DID YOU HEAR THE GHOSTS?

Did You Hear the Ghosts?

Submitted by Rosie Bell

Culloden, Scotland

 

Listen to this ghost story read by British folksinger David Walton from Episode 42 – Apocalypse:

 

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!”

 

 

40: KILLER BUNNY

Listen to Episode 40: Killer Bunny

 THERE IS A KILLER BUNNY!

 

To celebrate Ostara, on Episode 40 of What Are You Afraid? Horror & Paranormal Show, the hosts talk about the killer bunny! This evil Easter bunny steals your candy and eats your spleen. We didn’t believe in Peter Rotten-tail before the end of this episode. Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas celebrate the coming of spring with dark stories and songs.

After the author’s usual banter, British folksinger David Walton narrates and sings a story from his home country in England—Devon in the south—about a vengeful ghost much like the banshee who takes out her broken heart on young couples. He finishes this story with a gorgeous melody he composed to celebrate this traditional British horror folktale. Here’s a link to a site that features more collected ghost stories and legends of Devon.

Phil updates the fans on his cinematic progress with a new short film called Doppelganger. Clown News returns with reports of a verified terrorist clown sighting in Pittsburgh and news of the good clowns who gather at a London church to pray and celebrate their gift of making children happy. Fox & Phil also discuss dark internet legends including the Marianas Trench deep-web and an elusive group of elites called The Cicada 3031 whose intentions are unknown—perhaps world domination if you can figure out their riddles.

The first puzzle of the elusive Cicada 3031.

John C. Foster, author of Grey Matter Press’ Mister White, returns with part one of his dark short story about psychiatrists and marionettes, Talk to Leo part one, narrated by voice actress, Linda Jones. Foster also tells his first ghost story of NYC with Hart Island—ghosts of American civil war prisoners still haunt the burial grounds as do many victims of tragedy over the decades. John narrates his paranormal essay of this eerie location.

Then we enjoy a hard rock number from a Boston band called Pipe Choir with their song A Dark Blue Arc.

Pipe Choir is an American alternative rock project formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1991.  It was founded by Michael J. Bostwick as a one man project.  The name Pipe Choir derives from a keyboard preset “pipes and choir.”  Pipe Choir’s recording career began as a studio collaboration between Michael J. Bostwick and Peter Davis (the owner and engineer of Studio Arts Recording).  In 1994, Pipe Choir returned to being a one man project.  Since 2009, Pipe Choir music has been on the independent netlabel Pipe Choir.  Pipe Choir’s music is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International.

Phil & Fox close the show with an encounter with the EVIL BUNNY—the animal which leaves a terrible mess on the carpet. Come see if they make it out alive!

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!

 

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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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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:

“Classic Horror 3” 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

“Lamentations” 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

A Dark Blue Arc by Pipe Choir is licensed under a Attribution License. Based on a work at www.pipechoir.com

 

 

39: GHOST OF IRELAND

 

Listen to Episode 39: Ghosts of Ireland!

 

Celebrating the rich tradition of Irish ghost stories, horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas tell selected tales from Ireland’s folklore. Stories of the coach of death, banshees, lost ladies in white and old soldiers still seeking revenge plus many more. Ireland is a dangerous place for the living! Episode 39 is a treasury of great Irish folktales to chill you, revising some of the content from Episode 11: Banshees but with 40 minutes of new content.

Their first ghost story of the show is one set in recent times unlike the later legends and folklore they spin as the episode progresses. The Honeymoon intruder is a true account of a ghost T. Fox Dunham and his wife Allison encountered while on their honeymoon in Dublin Ireland. Sometimes phantom strangers intrude at the most sensitive of times. The story is read by Fox and his wife.

T. Fox Dunham reads from his novel, Mercy from Blood Bound Books. Mercy is the horrific dark fantasy that serves as a metaphor for Fox’s painful battle with lymphoma. It’s available for purchase from Amazon.

