About Us

One a skeptic and one a believer, partners in crime Pat and Rebecca share their favorite ghost stories before debating what fact is and what is legend.

Ghostly Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast that takes a deeper look into those ghost stories that have believers and critics. After telling each story, we will debate the truth of it. From the most popular ones to ones that are more obscure, each story will be explored using whatever evidence can be found.  Expect arguments, laughs, and, sometimes, maybe, an agreement.

Patrick Harrington

Patrick Harrington - Skeptic

A geek that enjoys religious discussions as much as talking about zombies. Forever looking to become a better human being by practicing empathy. “I believe that at any point I can be proven entirely wrong, so I hold on very loosely to my beliefs.”
I am an Actor, Improv Comedian, Podcaster, and Musician by night but a Designer of Education by day. 

Find out more about me on my blog post Fear.

You can also find me on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

Rebecca Rivers

Rebecca Rivers - Believer

A skeptic believer who, while not immediately accepting everything as true, is open to believing there are things in the universe we don’t understand yet.  Rebecca is a nerdy academic who has been in love with all things scary since she was a child. It’s more fun to believe.
Rebecca is a teacher and a writer.  She’s also an actor, podcaster, and a bit of a gamer. 

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United StatesUnited States2020-02-065Leemm324Amazing podcast!Imagine you're bored. You're looking for a podcast to listen to when you come across one called Ghostly. As someone who has always been interested in the horror genre and supernatural and paranormal activities, you decide to give it a listen. Plus the logo is really cool. From that first episode, you're hooked. You binge all the episodes. You can't wait for more Ghostly. You came for the ghost stories but you stayed for the history, the debate, and oh yeah the ghost stories. You discover it's so much better than just hearing the ghost part. You love the balance between Believer Rebecca and Skeptic Pat. You love getting both sides and learning all the facts so you can decide for yourself; you love this format. You can't wait for the next episode of Ghostly! Seriously this podcast is amazing. Thank you, Pat and Rebecca, for all the time and work you put into it. Also, go check out their YouTube! I loved the tarot reading video.
United StatesUnited States2020-01-215MissFairy19Love it!I listened to Resurrection Mary and enjoyed it so I’ve subscribed and can’t wait to catch up. I’m a paranormal believer but I try to be objective and skeptical when I hear a ghost story so I really enjoy both points of view. -April from All Cats Are Grey in the Dark
United StatesUnited States2020-01-105Dereleaked88Give up the ghostGhostly shines through discussion and offering more than one viewpoint. What’s most impressive is that it comes off entertaining while having respect for both the belief and skepticism without skewing too much either way. It’s easy to listen to, engaging and genuinely creepy. It’s the perfect show for burning the midnight oil. Give them a listen and subscribe now!
United StatesUnited States2019-12-255HelloandNoExcellentLove this show. always keeps me interested and always look forward to new episodes
United StatesUnited States2019-12-045Laugh while being afraid.Inspiring. Entertaining. #TeamBeliever just wins.Patrick and Rebecca are the two best podcasters out there period. I can not recommend this enough. Not only as a paranormal fan, but as a historian as well. You will get the best of both worlds with this podcast. I love them.
United StatesUnited States2019-11-155BreeTaylor23Fun and interesting podcastI’ve been listening to this podcast since their 3rd or 4th episode and I’ve been obsessed ever since. It’s been great to see their podcast transform as they grow and create new ideas. I normally listen to news podcasts so this is a great break since it’s so entertaining. I love how they aren’t like most ghost related podcasts. It’s fun having a skeptic on the show even though I am definitely a believer. Worth the listen for sure!
United StatesUnited States2019-11-085TechSupport84Stumbled upon this podcast,......& now i don’t want to get back up. I love the believer/skeptic debate angle. It makes the show really standout in a crowd of paranormal podcasts. Keep up the great shows!!! Can’t wait to keep listening.
