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.
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.
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(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.
“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.
Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham
“The Garden” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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