The Odd To Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast: And Ode To All Things Spooky
If you’re looking for something to get you into the Halloween spirit, or are generally a fan of things that go bump in the night, you might want to check out The Odd To Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast. This monthly variety show podcast is the creation of Jonathan Mallard, brings you the “best in east coast esoterica on first of every month” featuring segments such as bizarre and paranormal news, odd but true facts about the world we live in, weird science, special guests and even advice.
Mallard is a self-described “proud Newfoundlander” and resides in St. John’s with his wife Stephanie, daughter Faith, and son Sam. He is also a foster parent and told The Racket via email that he “is a devoted family man who has a passion for the paranormal.”
Prior to hosting The Odd To Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast, Mallard actually worked as an investigator of paranormal activity and claimed to have found many examples over the years. He said there is no training to go along with being a paranormal investigator, only field notes from those who have completed research in the field in the past.
Mallard’s interest was piqued one night when he and an old friend who worked as a private investigator decided to run audio recorders at Cape Spear. “We somehow managed to capture the sound of a cell door slamming and the rest is history,” he said. “I was hooked on EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) research after that.”
After that night, the duo started investigating paranormal claims and known hot spots around Newfoundland, which Mallard documented in his book, NewfiEVP: Talking With the Dead in Newfoundland. “Although I no longer investigate and the podcast demands 100% of my attention, I will always cherish the memories and knowledge investigating brought to me,” he said.
With a new role as a foster parent, Mallard seemed to have less time available for investigations and data review. “I make the joke that I am far too busy caring for the living and can no longer talk with the dead anymore here in Newfoundland,” he joked. After listening to other shows with a paranormal focus, the idea for a podcast was born. “The show is actually inspired by the Weekly World News, an old paranormal newspaper you could pick up at gas stations during the 90's,” said Mallard. “It was full of the most ridiculous and random stuff. When I set out to create my own show, I wanted to feel that old feeling of turning the pages of that scary and weird paper I had as a child.”
Some of the “ridiculous and random stuff” Mallard has covered on The Odd To Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast this year alone include a millionaire philanthropist who discovered alien messages in the great pyramids, and an American military man who's psychic gifts saved him from a landmine. If that doesn’t seem strange, how about a world-renowned Big Foot researcher who claims he not only spotted a Sasquatch but can track them or a paranormal theorist who claims he has a working "Theory Of Everything" that modern physicists can use to explain many types of paranormal phenomena.
It would come as no surprise that Mallard is a big fan of Halloween. “I love Halloween and do many promotional things during this month for the Podcast,” said Mallard. He will be co-hosting "Ghost Story Open Mic Night" at Marjorie Mews Public Library on October 25 at 7:00 pm. Attendees have the opportunity to have their stories recorded for a special bonus episode of The Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast.
In terms of dressing up, Mallard admits to not being too excited about it this year. “Honestly, when you do what I do, every day is Halloween! It's all about my kids now and I love taking them out.”
Through corresponding with Mallard, it is easy to tell that he is dedicated to his family and the work he puts into The Odd To Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast. Through this dedication, he has seen interest in the podcast grow from a couple of downloads a day to thousands. “I geared [the podcast] towards people who love weird stuff and added fun segments and cool segues.,” said Mallard. “It is now ranked as one of the top paranormal podcasts on Podbean.com. [T]he show has grown exponentially and has a dedicated fan base who are from all over the world.”