United StatesUnited States2019-08-285Chantraine1975Excellent and fascinating paranormal podcastThis is a must-listen podcast. It’s top-notch! The hosts are very knowledgeable and their voices are so soothing that you could probably sleep to their podcast, except the topics are so chilling! I listen on a podcast app. I’d like to name the app but I don’t think that’s allowed. But anyway, give them a listen. You won’t be disappointed.
United StatesUnited States2019-07-111LevianityLove the subject matter; hate the format.Alright. So Podcoin recommended Ghostly to me based on my other podcasts and you know what? I really do enjoy the subject matter. But the format leaves a lot to be desired. Pat and Rebecca are both knowledgeable hosts and they often have their friend Mondo guest on specific subjects too! Pat is the historian and Rebecca is the paranormal expert and together they cover all angles of specific events. Then, they have the audience vote: Team Believer (do you believe that the paranormal stuff is true?) or Team Skeptic (do you believe the paranormal stuff is untrue?). That's all well and good... Except for the format of the show. I have a HUGE problem with the format of how they discuss the events being covered. This is the agenda for each episode: Pat presents the confirmed historical facts of the subject Rebecca presents the paranormal reports of the subject. And as she makes each point, Pat debates the point and pokes holes in it and generally frowns upon the paranormal. Rebecca presents her closing argument (1 min) Pat presents his closing argument (1 min) By the VERY NATURE of the format, Pat is encouraged to talk over Rebecca and shoot down her points and dissuade the audience from believing. And his rebuttles are almost always the same! If it's a place open to the public with tours, he claims that someone made up the ghost stories in order to bring tourists in. If it's not, then why didn't the people experiencing the paranormal happenstance record it? Why didn't they chase the ghost or confront it? If they didn't, then it was OBVIOUSLY fake. And he keeps saying that he "wants to believe" but he doesn't even make an effort to meet Rebecca part of the way. And don't get me started on how much it annoys me that of a man-woman duo, the man is the one who is talking SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TIME. I have listened to every episode over the past few weeks in hopes that the format might change or that Pat might stop interrupting Rebecca or that he might at the very least vary his rebuttles. But no. I am sorry to say that is not the case. I really hope they address this issue and change their format. At the very least, I hope Pat lets Rebecca say more that two sentences in a row without jumping in to speak his piece.
United StatesUnited States2019-07-025Ms. BedeliaSpooky Chicago Stories, Yes Please!I love ghost stories but don’t believe in ghosts. But I love the stories that people really believe or are rooted in reality more than those that are made-up for entertainment. While I feel this podcast does have a believer bent (despite Patrick’s best efforts), it’s still comfortable for me as a skeptic, and is a delightful and creepy listen. As a born-and-raised Chicagoan stuck on the West Coast, I especially love that it takes me back to a lot of Chicago and Midwestern history (and spooky stories related to them), which I didn’t expect when I started listening. Patrick could occasionally be a bit more articulate or in-depth in his skepticism, and/or a bit more aware of the social elements- like community trauma- that contribute to ghost stories/ghost sitings rather than trying to invent or rely on “pure science” even when he doesn’t have a good scientific explanation. But I’m picking on poor Patrick because I feel us skeptics need to be convincing in our skepticism. He’s great, as is his partner host and their regular guests. He really does a great job of giving context and bringing nuance.
United StatesUnited States2019-06-165EntropycatLove this podIn normally not into supernatural stuff but the rapport between these two hosts makes this all worth it. I wish they would update more though *ahem* lol
United StatesUnited States2019-05-093Ally HotpantsGreat concept but that gets lostI want to love this podcast and I am going to continue to give it a try because the concept is phenomenal. I’m a skeptical believer so the idea of taking these stories and breaking down the reported experiences to try to suss out if there is any truth to the lore is great. However, the male host is not even remotely open to anything that doesn’t align with his closely held beliefs. Which is fine, but don’t make a podcast pretending that you’ll be open to debate. The female host is much more willing to listen to and consider the other side and even crafts nuanced and thoughtful arguments and explanations. A lot of these ghost stories do sound hokey, but it’s not a fun debate when one of the sides (even if I agree with their general belief) is just automatically dismissive because it doesn’t fit their understanding of the world.
