of the Mystery

September 13th, 2019


In this, the fourth episode of Cryptids Decrypted, Ashton Macaulay, Tyler Mitchell, and John Ceccarelli discuss the history and origins of the yeti …

WWII, Yetis, and Bigfoot - Peter Byrne Interview

August 28th, 2019


In the third episode of Cryptids Decrypted, Ashton Macaulay, an expert on fictional accounts of mythical creatures, interviews Peter Byrne, a …

Bigfoot - A History of the Mystery

August 7th, 2019


In the second episode of Cryptids Decrypted, Ashton Macaulay and Tyler Mitchell break down the history of the Bigfoot legend from cave paintings to …

Bigfoot Expert - David George Gordon

July 26th, 2019


In the first episode of Cryptids Decrypted, Ashton Macaulay, an author and specialist in fictionalized myth, interviews David George Gordon, an …

Cryptids Decrypted - Episode 1 - Teaser

July 17th, 2019


 Here's a sample from our new podcast, Cryptids Decrypted. In the first episode, I interviewed David George Gordon, renowned bug chef and expert on all things bigfoot. 

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