S01 Episode 1: Opening the Gate / by Unexplained Podcast


Since the dawn of communication we have shared stories about imaginary beings; entities such as demons, angels, monsters and fairies.

But what if they weren’t stories at all. What if these entities were real, existing right next to us, right now, walking invisibly among us?

What if all we needed to see them was some kind of gateway? What price might we pay for opening it?

Featuring the story of the mysterious death of occultist Netta Fornario.

Research, writing, music and production by Richard MacLean Smith.

Moina Mathers (acquaintance of Netta) c. 1925

Moina Mathers (acquaintance of Netta) c. 1925

Some interesting links:

(See transcript for full list of sources)

Aleister Crowley, Lam and the Alamantrah Working:


Netta Fornario's essay on the Immortal hour:


Terence Mckenna discussing Clockwork Elves: (very poor quality audio)

Pt 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw75PxL6O7U

Pt 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvRCE-KtZ2o