United StatesUnited States2019-05-061pyrexluvI keep wanting and trying to like it but can’tJust the ridiculous comments from the male is so distracting to the story. The peshtigo fire could’ve been such a good show. He sounds SO PATRONIZING when he suggests stuff & so much so that the female often sounds defensive - all over the most ridiculous comments of his that take away from the podcast. Arguing that a lady was prob out in her nightgown at night walking? In a town where a horrific fire took place, and is said to be haunted? - something y’all talk extensively about and then here he goes.... ruins it with the weirdest most patronizing, can’t even call it skeptical- “comments”. Ugh. I tried again to listen and I can’t, I want so bad to hear about your podcast topics - but stop with the half arguing / half patronizing “you’re an idiot if you don’t see it my way” tone of voice man - like we don’t need 10 minutes of him asking her questions to “prove” his POINTLESS points. Just a waste of podcast air.
United StatesUnited States2019-05-015GeminiWitchBeliever with a side of skepticism.I just discovered this podcast when I first downloaded Podcoin about 2 weeks ago. I started from the beginning and am listening my way through. I am really liking the stories in this podcast so far. I have listened up to the one about the fire in the theater in Chicago so far. I like the way this is set up with the believers versus the skeptics side of things. I am a 100% believer, but I do also look at many things and see perfectly normal explanations and don’t just believe everything is ghostly. Therefore, I love listening to the debate and closing arguments sections of these podcasts after the history snd stories are told. Some things I believe are true and I really believe many places are haunted, but there are some experienced or bite of stories where I agree with the skeptics that can be attributed to something else not ghostly at all. I really love these podcasts! I think their whole set up with the history, story, debate, and closing arguments sections are great. I just can’t wait to get caught up to current time because then I can start participating in the votes too!
United StatesUnited States2019-04-195VGW1128Intriguing PodcastThis is a one of kind podcast that you can’t miss! Captivating ghosts stories with an entertaining host, a must listen for everyone!
United StatesUnited States2019-04-195TayhoneaAwesomeI personally love love love Edgar Allen Poe, and you really image the stories well! Amazing amazing!
United StatesUnited States2019-02-285Ttbook2Great mix of history and paranormal folkloreFrankly, ghost stories themselves are kind of boring, so I love that these two focus on the history first before delving into the reported "sightings." The hosts are funny and have great chemistry, always a plus. And I kind of dig the interactive aspect of getting to vote on the ghostly qualities of each episode. Go team skeptic!
United StatesUnited States2018-12-175TheTerrifyingWindowCreepy Well Researched Fun!What a cool concept! I like the way the hosts research the episodes and respect each other's point of view. It's a great way to revisit classic ghost stories and learn about some new ones.
United StatesUnited States2018-12-015RLK😍Ghostly Love!!I love this podcast! Pat & Rebecca bring unique perspectives on the never ending debate of "are ghosts real" vs. "are they just stories that have been fabricated over the years or is there logical reasons behind it all". They clearly do their legwork on each investigation and present it in such an entertaining way, each episode leaves me anxious for the next! Love you guys. Keep it coming!!
United StatesUnited States2018-12-015maryminottGreat!I’m really into stuff like this. Hearing 2 different sides to it makes you think deeper and is really cool to hear. I highly recommend this podcast! I’m definitely going to check out Bachelor’s Grove now!
United StatesUnited States2018-11-285Laughing Ghost StudiosSo much fun!I’ve really been enjoying listening to these on my headphones as I work in my art studio! Definitely looking forward to future episodes!!
United StatesUnited States2018-11-115Mr Giggles 07Like hearing about local Ghost stories.I really enjoyed the first story about Resurrection Mary grew up hearing stories about her. I like how they go out and interview people around where the story takes place and share the info and debate about it. They also seem to put a lot of research into the story. I learned more about this story then I knew before. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to hear the next story.
