For Jon Mallard, a love of the supernatural and eerie reaches far beyond the realms of the typical campfire ghost story.
Mallard is the host of The Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast, a locally recorded show covering all forms of irregular or uncommon tales, from Newfoundland folklore to unfamiliar anecdotes to historical mysteries.
If it’s bizarre, questionable or even a tad weird, Mallard’s likely chatted about it.
“I’ve always been into the paranormal. I don’t know where my love of weird stuff comes from,” said the podcaster. “I remember going to my cabin in Holyrood and stopping on the way and seeing a Weekly World News magazine with all its craziness and I always got one out of boredom.”
Photo from World Weekly News
Mallard’s father also set him on the “paranormal path,” as he describes it.
“He was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and I was an atheist at the time. Dad was a devout Christian and said he was giving it all to God,” he recalled. “Dad’s still alive and fighting today. He’s a miracle and my first true brush with the paranormal. Needless to say, I am no longer an Atheist”
Mallard was previously a paranormal investigator for five years. He recorded activity throughout Newfoundland to screen for unfamiliar and questionable sounds.
Mallard is a father of two and a foster dad, which left him with little time to seek out paranormal activity across the island.
“I am a stay at home dad and I can’t get out much. So that’s where his came from. I reach out to like-minded, or should I say, unlike-minded people,” said the host. “I hung up the recorder and picked up a mic. It’s a very small niche but this is what I love to do. The podcast is where my heart is now.”
The paranormal may be a particular interest, but the podcast now has thousands of subscribers reaching audiences worldwide while covering stories from all corners of the globe.
“I’ve interviewed people from all over the world. Plus you have different cultures’ input. For example, do you know how many species of “BigFoot” there allegedly are?” asked Mallard.
Since 2014, The Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast airs the first of every month and has never missed uploading an episode.
What started as a 40 minute long show with a couple of hundred downloads, has since gained traction. It now airs for an hour or longer, with close on 40,000 downloads on Podbean.com alone , covering all otherworldly topics.
In one episode, special guest Betty Collins is described as “a practitioner of Reiki, Time Line Therapy, Hypnotherapy, past life regression and soul genesis,” who offers advice from the oracle and reads Mallard’s Tarot cards.
Earlier episodes feature a variety of guests: psychic Lorna Adams discusses her unique ability to speak with the afterlife, the CEO of Bioquark talks about limb rejuvenation, and the Paratruth radio host takes a look at God; to name a few.
From this assortment alone, it’s evident that the podcast sparks the interest of all bizarro subjects from giant squid to theology, from odd theories to miracles, there’s no rock left unturned by Mallard. If it’s spooky, The Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast is talking about it.
Mallard invites Newfoundlanders to get on board with the world of podcasts and says there is something for everyone featured on his show.
“I talk to people from around the world and I’d love to get people’s feedback from here. I’d love to have them tune in,” said the host.
To join the local podcast community and for an experience into the unknown, tune in and subscribe for free here. It’s also available on Spotify and iTunes.
Check out and download Mallard’s book about paranormal investigation here.