Joshua Cutchin | A Smell Based Exopse’ of Alien, Crypid, & Spirit Encounters

Show Notes


Join host Greg Carlwood of The Higherside Chats podcast as he and returning guest, Joshua Cutchin explore the smells and scents associated with aliens, spirits and cryptid encounters.

While we are all familiar with the lore of Greys, ghosts, and Bigfoot, one aspect we may not be as well-versed in, is the scents and smells that can accompany these entities. Today’s returning guest, Joshua Cutchin, has researched the olfaction phenomena associated with these interactions and joins The Higherside to discuss his recent work, “The Brimstone Deceit”.

2:30 Smell is one of the most overlooked senses, and when it comes to understanding some of the more supernatural encounters, smell can offer some uncanny insights. Joshua begins by walking listeners through the intriguing aspects of olfaction, and how time and again certain scents are associated to strange sightings and abnormal interactions with otherworldly entities. He also elaborates on how scent is specifically tied to memory and the implications of that in his research.
7:01 “The Brimstone Deceit” is broken into three categories: spirits, aliens and UFOs, & cryptids and other animal-like creatures. Cutchin details some of the commonalities throughout these sub-sects and elaborates on the prevalence of sulfurous smells during paranormal phenomena.
12:42 With sulfurous smells being so popular, and their link, in most cases, to the decomposition of organic materials, Joshua puts a finer point to what exactly these entropic scents may signify.
19:17 Because smells have been linked to both physical creatures such as Bigfoot and aliens, as well as multi-dimensional creatures including spirits and ghosts, Cutchin helps to sort out whether the more mucky smells can truly be attributed to the flash and blood beings rather than dimensional ones.
25:42 Joshua discusses the scents and smells linked to the infamous Chupacabra. He also details the circumstances surrounding the other slice of sightings involving phantom animals.
34:10 In his book, Cutchin sites and interesting case of a flying creature observed in a Chilean copper mine. Listen as he elaborates on how this deep Earth sighting fits into the paradigm of paranormal.
40:42 During their last discussion, Greg and Joshua talked about the possibility of aliens being a modern technological skin on the long history of fairy-like encounters. And, while his newest work examines aliens from a more standard E.T. hypothesis, Cutchin offers his insight on if the study of smells has objectively moved the needle in his esteemed opinion.
47:00 Greg and Joshua take a closer look into the science of smells. With smells having the ability to arouse someone from an unconscious state or knock people out, the power of smell goes much deeper than we can begin to understand.
Subscribe to the plus show to hear the extended episode, including:

– Terence McKenna and the mysterious octopi

– the foul and detailed description of the Bigfoot odor

– the saga of the Mad Gasser of Mattoon

– MIB and black-eyed children encounters and accompanying odors

– star jelly: caulking of the firmament

– alchemy and it’s place in the discussion and in Josh’s book

– the Olfactory Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle

– odors described in the Lesser Key of Solomon

– smells in magic ritual

– more rules of entity engagement

Want more Joshua Cutchin? Check out his website: and be sure to check out his books, “A Trojan Feast” and “Brimstone Deceit”.

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26 Responses

      1. How do we get notified when new episodes are released? I usually find out by either seeing it come up in my YouTube feed or by obsessively checking the site daily…

      1. Anyone who has spent anytime listening two these interviews Still cant say there wasnt effort. Not everything is interesting, but if you ask the right questions in a genuine curius way and staying professional and unbiased even when you totally disagree with a guest you let them dig there own hole

  1. I dig Joshua Cutchin ;]] I dig THC+. I dig the whole fuckin’ buffet. So when your looking for value AND substance for your esoteric $$…join us ;[]

      1. The pyre in question was apparently meant as a threat to Moloch to burn this entity in its own worship alter Topheth. Egads ye he-gods, I want no part of your nasty fights. Too bad for me I find them as interesting as rigged elections…

  2. I really like it when a guest is specialized in a smaller area as it increases the chance of new information (I like a lot of the broader stuff too, but you know what I mean). This was very interesting, another 5/5 show for me!

  3. Space jelly as caulking falling from the ceiling! Couldn’t stop laughing. Great interview, Greg. I’ve been looking into all of this stuff lately just to apply it to all of David Paulides’ work. I definitely think it offers clues. Thanks so much for another enlightening two hours!

  4. Having just had confirmation last week that I had been the target of a dark witch/psychopath I was informed by some ‘medium’ friends (that did a scan of my house) there were certain parts of my house that needed cleaning thoroughly. One of the places that they specified was behind the headboard in our bedroom. I moved the bed and the double chest of drawers that was in the alcove next to the bed. My wife who has keener olfactory senses than me said that she had never smelled anything like this before. After wiping the walls with disinfectant wipes the smell became so strong that you could smell it as soon as you walked in the room. What was that smell…..rotten eggs!!
    I nearly fell off my chair when I started listening to this podcast. The witch in question house sat with my brother 1 1/2 years ago, which is when she would have done her deed. Is it a coincidence that her manifesting an evil entity into my house, in my young daughters room and throwing this potion behind the head of our bed should smell of rotten eggs/sulphur.
    THC has it’s fair share of magicians, any of you heard of this before? Be interested to hear.

  5. Well, if there is an interest in everything odor, there is this Oxford paper which features among its experts, Luca Turin.

    Odor Classification: A Review of Factors Influencing Perception-Based Odor Arrangements

    Luca Turin was the focus of the book: The Emperor of Scent, by Chandler Burr.

    The scientific questions of how smell works is ongoing. I found the above book to be an enjoyable read.

    1. Satyagraha thanks for the iteresting article, it sure is long for basically saying: while we don’t seem to know shit when it comes to smell; about the only thing everyone can agree in is that shit stinks… Haha!

      1. Well because I am a very slow lysdexic reader, I didn’t even hardly try. I, after the little I have read, including the critically ambiguous book, am drawn to go with Turin.

        My shit, however, and on the other (left) hand, has no such issue.

  6. The alchemical language regarding Mercury, sulfur, and salt wasn’t ever literal; it was symbolically encoding the knowledge to boggle the minds of the “profane”. Part of the “if you don’t know, I can’t tell” you aspects of alchemy where certain portions of alchemy are supposed to be discovered through initiation, experiment, and/or meditation. For more information on decoding this language accurately see Robert Allen Bartlett’s book Real Alchemy.

  7. I think I have found that star jelly shit four times. It was in about the twenty years ago range. It’s funny that I can’t remember any smell, but I was sure I did not want to touch the shit, and really wondered where the fuck it came from. Maybe it was the ejaculations of Trevor James Constable’s biological UFOs. I would say the average size of the messes was at least a pound of the crap. I found it twice on the road, once on a Lower Columbia River beach, and once just somewhere on the ground. I think it has to be monster cum.

  8. Love the alchemy discussions, and always appreciate a guest going deeper into their own imagination of possible realities. That’s the info I come here to hear!
    Side note: while Greg was humorously being self-deprecating, Joshua wasn’t quite aware of this. I hoped Josh would wise up and catch on at some point and stop accidentally insulting his interviewer. Sheesh.

  9. I laughed when you mentioned how to get the songs, “get plus or just chop the song off at the end of each episode and tell me to fuck myself.” ha it reminds me of vote for favorite podcast teaser that was on the old shows. ” if your hearing this after the contest then I’ll just go fuck myself.” just makes me laugh

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