63: THE HAUNTING OF KATRINA WEIDMAN

 

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THE HAUNTING OF KATRINA WEIDMAN

 

Horror authors T. Fox Dunham (Horror Writers Association) & Phil Thomas have an extraordinary guest on episode 64, part of their countdown to Halloween 2017. Katrina Weidman joins them for a long interview during the show to talk about her lifelong pursuit of the paranormal. Katrina was part of Paranormal State on A&E and is now co-host of the television show, Paranormal Lockdown which is going into its third season on Destination America.

From her WEBSITE:

“I’ve always had a passion for the supernatural and a desire to seek out the unknown! Growing up in haunted houses will kind of do that to you. As a child, I poured over any information I could find on the paranormal. I was fascinated that there were other houses like mine and wanted to know as much as I could. Ghosts, UFOs, cryptos, you name it, I was fascinated! I’m often asked, “How in the world did you become a paranormal investigator?” Honestly, I feel like it chose me.”

“Fast forward a few years to a trip to The Pennsylvania State University that changed everything! I dropped a friend off at the main campus one summer weekend, and the minute my feet hit the pavement, I had an overwhelming feeling that I needed to be there. Not being the academic type, I decided I had better pay attention to this feeling. The day I got back to my hometown, I signed up for classes at the local community college. It was there that I overcame the harsh words from that teacher long ago. I transferred to Penn State, and during my studies, my passion for the paranormal grew even more. As luck would have it, there was a paranormal club on campus, the world-renown Paranormal Research Society (PRS). I trained with them and later worked as their case manager, interviewing thousands of eyewitnesses to the unknown. This led to the opportunity to co-host A&E’s hit docu-drama “Paranormal State” (2007-2011), which chronicled the work of PRS. I then became the host for Chiller’s “Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies,” which explores the real life terror behind some of the world’s most iconic horror films. I also hosted the follow-up special, “Real Fear: The Truth Behind More Movies,” in 2013. I graduated from Penn State with degrees in Integrative Arts and Theatre with a minor in Music Technology. Take that, third grade teacher! Throughout the year, I lecture at paranormal conferences and events where I discuss my experiences in the field. I’m also the co-founder of Atherton Paranormal, a group aimed at furthering the paranormal field and helping those affected by it. In addition to my work in the paranormal, I’m a performer, a producer, and the lead singer of the band AwayFrom30.”

Katrina joins us to talk about her history in the paranormal, her unique experiences growing up as a haunted child, her work on Paranormal State and what it’s like to be on Paranormal Lockdown. She also shares several frightening ghost stories including the tale of being trapped in the Coal Hole in a haunted site in the UK. It is a scary tale.

Paranormal Lockdown will be going into its third season on Destination America. Paranormal Lockdown is a paranormal reality television series. It is executive produced by Nick Groff of Ghost Adventures fame. The series follows Groff and fellow paranormal researcher Katrina Weidman (formerly of Paranormal State) as they confine themselves for 72 straight hours in some of the most haunted locations.

And Fox would love to come cook for them when they’re sequestered to these haunted sites. He was cooking his magic meatloaf while they interviewed. Just ask Phil… amazing stuff.

 

MERCY BY T. FOX DUNHAM

Fox reads a scene from his horror novel from Blood Bound Books, MERCY. When Fox was 17, he suffered from a rare form of blood cancer, a cell type that had never been treated successfully before. Fox suffered intense chemo therapy and radiation until finally at the dawn of Samhain that year, he survived death and recovered.

T. Fox Dunham has often penned stories about his battle with cancer, a battle that hasn’t stopped throughout his life as its returned, and he wrote MERCY as a metaphor for his horrific violation at the hands of doctors. Mercy is a book about William Saint, a man dying of cancer but even more so dying of regret. He returns to Mercy hospital to discover its been possessed by something evil, a dark force hungry for souls, and he is processed to become edible to the great dark mouth that feeds the great dark heart. Fox reads from a selection of his book.

MERCY LARGE

“Fine! I will look and give you my eyes. Why do I need them anyway? All I see is suffering, mostly my own.”

“You will do this of your own free will? Less damaged?”

He nodded at the Good Doctor. “But I have to do it. I will cut into my own face.” The Good Doctor Sullivan giggled at the idea, delighted by the suggestion. He held the base of his goggles, and he lifted them from his cheeks, revealing the orifices in his skull. At first, the beast man could not look upon his true face, and he turned away.

“See me. You have always known me.”

–From MERCY by T. Fox Dunham

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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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.

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THE ZOMBIE DANDIES

We play another great punk Halloween song from the French band, The Zombie Dandies. The Friendly Monster Shop is a great song for the spooky season. We love these guys!

