59: HORROR AT FORT MIFFLIN

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HORROR AT THE FORT

Widely regarded as one of the most haunted sites in the country, National Historic Landmark Fort Mifflin invites visitors to explore the intersection of history and mystery with programs appealing to novice and experienced investigators as well as curious history lovers. They have many paranormal events at the fort.

History LIVES at Fort Mifflin! Experience history first-hand at National Historic Landmark Fort Mifflin – one of the only intact Revolutionary War battlefields and the only fort in Philadelphia! It’s history can be told through the various wars America has sought over its existence.

AUTHOR READING:

 

We were joined by several great horror authors from New York and Philadelphia: James Chamber, John Foster, Meghan Arcuri, Phil Thomas, T. Fox Dunham and Tony Knighton. Hosted by T. Fox Dunham.

T. Fox Dunham, James Chambers, John Foster, Meghan Arcuri, Tony Knighton & Phil Thomas

They read from their current horror work in the spooky atmosphere of casement 5. A video of their reading is currently in production by What Are You Afraid Of? As is an audio show.

It was a great horror reading from some of the best authors on the east coast. We can’t wait to get the video and audio recording of the show ready.

DARCY & FOX & PHIL

We spent the night after the successful reading in casement 5 with Haunted Philadelphia historian, Darcy Oordt, who joined us for our Paranormal Philadelphia series this August. Darcy even found some paranormal evidence while investigating the site, and she shares her insights and stories that evening, hanging out with Phil and Fox. We talk about the ghosts who haunt Fort Mifflin including the Dorito cat, for whom she brought snack chips. We hang out and discuss the nature of hauntings, whether they’re tied to tragedy and what exactly exists at the Fort–oh, and horror movies.

Darcy Oordt, Author of Haunted Philadelphia

She grew up in a ghostly desert: not one known haunted house in her hometown of Blue Earth, Minnesota. It wasn’t until she moved to Tennessee that she experienced her first ghost while working as a tour guide for a “ghost” tour. Her first book Finding Success After Failure: Inspirational Stories of Famous People Who Persevered and Won Out, tells about the early failures of famous people and how they overcame them. In her free time, Darcy enjoys swimming with sharks, flipping houses, and exploring museums in exotic locations…if by “enjoy” you mean watching it on television. When she is not writing, you will usually find her making jewelry or crafts, fussing with one of her freshwater aquariums, or spending time with her pets. Darcy currently lives near Cherry Hill, New Jersey, across the bridge from the many phantoms of Philadelphia.

Darcy shares her stories about the cheeky ghost of Ben Franklin, how she researches ghost folklore and her life as a paranormal author and psychic. On this episode, we share stories from her collected book of ghost stories from Phiily, Haunted Philadelphia. Check out her spooky website for ghost stories and experiences at http://www.thehauntedinternet.com/index.htm

Darcy was also featured on an episode of My Ghost Story, Screams in the Dark, on A&E! Check out the episode on YouTube.

 

 

Haunted Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known for many things: brotherly love, Revolutionary history, passionate sports fans, cheesesteaks, and Rocky are merely a few of them. But the Founding Fathers didn’t just walk the streets of Philadelphia 200 years ago, many still walk here…or so the story goes. Along the streets of Philadelphia you can find the ghosts of Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton, and Edgar Allen Poe. But those are only the famous ones. There are a few less known ghosts creeping around the historic streets. Nearby Fort Mifflin certainly has its share of hauntings, given its long history of sheltering soldiers and holding prisoners from the Revolutionary War up to the Civil War. And given all the cemeteries that have been established and then relocated–or not–it’s almost a given that thousands of disturbed graves might stir up a ghost or two. Available on Amazon.

 

Fox interviews Philadelphia Noir Author Tony Knighton

Tony Knighton is a Lieutenant in the Philadelphia Fire Department, a twenty-nine year veteran.

He has published short fiction in Static Movement Online and Dark Reveries.

“The Scavengers” was previously published in the anthology Shocklines: Fresh Voices in Terror from Cemetery Dance Publications.  “Sunrise” originally appeared in the anthology Equilibrium Overturned  from Grey Matter Press.

