SHADOW STRANGE & THE THING IN THE YARD

Shadows Strange and the Thing in the Yard

Gettysburg PA

Submitted by Suzanne Madron


Listen to the audio version read by David Walton:

 


When we bought our house, an early 1940’s Colonial, there was a lot of work to be done on it before we could move in. We started on the upgrades while it was still cold outside, the spring thaw not yet arrived.

We’d work well into the night many times, and more than a few weekends. One weekend, while I stripped old lead paint off of the bookshelves in the living room, my husband reminded me it was closing in on lunchtime. He offered to go get sandwiches, and I went about cleaning the spiders from the windows in the living room while he was out.

A few minutes after my husband left, I felt as if I was being watched. The house was quiet, and I was alone. As I continued to clean the windows, the feeling became even stronger, until out of the corner of my eye I saw the dark shape of a man standing in the doorway leading to the dining room. I felt my skin prickle with gooseflesh, but told myself it must be my husband returned with lunch. I asked the man in the dining room to get me a soda from the fridge, but it continued to stand there, watching.

At last I turned to face it, but it was gone.

As the renovations continued, more strange things began happening. Again, I was in the living room area cleaning, and I heard a phone ring in the foyer. Without thinking about it, I went to answer it, only to realize we had not yet hooked up phone service. The sound came from an alcove in the wall, but there were no phone jacks near there. It wasn’t until later I noticed the old phone line stapled between the baseboard and the radiator, disappearing into the floor on one end, and neatly snipped and painted over.

Another day, I heard an old ding-dong style doorbell. I went to the front door, but didn’t see anyone through the leaded windows on either side, and when I opened the door, no one was there. It occurred to me then that our doorbell wasn’t a ding-dong style bell, there were two large brass chimes hanging on the wall (near where the phone had rung). I pressed the doorbell button, and the chimes sang out like churchbells, loud and not at all like the modest ding-dong that had summoned me.

The strangest and most inexplicable thing that’s happened to me in our house, however, was the thing in the yard….

It was a quiet winter night, and I woke, inexplicably terrified, shortly after we had moved into the house. I could feel it,

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standing outside. It was waiting for me to wake up before it made itself known. The snow on the ground had frozen into a hard crust, and the sudden sound of footsteps crunching through the front yard brought me to a sitting position. I listened as the sound moved around the house before finally coming to a stop beneath the bedroom window. I broke out in a cold sweat as I felt the thing outside the house glaring up at the window in the corner of the bedroom just before the windowshade snapped upward.

I didn’t sleep the rest of the night. The next morning I went to investigate the footsteps I had heard. They began in the middle of the yard, over 10 feet from the sidewalks, and they wrapped around the corner of the house. I followed them until I reached the place under my bedroom window…. where they stopped, with no further footprints leading away.

In the spring and for years afterward, the two holes where the thing in the yard had stood in snow-covered ivy remained gray and dead, as if the leaves had turned to ash.

 

AND LISTEN TO EP22: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS FOR MORE GETTYSBURG GHOST STORIES

 

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SOLDIER ON THE BICYCLE

The Soldier on the Bicycle

Gettysburg PA

Submitted by Author Suzanne Madron

 

Listen to the audio version of this story read by David Walton from EP22: Gettysburg Ghosts:

 


The next time I came to the area, it was to stay. Being from the city and growing up in the mountains of Pennsylvania far to the north, it never occurred to me there were smaller battles surrounding Gettysburg. All we ever learned in school was the Battle of Gettysburg.

Discovering that my house was built on one of those battlefields, at the base of what was known during that battle as ‘Bunker Hill’ shocked me. When we bought the house, it was considered a ‘fixer upper’ with minor cosmetics needed to bring it from the late 1930’s/early 1940’s to the 21st century. There were plenty of unexplained things happening inside the house to keep me occupied enough that I barely noticed the man in uniform on a bike when he would ride by in the summer.

gettysburg-graveyard-pictureI took notice of the man because he seemed to only go by on our street around the end of June/very beginning of July. As I worked in my office, I would see him riding past on an ancient-looking bicycle, and while odd, it wasn’t completely out of place in the area. There are many re-enactors who go for authenticity and historical accuracy. As soon as the weather is warm, it’s not uncommon to see Model T cars driving around and parked at local eateries, so an old bike being ridden by a man in Civil War uniform was just as plausible. 