 

The Zombie Dandies are a musical project from Normandy, France. The story of the group started in 2011, when two bored ghouls, Marty Dandy (Drums, Bass, Guitar & Vocals ) and K1000 Zombie (Guitar & Vocals), woke up from their graves with the unlikely idea of creating a glam-metal-meets-garage-rock musical project.

 

THE WISH MECHANICS

Part 4 of a great Halloween Day of the Dead story from horror author Daniel Braum. Daniel Braum returns with part of his Halloween horror story, A MAN’S GUIDE TO COSTUMES AND THE MOST COMMON WAYS TO GET ARRESTED. It’s from his collection of short stories, HE WISH MECHANICS: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic. Get it on AMAZON!

Take a walk on the wild side, through the twilight zone of dark and dangerous and dangerously personal terrain of Daniel Braum’s short stories. Navigate impossible worlds and hidden corners of our own with damaged men and women seeking love and transcendence. There is heartache, loss, and stark poignant truths in the dark places these stories fearlessly venture, but also magic, mystery, beauty and wonder. Do you dare to dream? Do you dare to make a wish? Find out just who are the Wish Mechanics before answering. Braum effortlessly blends horror, science-fiction, and fantasy in his unique style and vision that transcends genre.

Dark, literary, weird-fiction stories such as How To Make Love and Not Turn to Stone operate with the Night Time Logic of Robert Aickman. The vivid, exotic settings evoke the majestic prose of Braum’s literary hero Lucius Shepard. The genre blending fantasy and science fiction of The Canopy Crawlers and Tea in the Sahara channel “the anything can happen spirit of the late, great grandmaster Tanith Lee. Cover Art by George Cotronis

We’re a great fan of Daniel’s work, and we’re really excited to have his episodic reading of the story from the Wish Mechanics! Buy it at AMAZON!

RAIN ON MY FOOTSTEPS – WILY BO WALKER

We can’t have a Halloween show without the gritty and burlesque sounds of Wily Bo Walker and the Rattlin’ Bone Theater Show. Wily Bo contributes his mournful dirge, Rain on my Footsteps.

Wily Bo Walker, recently Inducted in to the US Blues Hall of Fame, 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; Blues, Gospel, Soul, Classic R&B, Jazz, Rock and Americana.

Download more of Wily Bo’s incredible music at his Band Camp Site.

We hope to see you at King of Prussia Mall on October 28th at Uncanny Comics when we hand out candy and ghost stories to the kids for Malloween then record our Halloween Special! Click here for more information. J. Lee Dodson, author of the Evil Clown Survival Guide is joining us.

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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

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

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

The Friendly Monster Shop by The Zombie Dandies is licensed under a Attribution License.

“Rain on my Footsteps” by Wily Bo Walker and the Rattlin’ Bone Theater Show. Used with permission by the owner. All rights reserved.

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

 

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

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

 

MUSIC LIST:

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

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

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

 

 

 

32: WOMEN IN HORROR

EPISODE 32: WOMEN IN HORROR

 



 

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

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

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

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

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

Praise for Dual Harvest:

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

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

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

Check out the rest of the great reviews on AMAZON

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

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

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

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

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

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

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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

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN KANGAS of KANGAS KHAN FILMS (TERRORTORY)

 

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On episode 24, we interview Dan Doren and Mark Wenger, the creators of the indie horror film TERRORTORY. Kevin Kangas, the third of the creative team, was unable to join us on EP 24, so we got an interview for the website. Kevin shares his knowledge of the film industry and wisdom for anyone trying to get started.

TERRORTORY is still available on Amazon Prime. Check out this original indie film.

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What is your mission as a film maker?

My mission, as I see it, is to entertain. I’m not one of those filmmakers looking to “make art” or change the world. I like creating, and I want to entertain people the way I was entertained by watching fun horror movies.

Could you tell us a bit about your inspirations, the movies you liked growing up, the directors you draw from?

My earliest inspirations are all writers, because I started writing at 12 years old, long before I even had a thought to direct or make movies. I read fantasy and horror at a young age, so my inspirations would be people like Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Dean Koontz, Terry Brooks, Jack Chalker, Stephen King, Agatha Christie. Any book that I read that spurred my imagination and made me want to DO that.

Growing up, horror was always the forbidden fruit. My parents became religious when I was around ten, and they started banning all sorts of stuff, from horror to D&D, so naturally I gravitated even more to it than before. My brother and I used to get up in the middle of the night to sneak downstairs and watch movies we weren’t supposed to, from the original Friday the 13th to Escape From New York to Zapped. In middle school when I went over to a buddy’s house for sleepovers, we always watched whatever horror was on one of the two movie channels(HBO&Showtime), which was great. His mom was always working, so we’d catch The Beast Within or Nightmares or Alien.