United StatesUnited States2018-10-315350 MondoExcellent Podcast!!!I love podcasts that are informative and this definitely fits the bill, excellent format they provided resources as well as different viewpoints and even went to the venues to speak with the locals who are familiar with the stories, A nice bit of humor but not over-the-top, some podcasts lose my interest because they focus on laughs instead of the story and before long I am losing interest and that is not the case with ghostly podcast, I like details and perspectives and I really enjoyed listening And will recommend these guys.
United StatesUnited States2018-10-215MainsSLPLooking forward to more!Such a unique concept and so well executed. They are examine Ghost stories in a Mulder & Scully style “believer vs skeptic” POV of popular ghost stories. Quality sound and professional style make listening enjoyable. A quality show!
CanadaCanada2019-09-085cherrycreamcakes😻👻👽👹👻😻Wonderful podcasters and a delightful listen.
CanadaCanada2019-02-145FRNK CSKA must hear !? 🤔A scary good time ! 😳 👻 🧐 Rebecca and Patrick are delightful.
United StatesUnited States2020-03-085DionsmusicaGreat pod! Definitely worth the listen!I had the pleasure of meeting the two hosts of this podcast prior to actually hearing their show. They are super nice people and super pleasant, so I was already intrigued to check them out. I then had the pleasure of attending a live taping of the show at C2E2. It was a great time. The episode was such great content, I actually went and listened to the published version of the same episode, and got to hear the bits that they weren't able to get to in the live version. I definitely recommend this one if you're into ghosts and the paranormal. Dion M. - Host, Off The Beaten Podcast
United StatesUnited States2020-03-105The Misery Machine🙂Excellent find! We came across your show and decided to give it a listen - very glad we did! The hosts are a breath of fresh air and a joy to listen to - the topics are interesting and bingeworthy. Keep up the great work <3 Yergy & Drewby
United StatesUnited States2020-04-105Jenn120934Awesome show!I thought I had rated this months ago! It’s such a great show, I love the content, format and hosts!! Keep up the great work! ❤️ P.S. 100% team skeptic
United StatesUnited States2020-04-155ChewiechunksTeam Ghost-nosticPat and Rebecca, you are podcast rockstars! 🤩 I love how you start with a captivating ghost story and then go in-depth with the history behind each episode. Thank you so much for making me think as well as smile. BTW, I am equally split between Team Skeptic and Team Believer, so ... Team Ghost-nostic?
United StatesUnited States2020-04-215RachaelHWMy Favorite Show & HostsI stumbled upon this show when Podcoin was a thing- Podcoin is no more but my love for Ghostly lives on! The playful chemistry between the hosts (Pat and Rebecca) sets the stage for an engaging, intriguing, entertaining and educational listen. Pat (skeptic) takes a look at the history of the episode’s topic, followed by Rebecca (believer) covering the lore. The hosts then debate the topic and finish up with closing arguments. They then invite the listeners to decide by voting on a Facebook poll to tell if the haunting (or other paranormal subject) is real or not. As an added bonus, it turns out that the show is based in the Chicago area, which has given me the privilege of the opportunity to meet the hosts at events- and I can not over state how wonderful these two are to their listeners! Give them a listen and if you ever have the opportunity to meet them in person, do it!
United KingdomUnited Kingdom2020-04-241StevenGrace10Boring discourse between hostsI tried to listen to episode 41 of this podcast, the ghosts of Jack the Ripper. After 20 minutes of unnecessary boring chat between the hosts came the first request for money. For what? Delivered in a condescending manner, this podcast would do well to focus on what initially appears to be good subject matter, drop one of the hosts and employ a delivery as if aimed at adults and not a bunch of pre-school children. And please give up talking about your jobs and how your week has been, your day to day life is not of interest to listeners. I unsubscribed after those first 20, toe-curling minutes.
United StatesUnited States2020-04-275MindyFFSpookily entertainingI stumbled upon this podcast recently and was immediately intrigued by it. I love listening to the history of each ghost story and hearing a skeptics point of view on it. Personally I am team believer but I do often think all the same thoughts that Pat states when watching or hearing or experiencing anything that’s paranormal.