For years, I saw this man on his bike, or other men in Civil War uniform around the neighborhood. While out in the garden one day, my neighbor across the street came out on her porch and we started talking. As we chatted, the soldier on the bike rounded the corner and rode between us. I waved at him and said hello, and he looked surprised and seemed to pedal faster.

I looked across to my neighbor and laughing, said, “Re-enactors, huh?”

She looked confused and asked what I was talking about. I pointed down the street where the soldier on the bike had gone, but he was already out of sight. I told her about the man on the bike who had just ridden between us while we talked.

She looked more confused and said she must not have been looking. I know she had been looking because we had been talking and she had been looking at me from across the street. I shrugged off the event until one day I was at a local event with another neighbor from down the block.

We started talking about the area and how it used to be a battlefield, and she brought up all the ghosts still hanging around. I asked her if she had ever seen the soldier on the bicycle and she smiled. Yes, she had seen him many times, along with the others walking the neighborhood. I told her I assumed they were re-enactors gearing up for the Gettysburg re-enactment in July.

She smiled and said, “I think we both know they’re not re-enactors.”

In 2013 there was a re-enactment of our town’s battle to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of the Gettysburg Campaign. The area where the battle took place has since become residential, so the re-enactment took place on a farm just outside of town. Since then, I have not seen the soldiers, or the soldier on his bike.

 

Listen to the podcast to hear more ghost stories of Gettysburg.

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MR. 1863

Mr. 1863

Gettysburg PA

Submitted by Author Suzanne Madron

 

Listen to the audio version read by David Walton from EPISODE 22: Gettysburg Ghosts:


In Gettysburg and the surrounding area, it’s occasionally hard to tell the ghosts from the living. Such was the case when I first visited the battlefields. I was a teenager on a class trip, and discovered re-enactors, so when I climbed to the observation deck of the 12th and 44th New York Infantry Monument on Little Roundtop, I assumed the young man I met there to be a member of the re-enactor group. We spoke briefly, and his manner of speaking was odd and something I attributed to his playing an historic role. When he seemed surprised that the North had won the war, I chuckled. As my friends joined us on the observation deck I turned to greet them and introduce them to ‘Mr. 1863.’

When I turned, the young man was gone. Anyone who’s been to the monument knows to jump from the observation deck would be to break a limb if not worse. It’s also impossible to get back down the tiny spiral stone staircase if there are people on it. There was no one on the ground, and my friends blocked the stairs.

Afterwards we all compared our experiences. My friends had heard me talking to a man, but saw no one when they rounded the spiral of the stairs.

When I described the soldier’s uniform to a guide friend of mine (it was Union, and I got the impression he was an officer, though he seemed too young for such a rank and the uniform looked almost like an upscale band uniform), they brought me through the visitor center’s museum to see if we could locate something similar for reference. At the very end of the museum I passed a case, and when I saw it

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I knew it was the same kind my soldier friend had worn. It was indeed an officer’s uniform, and I discovered the artillery officers were young and often didn’t live long.

I have returned to the monument many times since then, and I’ve never seen the soldier again.

 

 

 


LISTEN TO EPISODE 22: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS FOR MORE CIVIL WAR GHOST STORIES

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COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN   PLAY PODCAST 23: GHOST HUNT