As for directors that I draw from, obviously John Carpenter to a great degree. I’d love to say I draw from Hitchcock, but that guy was so far ahead of the rest of us that I’m not even sure I understand how he did what he did. But I’d love to try. Also, there’s no way anybody in my age group isn’t influenced by Spielberg, who is probably the greatest overall filmmaker of all time.

What is your background in the industry?

I went to school for computer science, because I was always very computer savvy(before computers were common like today). I’d been writing screenplays for a while, but had never really considered making a movie until I took a film elective. From the first moments I shot film, I began thinking about dropping computer science and making movies. Due to some school trouble(declining grades and a fight with a campus monitor), I ended up dropping out of school, and eventually decided to make a film.

What are some of your earlier films?

“Hunting Humans” is my notorious first film. It still gets a lot of play because of the serial killer they caught with it in his truck a few years back. (google “Adam Leroy Lane Hunting Humans” to check it out) And then very recently they may have caught another murderer with it…the news just broke.

Then “Fear of Clowns” that Lionsgate picked up, and its sequel. Bounty with the legendary actor Tom Proctor followed, and “Garden of Hedon”, a giallo-esque murder mystery with horror elements.

Why do Terrortory? Where did it come from?

It was a weird happenstance. Mark sent me an email out of the blue—I didn’t know him. He said he was trying to get together a horror anthology set in a sort of Bermuda triangle in Maryland that he and Dan had thought up. We could do any story set there—slasher, ghost, monster. Whatever we wanted to. That was appealing.

But I didn’t have any ideas offhand, and I thought I was going to be moving into production of another feature at that point, so I turned him down. A few months later, though, and I knew I wasn’t going to do the feature, AND an idea occurred to me. It was Smiling Jack.

I emailed him back and said I’d be interested in doing one. We went out and shot Smiling Jack a few months later. Some of the other filmmakers he’d gotten didn’t get back with films, so I said I’d do another one. Then another one. And the wrap. Pretty soon I’d done all but two of the pieces, and I think I helped flesh out the mythology of the Terrortory. You can probably see my interest in the Terrortory steers more toward the supernatural, which balanced well with Mark’s slasher and Dan’s real-world technology runs amok stories.

What kind of budget did it need? And how do you spend that money?

From the get-go Mark had said we weren’t spending much money. It had to be very low budget—and since I was footing the bill for each of my segments, that was never a question. I’m not a rich guy. Making low-budget movies is certainly not a big money-maker in this day and age, so if there was any chance of making a profit, we HAD to keep our costs low.

The money is sort of split between FX/props, paying the actors something whenever we can, craft services(which, on my sets, means boxes of fritos and potato chips, and either hot subs or pizza, which are the only restaurants close by to the wooded area we shot in), lens rentals and whatever other things are necessary.

How did you get your actors and writers?

Well, I write all my own stuff. The only time I haven’t in the past is when I work with a writer buddy of mine, Luke Theriault. But I always pass my stuff by him and my UPM Rob Ziegler(who’s also a writer) to get their thoughts about my stuff when I’m done.

Mark and Dan wrote their segments.

As for actors, I have to say that casting is one of the worst parts of making indie movies. I hate it. So lately I tend to write parts for actors I know, and then casting’s easy. But casting was inevitable once I started doing more than one segment, so we listed in Backstage and put feelers out among the community. The Maryland film community is pretty big. But man, on my last segment “The Midnight Clown”, it was hard filling those roles. We had used so many local actors it seemed like we’d used up everybody, so I was sweating casting right up until the week we shot…it was nerve-wracking.

Any new projects on the horizon?

I’m always writing. Right now just trying to take a break, because Terrortory was a brutal two-years of my time. But honestly, I enjoyed the anthology format and I love Halloween, so I’ve been thinking about doing a Halloween anthology. Then there’s always Terrortory 2…I’ve already written the new wrap-around script because I can’t stop my mind from going where it goes, and I think it came up a pretty good idea. The wrap story in an anthology is the hardest part, so having this one already is pretty big.

In the end it will come down to what I feel like doing.

What advice would you give to new film makers entering the industry?

This is always the question I dread getting. Most filmmakers will tell you stuff like “Man, just go out and do it. It’ll be great.”

I’m not that filmmaker. Making movies is hard. It’s not simply a matter of taking that new DSLR you got and pointing it at someone who mouths words.  Just because it’s easier and cheaper than ever to create pretty video with decent sound doesn’t mean it’s easy to make a good movie.

My honest advice is this: Don’t do it. Find something else to do where you’ll get paid an honest wage, because you’re not going to get that making movies. What you will get is tired and broke, and all for the bonus of saying you’re “a director” while the internet takes glee in sniping at you and what you’ve done.

BUT…

If you cannot do that—if you cannot NOT make movies—then do it. If you have a hollow feeling in your gut when you’re not creating STUFF, do it. It’s why I do it…I can’t NOT do it.

