49 – SUMMER OF SPIRITS

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We need some spooky stories this time of year. For all of you missing Halloween during this lovely warm season, we bring you a dose of horror to satiate your October desires. Horror authors Phil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham return with episode 49 of Philadelphia’s horror home, What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show on PARA-X Radio, Friday night 9PM EST and available on all major podcast services.

 

Fox brings you a new true ghost story about his experiences last wintery March in Clinton, New Jersey while he and his wife Allison lodged at The River Victorian Bed & Breakfast–a gorgeous town and one of America’s most haunted villages. Narrated by British folksinger, David Walton, this story tells of disembodied guests who had their own holiday at the nearly empty house.

 

 

We’ve got more CLOWN NEWS, finally as the evil clowns start to thaw for the warm weather. Is it real or just urban legend?

 

Fox reads part two of his horror story, Die Musik des Teufels, from Grey Matter Press’ horror anthology dedicated to music, Savage Beasts, from editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.

Phil recently attended a Philadelphia film festival called Cinemug, and we play another interview with one of the filmmakers there, Genevieve Leonard. We’re here to support Indie art in Philadelphia.

We record episode 50 tonight!

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, one of our associate publishers, has joined the podcast zoo with a new show called Castle Rock Radio, a horror podcast devoted to the writings of Stephen King. It’s a new show and entertaining featuring various horror authors. Check it out!

 

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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:

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

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

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

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

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

48: PHILLY FOXY HAUNTED SPOOKY HOUR

Episode 48: The Phillie Foxxy Haunted Spooky Hour Live!!!

 

 

Well, recorded when it was broadcasted live over Para-X at Comic Zen in Lansdale PA for First Friday. Philadelphia horror hosts T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas are live every First Friday on PARA-X Radio with some new stuff and old from our favorite shows. Random guests wander in with their true ghost experiences. On this episode, civil war historian and reenactor Tom Capper joined us with several true paranormal tales from his time in Gettysburg. We also discuss the dark legends of the Slender Man, which was actually just a photo hoax that took on a life of its own, even causing attempted murder.

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We play an old favorite from Wily Bo Walker and the Swamp Music Players, and we play a new song from horror rockers, Nightmare Nancy and the Wizard, plus ghost stories and a reading from T. Fox Dunham’s new gory horror story in Blood Bound Books’ Dead On Arrival III anthology, The Broken Hearted. www.whatareyouafraidofpodcast.com

NIGHTMARE NANCY & THE WIZARD!

From the depths of Nightmare Manor comes Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard, an alternative horror pop/rock duo from Los Angeles. With musical influences that range from alternative rock to cabaret, they bring a macabre sense of humor to every spooky song that they write.

Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard started releasing videos of their original music to YouTube in October of 2015. Whether it’s a song about witches and vampires or a Christmas song about Rudolph going on a murderous rampage, they always strive to put an original spin on spooky themes and imagery. All songs are co-written by the ghoulish duo, with Nancy Nightmare on vocals and The Wizard on guitar.

With 10 songs already released on their YouTube channel and a lot more on the way, they are well on their way to recording their first album. They hope to have the album ready to release at the end of 2017. Until then, they will keep conjuring new music on their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/nancynightmareandthewizard. Stay Spooky!

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, one of our associate publishers, has joined the podcast zoo with a new show called Castle Rock Radio, a horror podcast devoted to the writings of Stephen King. It’s a new show and entertaining featuring various horror authors. Check it out!

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

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tim-waggoner

Author Tim Waggoner

Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

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

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

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

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

47: GHOSTS OF WAR

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 47: GHOSTS OF WAR

 

Only the dead know the end of war. And even then the spirits of fallen soldiers dwell in perpetual torment, forever repeating the carnage of the battlefield. Nothing breeds ghost stories like war, and stories of phantom soldiers have been told for as long as war has existed.

The hosts of what Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show, T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas, present haunted folklore from the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I & World War II. Also, in support of Indie filmmakers, Phil Thomas interviews local Philly film artist, Veronica Giglio, founder of a new local cinema event in Philadelphia to present the work of the Philly film community.