United StatesUnited States2020-04-275Sarahjean76If you love Chicago, you’ll love Ghostly!!!Chicago is my favorite city to visit - Da Bears!! That’s how I got reeled in. While the subject matter is very intriguing to me, and I probably land more on the believer side (sorry Pat); it’s the history that got me hooked. I love to hear about the stories that lead to the legends. Even though all their stories aren’t based in Chicago you’ll get a little touch of Chicago every time you listen. Ghostly often has guests that will expose you to other great entertainers. Mondo’s singing is the BEST!! So whether you are Team Skeptic or Team Believer each episode will have something for you. Don’t forget to vote after the episode!!
United StatesUnited States2020-05-025whitdrodenCame over to Apple Podcast just to leave a reviewI left a review on Facebook already for this podcast but I just felt like giving them another 5 star review. The hosts know how to debate properly and research their topics well. The skeptics and believers are both embraced and not made to feel unwelcome which is uncommon and amazing. They also will talk to you about your experiences and are genuinely super friendly. One of my favorites!
United StatesUnited States2020-05-035chefAlice01Super fun listenI found this podcast on Podcoin as a suggestion before its untimely end. I’m so glad I subscribed to it and look forward to every new episode. This is such a fun podcast to listen to. You can tell that Pat and Rebecca have a lot of fun doing the research and debating the topics each week. I’m usually #TeamBeliever but there have been a few times Pat has made valid points that have changed my mind.
United StatesUnited States2020-05-283PBand JsandwichSeemed a tad pettyThis isn’t the first time I’ve reviewed this show. The last time it was higher but listening to the live show Pat seemed like he felt ganged up on so he resorted to childish pettiness with the constant fart fart fart junk and even earlier basically giving a backhanded compliment to the man that helped. If he doesn’t like being corrected use google to learn how to pronounce things you’re unsure of. Idk maybe he was having a bad day. It was just disappointing to hear yet another paranormal (I say this because most skeptics don’t search out ghost stories to listen to unless it’s under fiction or they want to be “smarter” than us silly gullible folks who believe in ghosts) podcast group trash other people trying to do same thing.
United KingdomUnited Kingdom2020-06-215dannyinkuk94Love this!!Listening to my first episode and it’s super thorough! I love that the episodes are lengthy so it gives me chance to get completely hooked! Great topics and tales that are famous but tackled from a new angle!! Great work! The paranormal ramblings - Melly 🖤
United StatesUnited States2020-07-235DAILY 19Educational and fun!I stumbled across this podcast in the middle of quarantine, desperate for something new to listen to. I was soon hooked and have listened to every episode. I love the historical facts as well as the supernatural side. I tend to lean towards #teambeliever but am open to being skeptical. Does that even make sense? Lol. Thanks for helping me keep my sanity through uncertain times.
United StatesUnited States2020-07-295JenPeters86Jen in PaI love the show and listen while i commute to and from work about an hour total a day. i am kind of middle of the road ...since i’m a believer but also realize that some over exaggerate stories and maybe stretch the truth time to time. and that bums me out since i really do love creepy stories! keep them coming! i don’t always vote #teambeliever but when i do i make sure it counts!
United StatesUnited States2020-09-245theoldbemlikesmacandcheeseSpectacularly SpookyI just started listening to this podcast to help make my jogs more interesting and I LOVE it!!! I’m kind of team in the middle, although I’ve had a couple experiences in my I can’t fully explain. The mix of history and ghost stories makes for a perfect combination and a spectacularly spooky podcast!
United StatesUnited States2020-10-145prairieparapodGreat Spooky Fun!I just recently started listening to this show and I'm really enjoying it. The topics are interesting, interviews are great, and I like the skeptic (Patrick) verses believer (Rebecca) debate format. Ultimately, once the evidence is presented it's left in the listeners hands to decide who won #TeamBeliever or #TeamSkeptic. I haven't experienced this type of audience engagement with any of the other podcasts I listen to.