The important part then will be to learn your craft. Learn how to write. This is the #1 most important thing to being a director. You need to know how to tell a story on paper first, then on camera.

Don’t write about boring shit in your life; nobody cares about the guy who works at the pizza place who’s pining for the waitress who ignores him(unless he then decides to kill her or her boyfriend). Nobody’s interested in a drama that takes place between two people sitting at a table.

Learn how to shoot with the camera, and I don’t mean on Auto mode. Figure out how f-stops and shutter speeds work. Learn about composition. And for fuck’s sake, don’t shoot every shot from eye-level on a tripod.

Then…go do it. It won’t be easy. The first few things you do will suck, but that’s normal for pretty much anything.

kevin

22: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS

EPISODE 22: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS

Countdown to Halloween

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PLAY PODCAST 22: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS


horse-statues-2Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas present to you a special podcast anthology of collected ghost stories from one of the most haunted battlefields in the world, Pennsylvania’s own Gettysburg. Once the site of a great battle between the Confederate and Union armies and the turning point in the American Civil War, the land has suffered tragedy and death.

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A Harvest of Death. Gettysburg, July 1863. Timothy O’Sullivan. (War Dept.)

Such suffering echoes through time, and these echoes can be felt today through the many supernatural sightings reported by locals and visitors. Through investigation, door-to-door at times, T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas have uncovered new and old stories about soldiers lost to life but not to time.

 

 

 

The dead demand to be remembered.

 

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Mark Nesbitt – Gettysburg Ghost Folklore Collector

“It was a warp in time. A veil is parted.” Mark Nesbitt

mark-with-cannonOn this episode, they feature an anthology of ghost stories, so many that they let the stories speak for themselves. Mark Nesbitt, Mister Ghosts of Gettysburg, joins Phil & Fox for an interview and shares a few ghost stories that he’s collected, along with a few EVPs (recorded voices of the dead). Mark talks of his two experiences he collected: the story of a Phantom Civil War Hospital and the bleeding room at The Daniel Lady Farm. Fox also tells a story on location at Devil’s Den, based on Mark’s investigation.

 

“Spirit blood appeared there and vanished.” Mark Nesbitt

 

Blood manifested one night than vanished. Story told by Mark on EP22.

 

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Mark also shares his theory on how the quartz in the ground records supernatural energy. Mark Nesbitt was a National Park Service Ranger/Historian for five years at Gettysburg before starting his own research and writing company. Since then he has published fourteen books including the national award-winning Ghosts of Gettysburg series. His stories have been seen on The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, and numerous regional television shows and heard on Coast to Coast AM, and regional radio. In 1994, he created the commercially successful Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours and in 2006, the Ghosts of Fredericksburg Tours

 

 

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Fox records the tale of Devil’s Den.

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To arrange a candlelight tour with Mark Nesbitt’s touring company, visit this website. www.ghostsofgettysburg.com

 

Here’s a YouTube video Ghosts of Gettysburg featuring Mark Nesbitt talking about his work hunting ghosts:

 

Suzanne Madron

suzimAuthor and friend Suzanne Madron, resident of Gettysburg, sends two true ghost stories she encountered: Mr. 1865 & Soldier on a Bicycle. Both stories recorded by our British folksinger, David Walton. Suzanne Madron was born in New York City and has lived up and down the east coast. Currently she resides on a house built over a Civil War battlefield in the wilds of Pennsylvania where she has been known to host some interesting Halloween parties. She has authored several novels and stories under various names.

 

Suzi will be singing books at Merlin’s Coffee in Hanover, PA on Saturday, October 29th from 1-3PM. Can’t make it to the signing? There will be a major release party for Devil Dog Press following the signing, from 3-5pm ET on Facebook.

 

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Gettysburg. Famed ghost city.

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GHOST STORIES DOOR TO DOOR

While investigating the city during a weekend trip, T. Fox Dunham & his wife, Allison Ledbetter took several photographs of the battlefields and shops and may have caught some paranormal activity. Allison sensed something in the corner of an Irish shop. After Allison directed him to the ceiling, Fox took several photos of the same spot and caught what appears to be a light or mist moving into the ceiling. Lighting effects couldn’t quite explain what they saw, nor could they identity an obvious source. Could be paranormal?

 

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Lil Somethin’ Gettysburg

T. Fox Dunham also spoke to a shopkeeper, recording his story of the Ghost Lady in a Rocking Chair. A Lil Somethin’ Gettysburg is a lovely little shop with friendly owners who sell unique gifts, candles, salsas, home décor and souvenirs. In addition, he spoke to a charming local, Big Al, and got his views on spooky critters:

 

 

 

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“I don’t bother ghosts, and they don’t bother me.” Big Al

 

CUSTER’S LAMENT

The episode ends with a special extended version available to those downloading the podcast. We play Custer’s Lament from a band based in Portland, Oregon, Velaraas from their album Gilded Age. It’s a metal tribute to General Custer who fought at Gettysburg and later died at Little Big Horn. Not meant for easy listening!

