The Black Tapes

By Pacific Northwest Stories

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Subscribers: 6386
Reviews: 27
Episodes: 51

 Dec 1, 2022

 Sep 17, 2022
I suffered through for NOTHING

 Feb 22, 2022

 Sep 3, 2021
Fun and spooky story with compelling characters.

Isca Isilmë
 Oct 31, 2020
It's ... complicated.


The Black Tapes is a weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist's search for truth, her subject's mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?

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May 26, 2021
Episode 306 - Into the Black

In the Season Three Mid-Season finale of The Black Tapes Podcast, Alex and Strand arrive at a crossroads where everything meets and a decision has to be made.

Jan 12, 2020
Episode 305 - Worlds Collide

Alex draws nearer to the Axis Mundi while Strand reveals something surprising about his past. 

Jan 12, 2020
Episode 304 - Songs and Signs

Alex digs into the occult history of the Oneida community, and Strand helps her connect some threads through his Black Tapes.

Jan 12, 2020
Episode 303 - A Family Gathering

Alex runs into the unexpected in Turkey, and Strand discovers his connection to the Black Tapes might be deeper than originally thought. 

Jan 12, 2020
Episode 302 - The Musica Mundana

Alex brushes up on her mathematics while getting closer to the inner workings of the mysterious Thomas Warren and Daiva Corporation.

Jan 12, 2020
Episode 301 - The Sins of the Father

In the Season Three premiere, Strand unearths some secrets about his father, and Alex begins to make connections between the old and the new.

Jan 12, 2020

Tanis podcast host Nic Silver and regular contributor MK, explore the possible existence of "The Last Movie," an infamous underground feature film, reputed to drive you insane. Legend has it that every screening of this film was surrounded by bloodshed and controversy: one reviewer actually described slipping on blood in the aisle, as he ran through dozens of people trying to tear him apart.

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Mar 18, 2018
Alex 2017 Halloween Announcement

Alex introduces a teaser for producer Paul Bae's new podcast series, THE BIG LOOP. It all begins on Halloween. Subscribe today!

Oct 27, 2017

Alex has an exciting announcement!


Feb 28, 2017

A special Halloween bonus episode of The Black Tapes.



Oct 30, 2016
Episode 212 - The Axis Mundi

In the season two finale, Dr. Strand confronts the truth of his relationship with Coralee and reveals a secret about The Strand Institute, while Alex finally pieces together the mystery of The Mysterium.

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Aug 16, 2016
Episode 211 - About a Boy

Alex uncovers a secret about Dr. Strand's youth; a secret that could lead to unlocking the mysteries of The Black Tapes. Meanwhile, Nic and Alex close in on the location of the Axis Mundi.

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Aug 02, 2016
Episode 210 - Welcome to the Machine

Investigation into the mysteries of the exorcism machine and Bobby Mames, leads Alex to some familiar names and a disturbing secret from Dr. Strand's past.

Jul 19, 2016
Episode 209 - The Brothers of the Mount

With Alex and Nic back in Seattle, Dr. Strand tries to help them solve the mystery of E. Hausdorff. Meanwhile, Alex closes in on some more Strand family secrets. 

Jul 05, 2016
Episode 208 - Riverview

Alex and Nic head north to Vancouver, British Columbia in search of the elusive Thomas Warren. In Vancouver, they discover a mysterious box that leads them back to an old friend.


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Jun 21, 2016
Episode 207 - Personal Possessions
  Alex revisits a Black Tape case in hopes of closing the circle on the role of the Order of the Ceonophus, and Dr. Strand takes our host on a stroll down memory lane.   
Jun 07, 2016
Episode 206 - All in the Family

As Alex nears the point of no return in her investigation, an old friend reaches out to help her see the light.

May 24, 2016
Episode 205 - Cheryl

A voice from the past leads Alex deeper into the mysterious Order of the Ceonophus, a cryptic message brings us to an old hotel in Victoria, Canada, and Dr. Strand’s Black Tapes get personal.

May 09, 2016

Alex Reagan's sleep notes: Sleep Note Number Two

Apr 24, 2016

Alex Reagan's sleep notes: Sleep Note Number One

Apr 13, 2016

A message from the producers of The Black Tapes

Mar 12, 2016
Episode 204 - Voices Carry

Alex uncovers more connections between the mysterious grimoire and the Order of the Ceonophus, and discovers that there might be more to her insomnia than meets the eye.


Mar 01, 2016
Episode 203 - Hush Little Baby

Alex investigates some disturbing audio files caught on a baby monitor, and Dr. Strand begins to lift the veil on his enigmatic father's history. 

Feb 16, 2016
Episode 202 - Speak No Evil, Think No Evil

Dr. Strand returns with a mysterious secret, and Alex learns that not all books are good for the soul. 

Feb 02, 2016
Episode 201 - Sleepless in Seattle

In the Season Two opener, Dr. Strand's search for his missing wife has begun to take its toll. Meanwhile, Alex follows a tip about another mysterious child, and the appearance of some strange but familiar symbols. 

Jan 19, 2016

Alex and Nic have some news! 

Oct 14, 2015
Episode 112 - Shadow Dancing

In the season one finale, Alex connects the dots from Europe to New Mexico and begins to suspect she might be in over her head with Dr. Strand and his Black Tapes.

