43: WATCHERS

 

Listen to Episode 34: Watchers

The dead are always watching you, even if you cannot see them. Horror author T. Fox Dunham and filmmaker Phil Thomas return once again to invite you to look into their dark world. They open with a ghost story from show fan, Jess G. of California, I’m Watching You read by British folksinger, David Walton. Then they return to the phenomenal short story, Talk To Leo by John Foster. The hosts play an encore of the entire story and finally reveal its horrific ending. They spend some time discussing haunted places in the world and Phil’s new short horror film, Doppelganger, available through the website. David Walton returns with an old British folksong, Poverty Knocks. Have that feeling you’re being watched? You are.

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

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

 

42: APOCALYPSE

 

Listen to Episode 42 – Apocalypse:

 

Humans are obsessed with the end of the world. Many times in history has some prophet predicted the apocalypse, and yet history continues. On this episode of What Are You Afraid Of? hosts Phil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham discuss the many ways the end might have come and why people find the idea exciting. For centuries, religious cadres and fringe groups have gained credibility by making predictions of doom and disaster. Over the last century, small congregations have sold their possessions and gathered together to await the rapture. It can overwhelm society too, such as the Y2K computer issue and the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. Why do we love the idea of the end of the world so much?

 

And they worshipped the beast–from Revelations

 

The show’s got ghosts too! Rosie Bell, a friend from Scotland, shares a story of a ghost encounter on holiday in the UK. The show was also honored by found of Afterlife Goes On Paranormal Group, Gaylen Chauncey from Virginia. Gaylen has shared and narrated several of her most compelling EVPS (Electric Voice Phenomena) thought to be the voices of spirits recorded during paranormal investigations. These were recorded at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium.

 

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.  Researcher into the anything paranormal, and a Field Invesitgator for SML MUFON.  Runs the “Spirits of Christmas” toy run for homeless children each year. Follow them on the following social media: 

www.Twitter.com/AfterLifeGoesOn

www.Facebook.com/AfterLifeGoesOn www.Youtube.com/AfterLifeGoesOn

Our Dark Stories

We share the second part in our serial, Talk to Leo, from horror master John Foster, author of Mister White at Grey Matter Press. Host T. Fox Dunham contributes a story about another kind of apocalypse, The AIDS epidemic in Africa. My Country Dies. The World Dies. Some worlds end everyday.

 

New Music from Loftän

The show loves to bring you new Indie music with a bit of darker tone. We were contacted by a remarkable duo who shared some music with us for this episode. We play their song, Cover Girl. Check them out!

Loftän is a female singer-songwriter duo. Janell Riedl, an Oregon native, and Julia Mahncke, a recent transplant from Germany, write songs together as if they grew up in the same neighborhood and not on different sides of the atlantic. Their original music will make you want to hug someone, their banter will make you want to be friends with them. Their debut EP “From Here” was released in July 2016.

Get their music at https://thebandloftan.com/store

 

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:

“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

Cover Girl played with permission from Loftän. All rights remain. We hereby give you permission to use each of our songs from the EP “From Here” once in your podcast free of charge

 

 

 

38: HAUNTED NEUROTIC

 

Listen to Episode 38: Haunted Neurotic

 

We might all be insane and haunted. Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas embrace it. On Episode 38 of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Show, they bring you another true story about the Lizzie Borden house, written by Bram Stoker award-winning writer, Lisa Mannetti. Founder of Women in Horror Month and filmmaker Hannah Neurotica returns for her profile interview to talk about her love of horror and her battle with mental illness to create her art. German poet Marieluise Niehus reads two of her dark verses in haunting tone, and British folksinger David Walton narrates a macabre tale from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing by George Cotronis, Dead Things.

 

The Following Man:

Phil Thomas has a new horror short available. It’s an incredible film he talks about on the show, The Following Man. With an incredible music score reminiscent of The Exorcist, watch this brilliant film in his new series of dark shorts.

 

 

 

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

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:

“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

 

 

 

37: LIZZIE BORDEN’S AX

Listen to Episode 37: Lizzie Borden’s Ax

Lizzie Borden had an axe
She gave her mother 40 whacks
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father 41

 

Bram Stoker & Shirley Jackson award-winning horror author Lisa Mannetti joins T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas for an episode of horror, murder and rebellion on Episode 37 of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show. Lisa shares her writing wisdom, what it’s like as a women horror author, a true story about a haunting experience from that ax-wielding Lizzie Borden and a passage from her novella about Harry Houdini, The Box Jumper. Lisa joins us as part of our celebration of Women in Horror in support of Women in Horror Month.