 

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Fox & Phil Go a’Ghost-Hunting!

Fox & Phil are joining Philadelphia Southeast Paranormal Investigation and Research Team, also known as Spirit of PA, for a paranormal investigation of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, PA. They will feature their logs and experiences on a future episode during October.

 

They will also be at the King of Prussia Mall at Uncanny Comics on Saturday, October 29th for Malloween.

 

Counting down to Halloween with many surprises yet to come!

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

Send us your true ghost stories and paranormal experiences at whatareyouafraidof117@gmail.com. Find Submission Guidelines on this website.

 

Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on Saturday nights at 6PM.

 

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(The 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

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Author David Dunwoody

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

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

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real.

Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not

understand.

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

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MUSIC RIGHTS

Custer’s Lamentation played with special permission from Velaraas from their Gilded Age album. All rights reserved.

Cup of Tea by Sláinte is licensed under a Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License

“This House” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Lamentation” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Decline” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“The Chamber” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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21: SAMHAIN

EPISODE 21: SAMHAIN

Check out the What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Podcast WEBSITE for expanded material, ghost story archive, folk music and more.

 

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This is the 2nd podcast in Fox & Phil’s 6 episode Countdown To Halloween, celebrating the haunted holiday and their one year anniversary podcasting about the darkness—and all things spooky.

 


EPISODE 21: SAMHAIN

with Katie Montana Jordan – Occult Specialist ready to play below:

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We need your true ghost stories. Copy them into the email at whatareyouafraidof117@gmail.com. Check out the submission guidelines on the website for more information. We will have them narrated by our voice actors.

 

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On this episode, the boys are joined by Katie Montana Jordan, Occult Specialist for two paranormal katie-skullagencies including Oregon Paranormal and Paranormal Research & Investigations.

Katie Montana Jordan is a Freelance Writer with areas of specialty in paganism and the occult. She is the Occult Specialist, Client Relations Consultant and Field Researcher to Oregon Paranormal, as well as Writing Consultant and Field Researcher to Paranormal Research & Investigations. 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.

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OREGONPARANORMAL.COM

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Link for her upcoming conference (where she’ll be both holding a lecture and teaching a class): www.portgambleparanormal.com

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Oregon Paranormal was established in 2009 for the purpose of conducting paranormal research throughout the Pacific Northwest. We exist to aid those who feel they may be experiencing phenomena they cannot explain. Our organization is comprised of an amazing group of researchers who hold the same core values, which Oregon Paranormal prides itself on. Our mission was to build a research organization that people could turn to for help and support, which we believe we’ve been successful at achieving. Over the years we’ve conducted a number of investigations, between residential, commercial, and historical sites including joint investigations with teams throughout the region.

And keep your eyes open for Katie’s up and coming personal WEBSITE. This site is her one stop website with info about both her writing and para work, radio spots, etc.)

KATIE MONTANA JORDAN’S FUTURE APPEARANCES

The Relevancy and Applications of Ouija Boards

Katie can be seen next at the 7th Annual Port Gamble Ghost Conference in Port QUJIAGamble, WA, over Samhain weekend. Katie will be holding a lecture on Friday the 28th, titled ‘Samhain: The Pagan History of Halloween.’ And she is also teaching her coveted class on spirit boards, on Saturday the 29th, titled: ‘The Relevancy and Applications of Ouija Boards.’

 

For more information on the conference, check their WEBSITE.

 

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SAMHAIN

Katie comes on the show to not only talk about her work in the paranormal but also to explain the pagan holiday of Samhain—the foundation-holiday of Halloween. There are many misconceptions about the pagan new year, and Katie shares her knowledge of its history and modern practice. T. Fox Dunham shares his story of Samhain. It is a special time for him, a second birthday. When he was 18, his battle with a rare form of lymphoma nearly ended with his death, but through a miracle after several months of intense chemotherapy and radiation, he survived and found new life on Samhain. They both talk about this sacred and ancient time of death and rebirth in the natural circle of life.

“The Dark is to be respected and not feared.” – Katie  Montana Jordan

Katie shares two true ghost stories: Ghost Hands and Scaredy Cat both narrated by voice actors. Ghost Hands is the true account of disembodied hands who got fresh with our Katie while she was on a ghost hunt!

“Beware the Hand Man.” – Katie Montana Jordan

Ghosts usually scare you, but in Scaredy Cat, she scared the ghost!

 

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The Final Ingredient:

British folksinger David Walton returns to narrate with his life partner, Marie, a dark short fiction by T. Fox Dunham, The Final Ingredient—a tale of a witch in need of a last element for a dark recipe.

