64: LLOYD KAUFMAN – ORIGINAL TOXIC AVENGER

 

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On this special and political episode of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show, we interview the legend of indie horror film for the last 44 years, Lloyd Kaufman, creator of the Toxic Avenger. Many of us remember watching the Toxic Avenger, dear old Citizen Toxie, on late night movies like a guilty secret. Lloyd has been fighting mainstream film and corporate America his entire career, and he is angry. He’s witnessing the death of freedom of speech in America, and he’s urging us to fight with him. Horror authors T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas sit down with Lloyd and listen to him talk about his history in film making, his association with great directors and how he’s influenced such films at Guardians of The Galaxy and Deadpool. He’s mayor of the little people of Tromaville. He founded Troma Entertainment and continues to fight for the funding to make his movies with his vision–his way and on his terms.

 

LLOYD KAUFMAN – MAYOR OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF TROMAVILLE

“Lloyd’s body of work has now proven to be a seminal influence on film today. Just look at any film created by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike, Peter Jackson, Eli Roth, Gasper Moe and James Gunn, to name a few, and you are likely watching a film influenced Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Tromeo & Juliet, or Citizen Toxie.”

– Stan Lee – creator of Spider-Man
From his website:

In the late 1960’s, Kaufman was enrolled at Yale University (where he would later present his Make Your Own Damn Movie Master Classes), diligently working on a respectable degree in Chinese Studies. However, Kaufman was destined for other things. As he explains in his hit book “All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger” (published by Penguin Putnam, and first of his seven books), “At Yale I was placed in a dormitory room with two film fanatics, and I knew everything had irrevocably changed.” In fact, Kaufman was infected with a love of movies from which he never recovered.

In 1971, Kaufman met his future partner Michael Herz at Yale. The Troma Universe was born in 1974 with a series of highly original, raunchy comedies such as “Squeeze Play!,” “Stuck On You!,” “Waitress!,” and other titles ending with an exclamation point. These movies, independent precursors to such later smash hits as National Lampoon’s “Animal House” and “Porky’s,” did well financially, although Kaufman continued to work on such outside productions as “Rocky” and “Saturday Night Fever.” Kaufman’s relationship with mainstream Hollywood would not last long. “There were problems,” Kaufman said, “as I always wanted to do things my own way and my employers insisted I do things the correct way.” He continued to build up a list of impressive credits as well as some overpowering debts.

Kaufman proved his former employers wrong with his 1984 breakthrough movie, “The Toxic Avenger.” This tale of a health club mop boy named Melvin who is transformed into a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength struck a chord with audiences and critics alike, demonstrating that there were a large number of people who were interested in seeing things done Kaufman’s way. “The Toxic Avenger” led to an animated television series, “Toxic Crusaders,” action figures, different Marvel comic book titles,hot sauce, etc.There were three sequels. The most recent film in the series is “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV.” Currently, “The Toxic Avenger” is being developed by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman and team as a big budget Hollywood remake. “Toxic Avenger The Musical” is playing in London’s West End, with music by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan.

The success of The Toxic Avenger was followed by a string of commercial and artistic triumphs in a similar vein, blending fantasy, heavy action, comedy, and eroticism in a style that can only be described as “Tromatic”. These films, including the “Class of Nuke ‘Em High” trilogy, “Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD,” and “Troma’s War,” were often ignored or scorned by the intelligentsia of the time but spoke to an entire generation of young people who rejected the pandering, commercial films of the mid-to-late 80’s. Some of these Troma fans went on to become filmmakers themselves, including Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Mike Judge, Peter Jackson, and Trey Parker. Thanks to these admirers, Kaufman has been asked to make cameo appearances in films like James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Sharknado 4,” Trey Parker’s “Orgazmo,” Eli Roth’s “Cabin Fever,” and about 200 other indie movies. His “Return to Nuke’em High Vol 1“and “Tromeo and Juliet” were showcased by The Museum of Modern Art in New York last year.

 

POULTRYGEIST! TROMA MUSIC

On this episode, we play a couple of the unique songs his movies are known for including two songs from his musical, Poultrygeist and the theme song from the Toxic Avenger.

READINGS:

We also play another part to Daniel Braum’s story, A MAN’S GUIDE TO COSTUMES AND THE MOST COMMON WAYS TO GET ARRESTED from his short story collection, The Wish Mechanics. And Phil Thomas reads from his upcoming novel through Caliburn Press, The Poe Predicament.

 

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

 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 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 Licensed

DISCLAIMER:

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio. No profit is made by selling the show in any form. The show is used for promotion of the author’s works. This show is for entertainment purposes. The views of the show do not reflect PARA-X Radio, EMC Podcast network or any of their affiliates or sponsors. All rights of work are retained by the authors. All arrangements made with guests and audience members are not the responsibility of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas, PARA-X Radio or EMC Podcast Network or all sponsor and affiliates. 

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.

fangoria

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.

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

 

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.

Follow us at @pfwhatafraidof

And we have What Are You Afraid Of T-Shirts Available from TEEPUBLIC!

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.

 

62: DOCTOR FEAR AT PENNHURST ASYLUM

 

 

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DOCTOR FEAR AT PENNHURST ASYLUM

Horror authors T. Fox Dunham (HWA) & Phil Thomas return for their second Friday and haunted Pennhurst Asylum! During the Halloween season, this derelict campus–once a notorious colony for the mentally ill and abandoned–comes alive (or undead) as one of best haunted attractions in the north east of the United States.

Phil and Fox were treated as special guests, recording two episodes from the courtyard. They were treated to free VIP passes on both nights to enjoy the great special effects and fear techniques employed by the talented cast of actors and storytellers at Pennhurst Asylum.

 

 (From WIki) – Pennhurst State School and Hospital, originally known as the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic was an institution for mentally and physically disabled individuals of Southeastern Pennsylvania located in Spring City.[4] After a century of controversy, it closed on December 9, 1987.[5]

DOCTOR FEAR & THE GHOSTS OF PENNHURST

The reported ghost that most intrigued us was the spirit of Doctor Fear (Jesse Fear) a resident doctor at Pennhurst in the late 20th century. Doctor Fear had admitted under inquiry to severe patient abuses including injecting  a patient with a chemical to induce severe pain in order to punish the patient. We have heard several reports from visitors and paranormal investigators that the ghost of the sadistic doctor returned to the campus after his death to haunt the derelict Mayflower Building. Many investigators have encountered this demonic doctor, and in one poignant case, a ghost investigator gathered a strange EVP. The bodies of many patients were never accounted for on the site and authorities assumed that the corpses had been buried on the extensive property. When the ghost of Doctor Fear was asked what he did with the bodies, a frightening voice responded, “I burned them.”

 

GHOST HUNTS USA

Photo taken by Vicki DiManno at Pennhurst

On Episode 62, we interview the resident paranormal investigation group who also gives nocturnal tours at Pennhurst: GHOST HUNTS USA. Here is a link to their Pennhurst page, detailing many of the paranormal experiences there. We spoke to Vicki Demanno, one of the tour guides at Pennhurst. She and her fiancée, Ryan Wirth, met at Pennhurst 4 years ago on their first date. She tells us some dark stories on the show: of evil spirits in the basement, lost patients in the wards, and a jackal-like creature that roams the grounds before dawn, a jackal depicted in the wall scrawling of former patients. It’s an amazing interview about the ghosts of Pennhurst Asylum, and they give great tours there. Check out the website for more information.

Ghost hunts with Ghost Hunts USA are structured ghost hunting events in the most haunted locations across America. Most of our events have psychic mediums in attendance and we have fully trained staff to ensure you get to explore in the most active areas of each location. Your time spent is structured, from participating in Psychic Medium led séances, lone vigils, wait and watch experiments and trigger object experiments. You also have free time to roam freely in your chosen location to undertake your own private lone vigils.
For more information about touring with GHOST HUNTS USA, check out their website.

 

THE PREACHER WHO NOW BELIEVES

On our second night there, we were first approached by a gentleman in his wife who were visiting Pennhurst Asylum. He was a kind man, and we spoke about a memorial parade at Gettysburg he planned to attend in November. As a preacher, he declined to believe in ghosts haunting the earth as it was against his beliefs. “You go to heaven or hell,” he said. Still, he was intrigued by the idea of ghosts and what they could be. A short time later, he returned with a photo he’d taken of one of the empty and abandoned buildings. Now Pennhurst runs on a generator and light is scarce. There is no power in any of the other buildings not used and they’re mostly closed off for safety reasons.

This is the photo he sent us.

Photo taken at dusk of the dietary hall with no light sources or power in the building and no reflections.

 

Later that night, Fox got an email from William the Preacher which simply stated this:

I shared the photo with you of the light on in the dietary hall,  blow the picture up and tell me what you see? Please explain? I believe now.

Do you see what William sees? Trying expanding the photo.

 

 

HALLOWEEN BAKING IDEAS FROM JONATHAN ELIAS -HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP

We were thrilled to have Jonathan Elias on the show to share some great Halloween baking tips! And no, not just pumpkin stuff! T. Fox Dunham interviews master baker Jonathan Elias to get some ideas on some easy things to bake for the spooky holiday. We learn about the pressure of competing on a television show like Halloween Baking Championship and how he visualizes his ideas including snake cakes and a devil cake.

Jonathan adores Halloween, often setting up popular haunted locations in his parent’s backyard and going all out on costumers. Check this incredible picture of Jonathan going as a demon–a theme that inspired one of his baking creations. He shares with Fox several ideas for Halloween confections, including quick ideas for the parent who has to bake something the night before a school party. We were so lucky to have him on the show. Thank you Jonathan, and we’re cheering you on!

Jonathan Elias is a young, up-and-coming pastry chef, specializing in custom designed cakes. He began at a young age helping his grandmother in the kitchen, baking cakes and middle-eastern desserts. As a young adult, he enrolled in the culinary program at Macomb Community College, with an emphasis on pastries. During his time at MCC, he entered several pastry competitions, 2 of which resulted in 1st place victories. He also partook in a rare opportunity to learn exquisite cake-decorating techniques by the world-renowned pastry chef, Kerry Vincent. After graduation, Jonathan worked his way up to becoming the pastry chef of Cameron’s Steakhouse in Birmingham, MI where he resided for seven years. He currently is the pastry chef at Birmingham, MI Hyde Park Steakhouse. His time away from Hyde Park Steakhouse is spent working on his true passion: making unique and delicious cakes as The Pastry Guru. He has assumed this role for over 5 years, during which he has partaken in multiple shows, such as Decadence Food & Wine Tasting. His clientele include Detroit Lions stars, Nate Burleson and Stephen Tulloch, and Joe Farris of Project Runway and Motor City Denim. He also had his work featured in the HBO-hit show, Hung, and in Ambassador Magazine.
Check out Jonathan’s business at his website, The Pastry Guru

Horror Author Daniel Braum – PART 3 of his Short Story

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!

 

SCARECROW – New Indie Horror Music

On episode 62, we play you a spooky song from Rachel Mason and The Little Band of Sailors. SCARECROW!

Rachel Mason is an artist, musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles. Mason has recorded 13 albums, has toured, exhibited sculpture, video and performance at the Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, LACMA, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Henry Gallery in Seattle, James Gallery at CUNY, University Art Museum in Buffalo, Sculpture Center, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard and Occidental College, Kunsthalle Zurich, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, Art in General, La Mama, Galapagos, Dixon Place, and Empac Center for Performance in Troy among other venues. Reviews include New York Times, Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Flash Art, Art in America, Art News, and Artforum. Her album and feature film, The Lives of Hamilton Fish. has toured festivals and museums internationally and was released in 2016. instagram: @futureclown  – Twitter: @RachelMasonArt – https://www.facebook.com/RachelMasonArt/

Little Band of Sailors:

LBOS blend folk, prog, goth, and heavy metal. Think Jefferson Airplane meets Black Sabbath. Their live shows are often a bewitching… costumed spectacle of energy and contagious delight combined with haunting melodies. The band is fronted by Rachel Mason, a sculptor and a performer, whose lyrics draw equally from history and fantasy to forge surreal narratives. https://www.facebook.com/little.band.of.sailors/

 

TO LOVE A CANINE

This night, at Pennhurst Asylum, we were joined by a dog rescue organization. To Love A Canine Rescue. They’re a wonderful organization that rescues dogs from bad situations and finds them either homes or foster homes. We wished we could have taken a dog home with us. We do an interview with them on this episode, but Fox said he’d do the interview as long as they brought over puppies to visit Fox’s wife Allison at the What Are You Afraid Of? table to visit her! She wanted to take a puppy named Alvin home. Well, soon. Enjoy the interview, and if you have room in your heart, adopt a lost dog.

 

We will be at the King of Prussia Mall on MALLOWEEN OCT 28th 2017 at 10AM at Uncanny Comics! We will be in costume and giving out candy. Come hang out with us as we record our Halloween special and visit with J. Lee Dodson, author of the Evil Klown Survival Guide.

 

We had an amazing time at Pennhurst Asylum. On our next episode, we do an interview with Paranormal Lockdown’s Katrina Weidman.

 

 

And we’ll be at the King of Prussia Mall on October 28th 2017 at Uncanny Comics for Malloween, giving out candy and stories in the morning! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

 

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

 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 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

SCARECROW from Rachel Mason & The Little Band of Sailors (Studio version) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Used with permission by the owner.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE GHOST OF JOHN by The Undermasks Licensed under Attribution 3.0.

DISCLAIMER:

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio. No profit is made by selling the show in any form. The show is used for promotion of the author’s works. This show is for entertainment purposes. The views of the show do not reflect PARA-X Radio, EMC Podcast network or any of their affiliates or sponsors. All rights of work are retained by the authors. All arrangements made with guests and audience members are not the responsibility of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas, PARA-X Radio or EMC Podcast Network or all sponsor and affiliates. 

61: PENNHURST ASYLUM

 

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T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas are at haunted Pennhurst Asylum! This is their first show recorded on site at the closed Pennsylvania mental hospital. In addition to being a historic site of importance to scholars, at Halloween time, it opens as a spooky attraction, a haunted house with several buildings, each with different stories, to explore.

 


(From their website)

Pennhurst Asylum is a “Hospital” themed walk through attraction featuring many items and artifacts that are salvaged from the original State School. Located on the upper floors of the old Administration building, which dates to 1908, this attraction features fine detail and realism through a combination of high tech animatronics, digital sound and highly trained actors.

THE DUNGEON OF LOST SOULS
Enter the world of the underground as your soul is led down the steps of the past to go back in time to a labyrinth of dilapidated cells, never ending halls, and be forced to confront a series of human experiments that have gone horribly and deadly wrong. This experience includes CGI special effects, illusions, attention to detail and ghosts that have never left the halls.

CONTAINMENT (TUNNELS) NEW* 2017!
Containment is a new attraction for 2017 that takes you through a 1,200 foot long gauntlet underneath the Pennhurst complex. Stationed as a government facility hidden underground for decades, you will bare witness to patients being experimented on in the most inhumane ways possible. Lucky for you, this research facility is still accepting patients! The brand new sets and scares of this attraction are guaranteed to produce horrifying screams and nightmares to come.

Check out the website for tickets and days.

Open through the end of Halloween.

We’ll be back on October 13th to record another episode!

EPISODE 61! As part of our countdown to Halloween 2017, we hang out onsite while visitors enjoy the spooky show at Pennhurst Asylum. First, we do an interview with operation’s manager, Jim Werner. Jim tells us about both sides of the site’s notorious history. It has a bad reputation because of some terrible abuses that happened but it was also a place of life for many who thrived on this estate.

As is common for a site with a tragic history, Pennhurst is also renowned for its encounters with the paranormal. So many we spoke to have been touched by the other side. Often, the spirits fall into two categories of behavior: They’re seeking human contact or attacking with rage. We share several of the local ghost stories including that of Doctor Fear! Doctor Fear was a real doctor their on site who was brought up on charges after his abuses of patients came to light. Since then, his soul has returned to the decaying building. A famous EVP caught him speaking of burning bodies on the property.

We will have more ghost stories from the site on episode 62 after we speak to several ghost hunters who have explored the property and captured paranormal phenomenon.

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!

