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Ominous Origins

120 EpisodesProduced by Casey ChaplinWebsite

Join me on a journey into the origins of the unknown. Every legend, every beast, and every myth has it's beginnings, and it's time we take a look into the Ominous Origins of our mysterious history.For inquiries or comments, you can contact

120 Episodes | 2015 - 2020

Women In Horror | Ember Burns

February 26th, 2020


In our penultimate interview for Women in Horror Month, I bring you yet another multi-talented individual by the name of Ember Burns. Now, Ember has …

Women in Horror | Brittany Blanton

February 25th, 2020


*DICLAIMER* There were some technical difficulties with the audio in this episode. I do apologize for the quality of the recording. *DISCLAIMER*

Women in Horror | Danielle | Ghoulish Cast

February 24th, 2020


In the world of podcasting, there is no shortage of fantastic things to listen to, and the Ghoulish Cast falls among that grouping. Danielle is one …

Women In Horror | Helen Lyons-Curran

February 23rd, 2020


What happens behind the scenes of films? Well, there’s a lot, and we’ve looked into some of what people do during our interview series, but there’s one woman who really embodies that behind-the-scenes essence. That …

Women In Horror | Sarah | Geeks Who Eat

February 22nd, 2020


So, during our time with Women in Horror Month, I’ve talked to a great assortment of people, that has been established, but today is a truly …

Women In Horror | Horrocane

February 21st, 2020


In the time that I’ve interviewed all these incredible women in horror, I’ve gotten to speak with actresses, directors, writers, performers, but Horrocane is a first. She’s a YouTuber from Australia. So not only is her …

Women in Horror | Elizabeth McCafferty

February 19th, 2020


The great thing about this Women in Horror Month interview series is all the people I get to meet, and I couldn’t be happier about sitting down with …

Women In Horror | Somica Spratley

February 17th, 2020


In the world of horror, there are so many faces behind the scenes that make things work, that helps the machine run smoothly, and one of those faces is Somica Spratley. She is a visual effects and makeup artist with a …

Women in Horror | Kino McFarland

February 14th, 2020


One of the reasons why I love celebrations like Women in Horror Month so much is due to all the amazing and interesting people I get to meet, and today I got to chat with one of the most fascinating women I’ve ever had …

Women in Horror | The Horror Spinsters

February 12th, 2020


Before I get into the article, I would like to welcome The Horror Spinsters to the Morbidly Beautiful podcasting network, and they just happen to be …

Women In Horror | Stephanie Malone

February 7th, 2020


Our first interview on the journey through the wonderful Women in Horror Month is a very special one. If you’ve listened to the podcast in the last …

The Banshee

January 31st, 2020


This week is the last day before we hit February, and with February comes the illustrious Women In Horror Month! In honour of that kicking off tomorrow, I have a myth for you in the realm of that - the Banshee. One of …

The Jersey Devil

January 24th, 2020


I can’t believe it took me the long to do the Jersey Devil. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a fascination with New Jersey. Don’t’ ask why, I’m well aware of the states reputation. Nevertheless, the allure …

The Highway of Tears

January 17th, 2020


The Highway of Tears – what’s there to say on the topic? Well, a lot. For those unfamiliar with the massive stretch of highway in the middle of …

The Beast of Bodmin Moor | Alien Big Cats

January 10th, 2020


It’s time for a lesson in the ABC’s… No, I trust you know your alphabet, I’m talking about Alien Big Cats. These aren’t some extra-terrestrial …

Lake Lanier Revist | Hannah Truelove

January 3rd, 2020


Welcome to the very first episode of the Ominous Origins Podcast! Of course, this is still a Horror Shots Production, but with a twist. With the new branding, I’m thinking of throwing in some more real life dark history …

An Update | A New Name

December 30th, 2019


As I mentioned in the last episode, Horror Shots, the Podcast is getting a makeover, and this is it! Welcome to the Ominous Origins Podcast! A brand new season will be kicking off on Friday, with the same compelling …