Fox interviews horror author & reporter Shawn Macomber. Shawn was part of the Dark Ones Rise reading at the KGB Club in NYC and has interviewed T. Fox Dunham several times. Here is Shawn’s amazing personal biography:

Over the past decade I’ve churned out copy for Decibel, FANGORIA, the Wall Street Journal, Rue Morgue, Magnet, Maxim, Reason, Radar, Yankee, The Weekly Standard, the Los Angeles Times, and National Review, amongst many other fine and middling publications. I’ve reported from five continents covering everything from combat in Iraq, riots in the Baltics, and two presidential elections to designer cat shows at Madison Square Garden, the cross Carrot Top bears, and the Carcass “Exhumed to Consume” reunion tour. My short story “Demon Envy” appears in the latest issue of Shroud. Another, “Queeny’s Last Run,” won the 2013 Fangoria “Weird Words” fiction competition.

 

Bunworth Banshee, “Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland”, by Thomas Crofton Croker, 1825

Phil & Fox discuss several ancient Irish legends including the wailing spirit, the Banshee and the Cóiste Bodhar (The Death Coach). From Wikipedia: The death coach is part of the folklore of north western Europe. It is particularly strong in Ireland but is also found in British and American culture. In Irish folklore, it is known as the Cóiste Bodhar [ˈkoːʃtʲə ˈbˠəuɾˠ], meaning deaf or silent coach, and it is said that the sight or sound of the coach is the harbinger of death. It warns of imminent death to either oneself or to a close relative.[1] In Ireland in particular the Death Coach is seen as a signifier of the inevitability of death, as the belief goes once it has come to Earth it can never return empty. Thus, once the death of an individual has been decided by a greater power, mortals may do nothing to prevent it.

The rest of the show consists of several legends of Ireland, narrated by our voice actors. Settle down and enjoy stories of hauntings, revenge, vampires and bitter love from beyond the grave. British folksinger David Walton completes this amazing episode by singing the Irish song of a young vendor woman who still haunts Dublin, crying Alive Alive-O, Molly Malone.

 

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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.

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:

“Classic Horror 3” 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

“Lamentations” 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

 

 

 

 

33: DEMONS OF VERMONT

Our artist’s conception of the inhuman horror haunting Kristel and her family in Vermont.

 


Listen to EPISODE 33: DEMONS IN VERMONT with co-host Kristel Smart

 


T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas continue their tribute to Women in Horror Month in February by featuring paranormal author & demonic victim, Kristel Smart, author of the terrifying account of her family’s demonic oppression in Hinesberg House, Virginia. Her story was also featured as an episode of Syfy’s Paranormal Witness, episode 411 When Hell Freezes Over.

 

Kristel Smart eating at the Italian restaurant, Sarduccis, that became their refuge during the inhuman oppression of their home.

 

Kristel Smart is a writer, dog lover and horse enthusiast. She has a deep love of nature for both the solace it provides, and the mystery it contains. She currently resides in South Burlington, Vermont with her daughter, Taylor and her Doberman, Murphy. You can learn more about Kristel from Facebook or Goodreads.

This is another episode supporting Women in Horror Month which begins in February, but there are so many talented and tenacious women horror contributors, we wanted to start early. Women in Horror Month is a grass-roots organization supporting events and programming that celebrate women in horror. They will be coming on the show soon to talk about their goals, and we will continue to feature women authors, artists, film makers and actresses for the next few months along with their work.

 

Kristel Smart joins Phil & Fox as a co-host. Her story begins, as most do, when she, her daughter, her sister and childhood friend all move in together in a beautiful rustic house–their dream house, promising a bright new future. Strange events occur right away: phantom growling, weird telephone calls with no answer, children laughing in the night and dark shadows lurking—shadows with will and purpose. The air reeks of sulfur, and electrical problems cost them a fortune.  Lightbulbs explode even when the power is off! Things get worse when the inhuman entity hurts the health of Kristel’s daughter and terrorizes the family while they were trapped in the house during an ice storm. Phil & Fox talk to Kristel through the episode, learning the details of the haunting and understand the psychological effects of these violating attacks after 15 years. The family is recovering much in the same way as victims of battered spouse syndrome or PTSD.

Listen to the show to learn the whole story and gain a defense against the invisible world hidden in our own–a world of shadows that move in the darkness, watching you. The show dedicates itself to equipping its listeners to be more capable in a universe full of dark forces that gain power through ignorance and skepticism, and they’re here to help the victims of such inhuman forces tell their stories and find some closure through the process of catharsis. That is the mission of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show.

