History Hit launches new true crime podcast looking at the dark history behind real unusual stories

Podcast features two hosts instead of one for the first time within the network

History Hit has today launched a new true crime history podcast targeting a new type of audience for the network, the podcast and streaming platform announced. 

The podcast series, co-hosted by historians and broadcasters Dr Anthony Delaney and Dr Madeleine Pelling, is titled After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds & the Paranormal targets true crime, paranormal, and folklore enthusiasts within the podcast community, looking at the history behind some of the world’s most unusual stories. 

“What a treat to be joining the incredible team at History Hit as one half of your soon-to-be new favourite history podcast duo,” said Delaney. “If you've ever wondered what hauntings, body snatching, murder sprees or the Lochness Monster can tell us about how people in the past lived (and lost) their lives, then this is the podcast for you.

“Maddy and I have uncovered some truly spine-tingling tales from the archive, and cannot wait to share them with you on After Dark. Join us on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts; Because history never sleeps…”

After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds & the Paranormal is the sixth always-on show within the History Hit podcast network and marks a new chapter for the platform, being the first to feature two historians on every episode as opposed to just one person hosting the show. The new format will, according to History Hit, add a “new dynamic” to the network with Dr Delaney and Dr Pelling playing off each other and setting a new tone. 

Other podcasts within the network include Dan Snow’s History Hit, The Ancients with Tristan Hughes, Not Just the Tudors with Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, and more. In August, the network also announced that historian Dr. Eleanor Janega will be joining theGone Mediaeval podcast with Matt Lewis, hosting Tuesday edition of the series while Lewis hosts the Friday edition. 

“We are delighted to invite listeners of After Dark to join us in peeping through keyholes, retracing steps and digging in the archive to find out just what people in the past got up to at night,” said Pelling. “Together, we’ll bring historical inquiry to the world of folklore and myth to uncover how people experienced darkness, how they slept, made love, betrayed, policed and punished each other, how they told stories and both handed down and challenged traditions.”


The History Hit platform was founded by Snow and acquired by media network Little Dot Studios. In a previous episode of the PodPod podcast, Snow told PodPod that the future plans for the network include focusing on subscriptions and integrating AI-powered technology as it continues to develop, as well as continuing to serve the fans that it already has. 

“I think it's about deepening and widening what we're doing at the moment and finding new ways to reach people,” said Snow. “It's intensifying the relationship with people that we do have.”