These poor, unfortunate souls. From being struck by a meteorite, having your life's work stripped from your hands, to actually vanishing off the face of the earth, these Alabama folks are truly unlucky. Alabama Oddities is a short story series at serpentsofbienville.com on odd history, old folklore, and eerie legends from across the state. To read more, just head to our website, or check out our Alabama Oddities Map, a charting of stories by location, available in our webstore.
We Are The Serpents of Bienville
Fascinated with all things eerie and odd in the American South, we tell creepy stories and interview the creative folks that inspire us. From artists and authors to small business owners, we are learning from the individuals that dare to create their own path.
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Sean Herman sat down with Duane Knight of Flux Studio and Gallery to talk about his journey into making art his life, turning his passion into a career. Duane is a phenomenal artist and cofounder of Flux: a working studio, a curated gallery for local and regional contemporary art, an incubator for creative entrepreneurship, an educational facility and a vital resource for art on the Gulf Coast. Flux is also the new home of Serpents of Bienville Gallery at 754 Government Street in Mobile, Alabama.
At the age of thirteen, Bienville set off from France to father North America's Gulf Coast, including every main port from Pensacola, Florida to New Orleans, Louisiana. If something could go wrong for him, he would have assured you that it did. In tattooing his entire body with the figures of serpents, did he tap into an ancient curse of this new land? In allowing himself to be marked by the natives of this coast, did he agree to an oath unspoken, aligning his fate with their own? Sean Herman takes you into the history and lore of this lesser known tale of Mobile, Alabama's founder. To read more tales like this, and to see the hand stippled art pieces created by Sean that correlate with the Sacred Oath Series, visit serpentsofbienville.com. Huge thank you to Wes Kennison, weskennison.com, for our amazing intro and soundtrack.
Bridges harbor so much legend and lore, and Alabama holds some of the most eerie tales of paranormal passageways. Here, I am sharing the history and folk stories of the cursed Mary Daniel Bridge of Crenshaw County, The tragic haunting of Bayview Bridge in Birmingham, the Wild Woman of Pea River who died trying to reunite with her abducted child, the paranormal portal of Hell's Gate Bridge in Oxford, and the tale of lovers torn apart at Cry Baby Bridge in Saraland. To read more about Cry Baby Bridge, check out Sean's blog here. Cross over into the first Alabama Oddities Podcast Collection, written and read by Amanda Herman.
Interview with Sean Herman and Amanda Herman with guest Christian Baxter Mott (Christianbaxtermott.com). We explain Serpents of Bienville as local artist collective, gallery and retail space in Mobile, Alabama, and motley crew of folklore and oddity enthusiasts. Christian also gives us a glimpse into the workings of Ant Farm Journal (antfarmmobile.com). You can expect all the goodness of southern folk tales, weird history, and interviews with members of the collective and folks that we find incredibly intriguing, that have turned their passions into inspiring careers. To read some of our stories before they are released into podcast land, be sure to visit our blog!