Kristel tells us at night it was strongest:

 

I notice movement in the corner. It’s the shadow. The shadow itself. It’s so dark, a deep void of black, that even the bright bedroom lamp can’t dispel it. It just hangs there, moving in undulating waves. I have this stark realization that it knows I can see it. And it knows I’m scared. I sense its awareness of me. As a general rule, I don’t fear ghosts. But this is no ghost. Such malevolence, it just emanates in waves. I feel helpless, and barely manage a choked, half whispered “Oh…” Then my voice stops. Tears slowly make their way down my face. My whole body is numb. –Excerpt from In Stone by Kristel Stone

 

 

The house looked innocent enough. There was nothing to distinguish it from any other quaint, older home nestled within the rural Vermont landscape. For Liz, Charlie, Donna and Willa it was a dream come true; exactly what they needed. Each of them had escaped hardship longing for the comforts of loved ones, hearth and home. The spacious house, the location and the timing all seemed so perfect. But none of them could imagine the horrors that awaited them as the house revealed its secrets. Buy from AMAZON.

 

 

You can view her episode of Paranormal Witness on the SYFY channel below on Vimeo.

 

Thank you Kristel Smart for being on the show, and we hope you’ll join us again. Get her book, In Stone, on Amazon in paperback or kindle edition.

Our British folksinger, David Walton, narrates excerpts from some of Kristel’s nocturnal visits from In Stone, which is available here at Amazon. David also sings a classic British Folksong, The Cruel Mother.

A woman gives birth to one or two illegitimate children (usually sons) in the woods, kills them, and buries them. On her return trip home, she sees a child, or children, playing, and says that if they were hers, she would dress them in various fine garments and otherwise take care of them. The children tell her that when they were hers, she would not dress them so but murdered them. Frequently they say she will be damned for it. –The Cruel Mother from Wikipedia

 

 

We continue with our special feature on Women in Horror over the next few months with more artists, authors, musicians and those deserving of promotion. Get your spooky on at FRIDAY 9PM EST at PARA-X RADIO or download from all major podcast services. Check out the website at www.whatareyouafraidofpodcast.com for expanded material and our true ghost story archive or follow us at @pfwhatafraidof.

And don’t forget to check out the new feature film from Film Zero, Phil Thomas’ film company.

A SHORT TERM EFFECT


From FilmZero

Our latest film is an eight minute short entitled “A Short Term Effect” that we shot this past October. With recent quality contributions to horror such as The Conjuring, Annabelle, You & #39. Next, Lights Out, and Don’t Breathe, it compelled us to do a series of shorts throughout 2017.

It’s a fun ghost story involving a depressed man, some haunted woods and a chance encounter with the girl of his dreams—but will he be able to close the deal? We will be posting other short films every few months as long as people are enjoying them. Please check them out.

 

 

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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.

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 LIST:

“Classic Horror 3” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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

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

 

 

 

32: WOMEN IN HORROR

EPISODE 32: WOMEN IN HORROR

 



 

Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas start off 2017 celebrating women’s contribution to horror, in support of Women in Horror Month which starts February. This begins a series celebrating under-represented women contributors in writing and film through their stories and interviews.

Their first guest is Fox’s old friend, Lori Michelle, author of Dual Harvest, editor of Dark Moon Digest with Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and a Bram Stokers award nominee. Lori talks about her inspiration, taking care of her son, young cancer patient recently in remission, and the world of publishing from a female author’s point of view.

She shares her story ‘The Talk,’ published previously in Dark Moon Digest. Allison Ledbetter narrates the story. “All the years of her life given up to be tortured.  Why had she stayed?” It kicks you at the end.

Lila’s perfect Saturday night means falling asleep on the couch with a glass of wine and a good book. But even the perfect night could go bad when Lila starts longing to know what secrets her brain keeps locked away. Left with only distorted nightmares of her life before the accident, she numbly goes through life, hoping to find out just who she is. Amber, double-crossed by a lover, would much rather be slipping something in the wine than sipping it. While she gives great pleasure, loving Amber comes with great pain. Her body is a weapon and she knows how to use it. Detective Balducci, now removed from the Harvester Killer case, begins an “off-the-record” investigation that will not only test his skill as a seasoned yet loose cannon police officer, but stretch his emotions to the breaking point.

As their lives crash together, past scandals and shocking truths surface as they find out just how close to the killer they have been all along.

