52: PHILLY GHOST STORIES

 

Listen to Episode 52: Philly Ghost Stories:

 

Philadelphia is an old city, one of the first in America. Nestled between two rivers, The Delaware and Susquehannah, it made an excellent port where William Penn planned his new city for his religious experiment in the new world. Penn planned much of the city, though he only stayed in the colony a few years in his life. That city was born in the 1600s and in the centuries, many have been born, lived, died–and some remained even after death. The older a city, the more enrich it becomes with ghost folklore. Stories take on a life of their own and pass from generation to generation, accumulating more detail and new people experience hauntings of old. Episode 51 is the start of our Philadelphia trilogy. The hosts have invited paranormal investigator, psychic and author of Haunted Philadelphia, Darcy Oordt, to co-host these episodes to tell us about the many ghost stories of Philadelphia.

 

Darcy Oordt, Author of Haunted Philadelphia

She grew up in a ghostly desert: not one known haunted house in her hometown of Blue Earth, Minnesota. It wasn’t until she moved to Tennessee that she experienced her first ghost while working as a tour guide for a “ghost” tour. Her first book Finding Success After Failure: Inspirational Stories of Famous People Who Persevered and Won Out, tells about the early failures of famous people and how they overcame them. In her free time, Darcy enjoys swimming with sharks, flipping houses, and exploring museums in exotic locations…if by “enjoy” you mean watching it on television. When she is not writing, you will usually find her making jewelry or crafts, fussing with one of her freshwater aquariums, or spending time with her pets. Darcy currently lives near Cherry Hill, New Jersey, across the bridge from the many phantoms of Philadelphia.

Darcy shares her stories about the cheeky ghost of Ben Franklin, how she researches ghost folklore and her life as a paranormal author and psychic. On this episode, we share stories from her collected book of ghost stories from Phiily, Haunted Philadelphia. Check out her spooky website for ghost stories and experiences at http://www.thehauntedinternet.com/index.html

 

Darcy was also featured on an episode of My Ghost Story, Screams in the Dark, on A&E! Check out the episode on YouTube.

 

 

 

Haunted Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known for many things: brotherly love, Revolutionary history, passionate sports fans, cheesesteaks, and Rocky are merely a few of them. But the Founding Fathers didn’t just walk the streets of Philadelphia 200 years ago, many still walk here…or so the story goes. Along the streets of Philadelphia you can find the ghosts of Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton, and Edgar Allen Poe. But those are only the famous ones. There are a few less known ghosts creeping around the historic streets. Nearby Fort Mifflin certainly has its share of hauntings, given its long history of sheltering soldiers and holding prisoners from the Revolutionary War up to the Civil War. And given all the cemeteries that have been established and then relocated–or not–it’s almost a given that thousands of disturbed graves might stir up a ghost or two. Available on Amazon.

We share two ghost stories on this episode from Haunted Philadelphia. The first is the story of the Hill-Physick House on 321 South Fourth Street in Philadelphia. British Folksinger David Walton narrates this story of historic ghosts.

She died in 1820, five years after the divorce was finalized. The cause of death is unknown, but some speculate it was caused by an overdose of opium. All was fine until her favorite tree was chopped down. Since then, a figure of a woman wearing a lavender gown has been seen and even heard sobbing in the garden.

Our second ghost story is set in Chestnut Hill College, read by Allison Ledbetter who works nearby. Both are tales of centuries of hauntings that still go on.

 

T. Fox Dunham reads part four of Die Musik Des Teufels. It’s a dark story set both during World War II and modern times. A German doctor experiments with ancient musical magic to compose a terrible concerto that drains life and heals. In the future, his descendant finds the music and uses it to heal his son who is dying of cancer. This story was published Savage Beasts from Grey Matter Press.

 

 

New Indiemusic: Jerry Griffin AKA Thunderfoot Lorefield

Another old friend from Second Life shares an original on the show. Thunderfoot Lorefield, in his Johnny Cash style, sings an eerie and haunting song, As Real as it Seems. Raised on classical music and the Methodist hymnal, Thunderfoot Lorefield began to find his voice by delving through his parent’s Peter Paul & Mary and Simon & …Garfunkel collections. Soon he was absorbing jazz, rock and country repertoire ranging from ABBA to ZZ Top, from Hank Williams Sr. to Ravi Shankar, from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Nickelback. With career highlights as varied as fronting a progressive rock band, playing bass in a rap metal band, and drumming for an Elvis tribute artist, Thunder is now bringing his wide range of experience and influences to Second Life audiences across the grid.

 

Next week, the show brings you part 2 of Philly Ghost Stories. And please, join us on Sept 16th 2017 at Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia for Horror at the Fort, a day of ghost tours, vendors, ghost tales, horror authors and a ghost hunt.

Follow us at @pfwhatafraidof

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

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!

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

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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tim-waggoner

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.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

“The Chamber” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Lamentation” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Ghost Story” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“As Real as it Seems” played with permission from Jerry Griffin. All rights remain with the author.

Ghost stories from Haunted Philadelphia used with permission of from the author. This material may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Darcy Oordt, the author.

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio.

51: HAUNTED HUDSON VALLEY

 

 

Listen to Episode 51: Haunted Hudson Valley:

 

 

Every first Friday of the month, horror authors T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas do something a bit different for the show. They liven up the undead program by heading down to Comic Zen in Lansdale PA (Philadelphia) and do the show live for First Friday on the PARA-X RADIO NETWORK. Anything can happen. Anyone can show up, and usually does. All sorts of people come down to share their ghost stories and talk about their paranormal experiences. It’s a lot of fun, and you get to hear a truly unedited side of Fox and Phil. They’ve taken to calling these special episodes The Phillie Foxy

Haunted Spooky Hour! Episode 51: Haunted Hudson Valley is one of these episodes.