  Recorded on location at the Fort Mifflin Paranormal Investigators Evening Phil & Fox traveled out to historic site Fort Mifflin this week to attend and report on one of their public ghost hunting evenings. 70 supernatural seekers attended the Revolutionary War site after dark. Fort Mifflin is one of the most haunted sites in the country, visited by many groups of famous ghost hunters. Mifflin is one America’s oldest forts , once serving as a river fort in the American Revolution, a prisoner of war camp in the Civil War and even a refueling station in WWI. The hosts head out, interview ghost hunters as they recorded paranormal data and gathered ghost stories about the fort. While at the fort, they recorded the experiences of several ghost hunters, related the history of the fort and relayed several ghost stories reported by visitors of the last few decades. One tells the story of a Phantom Guide who appears to visitors at Fort Mifflin and gives them a small tour when no staff member is scheduled. Another of their many stories laments a woman who hung herself, The Screaming Woman. A Judge still holds court in the barracks. A Blacksmith puts down the hammer when you touch his tools. And many more.   UPCOMING PARANORMAL EVENTS CANDLE LIGHT GHOST TOUR Friday, October 28. Check the events page for the full schedule.  What better way to prepare for Halloween than a tour at night through a Revolutionary War fortress?  Fort Mifflin’s Candlelight Tours provide and authentic Halloween experience!  No actors!  No decorations!  Just you and the spirits of Fort Mifflin.  A uniformed guide will lead you on a journey through history to learn about the Fort’s history and the spirits that may dwell within the walls.  Ongoing from 7 PM – 10 PM. SLEEP WITH THE GHOSTS Saturday, October 29.  Check the events page for more information.  Have a Halloween experience unlike anything you’ve ever had before by spending the night in what some consider one of the most haunted sites in America! Take a guided tour and learn paranormal techniques in workshops and group investigations through the Fort. Actual sleep is optional! Advance purchase required. Must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this event. They talked with paranormal investigators who revealed their many visitations and manifestation, plus Fox & Phil observed the seekers hard at work using camera, recorders and ghost boxes, drawing out spirits with simple conversation. The hosts were joined that evening by members of the paranormal investigation team SPIRIT of PA or Southeast Paranormal Investigation & Research Team. They told them several stories of their experiences at the fort including an encounter with an entity they called, The Judge--a lingering spirit T. Fox Dunham may have encountered while standing in the dark in the tunnels. He shared his experience on this episode.   [caption id="attachment_511" align="aligncenter" width="638"] Rebecca Brumble, John Kurkis & Beth Beatty (Director of Fort Mifflin)[/caption]   Phil took several photos, and he may have caught something. Now this is an example of what some call an orb or others more skeptical, a light anomaly. They could not deduce any source for the glowing object displayed against the building, and many in the paranormal community would deem it an ‘orb.’ [caption id="attachment_513" align="aligncenter" width="501"] A possible orb or light anomaly.[/caption] Fox asked one of our band of seekers, Katie Jordan, what she thought: "It's most likely dust or a bug. I think the notion of an "orb" has gotten out or control. 99.999% of "orbs" are easily explained through lighting and camera settings. I do believe that energy is always around, and maybe it does ball up like that sometimes, but my teams and I are not subscribers to actual "orbs." Katie is a serious scholar when it comes to understanding the otherworld. She was the subject of a great article recently talking about Samhain and being a pagan. Katie's Article.   SMILIN' JACK Phil Thomas debuted his English folklore story called Smilin’ Jack, about a pumpkin and a scarecrow and a town’s curse. Tennessee’s local legend explains the strange case of Smiling Jack, a jack o’ lantern scarecrow who either smiles or frowns, depending on the actions of the local townspeople. As long as Rob could remember Jack rested against his wooden post, grinning from side to side. No one knew where the scarecrow came from, and even Mr. Farley, the cornfield’s owner made no claim to him. But for close to fifty-years Jack showed up every October and hung around for thirty-one days, disappearing on November 1st.  Until he vanished, Rob made sure to pass Jack every day from school to see if he was smiling, and if all was well within their town. Rob actually began to doubt the legend, considering Jack always looked cheerful, until one particular year. (Continues on the podcast.) --Smiling Jack by Phil Thomas   Wily Bo of Swamp Music Players fame returns with The Rattlin Bone Theatre Show’ Song: Speaking of Happiness. Latest album releases were the twin album releases ‘The Wily Bo Walker Story Vol I' and ‘The Wily Bo Walker Story Vol II’ which are compilations of the three albums I released in 2015 and a few extra tracks. Follow Wily Bo on Twitter. Or on Facebook.     They collected so many great stories and encounters. Phil & Fox thank Fort Mifflin for letting them cover this event. They’ll be at King of Prussia Mall on October 29th at 2PM through the evening as part of Malloween. Join them with your ghost stories! Counting down to Halloween with many surprises yet to come!   Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof   Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on Saturday nights at 6PM.     Sponsored in part by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.   MERCY (A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)   By T. Fox Dunham (Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)   FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.“ READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

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“Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

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“Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie. This was my death. Life is an addiction. Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.   Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham Buy on Kindle at Amazon Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon   MUSIC LIST “Speaking of Happiness” Wily Boo Walker & The Rattlin Bone Theater Show – played with special permission "The Chamber" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Classic Horror III" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Dwelling in Basement" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Classic Ghost Story" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/        

22: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS

EPISODE 22: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS

Countdown to Halloween

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PLAY PODCAST 22: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS


horse-statues-2Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas present to you a special podcast anthology of collected ghost stories from one of the most haunted battlefields in the world, Pennsylvania’s own Gettysburg. Once the site of a great battle between the Confederate and Union armies and the turning point in the American Civil War, the land has suffered tragedy and death.