“Forever shall I live, and so shall I teach you, if you can name the missing ingredient. Fail, and today you sup on stew, then anon worms shall sup on you.”

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Velaraas

Check out Velaraas on their FACEBOOK PAGE

velarass-album-cover-pictureThey finish the show with a song from a band out of Portland, Oregon Velaraas playing from their album, Gilded Age. The song is called the Peace Maker. They’re a four piece band: Thelonius Spence (guitars and vocals), Scott Walker (drums), Ian Engblom (bass), and Colin Stroup (guitars and vocals). They’ve been together a little over 2 years.

VELARAAS – Vela means several things. Most importantly to them it means “time”. It also means “the hour of death” and “passion”. Ras (in which they added an a) means several things as well. Notably, it means “to feel”, “love”, “reverberate”, “roar” and “perceive”.

The “time” part of Vela is important because each of their albums is lyrically and somewhat musically centered in a time period, the Peace Maker being set mostly in the latter part of the Wild West.  Each song is a small vignette of its own. Some of their songs are based on true events, some are partially based on events and others are pure fiction.

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Fox & Phil Go a’Ghost-Hunting!

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Fox & Phil are joining Philadelphia Southeast Paranormal Investigation and Research Team, also known as Spirit of PA, for a paranormal investigation of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, PA. They will feature their logs and experiences on a future episode during October. Check out the Spirit of PA Group at their WEBSITE!

 

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They will also be at the King of Prussia Mall at Uncanny Comics on Saturday, October 29th for Malloween. Here is the Uncanny WEBSITE.

 

 

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Counting down to Halloween with many surprises yet to come!

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

 

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 Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on Saturday nights at 6PM.

 

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Sponsored by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

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MERCY

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

 

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(The 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

 

 

 

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Author David Dunwoody

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

 

 

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

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real.

Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not

understand.

 

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

 


Night In The Forest by Sergey Cheremisinov is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License.

“This House” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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 “Peacemaker” by Velaraas on the Gilded Age album used with special permission from the owner.

“Aritus” by Path of Witches on their Halloween Compilation Album

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“The Chamber by Kevin MacLeod from Dark World(incompetech.com)
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20: SHADOW STALKERS

EPISODE 20: Shadow Stalkers

 

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HALLOWEEN IN FOUR WEEKS!

Phil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham are counting down to Halloween. October 1st, they release episode 20, Shadow Stalkers, recorded with special guest host, Debi Chestnut who tells us her stories after spending a lifetime investigating the paranormal.

Debi Chestnut

Debi Chestnut was born psychic and struggled with this gift in a world that didn’t

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understand her. As a kid, her first best friend was a ghost-boy named Nathanial, and she lived in a supernatural world. She investigated many cases with the Black River Paranormal group and has now formed a new group, Shadow Stalkers. She’s written multiple books on the paranormal including Something Wicked, Stalking Shadows and Is Your House Haunted? She is what Fox calls a psychic healer. She mends the rips between this world and the next.

“A demon’s purpose is to turn your soul away from God.” Debi Chestnut.

Debi’s talks about several of her paranormal experiences on the show: growing up with a dead boy, fighting a demon that nearly consumed her life, putting to rest elementals in a barn that were conjured to protect the souls of dead children. She shares with us one of her favorite stories, The Screaming Woman, which has been narrated by one of our voice actors. It’s about the ghost of a murdered woman and her lost child in a mid-west farmhouse.

“Nathaniel was my first ghost & my best friend.” Debi Chestnut

A link to Debi’s work as a paranormal investigator:

 

Visit Debi’s Website

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Fox & Phil have started their seasonal spooky early, and they ventured to one of the infamous haunted sites of Philadelphia: Pennhurst Asylum. Thanks to tickets from their friend Cindy, they got in early and enjoyed this magnificent production.


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Check out this link from Weird NJ for its history.

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We tell another true ghost story, Long Distance, about a woman who won’t give up on her boyfriend after he gets married, even after she dies.

Fox shares another round of Clown News. The clowns are spreading north, and they’re coming for you. This is a perfect example of modern American folklore in action.

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James Chambers returns to talk about the Horror Writers Association’s annual Halloween Haunts, a series of essays, stories, photos and thoughts from members of the Horror Writers Association that he will put up each day until Halloween.

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Monk Turner contributes a song to get us into the spooky Halloween spirit. “Halloween Night” from his album Calendar.

Monk Turner has produced more than 25 concept albums using a collective of monk-turnermusicians who share his passion for creating freeform, genre-defying music. Among some of his accomplishments, Turner’s composition with musician Fascinoma won a competition held by radio station WFMU and the Free Music Archive for an alternative version of the popular “Happy Birthday to You,” entitled, “It’s Your Birthday!” In addition to his prolific catalog, his songs have been featured in movies, television programs and advertisements. The track “Judicious Jason” from Instrumental Friends Part 3 broke a Guinness World Record when 2,231 students chose the song to do history’s largest choreographed ribbon dance. His albums are available for free download via Creative Commons license on Bandcamp, Free Music Archive, and Archive.org. They can also be streamed via Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music, and Beats/MediaNet.