Oct 13, 2015
Teaser for Episode 112

A sneak peek at Episode 112 of The Black Tapes Podcast.

Oct 08, 2015
Episode 111 - The Codex Gigas

Alex’s faith in Dr. Strand is tested as another piece of his past unravels, and her search into the Order of the Ceonophus uncovers a dark origin. 

Sep 29, 2015
Teaser for Episode 111

A sneak peek at Episode 111 of The Black Tapes Podcast.

Sep 22, 2015
Episode 110 - Their Satanic Monastery's Request

As she digs deeper into the background of Brother Percival Black, Alex uncovers an ancient monastic order, and yet another layer is added to the mystery of Coralee Strand’s disappearance.

Sep 15, 2015
BONUS "Listener Mail #1"

Alex and Nic respond to questions from Black Tapes Podcast listeners. Episode notes: Rocketsound, Episode 110 Teaser, Pacific Northwest Stories,, Paul Bae, Terry Miles.

Sep 08, 2015
Episode 109 - Name that Tune

As we sink deeper into the mystery swirling around Dr. Strand’s missing wife, a familiar voice reaches out to Alex from the other side of the globe.

Sep 01, 2015
BONUS "Strand Institute Letter #3"

Alex and Dr. Strand respond to an interesting letter send to The Strand Institute by a Black Tapes Podcast listener. Episode notes: Rocketsound, Episode 109 Teaser, Pacific Northwest Stories.

Aug 25, 2015
Episode 108 - Board to Death

Alex is introduced to a rare class of ouija board, and the mystery deepens surrounding the private life of Dr. Strand.

Aug 18, 2015
BONUS "Strand Institute Letter #2"

Alex and Dr. Strand respond to a chilling letter send to The Strand Institute by a Black Tapes Podcast listener. Episode notes: Rocketsound, The Nerdist, This is Rad, Kyle Clark, Chris Hardwick, Pacific Northwest Stories.

Aug 11, 2015
Episode 107 - Cabin Fever

Alex enlists the help of a well-known psychic as the abduction of Sebastien Torres leads her deep into the woods, and deeper into Dr. Strand’s mysterious past.

Aug 04, 2015
Teaser for Episode 107

A sneak peek at Episode 107 of The Black Tapes Podcast

Jul 27, 2015
BONUS "Alex Reagan interviews Aaron Mahnke from Lore"

Alex Reagan from The Black Tapes Podcast sits down with Lore podcast host and creator Aaron Mahnke to discuss Lore, all things paranormal, and his new novel, Grave Suspicion (released July 27th, 2015).

Jul 15, 2015
INTERMISSION "Strand Institute Letter #1"

The Black Tapes Podcast - Intermission information, plus Kickstarter and Alex and Dr. Strand respond to a letter sent to The Strand Institute.

Jun 24, 2015
Episode 106 - The Devil's Door

Alex and Dr. Strand visit an asylum where a mute young man named Simon Reese, implicated in the gruesome murder of his parents, is suddenly talking. And it turns out Simon Reese might have a strange and dangerous gift...or a curse. 

Jun 23, 2015
Teaser for Episode 106

A sneak peek at Episode 106 of The Black Tapes Podcast.

Jun 19, 2015
Episode 105 - The Devil You Know

If you believe in the existence of the devil in any way, then you might want to avoid this episode as Alex and Dr. Strand lift the veil on the Church’s most disturbing exorcism, and discover not only dark voices from below, but a familiar voice from Strand’s past. 

Jun 16, 2015
Teaser for Episode 105

A sneak peek at Episode 105 of The Black Tapes Podcast.

Jun 12, 2015
Episode 104 - Turn That Frown Upside Down

A grisly murder launches a macabre festival, and Alex and Dr. Strand must work together to try and connect the dots of a strange small town’s dark history. At the same time, Alex begins to question whether or not she can really trust the man behind these mysterious Black Tapes.

Jun 09, 2015
Teaser for Episode 104

A sneak peek at Episode 104 of The Black Tapes Podcast.

Jun 05, 2015
Episode 103 - The Unsound

The mystery of Dr. Strand’s past becomes murkier as Alex joins him in a Black Tapes case centered on a musician’s suicide and the possible discovery of a sound that is rumored to have been created by Lucifer himself.

Jun 02, 2015
Teaser for Episode 103

A sneak peek at Episode 103 of The Black Tapes Podcast

May 30, 2015
Episode 102 - A Tale of Two Tapes Part II

In the second part of the inaugural episode of The Black Tapes Podcast, Alex travels to San Francisco with Dr. Strand to dig further into one of his mysterious Black Tapes cases. But she soon discovers, Strand has secrets that extend far beyond The Black Tapes themselves.

May 21, 2015
Episode 101 - A Tale of Two Tapes Part I

Our host, Alex Reagan, enters the strange world of paranormal investigation and encounters the enigmatic Dr. Richard Strand: a ghost hunter who doesn't believe in ghosts. We follow Alex as she attempts to unlock both the secrets of Strand’s collection of mysterious black VHS cases, and the dark and mysterious past of the enigmatic man himself. This is The Black Tapes Podcast.

May 21, 2015