Books:
Happy Hour and other Philadelphia Cruelties
Three Hours Past Midnight

Happy Hour and other Philadelphia CrueltiesThree hours past midnight

 

 

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 Rights:

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

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

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

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

58: GHOSTS OF ANCHOR BAY

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COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN 2017

After our clown craziness, we decided to spend the episode with old friend, paranormal investigator and author, Debi Chestnut. Debi was on an episode last year, 20: Shadow Stalkers and she comes back to share some of her new ghost stories from her book, Haunted Anchor Bay, Michigan. Debi’s been busy out hunting the supernatural with her paranormal investigation group, Shadow Stalkers and researching her new book, collecting ghost stories and folklore of Michigan. She shares two stories, narrated by our voice actors: Ouija Board, the story of a demonic game that keeps coming home to its owners and the Demon Dog of Lake Eerie, an ethereal harbinger that shows up aboard ships just before the sink. She also tells many of her ghost stories and updates us on her personal battle with a powerful demon—or a fallen angel.

“You’ll be sitting in the cemetery on a bench reading, and all of a sudden, you’re surrounded by all these shadow people.”

 

57: CLOWN APOCALYPSE

We bring your part two of our SPECIAL REPORT on the evil clown invasion 2017.

It is the end. Horror authors T Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas have barricaded themselves into a small comic book store in Lansdale: Comic Zen. The clowns are on the street, attacking civil centers, homes, stores and reproduction using a pink taffy-like substance. Even a strange briefing from the CDC calling a national emergency doesn’t help when the CDC virologist, head of the Romero Squad, turns into a clown during the live update.

We’re in trouble. We warned you. For years, we’ve warned you on Clown News that the clowns were coming, now these weird alien undead creatures are taking over.

 

We bring on author and consultant, J Lee Dodson, to tell us about the clown invasion. J Lee–a bit flakey–has seen it coming for years and wrote The Evil Klown Survival Guide: A Guide to Surviving Terrorklown published by Grimlock Press. Lee shares with us clown life, culture and habit. He shares with us ways to defend ourselves. Listen to this man! He may save you from the terrorklowns.

 

J Lee Dodson

EVIL KLOWN SURVIVAL GUIDE

The Evil Klown Survival Guide will not only teach you about the history, knowledge and classifications regarding this new breed of carnivorous creature, it will also prepare you for the unimaginable – a world where TERRORKLOWNS become the dominant species.

Utilizing techniques such as: ghosting, staging safe-zones, choosing the correct weapons for battle and many more, will help in your daily task to survive.

 

This guide will help keep you and your loved ones safe … when humanity falls.

TOP TEN RULES OF SURVIVING A KLOWNED-OUT WORLD
1. ALWAYS keep your blades sharp to cut a klown down the middle like butter.
2. DO NOT decide to get up close and personal with your kill. It may be faking.
3. NEVER touch decaying klowns. The Klowning virus may still be present.
4. DO NOT use firearms against Alpha-Klowns. It only slows them down, it doesn’t kill them.
5. NEVER eat diseased klowns. The Klowning effect still remains in the corpses.
6. ZOMBIE-KLOWNS are not Hollywood fantasy, shoot them in the chest – not the head.
7. NEVER take The Quieting as a sign that the chaos is over. Stay hidden.
8. DO NOT eat popcorn from TERRORKLOWNS. It’s not food, it will kill you.
9. DO NOT run through hanging streamers, they’ll string you up for roamers to devour you.
10. DO NOT engage in battle with their leader – LAUGHING DARK. You will not win.

 

Michael Garrett narrates a fiendish and horrifying poem, set to demonic songs and music from the book, Hell At the Big Top:

Then the laughter died with a scream in the air

Fear rushed the crowd as all the funny klowns started to sneer

–Hell At The Big Top from J Lee Dodson

 

And British folksinger returns to narrate J. Lee’s section on the phenomenon known as the Unklown. We end the show with a confrontation with the TerrorKlowns.