T. Fox Dunham narrates part 1 of his story, Die Musik des Teufels, from Grey Matter Press’ horror anthology dedicated to music, Savage Beasts. It is a dark story of horrific Nazi experiments and their connection to a desperate father looking to save his son’s life. When will these ethereal soldiers stop fighting? Perhaps they will rest when we finally retire war.

Check out our website at www.whatareyouafraidofpodcast.com & follow us on twitter at @pfwhatafraidof.

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, one of our associate publishers, has joined the podcast zoo with a new show called Castle Rock Radio, a horror podcast devoted to the writings of Stephen King. It’s a new show and entertaining featuring various horror authors. Check it out!

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

fangoria

tim-waggoner

Author Tim Waggoner

Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

I’M WATCHING YOU

I’m Watching You!

Sent in by Jess G from Los Angeles, California

 

Listen to the ghost story, read by British folksinger David Walton from Episode 43: WATCHERS:

 

I was a high school student and my mother’s father, who I was very close to, had just passed away from brain cancer. A couple weeks after his passing, the family (my mother, brother, grandmother) and I were cleaning up and clearing out his home office. I was on the computer making sure I had saved everything I wanted to keep onto my flash drive, since I had been the sole user of the computer for the past several months to do homework on while we had been over helping to care for my grandfather. When I turned the computer on, there was a flashing notification from the printer saying there was a document ready to print. Before I could figure out what document it was, it just began printing on its own. I thought that was odd, but figured it was just a glitch and I stood there waiting for some old homework I had probably forgotten to cancel from the printer to come out of the machine. But instead, a full-sized image of my grandfather (his favorite photo of himself that I had taken by the way) came out, and beneath it, in blood-dripping style font in bright red said very cryptically, “I’M WATCHING YOU”. There was no plausible explanation for that printout. I had used the printer countless times while he had been ill to print homework and never had I ever seen that document before. My family all laughed when they too saw what was coming out of the printer. We all knew it was my grandfather giving us his last joke, his last dramatic hoorah send-off. He was a playful man in life, always doing what he could just for a laugh and even in death he managed to succeed.

Jess G’s can be found on instagram at @Muse.Of.Vulnerability

Or twitter at @ObscuriousMusemuseofvulnerability@gmail.com

 

44: BOOGEYMAN

LISTEN TO EPISODE 44: BOOGEYMAN

Every culture has a Boogeyman

Boogeyman is a common allusion to a mythical creature in many cultures used by adults to frighten children into good behavior. This monster has no specific appearance, and conceptions about it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community; in many cases, he has no set appearance in the mind of an adult or child, but is simply a non-specific embodiment of terror. Parents may tell their children that if they misbehave, the bogeyman will get them. Bogeymen may target a specific mischief—for instance, a bogeyman that punishes children who suck their thumbs—or general misbehavior, depending on what purpose needs serving. In some cases, the bogeyman is a nickname for the Devil. Bogeyman tales vary by region. The bogeyman is usually a masculine entity, but can be any gender, or simply be androgynous. (From Wikipedia. Read the full article to learn about this infestation.)

On this episode of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show, we interview monster hunter & paranormal investigator, Gaylen Chauncey. It is the first part of a two part series which we continue next week with Episode 45: Whisper Men. Monsters have been haunting Gaylen and her identical twin sister since she was a little girl, and now she haunts them back, seeking out families in trouble and investigating cases of missing children and abuse involving the supernatural. She tells her story to hosts T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas, sharing intimate details of her search for her childhood tormentor. In addition, she investigates and cleanses houses with her Virginia based paranormal investigation group, AfterLifeGoesOn Paranormal Group.

 

GAYLEN CHAUNCEY

“All ghosts, no matter how sweet, are parasites.”

– Gaylen Chauncey

Founder Gaylen Chauncey, is an author of ghost stories based on her real life experiences.  “The Make Believe In The Boogeyman Chronicles”, novel is based on her monster encounters. Tour guide at the haunted St. Albans Sanatorium. She has been interviewed by TV/Radio/Internet Shows/News, with articles and pictures featured in Paranormal magazines/TV. Has appeared in job fairs at schools and Ghost Conferences on Paranormal Investigating/Writer and has been the subject of college papers on the Supernatural/Paranormal. Titled as an Aura Reader-ability to read the energy of a ghost and clairseeing (seeing spirits), it is why she goes first into any haunted place. She also uses ability to help ghosts move to the light.

