The two siblings of the winter holidays meet in combat. KRAMPUS VS SANTA! On episode 29, occult scholar and paranormal investigator of the west, Katie ‘Montana’ Jordan returns to co-host and share her expertise in both the holiday of Yule, holiday traditions and that once-forgotten Christmas bad boy, the Krampus. We’re here to carry the torch of the old traditions, keeping the light alive in dark times.

Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic folklore figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”,[1] who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Krampus is one of the companions of Saint Nicholas in regions including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Northern Italy.[2][3] The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure. (From Wikipedia.)




Katie Montana Jordan is a Freelance Writer, Occult Specialist, Paranormal Researcher and Independent Consultant. She is Writing Consultant and Field Researcher to Paranormal Research & Investigations, Independent Consultant to Scottish Ghost Adventures, as well as Occult Scholar to What Are You Afraid of Podcast. 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. Follow her on Twitter & Facebook.

Contact Katie directly at katiemontanajordan@gmail.com






After talking about holiday plans and feasting, the hosts open the show with Katie’s true ghost story, The Man in Flannel—a story about one of her early supernatural experiences on a Montana ranch. Who was this mysterious man who used to appear to Katie? He bore no malice to her, and then one day, he just vanished.

“I looked up to see the strange man who seemed to be smiling and waving at me.” – From A Man in Flannel.


T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas & Katie Jordan then discuss the myriad traditions of the winter months. Katie shares her knowledge about the pagan holiday of Yule, talking about the origin of many modern traditions of Christmas—and of course the practice of wassailing, a singing tradition best done with a little beer or in the case of the old tradition, apple cider in bowls. Learn more about the pagan traditions of Yule.

The word wassail comes from Old English was hál, related to the Anglo-Saxon greeting wes þú hál , meaning “be you hale”—i.e., “be healthful” or “be healthy”. (From Wikipedia.)




“Health to thee, good apple-tree,
Well to bear, pocket-fulls, hat-fulls,
Peck-fulls, bushel-bag-fulls.”

— Medieval Wassailing Song







Sadistic and quite popular Christmas cards from the 1800s featured many worse fates for bad children.

The hosts of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show were honored and terrified to be visited by the ancient Germanic demon of Yule, The Krampus! Now popular in modern media, this demonic evil twin of the traditional character of Santa is interviewed by Katie. They discuss his pagan origins, his personal traditions such as punishing the bad children and his resurgence in culture. Of course, Santa shows up, unable to yield the spotlight, and the two get into a serious melee, all caught on the show. Phil & Fox spectate the battle as the two old rivals battle with instruments of cheer until winner takes all.

Krampus: Oh, JA! You see, I carry a stick with me and basket on my back. If a child has been naughty, I beat them with my stick. If they really make me mad, I shove them in my basket then try to drown them in the river.


Fox got a little tipsy on eggnog and rum while fetching the tree last year and sang a little torch song to cheer up his friend Debs. On Youtube! Click here!




Musical performer Rusty Cage performs his new holiday classic devoted to the fiend, “Krampus is Coming to Town.” It’s a dark version of classic Christmas carols performed with folk guitar. Rusty is cult personality on Youtube and popular Indie musician. Make this song a new holiday classic! Let us not forget the Krampus this time of year and our pagan roots.

Find Uncle Rusty’s music on Bandcamp and support Indie artists.






They end the show with a new flash fiction piece from host Phil Thomas, a dark holiday story called The Elf on the Fireplace Mantle. It’s a great little dark holiday tale.

Against his children’s sobbing protests, the elf went out in the garbage that night, only to make another appearance the next morning in its usual position above the fireplace. – The Elf on the Fireplace Mantle by Phil Thomas.


EPISODE 30: THE 3 GHOSTS (In Time for Christmas!)

Phil and Fox will return for our next episode, The 3 Ghosts, based on the writings of Charles Dickens. Joining them again this year is horror author John C. Foster! He’s the one in the middle, taken at our KGB Club event.


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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



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“Come Play With Me” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairies” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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