Year in Review | Icelandic Yule Cat

December 27th, 2019


Well 2019 is coming to an end. It means a fresh start for many, and with it being a new decade, I thought I’d talk about the year that’s been, and …

Indiana | Crosley Monster

December 20th, 2019


In the state of Indiana there lives a familiar monster. Now, this beast has had at least two eye witness accounts, and both describe the same thing – though the encounters were vastly different. I’m of course talking …

Friday The 13th

December 13th, 2019


Yes, Friday the 13th is more than just a Voorhees family reunion; it’s a day wrought bad luck and for the religious and superstitious, it means a …

Illinois | H.H. Holmes

December 6th, 2019


While today’s topic might not be an urban legend, so to speak, it does fall into the realm of disturbing and macabre. Sorry to those who were hoping to hear about Bigfoot or other cryptids, but today I have a real life …

Idaho | Coyote and The Seven Devils

November 29th, 2019


The stop on our tour is the unassuming Idaho, the state known for its potatoes, of all things. Well, like any other state, it has legends of its own. Being located in an area rich with history, including being part of …

Hawaii's Man-Eating Spirits

November 22nd, 2019


Ah, Hawaii! If I were to ever travel the USA in person, this would most certainly be a destination. The sun, the sand, the waves, it’s truly a …

Georgia | Lake Lanier

November 15th, 2019


We are back with our tour of the Eerie USA this week after a little pit stop last. Today we’re going to be looking at the State of Georgia. After …

Interview with Ken Ammi | Nephilim Follow-Up

November 8th, 2019


A few months back, you may recall, I did a podcast just touching the topic of the Nephilim. I say just touching for one reason, it is a very deep …

The Florida Skunk-Ape

November 1st, 2019


Loch Ness, The Cupacabra, Big Foot – all very recognizable names to those who don’t even know what those are classified as – Cryptids, they’re called cryptids – but what about a not-so-known-one, what about one with a …

Delaware's Lums Pond

October 25th, 2019


As we continue our tour on the Eerie USA, we come across some smaller states, naturally. But that doesn’t mean they’re any less deserving of a spot on our tour – Hell, some of them have the best legends and stories. …

Connecticut Witches and Hannah Cranna

October 18th, 2019


If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my travels through the Eerie USA, Connecticut is by far one of the hardest to spell. That’s not supernatural, of course, just an observation… Anywhoo, Connecticut is home to one of …

Colorado's Riverdale Road

October 11th, 2019


Much like the Arkansas stories, Colorado has a plethora of scary stories, none of

which seem to be too fleshed out. However, there was one place in …

The California Dark Watchers

October 4th, 2019


California, the place of dreams, coastline, mountains, and of course, dark spirits that lurk in the mountain ranges. It’s the perfect getaway. If …

The Arkansas Legends

September 27th, 2019


Our next stop on the Eerie USA tour features not a specific event or location in Arkansas, but a plethora of places, as it turns out, Arkansas is really quite haunted. There were some incredibly fascinating stories, …

The Arizona Skinwalkers

September 20th, 2019


Being a Canadian living in a rather generic part of the country, a desert is something that holds a mystical and nearly magical aspect in my …

The Alaskan Triangle

September 13th, 2019


We’re all quite familiar with the Bermuda Triangle – right? The part of the world where everything from people to planes go missing, and is full of …

Dead Children's Playground

September 6th, 2019


In the first episode of season 4, I start a 50 episode series on strange and weird happenings within the USA. It will henceforth be called: The Eerie USA. I hope you enjoy the first episode... The Dead Children's …

It's STILL the End of the World.