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Such suffering echoes through time, and these echoes can be felt today through the many supernatural sightings reported by locals and visitors. Through investigation, door-to-door at times, T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas have uncovered new and old stories about soldiers lost to life but not to time.

 

 

 

The dead demand to be remembered.

 

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Mark Nesbitt – Gettysburg Ghost Folklore Collector

“It was a warp in time. A veil is parted.” Mark Nesbitt

mark-with-cannonOn this episode, they feature an anthology of ghost stories, so many that they let the stories speak for themselves. Mark Nesbitt, Mister Ghosts of Gettysburg, joins Phil & Fox for an interview and shares a few ghost stories that he’s collected, along with a few EVPs (recorded voices of the dead). Mark talks of his two experiences he collected: the story of a Phantom Civil War Hospital and the bleeding room at The Daniel Lady Farm. Fox also tells a story on location at Devil’s Den, based on Mark’s investigation.

 

“Spirit blood appeared there and vanished.” Mark Nesbitt

 

Blood manifested one night than vanished. Story told by Mark on EP22.

 

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Mark also shares his theory on how the quartz in the ground records supernatural energy. Mark Nesbitt was a National Park Service Ranger/Historian for five years at Gettysburg before starting his own research and writing company. Since then he has published fourteen books including the national award-winning Ghosts of Gettysburg series. His stories have been seen on The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, and numerous regional television shows and heard on Coast to Coast AM, and regional radio. In 1994, he created the commercially successful Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours and in 2006, the Ghosts of Fredericksburg Tours

 

 

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Fox records the tale of Devil’s Den.

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To arrange a candlelight tour with Mark Nesbitt’s touring company, visit this website. www.ghostsofgettysburg.com

 

Here’s a YouTube video Ghosts of Gettysburg featuring Mark Nesbitt talking about his work hunting ghosts:

 

Suzanne Madron

suzimAuthor and friend Suzanne Madron, resident of Gettysburg, sends two true ghost stories she encountered: Mr. 1865 & Soldier on a Bicycle. Both stories recorded by our British folksinger, David Walton. Suzanne Madron was born in New York City and has lived up and down the east coast. Currently she resides on a house built over a Civil War battlefield in the wilds of Pennsylvania where she has been known to host some interesting Halloween parties. She has authored several novels and stories under various names.

 

Suzi will be singing books at Merlin’s Coffee in Hanover, PA on Saturday, October 29th from 1-3PM. Can’t make it to the signing? There will be a major release party for Devil Dog Press following the signing, from 3-5pm ET on Facebook.

 

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Gettysburg. Famed ghost city.

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GHOST STORIES DOOR TO DOOR

While investigating the city during a weekend trip, T. Fox Dunham & his wife, Allison Ledbetter took several photographs of the battlefields and shops and may have caught some paranormal activity. Allison sensed something in the corner of an Irish shop. After Allison directed him to the ceiling, Fox took several photos of the same spot and caught what appears to be a light or mist moving into the ceiling. Lighting effects couldn’t quite explain what they saw, nor could they identity an obvious source. Could be paranormal?

 

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Lil Somethin’ Gettysburg

T. Fox Dunham also spoke to a shopkeeper, recording his story of the Ghost Lady in a Rocking Chair. A Lil Somethin’ Gettysburg is a lovely little shop with friendly owners who sell unique gifts, candles, salsas, home décor and souvenirs. In addition, he spoke to a charming local, Big Al, and got his views on spooky critters:

 

 

 

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“I don’t bother ghosts, and they don’t bother me.” Big Al

 

CUSTER’S LAMENT

The episode ends with a special extended version available to those downloading the podcast. We play Custer’s Lament from a band based in Portland, Oregon, Velaraas from their album Gilded Age. It’s a metal tribute to General Custer who fought at Gettysburg and later died at Little Big Horn. Not meant for easy listening!

 

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Fox & Phil Go a’Ghost-Hunting!