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And don’t forget! We are on PARA-X RADIO Saturday Nights at 6PM where you can hear the show early.


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MUSIC LIST:

Come Play with Me Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Haunted Ballroom Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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The Chase Pulse Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Halloween Night – Calendar – Monk Turner

 

18: WITCHES

EPISODE 18: WITCHES

EP18: Witches

Play Episode 18 below:

 

wp_20160910_17_38_51_proPhil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham record on-location from The Cats Meow Mystical Shop in Lansdale, Pennsylvania (Montgomery County) in the Philadelphia region. They not only bring their usual assortment of paranormal & horror content (like a box of chocolates made from shadows and gooey macabre) but they also talk to several surprise guests who visit on Bike Night in Lansdale.

 

Cat’s Meow Mystical Shop:

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They also have an online catalog that provides material to practitioners around the world.

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This is their second episode on Para-X Radio! They join a spooky schedule para-x-logo_social_400x400of programming about the paranormal from many brother and sister explorers of the darkness. Thank you for asking them to join the family! Their new episodes will debut at 6PM on Saturday night, then it will be available from all the major podcast services such as iHeart Radio, iTunes, GooglePlay, etc.

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Now because the show is going on a weekly schedule, Fox & Phil can finally relax a bit. They’re changing the format so they can talk to their audience more, share their experiences and stories. For example, in this episode, they discuss the plague of clown sightings happening in the south: its validity and basis in folklore.

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WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ALL THESE CLOWNS? Is this how the world ends?

 

Medium Jean Westbrook Interview:

Fox interviewed the Lady-Medium, Jean Westbrook MA, CH, CMI. Jean is a local medium who spent the last 30 years exploring her abilities, growing them and helping others on their search. She doesn’t see the future because she believes in free will.

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 “My readings provide an emotional spiritual mirror to help you gain clarity so you can make positive conscious choices yourself. I am here to empower you. Cats Meow has been a wonderful place for me because Randi’s group has been very supportive.”

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The Window – True Ghost Story

The true ghost story comes from western musician Suzen JueL about a house that won’t forget,

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The Window. And Randi Biba Stinson, owner of Cats Meow, and her sister, Jini, share one of her true ghost stories, Louis. He was the old shop owner, and they had to come to terms over a misunderstanding that crossed worlds.

Swamp Music Players

They end the show with a song from a band in British Columbia: The Swamp Music Players. Fox plays The Devil’s Tooth to showcase their unique and mournful sound. It’s from their album Timeless Cool. The Swamp Music Players are a retro futuristic band with a passion for Swamp Rock, Swamp Blues, Swamp Pop and Cosmic Americana.

 

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We look forward to sharing our next episode with you, Episode 19: Fall Spirits to be recorded on location at Comic Zen in Lansdale, PA.

RECORDING PODCAST 18: WITCHES IN CAT’S MEOW MYSTICAL SHOP

As part of our outreach program to report and join the Philadelphia community, we will be recording the show from various locations. Some of these events will just spring up, so you have to be quick and review our event’s page.

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Our next recording will take place at the Cat’s Meow Mystical Shop in Lansdale, PA on Saturday, September 10th starting at 6PM, but Phil & Fox intend to be there earlier to talk to people, collect some ghost stories and hang out with the psychics, witches and seekers of the other realm. Bike Night is a busy night for Lansdale, so prepare to park far! Or take the SEPTA to the Lansdale station right in town. The shop is located adjacent to the Septa Station at:


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105 Walnut St

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So we hope you’ll join us and bring your stories! The show should prove to be rich with mystical wisdom.

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STEVE LACHANCE

Steve LaChance

Steve LaChance – Paranormal Author

Interviewed by T. Fox Dunham

 

 

 

 

 

Fox Note:

Every Halloween, I order a a collection of horror books, usually zombie anthologies and scary stories. A rare treat is a book about a true demonic haunting. For the past few years, I have enjoyed The Uninvited by Steven LaChance. It describes his experiences dealing with a true demonic haunting, while he lived in the home and helping out the later resident. The experience changed his life and opened his eyes to a wider universe.
 
I was fortunate to contact Mr. LaChance, and he agreed to an interview for the site. You can see his story on an episode of Discovery Channel’s A Haunting, which has recently started again with new seasons. He is also releasing a sequel book, which I am looking forward to reading and adding to my Halloween collection.


