The historic city centre is typically considered a visual artefact, valued for its aesthetic integrity. However, it is not just an aesthetic these surroundings afford us, as this visual presentation is inextricably linked to the other less tangible attributes of the same environment. Sounds are often overlooked in favour of the visual but have just as relevant a role to play when informing us of our surroundings and interpreting an experience. Through the lens of a ghost tour, it is possible to observe the interactions between the tangible urban landscape and the intangibilities which reside therein, such as the local folklore, legends, beliefs and values. This podcast therefore exists to not only take its listeners along for the thrill of some paranormal intrigue, but also to explore and discuss the entanglement of the tangible and intangible heritage brought to the fore on these tours in terms of why and how it is used to create a haunted experience. The intent of ‘sound only’ in the podcast format is to refocus people’s attention in such a way as to remove the reliance on the visual. The podcast also allows the hosts the chance to share original audio collected on these tours, as well as to openly discuss how the different tangible and intangible attributes interact to create the affective disposition typically desired in ghost walk visitors which result from the tour operators curating the attributes the tourists come into contact with to the best of their ability.
The hosts of the podcast are Lily and Pono. Coming from different sides of the Atlantic, they offer weekly discussion on how the ghost tour that week has used tangible and intangible elements such as the buildings, narratives, sounds, history and artefacts to curate a blend of potentialities belonging to that space for the tour group to come into contact with. The specific actions of the tour guide, their delivery and the tour groups reactions are discussed, as are the ethical implications belonging to most dark tourism pursuits. The first series of The Ghostlore Podcast is focused on three ghost tours within the UK (each addressed separately on this website via the above tabs). An episode is also dedicated to Pono and her family’s experiences from the state of Hawai’i, and another episode to our audience’s ghostly experiences on ghost tours.