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.

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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

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Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

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“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

 

 

 

 

THE CEREMONY

THE CEREMONY

Set aboard The Queen Mary

Submitted by filmmaker Lynne Hansen

 

Listen to the audio version of the ghost story here, read by Allison Ledbetter from Episode 36: Zombie Girl with horror Filmmaker Lynne Hansen.



 

When you visit one of Time Magazine’s Top Ten Haunted Places, you’d better be prepared. I wasn’t.

In 2005, my novel The Change was nominated for an EPPIE award for Best Young Adult Novel. The black-tie awards ceremony was held in Long Beach, California on the Queen Mary. Ghost sightings on the ship include a sailor who died in the engine room, soldiers who died in a collision during World War II, and a young girl who drowned in the ship’s pool. I was giddy at the chance to have my own ghost adventures on the ship.

I had to get through the awards ceremony first, though. Not only was I nervous about being nominated, but to make it worse, earlier in the night my friend and oft-collaborator Sally Bosco and I had to present the EPPIE award for Best Action Adventure Novel.

We wanted our time on stage to be memorable, so we faked an argument about how difficult it was to write together. As our conversation became more intense, a spirit orb moved toward the stage, and then another, and another. Audience members snapped photos.

Our argument escalated into a fake fistfight, and as our big finale, I threw Sally onto the floor. Photos from the event show her boot sticking out from behind the podium–and 15 spirit orbs all around us.

People applauded. We announced the winner and headed off the stage. We wouldn’t know until later, but four of the orbs seemed to follow us.

There were three stairs coming down from the stage. My gown was floor-length, so I took each stair slowly, carefully. I had both feet squarely on the second step when suddenly my knees buckled. I flew forward onto the floor, landing on my hands and knees .It felt like someone had kicked the back of my knees, but nobody had been directly behind me.

Folks helped me up, and once back in my seat, I took photos of the ceremony. Several had spirit orbs, but none had nearly as many as the photos taken when Sally and I were on stage. There was one more absolutely spectacular photo, though. As the winners for Best Anthology were being awarded their amulets on stage, I took a photo of a bright orb with half a face on the left side, and a multi-layered glowing membrane around the outside. I’d never seen anything like it.

That night my novel The Change won the EPPIE for Best Young Adult Novel and I promptly forgot the shenanigans on stage. I chalked up my fall to clumsiness, and spent the night celebrating. When I finally went back to my stateroom, I couldn’t get any sleep. I thought I was just excited–too wound up to sleep soundly.

Ifell asleep quickly, but awoke time and again to strange voices and odd knocking from inside the room. A high school orchestra group had checked onto the boat that day, so I didn’t think much about it at the time. Odd thing was, my husband didn’t hear the voices at all.

I didn’t discover the photographic evidence of my encounter until I got home.I wonder if the noises weren’t spirits, still trying to show how annoyed they were at me for pushing down my friend.

For the first time in 12 years, I’m going back to the ship this April for Stokercon, the professional conference of the Horror Writers Association. I wonder if the ghosts of the Queen Mary will remember me.

 

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

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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.

 

30: THE THREE GHOSTS

EPISODE 30: THE THREE GHOSTS

PLAY EPISODE 30: THE THREE GHOSTS



Author John Foster joins T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas for the last episode of 2016, celebrating the works of Charles Dickens. They discuss the most famous ghost story in the English language, A Christmas Carol, it’s history and relevance to the poverty of Victorian society. The three ghosts read respective passages from the book, each playing one of the ghosts. Then they discuss their holiday traditions, the busy life of an Indie author and John’s new book coming out from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Baby Powder and other Deadly Substances, out in late January.

“It is required of every man,” the ghost returned, “that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and, if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death.” Marley’s ghost tells Scrooge why he has appeared to him on Christmas Eve, wearing the chains he forged in life.

JOHN C. FOSTER

John C. Foster was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York and has been afraid of the dark for as long as he can remember. A writer of thrillers and dark fiction, Foster spent many years in the ersatz glow of Los Angeles before relocating to the relative sanity of New York City where he lives with the actress Linda Jones and their dog, Coraline. Foster’s short story “Mister White” first appeared in the Grey Matter Press anthology Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume Two before inspiring the novelized version of this thrilling supernatural adventure of the same name. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and Grey Matter Press releases. Foster released his first novel, Dead Men, in 2015. Mister White is his second adventure into long fiction suspense. For more information, visit JohnFosterFiction.com or GreyMatterPress.com.

His new book will be available from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, an anthology of dark short stories. Baby Powder and Other Dangerous Substances is available from PMMP.