Lisa Mannetti’s debut novel, The Gentling Box, garnered a Bram Stoker Award and she has since been nominated four times for the prestigious award in both the short and long fiction categories: Her story, “Everybody Wins,” was made into a short film and her novella, “Dissolution,” will soon be a feature-length film directed by Paul Leyden. Recent short stories include, “Esmeralda’s Stocking” in Never Fear: Christmas Terrors; “Resurgam” in Zombies: More Recent Dead edited by Paula Guran, and “Almost Everybody Wins,” in Insidious Assassins. Her work, including The Gentling Box, and “1925: A Fall River Halloween” has been translated into Italian.

She has also authored The New Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, two companion novellas in her collection, Deathwatch, a macabre gag book, 51 Fiendish Ways to Leave your Lover, as well as non-fiction books, and numerous articles and short stories in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. Forthcoming works include “Arbeit Macht Frei” in Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and a dark novel about the dial-painter tragedy in the post-WWI era, Radium Girl.

Lisa lives in New York in the 100 year old house she originally grew up in with two wily (mostly) black twin cats named Harry and Theo Houdini.

 

Lisa shares with us the first in a series of her paranormal experiences while visiting the Lizzie Borden house. She’s always been to drawn to Lizzie, which has to worry you a bit.

 

While I was away, the guide and my two new-found friends actually heard someone calling my name over and over, “Lisa, Lisa, Lisa!”

 

–From The Haunted Lizzie Borden House: True Ghost Stories. Written and submitted by Lisa Mannetti

The body of Lizzie’s mother.

 

Hannah Neurotica also comes on this episode as we play part one of T. Fox Dunham’s interview with this founder of Women in Horror Month. This is her first podcast appearance in years, and we’re very happy to have her. She explains how Women In Horror Month started after she suffered prejudice as a woman horror author. Part 2 of the interview, a profile of this talented author & filmmaker will play on our next episode. She’s an inspiring artist, suffering through mental illness to create her work and fight her revolution.

 

Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.

I think in general when readers choose books, they think women’s horror will be milder and watered-down.

–Lisa Mannetti about women writing in horror

 

The Box Jumper

We end the show with a reading from her fantastic novella, The Box Jumper. Fox and Lisa share a fascination with the master of illusion, his light and dark side. The novella is available from Amazon. Her most recently published longer work, The Box Jumper, a novella about Houdini, has not only been nominated for a 2015 Bram Stoker Award, it won the “Novella of the Year” award from This is Horror in the UK.

Thirty years after his death, one of Houdini’s premier assistants reveals the secrets of his paranormal abilities—but is she telling the truth?

“‘Magic’ is the operative word for this moody novella. The magic of Harry Houdini serves as an overriding backdrop here, but another kind of magic permeates these pages—the magic of fine writing. Don’t expect the usual linear plot, because there is no direct narrative. Vivid dreams, surreal images, hypnotic memories, all serve to flesh out an unsettling tale that sweeps us into a new fictional dimension. Read The Box Jumper and share the magic.”

William F. Nolan, author of Logan’s Run and screenwriter of Burnt Offerings

 

“Seamless delving into the minutia of the period, a compelling main character, and a fine love story in a surround of trickery, fakery and darkness.”

Jack Ketchum, author of OFF SEASON

The Following Man:

Phil Thomas has a new horror short available. It’s an incredible film he talks about on the show, The Following Man. With an incredible music score reminiscent of The Exorcist, watch this brilliant film in his new series of dark shorts.

 

 

 

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

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:

“Garden Music” 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

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

“Classic Horror” by 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

Ordering Info:

Amazon

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.

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

31: GHOSTS OF 2016

EPISODE 31: GHOSTS OF 2016

 


PLAY EPISODE 31: GHOSTS OF 2016:


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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch it now for free!

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

 

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

30: THE THREE GHOSTS

EPISODE 30: THE THREE GHOSTS

PLAY EPISODE 30: THE THREE GHOSTS



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

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

JOHN C. FOSTER

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

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

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

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

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


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MERCY 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

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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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29: KRAMPUS VS SANTA

 

 

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The two siblings of the winter holidays meet in combat. KRAMPUS VS SANTA! On episode 29, occult scholar and paranormal investigator of the west, Katie ‘Montana’ Jordan returns to co-host and share her expertise in both the holiday of Yule, holiday traditions and that once-forgotten Christmas bad boy, the Krampus. We’re here to carry the torch of the old traditions, keeping the light alive in dark times.

Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic folklore figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”,[1] who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Krampus is one of the companions of Saint Nicholas in regions including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Northern Italy.[2][3] The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure. (From Wikipedia.)