Praise for Dual Harvest:

“Lori Michelle’s debut novel is a tapestry of erotic thriller and gritty police drama. ” Neal James.”

“Very well written and constructed into a perfect stormy night read.” Jack

As the story comes to a climax, you really do feel like you know each one of them as if they were yourself, and you simply forget who to root for.” Max

Check out the rest of the great reviews on AMAZON

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PD Cacek, another important female voice in horror, contributed her true ghost story, Footlighters Theater. A young actress and singer named Lydia refuses to give up on her stage career even in her death. The story is narrated by our British folksinger, David Walton.

Fox & Phil discuss several uncelebrated female voices in horror and focus on Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. They talk about her tragic life, the inspiration behind this keystone novel and how she had to publish the book anonymously since she was a women writing at the time.

They’re on PARA-X RADIO at 9PM EST on FRIDAYs.

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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.

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

THE WEIRD GLOBE

The Weird Globe

Told by Brian from Pennsylvania

Written by T. Fox Dunham – Read by Allison Ledbetter

 

 


PLAY AUDIO VERSION OF THIS GHOST STORY FROM EPISODE 30: THE THREE GHOSTS:


 

Often people have supernatural or paranormal experiences that don’t quite fit into the classic paradigm that defines a ghost story, and they don’t understand what they have. They approach us and start usually by saying, I’ve had something weird happened to me, but I don’t know if it was a ghost. It was just weird.

I found one such story while visiting the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA with my wife Allison. The museum is a collection of historic artifacts, displayed in rooms and faux storefronts that are built into several levels that are housed inside the stone walls of a castle. The artifacts display the centennial life and culture of Americans going back to the founding of the country. The castle is old, built of stone and mortar and has many dark corners where the shadows stir—a ripe setting for something a bit spooky. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be the one locking up alone at night.

Of course, I asked the staff if they’d ever had any paranormal encounters, hoping the old building would yield some ripe stories for the show. I spoke to Brian, a volunteer at the museum, and he did indeed have a story, though it wasn’t about the museum.

One winter morning, in his town of Lower Makefield, Brian’s dog insisted on an early walk. Brian got out of bed, bundled up against the cold and begrudging took his eager dog to the sidewalk to do his morning business. As Brian waited for the dog to finished, he noticed something odd behind a tree in a neighbor’s yard. He rubbed his eyes, believing the effect to be from his soporific state, yet the strange anomaly of light did not clarify. As he watched, a large ball of light, as big as a pumpkin, floated out from behind the tree, making sudden 90 degree turns and eerily hovered around the neighborhood. It was transparent but looked like a glowing crystal ball. And just as fast as it appeared, the ball floated up into the light, beyond sight and never came back down.

What Brian had seen quite befuddled him, but he was too cold to investigate more and eager to go back to bed. The dog had finished and didn’t care at all about the encounter. He walked the dog home and filed the experience as something weird.

 

31: GHOSTS OF 2016

EPISODE 31: GHOSTS OF 2016

 


PLAY EPISODE 31: GHOSTS OF 2016:


T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas compile their best content for 2016 on this review episode of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show. They feature their top selections in ghost stories, segments of interviews, music and horror fiction.

Four paranormal investigators are featured in this episode. Mark Nesbitt, Mister Ghosts of Gettysburg tells the story of a haunted hospital scene from the time of the American Civil War. Students rode the lift down to the basement, and when they opened the door, a civil war scene from a hospital materialized in all the carnage and blood. When they went back, it vanished. Some pain is never forgotten, and the scars from that war run deep in this country, in Pennsylvania.

Debi Chestnut retells the story of her first childhood encounter with a ghost named Nathanial and her quest for sanity in an ignorant time. She’s written several popular books on the paranormal; to whit, Something Wicked and Stalking Shadows. She’s a member of the Shadow Stalkers paranormal group.

Zach Smith and Perry Johnson of the famous web series, Afterlife Sessions, talk about their early demonic experiences. Most ghost hunters have an early encounter with the supernatural, and this leads them to a life of exploring that experience, trying to make sense of what they saw as children.