She explained there were five full term pregnant women strapped to a crude man-made rack, with their bellies exposed. They were surrounded by strange klowns, which turned out to be, Un-Klowns. There was another ominous figure standing among the pack from the description she gave me, I determined it could only be a Dark-Follower.

–From The Evil Clown Survival Guide by J. Lee Dodson

 

Do we live or die? (Well, we usually end up dying.) But it’s funny. A strange melody, Clown Car, sings out our end. Of course, we’re just back next week.

 

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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:

Clown Car by Phil Reavis is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.

“The Chamber” 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

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

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

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

 

 

12: DARK TALES

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Philly & Foxy return for our Spring-Summer season, bringing you dark stories, paranormal adventures and information for the working author.

We have a lot on Episode 12, preparing for some big stuff. Two true ghost stories recorded for you, sent to us from listeners. The first, Civil War Camp was sent to us from West Virginia, recorded by British folksinger, David Walton. We end the show with a sad tale of lost souls to this world from TM McLean from his time working at a British army base in Germany, The Hatch Girl of Hohne. The end will get you. Places remember…

 

The British army base where TM McLean worked is built on land with a tragic past.

We have two interviews tonight. The first is with one of the Dark Five, author J. Daniel Stone. We read with Ol’Stoney at the KGB Bar & Club in NYC in early April, hosted by the podcast. That recording will be presented as a special event in May.

J. Daniel Stone reads at Let the Darks Ones Rise at the KGB Club in NYC, hosted by the podcast.

We also have Harrison Astroff joining us from Stacks Hollywood Entertainment to tell us about his international streaming company—the future of the industry.

 

PMMP delivers to us a new noir story, a flash piece by author Aaron Fox-Lerner called Under the Bridge.

It’s a powerful episode, the beginning of a great summer for the podcast.

11: BANSHEE

 

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To celebrate Ireland Day in America (St. Patrick’s Day) we bring you a show of Gaelic-flavored stories for Episode 11: Banshee of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Podcast.

We open the show with a true ghost story set in Dublin from my honeymoon with Allison in May 2015. Honeymoon Intruder features a spirit who intrudes on our privacy one night in our room. Allison and I both read parts of the story.

Phil & I then do an audio essay on Banshees—the mythic wailing spirit who is the harbinger of death in the Emerald Isles. We feature various accounts of the centuries and the history of the keening lady.

Fox interviews author and reporter fantastic Shawn Macomber. Shawn is one of the Dark Five who will be reading at the KGB Club in NYC on April 8th, the event sponsored by Grey Matter Press and host T. Fox Dunham with the podcast.

Shawn Macomber is a author, journalist, and noted pug wrangler in the New York City Area. His work has appeared in Fangoria, Maxim, Stereogum, the Wall Street Journal, Reason, Radar, Shock Till You Drop, Rue Morgue, the Los Angeles Times, Magnet, and Decibel, among many other fine and middling publications, reporting from five continents covering everything from combat in Iraq, riots in the Baltics, and two presidential elections to designer cat shows at Madison Square Garden, the cross Carrot Top bears, and the Carcass “Exhumed to Consume” reunion tour. Shawn reads from his story, Pestilence by Beemahr, in the Savage Beasts anthology.

David Walton returns with his rendition of Irish ghost song, Molly Malone, one of my favorites. This is a haunting version of a popular folk-ballad. We talk a little of the history of the song and the defilement of the symbolic statue of Molly on Grafton Street.

The EVP Challenge:

Electronic Voice Phenomenon has been a popular tool of ghost hunters, and we want you to share in the exploration of the supernatural. We challenge you to capture the voices of the dead. Download an MP3 recording application onto your phone, go into some dark room in your house—the area that’s always given you the creeps—then set your phone to record. For ten minutes, ask questions of the silence. Be polite! Don’t anger anything. Then listen to your MP3 and see if anything spoke back. Send it to us at whatareyouafraidof117@gmail.com, and we’ll use it on the show. We also need more of your true ghost or supernatural experiences.

We’ll see you on episode 12 with an American Civil War ghost story.

“Alive. Alive-O!”