August 30th, 2019


Last week we tackled the impending doom of our world through mostly Christian means. We went over what eschatology is, what it means, and how it …

The End Of The World

August 23rd, 2019


It’s no secret that throughout the course of history, maybe even since the beginning of human civilization, people have predicted the end of the …

The Dyatlov Pass Incident

August 16th, 2019


Back in 1959 a group of hikers went up into the Ural Mountains to embark on an expedition, little did they know, something would happen. Something …

Dragons | 2 | St George's battle, and the Chinese Dragons

August 9th, 2019


Last week we took a gander at the mythical and legendary beast known as the dragon. We touched upon many aspects in that first part, but much of it …

Dragons - Part 1

August 2nd, 2019


Here’s a biggen. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a cast on dragons, but it seemed like such a large daunting, fire-breathing task, but alas, I’ve decided to cover it no matter how large the job. I think we’re all …

The History of Demons: Paimon

July 26th, 2019


In honour of the movie, Midsommar by director Ari Aster, I bring you the demon Paimon. What connection does that have to Midsommar? Well, if you saw …

The Nephilim

July 19th, 2019


This week’s episode is all about the giants that once walked the Earth – the Nephilim, and boy did I open up a massive can of worms with this one. It seems that nobody can 100% agree on just what they were, or where …

The Succubus and Incubus

July 15th, 2019


The lusty, alluring, sexy succubus is a legend as old as demonology itself, with some records even accounting that Lilith, the mother of demons was, …

Fresh Kills Con - With Jesse Markowski

July 5th, 2019


For every fan of any genre, there’s something special that happens during the year, often several times. It’s a time where fans can go out and meet their favourite stars and characters; it’s a time where communities …

Devil Pacts

June 28th, 2019


In this cast I'll be going over some deals with the Devil, as well as what's involved! As early as the 1400’s, it’s believed that people have been …


June 21st, 2019


Ever since 1973 North America, and most of the western world became a little obsessed with The Exorcist, a film depicting a young girl who’s body and mind are taken over by a demon. It’s a simple, yet terrifying …

Pride Month!

June 14th, 2019


June is pride month, and I wanted to explore this time of inclusion, acceptance, and support by looking at some myths and historical characters that either identified as LGBTQ or were suggested as such before terms and …

The Irish Werewolf

June 7th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, I talk about the Irish Werewolf. Werewolves have been a part of both popular culture and folklore for centuries, with …

The Leshy

May 31st, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, I go over the Leshy!

The Leshy? You maybe questioning. What the Hell is a Leshy? All great questions. Well, I’ll start with the fact that you probably haven’t heard of the Leshy before due …

Stories of Thunderbird

May 24th, 2019


Note: If you haven’t listened to last week's episode, I would recommend going back and doing so… I mean, of course I would, it’s my podcast! However, …

The Thunderbird

May 17th, 2019


In this episode of the cast I take a detour away from the idea and origins of the curse and step back into the realm of mythological creatures. Today …

Morbidly Horror

May 16th, 2019


In this quick little update, I just wanted to let you know that in the near future, The Horror Shots podcast will be teaming up with Morbidly …


May 10th, 2019


In this special, and slightly different episode, I'm drawn to the idea of resurrection after the passing of my beloved cat, Shelby. Unfortunately she lost her battle with bone cancer, and so my wife and I decided it was …


May 3rd, 2019


In this episode (that I mistakenly call season one! It's season three. Talking is hard) I look at curses and their effect on people dating all the way back to ancient Egypt, potentially before then even,all the way to …

Season 3 - Episode One! The Curse of The Poltergeist

April 26th, 2019


In this first episode of season three of the podcast, I go over what a poltergeist is, as well as the curse associated with the film, if it really is …

The Phoenix

March 12th, 2019


In this episode, which is related to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, I discuss the ancient symbolic bird known as the Phoenix. This …


March 1st, 2019


In this episode I look at the villainous Egyptian God, Set. Set is a very interesting character, and therefore has a very interesting story. He has seen a few iterations of himself through different myths, and even …

Fresh Kills Con - Jesse Markowski

February 22nd, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, I was lucky enough to interview Jesse Markowski of Fresh Kills Con - which is a brand new horror convention takings …

Women in Horror Month - Kristen Zaza

February 8th, 2019


In this very special episode, I honor the Women in Horror Month with a look at a friend mine from the Horror Rama event earlier this year. Her name is Kristen Zaza, and you may have heard me talk about her in the past. …