 

 

KATIE ‘MONTANA’ JORDAN

Katie Montana Jordan is a Freelance Writer, Occult Specialist, Paranormal Researcher and Independent Consultant. She is Writing Consultant and Field Researcher to Paranormal Research & Investigations, Independent Consultant to Scottish Ghost Adventures, as well as Occult Scholar to What Are You Afraid of Podcast. Both an ordained minister and pagan priestess, Katie is currently obtaining her PhD in holistic theology. A Whitefish, Montana native, Katie now resides in Portland, Oregon. Follow her on Twitter & Facebook.

Contact Katie directly at katiemontanajordan@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

THE MAN IN FLANNEL GHOST STORY

After talking about holiday plans and feasting, the hosts open the show with Katie’s true ghost story, The Man in Flannel—a story about one of her early supernatural experiences on a Montana ranch. Who was this mysterious man who used to appear to Katie? He bore no malice to her, and then one day, he just vanished.

“I looked up to see the strange man who seemed to be smiling and waving at me.” – From A Man in Flannel.

 

T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas & Katie Jordan then discuss the myriad traditions of the winter months. Katie shares her knowledge about the pagan holiday of Yule, talking about the origin of many modern traditions of Christmas—and of course the practice of wassailing, a singing tradition best done with a little beer or in the case of the old tradition, apple cider in bowls. Learn more about the pagan traditions of Yule.

The word wassail comes from Old English was hál, related to the Anglo-Saxon greeting wes þú hál , meaning “be you hale”—i.e., “be healthful” or “be healthy”. (From Wikipedia.)

 

 

 

“Health to thee, good apple-tree,
Well to bear, pocket-fulls, hat-fulls,
Peck-fulls, bushel-bag-fulls.”

— Medieval Wassailing Song

 

 

 

 

KRAMPUS INTERVIEW & SANTA SHOWDOWN

 

Sadistic and quite popular Christmas cards from the 1800s featured many worse fates for bad children.

The hosts of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show were honored and terrified to be visited by the ancient Germanic demon of Yule, The Krampus! Now popular in modern media, this demonic evil twin of the traditional character of Santa is interviewed by Katie. They discuss his pagan origins, his personal traditions such as punishing the bad children and his resurgence in culture. Of course, Santa shows up, unable to yield the spotlight, and the two get into a serious melee, all caught on the show. Phil & Fox spectate the battle as the two old rivals battle with instruments of cheer until winner takes all.

Krampus: Oh, JA! You see, I carry a stick with me and basket on my back. If a child has been naughty, I beat them with my stick. If they really make me mad, I shove them in my basket then try to drown them in the river.

 

Fox got a little tipsy on eggnog and rum while fetching the tree last year and sang a little torch song to cheer up his friend Debs. On Youtube! Click here!

 

 

KRAMPUS IS COMING TO TOWN CAROL

Musical performer Rusty Cage performs his new holiday classic devoted to the fiend, “Krampus is Coming to Town.” It’s a dark version of classic Christmas carols performed with folk guitar. Rusty is cult personality on Youtube and popular Indie musician. Make this song a new holiday classic! Let us not forget the Krampus this time of year and our pagan roots.

Find Uncle Rusty’s music on Bandcamp and support Indie artists.

 

 

 

 

THE ELF ON THE FIRE PLACE MANTLE – HOLIDAY HORROR FICTION

They end the show with a new flash fiction piece from host Phil Thomas, a dark holiday story called The Elf on the Fireplace Mantle. It’s a great little dark holiday tale.

Against his children’s sobbing protests, the elf went out in the garbage that night, only to make another appearance the next morning in its usual position above the fireplace. – The Elf on the Fireplace Mantle by Phil Thomas.

 

EPISODE 30: THE 3 GHOSTS (In Time for Christmas!)

Phil and Fox will return for our next episode, The 3 Ghosts, based on the writings of Charles Dickens. Joining them again this year is horror author John C. Foster! He’s the one in the middle, taken at our KGB Club event.

 

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(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

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Author David Dunwoody

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

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

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real.

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

understand.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

 

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“The Chamber” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Come Play With Me” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Lamentation” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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28: ZOMBIE HOLIDAY

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MERRY ZOMBIE HOLIDAY!

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

 

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The decorated tree at city hall in Philadelphia

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

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

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

fangoria

tim-waggoner

Author Tim Waggoner

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

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Author David Dunwoody

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

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

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real.

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

understand.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon


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

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

 

THE GHOSTLY GREY CAT

The Ghostly Grey Cat

Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania

Written by Barrett Ravenhurst

Narrated by David Walton

Listen to the audio version from EPISODE 26: Zombie Turkey

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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