 

 

Gaylen is the author of a semi-autobiographical book that shares her experience with the boogeyman and helps children deal with supernatural trauma. Gaylen reads a segment of the book on the show. The Make Believe: In The Boogeyman Chronicles is available on Amazon.

Twelve-year-old Curt lived in New Castle, California for all his life and thought he knew everything about the town, but he wasn’t familiar with the oldest part, a neighborhood built when the Shasta Dam was constructed. Now he comes to know it up close and on a personal level when he, his mother and baby brother move into the largest house in the old neighborhood.Creepy gargoyle statues outside the front door and two evergreen trees with roots growing out of the ground, clutching their bases, hold Curt’s attention. While not impressed with the neighborhood, he’s thrilled to have his own room again following his parents’ divorce. However, Curt’s interest in his room dwindles as his bed begins to shake, in the absence of any earthquake, and seemingly endless piano music plays throughout the long nights.One night when something from under the bed grabs his leg, Curt knows he needs to get help. His mom attributes his experiences to nightmares and sleepwalking. His classmates have heard the stories of kids disappearing in the night. Curt and his peers form the Monster Busters Club and act fast to protect themselves from the monsters they call “the make believe.”

 

 

AFTERLIFEGOESON PARANORMAL GROUP

Being haunted? In the world of the unknown, you are not alone. They are your Paranormal Troubleshooters. One of the unique parts of their team is how they help. They don’t go tramping through your home, keeping you up most of the night just to tell you that your house is haunted. You KNOW that. They investigate, research, help spirits find their way to the light and do a cleansing of your home if needed. Check them out on their website for photos of their many investigations.

A hooded figure in the window captured at the Whaley House

 

THE ISOLATION ROOM Ghost Story

British folksinger David Walton narrates a true ghost story that Fox collected while staying at the Riverside Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Clinton NJ. Fox got this story and several others from one of the owners of the inn, a woman he started calling Auntie Monie. It’s a tale from her childhood when she’d fallen ill with polio and a visitor. We’ll be featuring more ghost stories from her and Clinton NJ in future episodes.

 

The gorgeous interior of this charming B&B.

NEW MUSIC

We feature two songs on this episode from old friends. We just can’t get enough of them. David Walton performs a new version of an English ghost song that he originally performed on the first episode of the show, The Unquiet Dead.

We also play a new song from our deep blues guy, Wily Bo Walker & The Rattlin Bone Theatre Show, the burlesque song, Ain’t Hungry No More.

Wily Bo Walker is a solo artist, songwriter, composer and performer noted for his characterful vocals and swaggering ‘live’ performances 
Renowned as being a diverse and prolific artist and hailing originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Wily Bo works across many styles and genres. In 2016, the compilation twin album releases ‘The Wily Bo Walker Story Volumes I & II’ were released. Wily Bo Walker released a trilogy of albums in 2015, all of which achieved tremendous reviews across the board in the music industry.

 

 

Join us again next week for part II of this remarkable interview with Gaylen Chauncey. Monsters are real. We blind ourselves to them so we feel safe, but it is denial. Yes, there is something in your closet. Also, watch for us as we record or do live shows from Comic Zen in Lansdale, PA on Frist Fridays in the upcoming months, starting May 5th 2017 at 7PM. Come tell us your ghost stories.

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, one of our associate publishers, has joined the podcast zoo with a new show called Castle Rock Radio, a horror podcast devoted to the writings of Stephen King. It’s a new show and entertaining featuring various horror authors. Check it out!

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

fangoria

tim-waggoner

Author Tim Waggoner

Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

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

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

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

“Aint Hungry No More” All rights reserved by Wily Bo Walker and the Rattlin’ Bone Orchestra. Used with permission from the owner.

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

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

 

 

 

 

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.

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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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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.