Within these pages, you will board a train to Detroit on a route littered with the darkest monstrosities the mind can imagine (“Highballing Through Gehenna”); a man avenges his father’s murder in a series of violent mobster slayings (“Burial Suit”); a mute ventriloquist and his chattery dummy seek a therapist (“Talk to Leo”); future soldiers summon forth an ancient evil to battle an alien menace (“The Willing”); body smugglers crash land on a world where sinister trees feed on flesh (“Meat”); an interrogation takes a strange, psychedelic turn (“Girl Six”); a special agent investigates a potential alien invasion (“Red”); the undead infiltrate the Whiskey-A-Go-Go (“Dead on the Sunset Strip”); a man is hired by a nefarious agency to witness prison executions around the country (“A Lamb to Slaughter”); and a pair of paranormal scam artists suffer when they confront true evil (“Baby Powder”).

Buy this amazing anthology from PMMP now! ORDER HERE

The Weird Globe tells the story of a strange and perhaps supernatural encounter on an icy winter morning. What was it? A ghost, trick of the light, perhaps a winter fey? John Foster shares a new flash fiction piece for the season, The Worm of Poe, a story about how Christmas traditions can get insanely out of hand, read by professional voice actress, Linda Jones. Indie performer Derek Clegg ends the show with another unique and eccentric Christmas carol called I’m Not Drinking for Christmas, used with permission by the owner.

Happy Holidays, and we’ll see you in 2017 with more 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.

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


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Christmas Eve At Midnight (Small Town Square) by Lee Rosevere is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. Based on a work at http://soundofpicture.com  Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://soundofpicture.com or contact artist via email.

I’m Not Drinking For Christmas by Derek Clegg is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.  Based on a work at www.derekclegg.com  Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.derekclegg.com.

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

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

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

“Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies” 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

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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 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

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MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

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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.

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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

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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.

 

HARFORD ROAD HORROR

Harford Road Horror

Maryland, USA

Sent in by Anonymous

Play the audio version read by T. Fox Dunham from Episode 28: Zombie Holiday

My ex wife and I bought a house through an estate that her law firm handled on Harford Road in Baltimore MD.  The person who previously owned the house was in her 90’s and was unfortunately put in a home.  She and her husband were the only owners of the house, built in 1932.  My ex’s lawyer took care of a lot of updates and repairs.  When we moved in there wasn’t much to do, take down wall paper, paint, fix some cracks and electric, nothing major.  It wasn’t the coziest house, but it was a nice house.  There was always a coldness to it, never felt totally ours and homey.

As with most stories, everything started small.  Noises and shadows in your peripheral vision.  I remember one night, we were woken up to what sounded like a window being broken.  I didn’t have a gun yet, but I had an extensive knife collection and a mini cross bow.  She had a bat and her cell phone with 911 pre dialed and ready to call.  We combed the whole house looked outside at our neighbor’s houses and nothing.  We went back to bed.  Our closet door and our wardrobe door would always open on their own.  Our one cat kept getting in the wardrobe so we chocked it up to her opening it, but needless to say we weren’t always sure.  We would be woken up to sounds all of the time of our front door unlocked, unlatching and opening and closing.  Whenever we would go check, it was always closed and dead bolted.  We would see shadows in the laundry room and always felt like we were being watched and followed down there.  We always felt a presence in the kitchen and would sometimes see a black figure in the corner, but only when the lights we out so we assumed shadows.  My ex’s brother lived with us and also confirmed some of the very strange things we experienced, but outside of us three we never told too many people.

So we had a Halloween party and a lot of friends crashed.  For some reason people kept telling us all night that something about the kitchen bothered them, they weren’t comfortable being near the swinging kitchen door and didn’t want to go in there with the lights out to go get a drink.  So the next morning, my best friend woke up and when I came down he asked if I was up in the middle of the night, claimed he heard footsteps all through the dining room, kitchen and upstairs.  He also claimed he heard whispers.  Another night a friend of ours crashed, she woke up to the same things.  The worst was when two of our good friends were having relationship issues and the boyfriend, whom is a former marine, asked if he could stay with us as they worked things out.  He brought some things, including his two guns (he was worried she would hurt herself on purpose and we also planned on going to the range).  That weekend we were going to do a day trip and hit some haunted houses up in PA and a pumpkin patch etc . . . and my brother, who had a key, came over early to meet up with us.  Our friend didn’t know he was coming.  We are woken up to a scream and we run downstairs and our friend was holding his gun and my brother was about peeing himself (he’s terrified of guns, not to mention ever expected to walk into my house to be held up per say).  When we asked him why he had his gun out and loaded, he said he couldn’t sleep because someone was in the kitchen making a lot of noise and when he went to check there was no one there.  he was so spooked by the happenings of  the night, he loaded his gun and slept with it.  So that was just some of the stuff leading up, this went on rather consistently for about 3 or so years.

One night my ex was closing at work and I was home doing laundry and I was up in our bedroom.  I was folding laundry and listening to music and planned to get a shower when I was done.  I was there in my boxers when all of a sudden our two cats jumped up from lying on the bed and starred at the ceiling and starting whining, moaning, and growling.  That really freaked me out, I backed up and then the stereo shut off.  I walked over to try and turn it back on and it wouldn’t turn on, I looked at the cats in the bed and they were still acting strange when this complete feeling of dread over came me.  I saw my phone on the bed, I watched my cats freaking out but I was trapped in my own head, looking out from behind my eyes, like I was separate from myself.  I couldn’t move, all I could do was see.  I started to talk to myself from inside my head, willing myself to move.  It felt like an eternity when finally I snapped out of it and grabbed my phone and ran out of the bed room into the bathroom.  I locked the door and sat on the toilet.  I felt a presence outside the bathroom door and never felt fear like this.  I dialed my ex, voicemail, dialed my best friend, voice mail, I dialed my mom, voice mail.  I sent out texts to everyone and no response.  I sat in complete fear for what felt like hours.  What was actually about 20 minutes later, the feeling just vanished, like it never happened.  Suddenly, I started getting texts, and phone calls from everyone I called.  My mother asked me what was wrong, I sounded absolutely terrified on the voicemail, I asked her why she didn’t call sooner, and she said it just came up on her machine.  My best friend told me he literally just received my texts.  My ex called wondering what was wrong, said her phone never rang.  Just so strange I can’t explain any of it except when I went back into the room, I looked behind the stereo and it was unplugged.

I never did feel like that in the house again, we brought a friend in whom saged the house for us and said a blessing (not saying it correlated) but things happened there until my ex and I separated and I moved out.  Total of between 4 to 5 years.  I always believed to a degree but was skeptical.  Now, I believe.

 

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“Lamentation” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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THE GHOSTLY GREY CAT

The Ghostly Grey Cat

Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania

Written by Barrett Ravenhurst

Narrated by David Walton

Listen to the audio version from EPISODE 26: Zombie Turkey

 

I have owned the largest New Age shop in northeastern Pennsylvania, The Emporium of Curious Goods, for the past 19 years. For 16 of those years I lived in an upstairs apartment until I bought a 22-room Victorian mansion in the next town. Quite frequently during the apartment living, and still to this day downstairs in the shop, I see a large gray cat! Usually out of the corner of your eye, but then it vanishes when you look directly at it. I’m not the only one to see it. Many customers over the years have said things like, “You know you’re not alone in here,” or they’ll  just outright tell me they saw a big, gray cat which vanished before their eyes! One lady recently told me she saw it lying on a counter and went over to pet it, thinking it was real, and it vanished before she reached it.

Just a few months ago I was behind the counter and four teenage boys were looking at books in the front of the shop. I heard the familiar cat call, “puss, puss, puss, puss,” come from one of them. I looked up to see what was going on and they called back to me, “Hey, do you know you have a cat out here?” I asked them what it looked like and where it was. They told me it was a big, gray cat and had walked around the corner of the counter. Now, the counter in question is against the wall — so if it walked around the corner it had to vanish into the wall! When they looked for it again, they couldn’t find it.

My partner once saw a curtain (hanging at a door in a passageway) flip up at the bottom and then lower again just as if an invisible animal had walked under it. Both one of my clerks and I have actually felt a cat rub up against our leg as we sit behind the counter.

We don’t know where it came from, but we nicknamed it, “Spooky” and when we come in in the morning and find an item thrown off a shelf and broken on the floor, we always say, “Well, Spooky was on the prowl overnight again!”

One odd thing is the fact that the mansion I bought was the site of a suicide years ago. It belonged to a doctor and his wife committed suicide in the carriage house still on the property. She closed the door, turned the car on, and was found many hours later. There are many rumors I’ve heard as to why, but I do not know if any of them are true. But the ending of this story is that it is the most quiet house I’ve ever lived in. No activity at all, no feelings, no vibes, no nothing. I have five cats and at times they seem to follow with their eyes something moving across a room or up a wall, but at the same time I experience nothing.

The only odd thing concerning the cats is the fact that my oldest cat (which incidentally was gray) died of old age problems a few years ago in the house. I buried him under the kitchen window area outside in a large patch of ivy. This has now overgrown the grave site, but all the cats at various time sit on the kitchen windowsill and just stare down at the spot where Salazar is buried. Sometimes their tails twitch and their heads move back and forth as if they are following something outside. I’ve even gone out to look when this happens and there is never anything there (at least I can’t see it)…..but they definitely see and watch something.

It seems strange to me that a house from 1895 which probably had many deaths there over 100 years, plus a suicide, only manifests a recently deceased cat.