Fox & Phil are joining Philadelphia Southeast Paranormal Investigation and Research Team, also known as Spirit of PA, for a paranormal investigation of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, PA. They will feature their logs and experiences on a future episode during October.

 

They will also be at the King of Prussia Mall at Uncanny Comics on Saturday, October 29th for Malloween.

 

Counting down to Halloween with many surprises yet to come!

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

Send us your true ghost stories and paranormal experiences at whatareyouafraidof117@gmail.com. Find Submission Guidelines on this website.

 

Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on Saturday nights at 6PM.

 

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Sponsored by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

 

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MERCY

(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(The Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY. READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

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Author Tim Waggoner

Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

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Author David Dunwoody

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real.

Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

 

 

MUSIC RIGHTS

Custer’s Lamentation played with special permission from Velaraas from their Gilded Age album. All rights reserved.

Cup of Tea by Sláinte is licensed under a Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License

“This House” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Lamentation” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Decline” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“The Chamber” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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21: SAMHAIN

EPISODE 21: SAMHAIN

Check out the What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Podcast WEBSITE for expanded material, ghost story archive, folk music and more.

 

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This is the 2nd podcast in Fox & Phil’s 6 episode Countdown To Halloween, celebrating the haunted holiday and their one year anniversary podcasting about the darkness—and all things spooky.

 


EPISODE 21: SAMHAIN

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We need your true ghost stories. Copy them into the email at whatareyouafraidof117@gmail.com. Check out the submission guidelines on the website for more information. We will have them narrated by our voice actors.

 

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On this episode, the boys are joined by Katie Montana Jordan, Occult Specialist for two paranormal katie-skullagencies including Oregon Paranormal and Paranormal Research & Investigations.

Katie Montana Jordan is a Freelance Writer with areas of specialty in paganism and the occult. She is the Occult Specialist, Client Relations Consultant and Field Researcher to Oregon Paranormal, as well as Writing Consultant and Field Researcher to Paranormal Research & Investigations. Both an ordained minister and pagan priestess, Katie is currently obtaining her PhD in holistic theology. A Whitefish, Montana native, Katie now resides in Portland, Oregon.

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Link for her upcoming conference (where she’ll be both holding a lecture and teaching a class): www.portgambleparanormal.com

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Oregon Paranormal was established in 2009 for the purpose of conducting paranormal research throughout the Pacific Northwest. We exist to aid those who feel they may be experiencing phenomena they cannot explain. Our organization is comprised of an amazing group of researchers who hold the same core values, which Oregon Paranormal prides itself on. Our mission was to build a research organization that people could turn to for help and support, which we believe we’ve been successful at achieving. Over the years we’ve conducted a number of investigations, between residential, commercial, and historical sites including joint investigations with teams throughout the region.

And keep your eyes open for Katie’s up and coming personal WEBSITE. This site is her one stop website with info about both her writing and para work, radio spots, etc.)

KATIE MONTANA JORDAN’S FUTURE APPEARANCES

The Relevancy and Applications of Ouija Boards

Katie can be seen next at the 7th Annual Port Gamble Ghost Conference in Port QUJIAGamble, WA, over Samhain weekend. Katie will be holding a lecture on Friday the 28th, titled ‘Samhain: The Pagan History of Halloween.’ And she is also teaching her coveted class on spirit boards, on Saturday the 29th, titled: ‘The Relevancy and Applications of Ouija Boards.’

 

For more information on the conference, check their WEBSITE.

 

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SAMHAIN

Katie comes on the show to not only talk about her work in the paranormal but also to explain the pagan holiday of Samhain—the foundation-holiday of Halloween. There are many misconceptions about the pagan new year, and Katie shares her knowledge of its history and modern practice. T. Fox Dunham shares his story of Samhain. It is a special time for him, a second birthday. When he was 18, his battle with a rare form of lymphoma nearly ended with his death, but through a miracle after several months of intense chemotherapy and radiation, he survived and found new life on Samhain. They both talk about this sacred and ancient time of death and rebirth in the natural circle of life.

“The Dark is to be respected and not feared.” – Katie  Montana Jordan

Katie shares two true ghost stories: Ghost Hands and Scaredy Cat both narrated by voice actors. Ghost Hands is the true account of disembodied hands who got fresh with our Katie while she was on a ghost hunt!

“Beware the Hand Man.” – Katie Montana Jordan

Ghosts usually scare you, but in Scaredy Cat, she scared the ghost!

