My friend and I were staying at a very posh, upmarket hotel in Culloden, a mini Gleneagles Hotel, dotted all over with the private owner’s own beautiful antiques. The reason we had to stay there was no one in the town would take us with our beautiful Doberman, Otto. Well, the three of us were warmly welcomed by the proprietors and we were shown to a beautifully appointed old room with thirteen (I counted them) fluffy American style towels and piles of full sized Roger et Gallet Sandlewood soap. Luxury indeed! We snuggled under our thick duvets in our single beds and soon drifted off to sleep. I was awakened in the middle of the night by loud, distressed barking and I shouted over to my friend to ask what was going on to disturb the dog so much. I was told to piss off and I looked over to where Otto was lying, curled up sound asleep. He lifted his head as if to say piss off too and I went back under the covers. Just on the brink of sleep, I was awakened again by the sound of what seemed to be a giant dog, howling and barking and throwing himself against the door! I was more terrified this time as I realized I was the only one hearing this. I asked if I could get in beside my friend but was told again, in no uncertain terms where to go. Dogs are supposed to hear things that humans can’t but my big dopeydukus wasn’t at all disturbed.
On my return to the Lowlands, I told my daughters and my mother in law about my holiday in the highlands and, on hearing we stayed at Culloden House, my mother in law asked “Did you hear the ghost?” I turned to my daughters and asked “did you tell her?” To which they wanted to know “what, you haven’t told us anything yet!” My mother in law, a country girl herself, said “It’s a ghost dog, separated from its master at the Battle of Culloden and it comes back trying to find him!”
Humans are obsessed with the end of the world. Many times in history has some prophet predicted the apocalypse, and yet history continues. On this episode of What Are You Afraid Of? hosts Phil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham discuss the many ways the end might have come and why people find the idea exciting. For centuries, religious cadres and fringe groups have gained credibility by making predictions of doom and disaster. Over the last century, small congregations have sold their possessions and gathered together to await the rapture. It can overwhelm society too, such as the Y2K computer issue and the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. Why do we love the idea of the end of the world so much?
And they worshipped the beast–from Revelations
The show’s got ghosts too! Rosie Bell, a friend from Scotland, shares a story of a ghost encounter on holiday in the UK. The show was also honored by found of Afterlife Goes On Paranormal Group, Gaylen Chauncey from Virginia. Gaylen has shared and narrated several of her most compelling EVPS (Electric Voice Phenomena) thought to be the voices of spirits recorded during paranormal investigations. These were recorded at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium.
Founder Gaylen Chauncey, is an author of ghost stories based on her real life experiences. “The Make Believe In The Boogeyman Chronicles”, novel is based on her monster encounters. Tour guide at the haunted St. Albans Sanatorium. She has been interviewed by TV/Radio/Internet Shows/News, with articles and pictures featured in Paranormal magazines/TV. Has appeared in job fairs at schools and Ghost Conferences on Paranormal Investigating/Writer and has been the subject of college papers on the Supernatural/Paranormal. Titled as an Aura Reader-ability to read the energy of a ghost and clairseeing (seeing spirits), it is why she goes first into any haunted place. She also uses ability to help ghosts move to the light. Researcher into the anything paranormal, and a Field Invesitgator for SML MUFON. Runs the “Spirits of Christmas” toy run for homeless children each year. Follow them on the following social media:
We share the second part in our serial, Talk to Leo, from horror master John Foster, author of Mister White at Grey Matter Press. Host T. Fox Dunham contributes a story about another kind of apocalypse, The AIDS epidemic in Africa. My Country Dies. The World Dies. Some worlds end everyday.
New Music from Loftän
The show loves to bring you new Indie music with a bit of darker tone. We were contacted by a remarkable duo who shared some music with us for this episode. We play their song, Cover Girl. Check them out!
Loftän is a female singer-songwriter duo. Janell Riedl, an Oregon native, and Julia Mahncke, a recent transplant from Germany, write songs together as if they grew up in the same neighborhood and not on different sides of the atlantic. Their original music will make you want to hug someone, their banter will make you want to be friends with them. Their debut EP “From Here” was released in July 2016.
Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, one of our associate publishers, has joined the podcast zoo with a new show called Castle Rock Radio, a horror podcast devoted to the writings of Stephen King. It’s a new show and entertaining featuring various horror authors. Check it out!
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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.
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
“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.