Deathly Personifications: Hel

February 2nd, 2019


In this episode of the podcast I continue my look into the various personifications of death; today we look at Hel, from the Norse Mythology. Hel, as …

Personifications of Death: The Celts

January 26th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, I continue my look into how various cultures around the world personify death; today's look is at the Celtic region …

Deathly Personifications: Thanatos

January 19th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, I look at certain death as it is personified. In the first of a many part series on the topic, which will feature …

The History of Demons: Samael

January 12th, 2019


In this return episode of the podcast (after a way too long hiatus), I look at the history of yet another demon... or is he an angel? Welcome to the complicated world of Samael. Some call him the angel of death, other …

Life Imitating Art: The Slender Man Stabbings

December 14th, 2018


In this episode of the Horror Shots Podcast, I look more into life imitating art, and this time it has to do with everybody's favorite internet monster - and it's not overly attached girlfriend. No, today we're talking …

Life Imitating Art: The Necronomicon

December 7th, 2018


In this episode of the podcast I look at how life has a tendency to imitate art. From people worshiping things that are pure creations of a brilliant mind to... well just things they read on the internet. Today's look …

The History of Demons: Satan!

December 1st, 2018


In this podcast I revisit my series on the History of Demons, with information provided by Michelle Belanger's Dictionary of Demons. This is a fascinating look at the name Satan, and how it's been changed and invoked …

Hell Gates!

November 24th, 2018


In this triumphant return to podcasting I take a look at various places believed to be Hell Gates. What's a Hell Gate? Well, they are places believed to have, at one point or another, lead straight into the pits of …

HorrorRama 2018

November 7th, 2018


In this very special episode of the Horror Shots Podcast, I talk about my time at HorrorRama, Toronto's only all horror convention. I had a ton of fun there, and I got to meet so many awesome and interesting people, …

Plague Doctors!

November 2nd, 2018


In this episode of the podcast, I have a brand new intro! Hopefully you like it, if not, let me know! I'm here to please. But the cast itself …

Famous Witches!

October 26th, 2018


In this episode of the Horror Shots Podcast, I'll be taking a closer look at some of the most iconic Halloween symbols: the Witch. Witches have been …

Halloween 2018 Review!

October 19th, 2018


In this special episode, I review the brand spanking new Halloween movie! It's been 40 years since the original, and with every single sequel wiped out, it's time for a new timeline. Does it work? How good is it? Hell, …


October 16th, 2018


In this mini-update podcast, I'll be filling you in on what I've been up to, and what's been taking up all my time lately. Spoiler, it involves a …

Slashers: Part Two

October 3rd, 2018


In this episode I go into more of the Slasher craze, highlighting the genre during it's "Golden Years" from 1978-1984. I look at all the big hitters …

Slashers Pt. 1

September 26th, 2018


In this podcast episode I delve deep into the origins and history of the slasher flick! It's that time of year again where all the closeted horror fans don't shy away from letting their spook flag fly. So I thought It's …

Halloween Pt: 1

September 19th, 2018


In this episode of the Horror Shots Podcast I announce a pretty sweet give-away, just visit me at or any of my social media feeds to enter. Also, I begin my descent into the origins of Halloween, …


September 13th, 2018


In this episode of the Horror Shots Podcast I go back to my roots of history and research by looking into the origins of Halloween, which I'll be talking about until the day itself! This cast though is about what …

Season 2! Horror in art

September 5th, 2018


Welcome back to the Horror Shots Podcast! I'm terribly sorry for the hiatus, but I'm hoping to be back forever now, on Tuesday nights. I've changed up the format a bit, as you'll hear. But I simply don't have the time …

Bigfoot: PT 2

May 22nd, 2018


In this podcast, I look more into the Bigfoot phenomena, along with the researchers involved throughout recent history, methods, and some hoaxes. Can …

Cryptids Pt2: Bigfoot

May 1st, 2018


In this episode I discuss the potential of Bigfoot's existence, as well as some hoaxes, sightings, and explanations. ALSO! there's a book give away …

Cryptozoology: Pt1

April 10th, 2018


In this Episode I look at the history behind cryptozoology. I don't delve into the monsters just yet, but more about how the field came to be.