 

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The Final Ingredient:

British folksinger David Walton returns to narrate with his life partner, Marie, a dark short fiction by T. Fox Dunham, The Final Ingredient—a tale of a witch in need of a last element for a dark recipe.

“Forever shall I live, and so shall I teach you, if you can name the missing ingredient. Fail, and today you sup on stew, then anon worms shall sup on you.”

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Velaraas

Check out Velaraas on their FACEBOOK PAGE

velarass-album-cover-pictureThey finish the show with a song from a band out of Portland, Oregon Velaraas playing from their album, Gilded Age. The song is called the Peace Maker. They’re a four piece band: Thelonius Spence (guitars and vocals), Scott Walker (drums), Ian Engblom (bass), and Colin Stroup (guitars and vocals). They’ve been together a little over 2 years.

VELARAAS – Vela means several things. Most importantly to them it means “time”. It also means “the hour of death” and “passion”. Ras (in which they added an a) means several things as well. Notably, it means “to feel”, “love”, “reverberate”, “roar” and “perceive”.

The “time” part of Vela is important because each of their albums is lyrically and somewhat musically centered in a time period, the Peace Maker being set mostly in the latter part of the Wild West.  Each song is a small vignette of its own. Some of their songs are based on true events, some are partially based on events and others are pure fiction.

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Fox & Phil Go a’Ghost-Hunting!

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Fox & Phil are joining Philadelphia Southeast Paranormal Investigation and Research Team, also known as Spirit of PA, for a paranormal investigation of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, PA. They will feature their logs and experiences on a future episode during October. Check out the Spirit of PA Group at their WEBSITE!

 

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MERCY

(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)

 

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(The Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY. READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

 

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Author Tim Waggoner

Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

 

 

 

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Author David Dunwoody

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

 

 

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real.

Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not

understand.

 

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

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GHOST HANDS

Ghost Hands

Written by Katie Montana Jordan

Member of Oregon Paranormal

Salem Oregon, USA – 2014

Ghost Story Narrated from Episode 21: Samhain


“His hands were cold and rough. I fought the hands off and got a quick look at them, before they wrapped themselves around my throat again. They were man’s hands. Huge and cut off below the wrists. These hands were only hands with wrists. No elbows, no arms, no person attached to them. I was being choked by someone I couldn’t see.

Being touched by unseen entities isn’t new for me. As a paranormal researcher, I often give permission aloud to be touched whilst investigating. I tell whoever is present at our investigative locations that they are welcome to pull my hair or tug on my clothes. One time, my team and I were wrapping up a late-night investigation, everyone else was upstairs, and as I reached the top stair to step out of a well-known paranormally active basement, I felt my ass get smacked and squeezed. The spirit we were documenting that night is known for liking the ladies. I had been in the basement pretty much that whole night, but with no contact or activity. He had made sure to get the last word in by grabbing my ass. I was annoyed, but not scared.

But the hands were scary. In my line of work, it takes a lot to jolt me, and I was jolted.

I had been lying in bed, not quite asleep. I didn’t see anyone or hear anything, but was jolted out of bed by these ghost hands. I’m not sure if it was for three seconds or three hours, but I kicked and fought and then the hands finally dissipated. The attack felt personal. Another hazard of my line of work is that I’m constantly questioning my own sanity. As a paranormal researcher, it’s my job to maintain a healthy skepticism, even towards myself. But this experience left me so jolted, I didn’t tell anyone about it for a couple months. When I finally talked to someone about it, his response wasn’t what I wanted to hear.

katie-skullI was told by a good friend, colleague and professional psychic that his impression of the body-less hand man was someone from my past. A past life past. I was told that the hand man was seeking retribution for some wrong doing of mine in another life. This same psychic, which of whom I had a past life discussion with about a year prior, had made some confirmations for me about some of my past life memories. So what he said about the hand man wasn’t news to me. But it certainly opened up a whole other can of ghost worms.