INTERVIEW WITH STEVE LaCHANCE

Q. How has your experience changed your view of the world?

I think it has taken away a little bit of the false security we all feel. There are times I catch myself in a public place and I look at people and wish I did not know the things that I have learned. I suppose you could say that I should find some kind of solace in the fact I now know there is something more after death. That is simply not the case at all. The entire experience has raised more questions about the afterlife and the unseen things which could be surrounding us on a daily basis. We simply have no clue. There is a sense of an invasion of privacy even when I am alone. You can never really be sure if there is not something else there with you. I was attacked at some of the most private moments in our lives we just simply take for granted. I cannot put my head on my pillow at night and feel absolutely secure.

Q. Do you believe you were selected for this experience by fate or divine selection?

I would like to think so. It makes dealing with it all a bit easier. I know I have changed lives and I have helped many people on a paranormal level and not. Was I selected for some kind of soldier in a spiritual warfare battle? I think that idea might be going a little bit too far. However, I do feel the experience was given to me at a time when I needed it. That is hard to explain to someone who has not been through something of this magnitude. It is all a strange dichotomy in a way. One hand I wish I had never lived through it at all and on the other hand it was one of the single most changing events in my life. It made me the person I am today. I believe things happen for a reason and there are times we are given things in this life when we need them. Not all of those things are going to be pleasant. In the end, the most important thing is the lesson learned. Those lessons are the character builders which make us the people we are. I don’t know maybe it is just my way of putting it all into a box which makes it easier to understand and handle.

 
Q: What do you say to skeptics who don’t believe your story?  

I have been very lucky in this respect. For the most part, people have the understanding we went through something life changing and horrible. How they fit that understanding into their reality box can vary. The few true skeptics I come across I remind them I use to be a skeptic too and I will be there for them if something like this ever happens to them because I am the guy you call for help. An important point to also understand is that the more I do this work, the more of a skeptic I become myself. There is a whole lot of fraud and BS out there in this world. Sometimes it is all you can handle just to dig your way through it all in order to find those who truly need your help. In the end, I have found I feel more alone than anything else because I have come to understand the events which happened to my family are very rare. Not exactly the exclusive club you want to find yourself in.

Q. What advice would you give others who are suffering a demonic haunting?

I could give you a whole dissertation on this subject alone. The most important thing you can help them with is to understand how they have played a part in their situation. How they invited this into their lives. I am not talking about this in a religious sense or spiritual one either. The spirit can come into play, but it is often something that has nothing to do with either of those things. Many times it is our actions in relation to other people which can cause the demonic to attract. Anger is one of the big ones. I personally had so much anger from my wife deserting us and my sister dying that it was like a match to dynamite. It is the easiest way I can explain it to you. The demonic are attracted to dysfunction.

Q. How did you approach writing the Uninvited? Did you have a strategy? 

The only strategy I had when I wrote the book was to have a conversation with the reader. I wanted anyone who reads the book to feel like I am right there talking to them. I guess you could say another strategy was not to hold back even when it was difficult to explain some of the things that happened. I also wanted to take responsibility for the things I did wrong for the investigator who could possibly read it. By no means did I ever put myself on a pedestal having the attitude I know everything. The truth is there have been a lot of people before and there will be a lot of people after who will battle with these same questions. The point is, for those who live through something horrific like this, we could care less what name it is given. We simply want the help to get rid of it and to keep it out of our lives. There is the difference between a real case and fantasy.

Q. Please tell us about your current projects and your future work.

I am just finishing the final edit to the follow up book to The Uninvited. It is often a misunderstanding that once a door closes and you walk away from a haunted house it is over. Lorraine Warren told us a long time ago it would never be truly over. When she said this I did not understand. I do now. Also, we have so much more history about the land the house is built upon and we now have a pretty clear picture what is causing the disturbance. The new book is called, Blessed are the Wicked. It will be out sometime in 2013. I am also working on living a normal life. I miss normalcy. I have moved to Myrtle Beach, SC and I have to tell you the beach is good for the soul. There are other things I am working on. I am also really turning my focus to hard core research and the development of new ideas which I hope will help us gain a better understanding. You know the one thing about me that differs from the rest of the paranormal crowd is I am not doing one ounce of my work for them. My focus is the regular guy out there. I want to answer his or her questions about life and death. I want to take them on a journey they may have never thought of taking or are too afraid to take that step. The paranormal crowd is just preaching to the choir. The other people are the ones that matter. Them, and those out there who are in need of quality help and a kind word.

 

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Books:
The Uninvited
Crazy
Blessed are the Wicked (coming soon)  
Films:  
The Morse Mill Project:
Children Of The Grave
The Possessed
A Haunting “Fear House”
The Unseen
Supernatural Fifth Season

Blessed are the Wicked is Steven’s next book which is a follow up to his best selling book “The Uninvited.” It will be released in 2013.

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