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Dark Histories tells the stories of some of histories darkest moments, deepest mysteries and strangest happenings, from large cultural events to smaller, localised legends. I aim to write in an interesting, hopefully, entertaining way, whilst maintaining integrity to the facts. I believe that history can be both informative and fun and that whilst the truth may not always be sensational, it can still be entertaining.

Central to my goals with the podcast was to discard the common podcasting approach of copy/pasting from various blogs and internet encyclopedias and instead drill deep, past the noise, into original and legitimate sources. I aim to uphold a level of integrity, impartiality, and objectivity that one might expect of any other journalistic source and I do my best to hold myself to these high standards at all times. I am a team of one and all scripts are entirely my original work, written by me after I have done my own research.

Butterly logo from the main page was illustrated by Courtney Donkersteeg, you can find her on Instagram @eyesofenigma



I’m Ben, a hairstylist in the main, with a university background in History and Sociology. As a teenager, I was a fan of The X-Files, The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits and later, all manner of the somewhat more fringe elements of society.

Endlessly curious, you could call me a sceptic, but I’m certainly not a cynic and I love the possibilities of the strange. I live with my dog (Captain Bigglesworth) and cat (Nyanme Turbo) in Brighton where I was born and raised, nestled up against the rolling hills of the South Downs of England. It’s a beautiful, welcoming and thoroughly diverse city, steeped in fantastical history.

Aside from writing and producing Dark Histories and cutting hair, I also write fiction from time to time, including a podcast called MOYA. I play what could loosely be described as “music”, fumble through a second language and keep fish.

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