 

We play Wily Bo and the Swamp Music Player’s song The Devil’s Toothpick. We’ve grown fond of Wily Bo and hope to get him on the show soon. David Walton sings the WWI folksong, The Hearse Song or The Worms Go in, made famous again by the horror story series, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

 

The Grave Girls come back with a story collected from Old Charleston Jail, Crazy Willie, and Randi from the Cats Meow Mystical Store in Lansdale, PA tells of her encounter with a possessed man whose demonic keeper unleashed a plague of horseflies upon her shop.

We also play horror author David Dunwoody’s insane story, Pixel, narrated by T. Fox Dunham’s wife, Allison Ledbetter.

It goes without saying that he’s never been the same. Because he isn’t the same. He is host to a sinister passenger, a passenger wearing him down from the inside.

And of course, we play our most notorious segment, Clown News, from the great clown invasion of 2016. Enjoy it while you can. All clown news stopped in October. The clowns were defeated.

And Phil Thomas’ new short film is now available! A Short Term Effect is a new flash film in a series of upcoming films from him and his friends. From Phil Thomas:

Our latest film is an eight minute short entitled “A Short Term Effect” that we shot this past October. With recent quality contributions to horror such as The Conjuring, Annabelle, You’re Next, Lights Out, and Don’t Breathe, it compelled us to do a series of shorts throughout 2017. It’s a fun ghost story involving a depressed man, some haunted woods and a chance encounter with the girl of his dreams—but will he be able to close the deal? We will be posting other short films every few months as long as people are enjoying them. Please check them out.

Watch it now for free!

The show returns in January 2017 with new content as the hosts explore the darkness.

 

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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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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.

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

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29: KRAMPUS VS SANTA

 

 

Listen to EPISODE 29: KRAMPUS VS SANTA



 

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

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

 

 

 

 

THE MAN IN FLANNEL GHOST STORY

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

 

 

 

 

KRAMPUS INTERVIEW & SANTA SHOWDOWN

 

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!

 

 

KRAMPUS IS COMING TO TOWN CAROL

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.

 

 

 

 

THE ELF ON THE FIRE PLACE MANTLE – HOLIDAY HORROR FICTION

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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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

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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.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

 

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“Lamentation” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairies” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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THE MAN IN FLANNEL

The Man In Flannel

A True Ghost Story

by Katie Montana Jordan

 

Listen to the audio version from EPISODE 29: KRAMPUS VS SANTA

His flannel was red and dark blue, long sleeved, and newer looking. I was near the cattle grate, the Man in Flannel was about 50 yards away, standing in front of my chicken coop. It was cold that day on the ranch in rural Montana and I was out tending to my goats, Harold and Maude. I didn’t notice the Man in Flannel until Harold motioned towards him. I looked up to see the strange man who seemed to be smiling and waving at me. Even though I was home alone this afternoon, I wasn’t scared of this stranger on my property because I also had my four dogs out with me. But they didn’t seem to notice him. It wasn’t uncommon to see strangers hike around my property line, usually on their way out to the brush to hunt, but this guy was standing in my yard. When I realized I didn’t see a car that he must have pulled up in, I stood there for minute, eyeing him. I turned my head, not sure why, one of my dogs must have barked or something, and when I looked back up, the Man In Flannel was gone.

My front yard was open, the backside of the cabin sat at a drop off of a steep hill, and the ranch was huge. The chicken coop was locked. There was no place for the Man In Flannel to have run off to that I wouldn’t have seen. And if he had run, my dogs would have chased him. All four of them were near me, as were Harold and Maude. The Man In Flannel seemed to have vanished.

I assumed I had just seen a spirit, but I also did my common rationalizing and considered that I imagined it, or that I misinterpreted whatever I thought I saw. I went back to work. About an hour later, I saw him again. He was closer and definitely smiling. He had dark brown hair and a dark bushy mustache. He was shorter than me and wearing blue jeans. He smiled a big smile and walked behind my barn. I remember taking my gloves off and throwing them on the ground as I ran up to my barn. The Man In Flannel was again gone.

For whatever reason, he made sure I saw him, and he made a point to show me that he was smiling. I didn’t feel threatened or intimidated, but I was a bit bothered that the man chose to appear to me when I was home alone. Why do ghosts have to be cryptic and mysterious? Why couldn’t the Man In Flannel wait until my boyfriend was home, then come knock on the front door and ask to be let in?