 

In addition to recording the show live and updating without edits, they also do a live webcast of ‘behind the scenes’ so to speak and broadcast live through Facebook. Here is that video if you wish to see Fox and Phil doing the show live!

 

 

T. Fox Dunham recently returned from a holiday with his wife, Allison, from a trip through the Catskills Mountains and Hudson Valley, NY. They had a fantastic three days together, exploring and hiking before Allison returns to her program at UNC. Together, they saw many famously haunted locations–some quite dark and others a bit disappointing. Fox collected some ghost folktales from the trip, and we record a few for the show. Fox also talks about his trip, visiting the gorgeous city of Cold Spring and visiting The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to see Twelfth Night!

 

Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskill Mountains near Saugerties, New York.

 

The first ghost story, researched and written by T. Fox Dunham and narrated by Phil Thomas was a popular ghost story from the army officer training base, West Point. West Point is famous for Fort Putnam, the colonial stone fort guarding the entrance to the Hudson Valley River and also for its many ghost stories. “Crusher” is a haunted tale about a ghost who frightens cadets in their dorm and has been investigated by famous paranormal researchers such as Ed and Lorraine Warren and psychic Jean Dixon.

‘Crusher’:

The next night, his bunkmate said he’d witnessed the toilet paper spinning out of control and emptying on the floor. Then O’Conner was confronted by a ghost with burning white eyes sitting on the toilet. It wore a torn gray coat and clung to an old musket. The ghost dissipated into mist.

 

‘THE STRANGE PUNISHMENT’

Later in the show, Fox shares the story of The Strange Punishment. This is a ghost story out of the Catskills that should be far more widespread, though Washington Irving didn’t write it up. It’s the tale of a cruel man who murders his servant girl, and he is haunted for the rest of his life by her ghost. A judge orders his execution at the age of 99, and for the rest of his life he must wear a noose to remind him of his pending execution. Researched, written and read by T. Fox Dunham.

 

As written in Legends of Our Own Land series, 1896, by Charles Skinner:

After dark, his house was avoided, for gossip spoke of a shrieking lady who passed his house nightly, tied at the tail of a giant horse with fiery eyes and smoking nostrils; that a skeleton in a winding sheet had been found there; that a curious thing like a woman had been known to sit on his garden wall with lights shining from her fingertips, uttering her unearthly laughter; and that domestic animals reproached the man by growling and howling beneath his windows.

 

The Hudson River Valley view at the Shakespeare Festival.

 

It was our British folksinger, David Walton’s birthday, and he gave us a song! An old folksong called The Cruel Carpenter! Thanks for listening. We’ve got some big stuff in mind to bring more horror to Philadelphia.

Horror at Fort Mifflin Sept 16th

Join us on Sept 16th from Noon to 2AM – for Horror at the Fort! – The Philadelphia Ghost Fest at Fort Mifflin. It’ll be a day of spooky events, ghost tours, vendors. Then in the evening, several of the best horror authors of the HWA will be reading for a 2 hour special. Into the evening, ghost hunters will investigate the Fort. Check out the event link on Facebook.

Follow us at @pfwhatafraidof

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

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!

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

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Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on FRIDAY NIGHTS at 9PM EST.

PMMP LOGO

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RavenAmpersand

MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

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.

fangoria

tim-waggoner

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.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

“The Garden” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“The Chamber” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Dark Walk” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Small Horrors by Twill is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio.

 

50: PARANORMAL PHILADELPHIA

 

 

Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in America, and it is home to many disembodied denizens who refuse to vacate its colonial charm for the afterlife. To celebrate episode 50, Philly’s horror authors & hosts T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas tell old and new stories of the many ghosts who haunt Penn’s city along the Delaware.

They narrate two stories researched from several sources: the story of an old woman who refuses to leave her home on Pine Street in Society Hill. Bizarre and frightening shrieks or moans can be heard on the property even when the hag refuses to materialize, and even the neighbors have witnessed a shadowy crone lurking on the property. The old lady does not like people on her lawn!

 

Byberry Hospital

And the show shares the tragic tale of abuse and murder at the notorious Byberry Mental Hospital. The new occupants have reported many incidents of paranormal encounters, though often not taken seriously. Since it was trespassing to be on the dangerous site, most stories have gone unconfirmed, confined to the realm of city legend. Many squatters reported howling or moaning, the cries of patients in their suffering.

In addition, they discuss several haunted locations. Did you know that the lovely Washington Square used to be a potter’s field and thousand of dead are buried beneath its fountains and trees? Phil shares his paranormal encounter at the Poe House, the Philadelphia home of Edgar Allan Poe. And many more Philly ghost tales in what is only our most recent installment of local legends.

We also have more horror fiction! T. Fox Dunham reads part III of Die Musik des Teufels —a tale of mad Nazi magic and a desperate father who would do anything to save his son. It was published in Savage Beasts from Grey Matter Press, editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.

 

We also play a song with a reggae beat from the tormented mind of DR. Tropical, renowned magician and musician: “Wizard Blues.” Thank you for joining us as we celebrate 50 episodes! Much more horror to come. Follow us at @pfwhatafraido.

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

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!

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

para-x-logo_social_400x400

Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on FRIDAY NIGHTS at 9PM EST.

PMMP LOGO

Sponsored in part by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

RavenAmpersand

MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

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.

fangoria

tim-waggoner

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.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

“The Garden” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“The Chamber” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Dark Walk” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Moon Lullaby by Ergo Phizmiz is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

Nazi Theme by Ergo Phizmiz is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

It Always Rains in England by Ergo Phizmiz is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio.