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Yule Cat

For the last podcast of 2019, we look back on the year and look forward to exciting changes ahead. We also explore the Icelandic legend of the Yule Cat. (14 min) (12.27.19).

Yule Cat


Well, 2019 is coming to an end. It means a fresh start for many. And with it being a new decade, I thought I’d talk about the year that’s been and what the future holds — as well as thanking you for listening. If I could thank each and every one of you personally, I would. It means everything to me that you’ve given the podcast a chance, and that you’ve stuck with me for so long.

But, that’s not all we talk about today. In celebration of the holiday season, we take detour from our ongoing tour of Eerie USA. This week, our journey takes us beyond North America to Iceland, an island located between North America and mainland Europe. Fun fact: The capital of Iceland is Reykjavik, and it is the northernmost capital in the world — located exactly halfway between New York and Moscow.

What brings us to Iceland?

Yule Cat

We’re here to have a look at their fascinating Krampus-style legend, which takes the form of the Yule Cat, or the Jólakötturinn. I try to pronounce it in the episode, so have fun with that one! The Yule Cat stalks the Christmas night, but not for the reason you might expect. Its goal is not to ensure good behavior but to enforce generosity. See what I mean in the latter half of the cast!

Also, be sure to stick around to the end of the cast for a big announcement about the future of the Horror Shots Podcast in 2020. Don’t worry…we’re not going anywhere! But we are fully embracing that “new year, new me” mentality. Listen to learn more.

Note: If you want to catch up on previous episodes, you can find them all at

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