I did hear a man’s voice inside the cabin from time to time when I was home alone. Once was a very clear “Hello” when I was standing in my kitchen. Was it the Man In Flannel? Why did he only make his presence known to me? Was he associated to the property? Whoever he was, my animals weren’t afraid of him, so I wasn’t. The impression that I got of him that day in the yard was that he was almost watching out for me. I saw him twice that day, but never saw him again after that.

 

BIO:

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.

Work links: 1) pri-wa.com 2) scottishghostadventures.com

Social media links: 1) Twitter: twitter.com/KMontanaJordan 2) Facebook: facebook.com/katie.jordan.581

Contact Katie directly at katiemontanajordan@gmail.com

 

 

28: ZOMBIE HOLIDAY

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Play Episode 28: Zombie Holiday



MERRY ZOMBIE HOLIDAY!

The undead & flesh-hungry ghouls didn’t satiate their appetites in Zombie Turkey, and they’re back for more brain-feasting in the first episode of the 2016 Yule Season. Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas dedicate another episode to zombies, inviting famed zombie-author of Empire, David Dunwoody, to an interview and to share an original horror fiction, Pixel. It’s another sick and twisted, festive show that ends when the undead mob devours our fat bodies, stuffed with goose and slowed from drinking too much eggnog.

 

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The decorated tree at city hall in Philadelphia

 

The show opens with a true ghost story, The Harford Road Horror, a paranormal tale sent to the show from an anonymous source in Baltimore, Maryland USA. This is a classic story of the start of an inhuman haunting, and at least the occupants knew when to get out before the walls started to bleed.

I felt a presence outside the bathroom door and never felt fear like this.

 

T. Fox Dunham shares some positive CLOWN NEWS about courageous protestors who use humor and makeup to take on the KKK during a protest in the south. Bravo guys!

 

david-dunwoodyHorror author and zombie-writer David Dunwoody comes to the show to answer questions about his writing career and talk about his new series of books The Strange Dead from Severed Press. Born in Texas and currently wandering somewhere in Utah, David Dunwoody writes subversive horror fiction including the EMPIRE series, HELL WALKS, THE 3 EGOS, and the collections DARK ENTITIES and UNBOUND & OTHER TALES. His fiction has been published by outfits such as Gallery, Shroud, Dark Regions, Permuted and Chaosium.

 

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The Strange Dead – Advances in nanotechnology and medical 3-D printing have revolutionized healthcare worldwide, particularly organ transplantation. Until an experimental product line accidentally winds up in the global marketplace. Until people’s organs begin killing them…then bringing them back. Pockets of humanity fight to subsist in skeletal cities and apocalyptic wastelands. The walking dead are a part of a daily fight for survival and many of the living have gone mad. Andre and Claire are part of a group struggling to rebuild America’s infrastructure. In their way stand not only the hungry dead, but a conspiracy of various factions determined to retain what power they have. In a saga blending intrigue and deception with survival horror, the last good men and women combat their own extinction.

 

Allison Ledbetter narrates Pixel from David Dunwoody—a flash horror fiction about a tiny alien dot that eventually consumes a Robert. We read as his mind and body falls to chaos.

It is the splitting of his skin. He tears his shirt open and gapes as, layer by layer, his dermis peels back in translucent leaves. Pixel is love. Robert is free. – From Pixel by David Dunwoody.

They do an encore of the Zombie’s 12 Days of Christmas and have a delightful holiday carol from artist Debra Mann: Set a Place At Your Table for a Zombie. She plays the ukulele and reminds you to be nice this holiday season to the re-animated. Learn more about the Badgerland project at the Badgerland website and support this effort to bring free and open music from many talented folk performers. It’s a charming holiday-zombie carol, a new standard!

Phil & Fox will return next week with occult specialist Katie Jordan. They’ll be interviewing that forgotten holiday hero, The Krampus! Happy Zombie Holidays!

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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.

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

dunwoody-photo

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.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon


List of music, all used with the permission of the owner. All rights still the original property of the artist. With thanks and love.

“The Chamber” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Lamentation” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Castle – Dedicated to HP Lovecraft – by Nemuer from Total Final Album – https://nemuer.bandcamp.com/

Set A Place For A Zombie At Your Table by Debra Mann – Yuletide Entertainments (2012) – Badgerland is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. Used with the blessing of Badgerland.