 

 

NEW MUSIC FROM ZOMBIE DANDIES

We’re featuring the punk music of The Zombie Dandies on the next few episodes. We start with Halloween Again.

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.

 

NEW GHOST STORY

While setting up, Fox encountered a young couple coming out early from the attraction. He spoke to the young woman, Ambrose, and recorded some of the paranormal encounters she’s suffered in her life. She tells the story of a religious doll who spews demonic speech!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at Pennhurst Asylum and we hope to see more of you on Friday, October the 13th!

 

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

“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

Dandy’s Little Monsters by The Zombie Dandies is licensed under a Attribution License.

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60: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS

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YOU WILL BELIEVE IN GHOSTS!

As part of our Countdown 2 Halloween 2017, we’re traveling to several haunted sites to share the spooky with our audience. October is our favorite time of year. We’ve been at Fort Mifflin Philadelphia, one of the oldest most haunted sites in America. And we’ve made a pilgrimage to one of the ghost capitals of the world, Gettysburg to hang out with famed (from the History and Discovery Channel) American civil war ghost historian, Mark Nesbitt, author of many books and star storyteller of television and radio. All part of our buildup to Halloween 2017, celebrating horror style. We’ll also be at Pennhurst on October 6th and Friday the 13th to hang out with the fans at this other notorious haunted site.

PART OF OUR COUNTDOWN

TO

HALLOWEEN 2017

 

This is a special 2 hour episode full of ghost stories, some told by our voice actors and others told in person by Mark Nesbitt. This is the audio version. A video version of the interview is being processed to be released soon. Horror authors T. Fox Dunham setup his equipment in the HQ of the Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Tour company in Gettysburg on Sept 23rd, planning to live stream, though the internet signal that day declined, so we switched to recording the show. Horror film maker Phil Thomas arrived, and we sat down with Mark for two hours, listening to his many stories, about his life and his process.

He makes you believe in ghosts.

 

Our voice actors David Walton and Michael Garrett record four of his stories which we play on this extra-long special: Codori House, Little Round Top, Seminary Ridge and a story about the building that is the HQ of the Ghosts of Gettysburg tour company.

“We made it through the thunder and lightning storm. Just wondered, who was that STOMPING through the Ghost Office when we were in the courtyard??? Someone who wanted to go home? If it was a ghost—it was a loud insistent ghost. Got the group going!”

–From Mark Nesbitt’s book Ghost of Gettysburg VII


Mark Nesbitt

Mark worked for the National Park Service(NPS) as a Ranger/Historian for five years. He then became a Licensed Battlefield Guide. His job with the NPS provided him not only the opportunity to spend time in all of the historic buildings in the Gettysburg National Park, but to actually live in four of them. Mark started his own research and writing company in 1977. He did research and advertising copy for some of America’s best historical artists. Being a resident of Gettysburg for over 30 years has provided Mark with a unique “insider” perspective.

 

Ghosts of Gettysburg – Candlelight Walking Tour

Over the years since the battle, stories of scores of sightings, stranger than reality, have emerged from the quaint houses and gentle fields in and around the town of Gettysburg: Stories of sightings of these soldiers, moving again in battle lines, across the fields where they once marched. . .and died; tales of visions through a rip in time into the horrible scene of a Civil War hospital; whispers of a look at men long dead held eternally captive by duty. These apparitions–and more–come back to remind us, in one way or another that they are not to be forgotten for what they did here. . .

 

In 1991, the first book in Mark’s Ghosts of Gettysburg series was released. In 1994, he was approached by a member of Gettysburg’s borough council about creating a “ghost” tour based on the stories in his books. Mark accepted the challenge and the result was the first ghost walk in Gettysburg, The Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours®. Armed with tales from his ghost books–and with a few that aren’t–guides dressed in period attire take visitors on evening tours through sections of town that were bloody battlefields; through night-darkened streets to houses and buildings where it’s not as quiet as it should be; to sites on the old Pennsylvania College campus where the slain once lay in rows, and the wounded suffered horribly, waiting to become corpses themselves; to cemeteries where the dead lie. . .sometimes not so peacefully.

Stories from the Ghosts of Gettysburg books have been seen, and/or heard, on The History Channel, A&E, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, Coast to Coast AM, and numerous other local television programs and specials.

Click here for more information on taking a tour.

 

THE DRIPPING BLOOD OF THE DANIEL LADY FARM

Mark also talks about his most potent supernatural experience, that of the dripping blood of the Daniel Lady Farm. One night, he was called over to engage in a paranormal event happening at that moment at the Daniel Lady Farm. Blood dripped from the ceiling with the no cause at the old civil war hospital. Listen to the entire tale on episode 60 with Mark Nesbitt.

 

Blood that dripped from the ceiling measured and tested. Was it human blood?

“Spirit blood appeared there and vanished.”

–Mark Nesbitt

Gettysburg may very well be, acre for acre, the most haunted place in America!

 

 


EVPS

What is an EVP? (From Wikipedia) – Electronic Voice Phenomena

Within ghost hunting and parapsychology, electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded. Parapsychologist Konstantīns Raudive, who popularized the idea in the 1970s, described EVP as typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase.

We play six of Mark Nesbitt’s EVPs on the show. They are best listened with headphones. Hearing the voices of the dead will make you a believer in life beyond the grave! They overwhelm you. Tom Capper, civil war player, also joins in with a few he collected at Gettysburg.

Example of one of Mark’s EVPs:

There are several more on the show. Are these the voices of the dead?

 

 These pictures were taken by T. Fox Dunham when his sensitive wife felt a presence in a store in Gettysburg. No flash was used nor was any window exposing light. It happened in seconds. Maybe???

 

 

OUT OF DEVIL’S DEN

Story by James Chambers

Horror author James Chambers especially penned a short story set in one of Gettysburg’s most haunted spots, Devil’s Den. It’s a story about how the horror of war can drive the soul from the body and create doplegangers. The story was written in expert voice and narrated by the creepy voice of T. Fox Dunham who also added in an audio setting to create the realism of the July battlefield.

“When a lull came in the firing, a hand dropped onto Clay’s shoulder. Nearly leaping out of his skin, Claywheeled around and saw… well, he claims he saw a face both familiar and inexplicable, that of his cousin Ronnie. Clay studied the lone sharpshooter, still screaming and shooting. Then he regarded his cousin standing beside him. The same man in two places at once.

Out of Devil’s Den by James Chambers on Episode 60: Gettysburg Ghosts

 

 

T. Fox Dunham records from the haunted site of Devil’s Den

 

JAMES CHAMBERS –

HWA AUTHOR

 

James Chambers is an award-winning author of tales of horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. He wrote the Bram Stoker Award-winning graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe and The Engines of Sacrifice, a collection of four Lovecraftian-inspired novellas published by Dark Regions Press which Publisher’s Weekly described as “…chillingly evocative…” in a starred review. He is also the author of the short story collection Resurrection House. He has published several novellas, including the dark, urban fantasy, Three Chords of Chaos, as well as The Dead Bear Witness and Tears of Blood, volume one and two in his Corpse Fauna novella series. He also wrote the illustrated story collection, The Midnight Hour: Saint Lawn Hill and Other Tales, created in collaboration with artist Jason Whitley.

Read his full biography and find a list of his works on his website.

Pick up James Chambers collection of 4 novellas, The Engines of Sacrifice.

“Chambers’s damaged characters cling to hope even as the world comes apart at the seams, making the insanity and despair of their circumstances poignant as well as deliciously creepy.” – Review from Publishers Weekly

 

So we will see you at Pennhurst in October! As part of our countdown to Halloween.

 

Follow us at @pfwhatafraidof

 

Mark Nesbitt on a documentary on the Ghosts of Gettysburg

 

And T. Fox Dunham and his wife, Allison Ledbetter stopped back in at a favorite store in Gettysburg.

 

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A Lil Somethin’ Gettysburg is a lovely little shop with friendly owners who sell unique gifts, candles, salsas, home décor and souvenirs. On a previous trip, Fox had spoken to a charming local, Big Al, and got his views on spooky critters.

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

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

 

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

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

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

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 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 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

The Army’s March by MMFFF is licensed under a Attribution License.

Devil’s Number by Pepper Coat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.

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

“Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre ” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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