Vampire Hunting: Part 4

April 3rd, 2018


In this cast I continue on with The Vampire Watcher's Handbook, and we continue our look at identifying the various kinds of undead creatures that stalk the night!

Vampire Hunting: PT3

March 20th, 2018


In this episode I continue to discuss Constantine Gregory's Vampire Watcher's Handbook. We go through the first part of chapter two, about identifying vampires, and the undead in general!

Vampire Hunting Pt. 2

March 12th, 2018


Part two of the Vampire Hunting cast features some literary references, as well as real life encounters with Vampires from history. It's pretty fascinating stuff!

Vampire Hunting

March 6th, 2018


In this episode I go over the writings of Constantine Gregory, and his book called The Vampire Watcher's Handbook: A Guide for Slayers. It's a fascinating read about the history of vampires, slayers, and how to …


February 27th, 2018


In this podcast I talk about maybe the least known of the big demons out there: Lilith. She's been presented in various forms of media, from movies, books, and TV shows, but what was she really like? Well, let's find …


February 13th, 2018


In this episode I look at an ancient Scandinavian legend in the Trolls, also known as the Jötunn. It's a shorter episode, but it's got some nifty …


February 7th, 2018


In this weeks Horror Shots Podcast, I venture back into the history of demons, and today's special guy is Astaroth, a duke and commander of the legions of Hell. It's a fascinating look at his origins, and what he's all …

The Salem Witch Trials Pt 2

January 30th, 2018


In this episode of the Horror Shots Podcast, I go deeper into the main players accused of Witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials; Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba. I look at their history, and what lead them to …

The Salem Witch Trials, Pt 1

January 23rd, 2018


This week's Horror Shots Podcast is part one of my look into the Salem Witch Trials. I thought about doing one super long one, but I figured it'd be best to break it up into at least two parts. I look into what started …

History of the Grimoire

January 16th, 2018


In this podcast I look into the history behind these ancient and dark texts that are full of spells, charms, and incantations; they even have some …

The History of Necromancy

January 9th, 2018


In this cast I look at the history behind one of the most infamous forms of magic of all tine - Necromancy. I researched into its past, as well as some rites and rituals.

The History of Demons - Lamashtu

December 27th, 2017


In this episode I discuss a particularly nasty demon called Lamashtu. A demon in Mesoptoamia who targeted pregnant mothers and babies.


December 21st, 2017


In this episode I talk about the Christmas demon - Krampus. How did his legend begin, who believes in him, and what are the traditions surrounding this creature?

The Wendigo

December 12th, 2017


In this episode I go into some detail on the Wendigo legend, and how its story has spread throughout time.


November 18th, 2017


In this episode, I talk about fairies and where they come from. I'll tell you some stories and historical accounts as well.

Vampires - myths, legends, and lore.

November 6th, 2017


In this reboot edition of my podcast, I'll be talking about vampires, their myths, their legends, their lore, and their place in our reality.

Video Game Cast - The Evolution of Games!

March 16th, 2017


In this episode I throw it back to video games and how they've evolved, and in turn evolved me as a gamer. It's interesting when you think about …

Mysteries in Crime Podcast - Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm.

February 8th, 2017


In the first episode of my new series, I look at an old murder, filled with theories, motives, and espionage. I'm talking about Who Put Bella In the …

Horror Podcast #21: Random Thoughts and More Movies

November 14th, 2016


In this episode I talk about some random thoughts, no real direction. I discuss some movies and TV shows, as well as some haunting things.

Horror Podcast #20: The History of Demons

November 9th, 2016


In this episode I talk about the history of demons and their origins from Greece to Mesopotamia, and how they haunted and affected people in their daily life.