To this day, I still don’t know who the hand man was. But perhaps as I continue down this path as a paranormal researcher, I can not only continue to hopefully help those in need, but maybe someday answer my own questions. But what I do know is that the hands were frigid and wrinkly. The fingers fat. I didn’t sleep that night. As the great parapsychologist Barry Taff says: ‘The future of humanity is in the secrets of the paranormal.’ And so, I continue my search for secrets. I just shared with you one of mine. Beware the hand man.”‘

Visit Katie’s Website at http://katiemontanajordan.com/

SCAREDY CAT

Scaredy Cat

Written by Katie Montana Jordan

Member of Oregon Paranormal

Great Falls, Montana USA – 2010

 


Narrated by T. Fox Dunham on Episode 21: Samhain


The day I scared a ghost was the day I ran into him in the back of the bar that I worked at. This was years ago, and I had been walking down the back hallway and turned the corner towards the bathroom. At that exact time, he had been doing the same, coming from the opposite direction. We both startled each other and we both jumped. If you’ve never scared a ghost before, it’s exactly like scaring a living person, except this guy was transparent. He was outlined in white. His face was two inches from my face. I could see his many wrinkles around his eyes and lips, his head bald with a very faint comb over. He had a huge forehead and chubby cheeks. Upon running into each other, he yelped, then vanished.

I just stood there for quite a while, trying to process what had just happened. I had never been that up close and personal with a ghost before. I knew the bar had paranormal activity, and would often hear voices when I was there alone, and items would be moved when I returned in the morning. This wasn’t the first time I had seen an apparition, but it was the first time I scared one enough that the poor man screamed, then bolted.

Upon telling some local customers that were in the bar later that night, they told me I had described the late, original owner of the bar who had been dead for over 30 years.

OLD FRIENDS NEVER LEAVE

OLD FRIENDS NEVER LEAVE

Submitted by Lady Rose Blackthorn

NW United States

When I was eighteen and graduated from trade school, my best friend gave me a graduation present—an eight week old Russian Blue kitten. When I brought her home, my parents just about wouldn’t let me keep her (they did NOT believe in having animals in the house) but I managed to talk them into letting me keep her.

I could just about write a book about that cat’s life. I named her Kia, and she was queen of our castle. She was my familiar, almost an extension of me. She was a tiny thing, never weighed more than seven pounds in her life, and was a great hunter of mice, grasshoppers, moles and assorted birds. There are legends amongst my friends and family about that cat. She was larger than life.

She was with me for almost twenty years, and when she passed I felt as though I’d lost a child, she was that big a part of my life. Other pets that I’d had over the years, when they passed away they would be buried in the yard, and a stone placed or a flower planted for remembrance. But when Kia died, I wanted to keep her with me. I had her cremated, and her remains placed in a small wooden box engraved with her name.

I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, or just because we’d been each other’s shadow for so many years, but I guess she wanted to stay with me as well. I have never seen her, but I’ve felt her many times. A soft warmth brushing against my bare ankles, a barely sensed vibration as though she lay purring on my pillow. At the time she passed, I had two other cats and a dog. I may never have seen Kia, but I can guarantee that they did! More than once, my dog Sebastian would leap to his feet from a doze to look for the aged cat who’d always kept him in line. And the two male cats, Zion and Matase, would often back away from their food dish in deference to their queen who was no longer there.

I’ve moved since then, a few times, and none of my pets who knew Kia are still with me. But I still have the box with her ashes on my bookshelves. I still sometimes feel her nudge her head against my arm. And sometimes, when the two dogs I have now suddenly jump up from their nap and stare suspiciously into an empty corner, I have to smile. Kia is up to her old tricks.

NO ONE CAN MOVE A RIVER

No One Can Move a River

Submitted by Amy Rims

Sellersville PA


Listen to the audio narration from Episode 1: Death is not the End


I went to the park downtown one sunny afternoon to explore my new hometown of Sellersville. I was standing at the edge of the creek, watching the water move across the rocks and the fish swim between them. A man said to me “no one can move the river”. I turned to say “oh yeah?” but no one was there. No one was even near me but a lady jogger. So I filed that away as lunacy and walked on.

Weeks later, I was walking through the same park with a Perkasie native, who was telling me how Lenape Park was at one time an Amusement Park, when the area was filled with rural Christian retreats. He showed me remains of the roller coaster tracks hidden within the forested slopes. We walked the bridges that once supported a trolley. I learned many things about the local history. Then I remembered the man saying to me:

“No one can move the river.”

I asked, “Did they ever try to move the river?”

He told me, “Oh yes, at one time there was a swimming hole created when they dammed up the water and dug out the land. Right along the field where some guys were playing disk golf over there. The trouble is the field always floods when it rains.”