"And That’s Why We Drink" (ATWWD) is a podcast in which the two hosts, Em Schulz and Christine Schiefer, trade tales of the paranormal and true crime, while drinking milkshakes and wine, respectively.
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While Em brings the supernatural horror (Team Milkshake) with stories of ghosts, hauntings, and demonic possessions, Christine (Team Wine) gives listeners the dark side of humanity with real-life cases of murder, abduction, and more.
Although the two friends provide a good number of goofs and laughs to lighten the mood of such dark tales, there are still plenty of spooks for any fans of the horror genre.
Here are a few suggestions for where to start with the show if you’re a fan of the following books.
If you liked Krampus by Brom, you’ll like…
Episode 47: "A Boozy, Goat-Horned Menace and an Unwashed Cup"
In this Christmas special of the paranormal and true crime podcast, Em discusses the legend of Krampus, the German Anti-Santa, along with other not-so-nice, European holiday creatures.
If you like The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, you’ll like…
Episode 4: "Demon Pigs and a Call from Tamara"
Christine talks about the mysterious disappearance of the Sodder family children in 1945 in this episode’s true-crime story.
Like Sebold’s novel, it’s a story of how missing children and not knowing what happened to them can rip apart not only a family, but a community.
If you like Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, you’ll like…
Episode 11: "A Drunk Pandora’s Box and How to Play the Elevator Game"
In this episode of ATWWD, Em tells listeners about the dybbuk box, a famous story about a possessed wine cabinet. This tale brings an extra serving of scary with the grisly history attached to the binding of a violent spirit.
Like the dybbuk box, Hill’s novel follows the story of a rock star that collects all kinds of sketchy items. When he orders a ghost from an online auction though, he gets more than he bargained for with the black, heart-shaped box.
If you like Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, then you’ll like…
Episode 44: "Turtle Tortoise and Frogger: IRL"
For this episode of ATWWD, Christine talks about the strange case of homicidal twins Ursula and Sabine Eriksson. The Eriksson twins suffered from a rare case of folie á deux, in which the psychotic delusions of one person get transferred to another. Niffenegger’s novel delves into the characters of twins Julia and Valentina, who are attached to one another in unsettling ways.
With over 100 episodes and counting of And That’s Why We Drink, horror novel fans and true crime junkies will find something to latch onto when their books come to an end.
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