Hysteria 51

Hysteria 51 is a weekly podcast that takes an every-man approach to the World of the Weird - UFOs, Aliens, Mysteries, the Paranormal, the Unusual, and the Unexplained. Hosts Brent Hand, David Flora, and Conspiracy Bot (a cranky robot bent on world domination who also happens to be the show’s head researcher) examine a different topic each week and generally come to one conclusion…the truth is out there, but you won’t find it here.

Recent Episodes


Feb. 1, 2023

What the heck is a Stafford William Mortimer Murgatroyd Spectacular you ask? Well, you see, Stafford Murgatroyd won a contest a while ago and his request for an episode was anything on New Zealand where he is originally from…

Blurry Hysteria: Fake Tentacle Rendering | BONUS

Jan. 30, 2023

From tentacle creatures to the fabric of the universe, this week is a doozy! First up it’s a new tentacle monster to haunt your dreams, and it’s real, so bonus points for that. Or, maybe it is fake because we also look into …

Blurry Hysteria: Mothman Bank Heist | BONUS

Jan. 25, 2023

Ah, winter in Chicago. Grey skies... Malört in every hand... Mothman taking the time to frighten us all just by taking a break. Flora brings us 2 stories of Mothman in Chicago this week and Brent regales us with a story of w…

Indrid Cold: The Smiling “Man” | 319

Jan. 18, 2023

From weirdo kid watcher to alien visitor to creepypasta star, Indrid Cold aka The Smiling Man has had a lot of success staying in the public eye. Whether these are all the acts of one “man” or just slightly similar incidents…

Blurry Hysteria: Sheep Shenanigans | BONUS

Jan. 16, 2023

Sheep!! Who know so many people could be mystified by their weird ass behavior, but here we are talking about them on Blurry Hysteria. What the flock is going on? Is it actually weird? Who the hell keeps asking for Producer …

Mad Man Mike Marcum: Time Traveler or Kook | 318

Jan. 4, 2023

Man wants to get rich. Man builds time machine. Man gets arrested. Man turns to Art Bell for help. Who doesn't know someone with that story?? No one?? Well now you do as this week we are focusing on Mad Man Mike Marcum and h…

Recent Blog Posts

Brent Hand and Hysteria 51 hit 300 episodes

A heartfelt thank you to all who have supported us on this journey

Doing Some Light Reading...

Ryan Sprague was kind enough to let us know we were in a magazine article this month. And Egon Spangler said print was dead! 

Hysteria 51 Podcast’s Co-host John Goforth is Stepping Down

Hysteria 51 Podcast’s Co-host John Goforth is Stepping Down David Flora, a veteran podcaster will be taking over the co-hosting duties Chicago, I…

About the Hosts

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Brent Hand


Brent is an award-winning podcast producer, host, and speaker. He is passionate about taking people on a journey beyond their standard realm of knowledge. His love for the “world of the weird” has been described as contagious, entertaining and informative. He has a knack for presenting concepts related to aliens, conspiracies, and the paranormal in an amusing, often irresistible, and typically educational way to help people gain a better understanding of these topics why staying engaged. Outside of H51, Brent owns and runs ForthHand Podcast Studio in Hillside IL. There he has helped companies and major networks such as iHeartMedia, HowStuffWorks, Podbelly, Dark Myths, Radio Lost Angeles, Patreon, Infirmary Media, Magellan AI, and many more tell their stories more effectively through podcasting.

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David Flora


David Flora is a Kentucky-born, Colorado-based actor, director, narrator, and podcaster. He has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and Music from Centre College in Danville, KY, and he also has a super-awesome and legit correspondence degree in Astrology/Parapsychology from Stratford Career Institute. He also hosts the Blurry Photos podcast, winner of the Chicago Reader’s 2017 Best Podcast of Chicago. On top of that, because spare time is for chumps, he co-hosts the Quiz Quiz Bang Bang trivia podcast.

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John Goforth

Former Host

John has been an audio nerd since birth. It is said he came out of the womb with earbuds on (ok, they were Walkman headphones). His passion for audio storytelling and the business side of the…business manifests in both his career and his hobbies. His day job is in the podcast world where he’s led podcast monetization strategy for major media companies, headed audience growth for some of the largest shows in the ecosystem, and even built and led sales teams. Currently he’s the Chief Revenue Officer at Magellan AI. His night job however, is where his creativity shines. He co-founded, and is the former co-host and co-writer of Hysteria 51 while concurrently working on other projects. His spare time is spent with his wife, Stacy, two kids (who really like the park and Korean food), rooting for the Detroit Lions (it’s a punishing hobby), boxing (less punishing than being a Lions fan), and writing (he’s penned 1 ½ books he swears will never see the light of day).