Not so Horror Podcast: Politics with Andy Harmon

November 8th, 2016


In this episode I'm joined by Andy Harmon, who you may remember from a few casts ago. This cast is a bit makeshift as we decided to record during a …

Horror Podcast #19: The Creative Process

November 4th, 2016


In this episode I take a bit of a break from horror in media to talk about a more personal side of the creative world. You'll hear me talk about what the mindset is like for me as a horror writer, and the ups and downs …

Horror Podcast 18: Vampires!

November 3rd, 2016


In this episode I talk about the evolution of vampires, from sophisticated monsters, to raging beasts, and yes, even the sparkly ones.

Horror Podcast #17: Seasonal Horror

November 2nd, 2016


In this episode I talk about how just because Halloween is over it doesn't mean that horror ends. It's a year round thing that we can enjoy and embrace no matter the season.

Horror Podcast #16: Halloween and The Exorcist

October 31st, 2016


In this episode I talk about the origins of Halloween, what it means to me, and how others may see it. I also touch on The Exorcist show, as well as some DC Dark Universe things.

Horror Podcast 15: Post Apocalyptic Themes

October 28th, 2016


In this episode I talk a little bit about Halloween costumes and ideas, but mostly about the post apocalyptic themes that pop up from time to time in movies and games.

Horror Podcast 14: Creative Kills

October 27th, 2016


In this episode I talk about the different kinds of kills we see in horror films, and I list some of my favorite and how unique and creative they can be.

Voice Talent Demo - Casey Chaplin

October 25th, 2016


My first voice demo. Thought I'd keep it up here to show you all hoe far I've come. Enjoy the ridiculousness!

Horror Podcast 13: The Evolution of Horror.

October 25th, 2016


In this track I visit an older cast to talk about a short story I read, as well I discuss the evolution of horror, and how perhaps in the literary …

Horror Cast #12: Video Games with a Guest!

October 24th, 2016


In this episode, I'm joined by Hans Heim, who is a college professor, and lover of all things video games. He was kind enough to share his thoughts …

Horror Podcast 11: Supernatural Occurrences

October 21st, 2016


In this episode I talk about the paranormal and various supernatural happenings, from noises, to full on physical harm. It's all here in this …

Horror Podcast 10: Horror Movies, and their Remakes

October 20th, 2016


In this episode I talk about horror movies, and their remakes. Is it worth it, do we need them? I discuss their quality, and their reasoning here!

Horror Podcast #9: Horror in Real Life: The Serial Killer

October 19th, 2016


In this episode I talk about real life horrors, including serial killers and their on-screen counterparts. It's no secret that art imitates life, and that's no truer than when it comes to serial killers an horror …

Horror Podcast #8: Classic Movies, with a Special Guest!

October 18th, 2016


Today I discuss classic horror movies, and classic movies in general with a special guest, Andy Harmon. Take notes, Halloween is fast approaching, get some of these titles for your horror movie marathons.Also, check out …

Horror Podcast #7: Scary Books

October 17th, 2016


In this episode I discuss horror literature and its writers, including Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, and the malevolent tales they weave.

Horror Podcast #6: Themed Haunted Houses

October 15th, 2016


In this special Saturday post I talk about themed haunted houses. What Halloween is complete without visiting a haunted house? Seeing the costumes …

Horror Podcast #5 - Special reading among other spooky things.

October 14th, 2016


Hey guys, this week I'll be talking about some tv shows, touching on some movies and their iconic themes, and reading a short story presented by …

Archive Episode 4: Horror movies and Halloween

October 13th, 2016


In this episode I talk about the Toronto After Dark Film Fest, as well as all things horror movies. From classics to new-age, which do you prefer? Find out what I think here.

Archive: Episode 2

December 19th, 2015


Listen this week as I talk about some very odd occurrences, as well as Star Wars!

Archive: Episode One

December 12th, 2015


Listen as a jabber on about the site, some writing advice, and what's going on with The Shovelcidal Maniac series.

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