10: NIGHT STORIES

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An episode of weird stories for our audience written by some great horror indie authors.

Phil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham open the show with a short true #ghost story sent in by filmmaker, writer and professional performing freak, Kino McFarland, called Wrong Number. Kino and her husband captured a haunting EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) that we play with this story.

Phil & Fox discuss Indie writing and filmmaking, writing for streaming services and working with production companies. Fox shares his experience partnering with Throughline Films to have his first novel, The Street Martyr, turned into a major motion picture. We offer advice to new authors fighting to reach this penultimate professional goal. We also discuss Ouija boards. They’re fun if you don’t mind risking demonic oppression.

 Our second piece is from bizarro & horror author MP Johnson—a piece of dark fiction given to us from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. MP Johnson shows us real monsters without empathy in his story, The Man with an Ax in the Backseat of Your Car Has Feelings Too, narrated by our British folk-singer, David Walton, with his usual dark and compelling tones. Check out their website guidelines to have a piece of flash fiction featured on the podcast.

You don’t know he’s there, curled up behind you, clutching an ax in his sweaty hands as you drive off to the gym for your last workout ever.

Author Daniel Braum joins us for a brief interview as part of The Dark Five. On April 8th at the KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street, New York, NY) we shall be gathering to read from our stories published by Grey Matter Press in support of John C. Foster’s novel release, Mister White.

 

9: CRAZY WILLY

 

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On this episode, we complete our feature done by the Grave Wanderers all-female #paranormal investigation group at the Old City Jail in Charleston, South Carolina. We play log three & four then premier a few #EVPs they recorded during their night. So we tell the story of the ghost of Crazy Willy who haunts Ol’ Charleston Jail. A sassy tour guide tells you his ghost story during the night in Charleston.

To add another perspective to their investigation, Phil Summers talks to us about his own investigation at the jail. Phil is an unorthodox ghost-hunter, and his story was featured on A&E’s My Ghost Story. He tells us about a deceased witch who cursed his life. Check it out on A&E’s My Ghost Story Season 2 Episode 8 The Presence.

Closing the show, Doctor Noir, Lou Boxer tells us about a major Philadelphia noir event, Noir at the Bar, the Final Reading at the soon-to-be-demolished Society Hill Playhouse.

8: OL’CHARLESTON JAIL

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Sandra & Stephanie Gravegirls, the core members of the all-girl ghost hunting group Grave Wanderers, return in this episode with their audio logs from their #paranormal investigation at famed ghost site Old Charleston Jail. We feature part one & two of the four log set and two ghost stories told to us by a sassy southern guide who works at the jail: Mary Crane of Pain & The Body Sinks. Part 2 & 3 and their #EVPs will be featured in episode 9. They chronicle their investigation of this rich historic site, describe the eerie setting and tell us about their encounters with the dead prisoners who still dwell there. Old Charleston Jail, which was operational from 1802 until 1939, housed Charleston’s most infamous criminals and, during the Civil War, Federal prisoners of war. The Old Jail housed a great variety of inmates. John and Lavinia Fisher, and other members of their gang, convicted of robbery and murder in the Charleston Neck region were imprisoned here in 1819 to 1820. Some of the last 19th-century high-sea pirates were jailed here in 1822 while they awaited hanging. This is the site of many paranormal investigations and has been featured on Ghost Adventures.

 

Phil & Fox are bringing you some #ghostlove!

Phil narrates Canadian author and hitchhiker, S.L. Dixon’s story, There’s Nobody There, our monthly #horror flash fiction piece from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. A little girl tries to convince herself that she is alone in this dark and moody piece. Is she?

Hosts and authors Phil Thomas & T. Fox  Dunham discuss horror writing in #indiepublishing, the modern film industry and Satansville, a local paranormal site famed in urban legend.

Fox interviews James Chambers, New York horror author and chairman of the membership committee of the Horror Writers Association #HWA. James offers his wisdom to authors trying to make a career in #horror.

We’re exploring the darkness, and we’re here to offer our experience to authors, artists and filmmakers fighting in the trenches to succeed.