1: DEATH IS NOT THE END

 

EPISODE 1:

DEATH IS NOT THE END

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 1: Death is Not the End

So begins episode 1 of a great adventure! We started this show in the believe that we’d only do a 4 part series to celebrate Halloween. Years later and nearly 100,000 downloads, we’re still exploring the darkness. We’re Home for Horror in Philadelphia, bringing you true ghost stories, folklore, comedy, interviews, EVPS and all sorts of witty banter and discussions about all things horror.

OUR MISSION

We’ve all experienced messages from beyond the silver veil, whether we want to admit it or not. Some people take no notice, ignoring these outreaches. Others embrace them, seeing them as evidence of an expanded universe. Whether these stories frighten or comfort, we are reassured.

In my youth, I worked for various museums and gained a passion for the science of collecting folk culture. These personal experiences need to be recorded and added to this rich archive, presented for scholar and seeker. We’ve already established an archive of collected stories that have never been recorded before.

The reading of collected personal ghost stories as part of our outreach program to record folklore through social media, email and community events. Horror material including interviews with horror authors, the reading of classic ghost stories and discussions of the industry. And we will be producing interviews with ghost hunting groups. We will be recording this podcast from notoriously haunted locations.

The broadcast will be no longer than an hour except for the last episode which will be transmitted around Halloween.
So we need true stories. They need to have been personally experienced by the author or someone close. The accounts should be in their own words as if telling the story to a friend or in an email. The stories work best when around 1,000 words, but we have done longer sagas.

We need help gathering stories, spreading the word so people will send us their accounts. We’d also be glad for any ideas for segments or general horror material for the show. We can offer promotion.

Email us your personal true ghost stories at whatareyouafraidof117@gmail.com

51: HAUNTED HUDSON VALLEY

 

 

Listen to Episode 51: Haunted Hudson Valley:

 

 

Every first Friday of the month, horror authors T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas do something a bit different for the show. They liven up the undead program by heading down to Comic Zen in Lansdale PA (Philadelphia) and do the show live for First Friday on the PARA-X RADIO NETWORK. Anything can happen. Anyone can show up, and usually does. All sorts of people come down to share their ghost stories and talk about their paranormal experiences. It’s a lot of fun, and you get to hear a truly unedited side of Fox and Phil. They’ve taken to calling these special episodes The Phillie Foxy

Haunted Spooky Hour! Episode 51: Haunted Hudson Valley is one of these episodes.

 

In addition to recording the show live and updating without edits, they also do a live webcast of ‘behind the scenes’ so to speak and broadcast live through Facebook. Here is that video if you wish to see Fox and Phil doing the show live!

 

 

T. Fox Dunham recently returned from a holiday with his wife, Allison, from a trip through the Catskills Mountains and Hudson Valley, NY. They had a fantastic three days together, exploring and hiking before Allison returns to her program at UNC. Together, they saw many famously haunted locations–some quite dark and others a bit disappointing. Fox collected some ghost folktales from the trip, and we record a few for the show. Fox also talks about his trip, visiting the gorgeous city of Cold Spring and visiting The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to see Twelfth Night!

 

Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskill Mountains near Saugerties, New York.

 

The first ghost story, researched and written by T. Fox Dunham and narrated by Phil Thomas was a popular ghost story from the army officer training base, West Point. West Point is famous for Fort Putnam, the colonial stone fort guarding the entrance to the Hudson Valley River and also for its many ghost stories. “Crusher” is a haunted tale about a ghost who frightens cadets in their dorm and has been investigated by famous paranormal researchers such as Ed and Lorraine Warren and psychic Jean Dixon.

‘Crusher’:

The next night, his bunkmate said he’d witnessed the toilet paper spinning out of control and emptying on the floor. Then O’Conner was confronted by a ghost with burning white eyes sitting on the toilet. It wore a torn gray coat and clung to an old musket. The ghost dissipated into mist.

 

‘THE STRANGE PUNISHMENT’

Later in the show, Fox shares the story of The Strange Punishment. This is a ghost story out of the Catskills that should be far more widespread, though Washington Irving didn’t write it up. It’s the tale of a cruel man who murders his servant girl, and he is haunted for the rest of his life by her ghost. A judge orders his execution at the age of 99, and for the rest of his life he must wear a noose to remind him of his pending execution. Researched, written and read by T. Fox Dunham.

 

As written in Legends of Our Own Land series, 1896, by Charles Skinner:

After dark, his house was avoided, for gossip spoke of a shrieking lady who passed his house nightly, tied at the tail of a giant horse with fiery eyes and smoking nostrils; that a skeleton in a winding sheet had been found there; that a curious thing like a woman had been known to sit on his garden wall with lights shining from her fingertips, uttering her unearthly laughter; and that domestic animals reproached the man by growling and howling beneath his windows.

 

The Hudson River Valley view at the Shakespeare Festival.

 

It was our British folksinger, David Walton’s birthday, and he gave us a song! An old folksong called The Cruel Carpenter! Thanks for listening. We’ve got some big stuff in mind to bring more horror to Philadelphia.

Horror at Fort Mifflin Sept 16th

Join us on Sept 16th from Noon to 2AM – for Horror at the Fort! – The Philadelphia Ghost Fest at Fort Mifflin. It’ll be a day of spooky events, ghost tours, vendors. Then in the evening, several of the best horror authors of the HWA will be reading for a 2 hour special. Into the evening, ghost hunters will investigate the Fort. Check out the event link on Facebook.

Follow us at @pfwhatafraidof

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

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

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

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

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

fangoria

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Author Tim Waggoner

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

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

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

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

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

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

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

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

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

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

Small Horrors by Twill is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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

 

50: PARANORMAL PHILADELPHIA

 

 

Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in America, and it is home to many disembodied denizens who refuse to vacate its colonial charm for the afterlife. To celebrate episode 50, Philly’s horror authors & hosts T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas tell old and new stories of the many ghosts who haunt Penn’s city along the Delaware.

They narrate two stories researched from several sources: the story of an old woman who refuses to leave her home on Pine Street in Society Hill. Bizarre and frightening shrieks or moans can be heard on the property even when the hag refuses to materialize, and even the neighbors have witnessed a shadowy crone lurking on the property. The old lady does not like people on her lawn!

 

Byberry Hospital

And the show shares the tragic tale of abuse and murder at the notorious Byberry Mental Hospital. The new occupants have reported many incidents of paranormal encounters, though often not taken seriously. Since it was trespassing to be on the dangerous site, most stories have gone unconfirmed, confined to the realm of city legend. Many squatters reported howling or moaning, the cries of patients in their suffering.

In addition, they discuss several haunted locations. Did you know that the lovely Washington Square used to be a potter’s field and thousand of dead are buried beneath its fountains and trees? Phil shares his paranormal encounter at the Poe House, the Philadelphia home of Edgar Allan Poe. And many more Philly ghost tales in what is only our most recent installment of local legends.

We also have more horror fiction! T. Fox Dunham reads part III of Die Musik des Teufels —a tale of mad Nazi magic and a desperate father who would do anything to save his son. It was published in Savage Beasts from Grey Matter Press, editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.

 

We also play a song with a reggae beat from the tormented mind of DR. Tropical, renowned magician and musician: “Wizard Blues.” Thank you for joining us as we celebrate 50 episodes! Much more horror to come. Follow us at @pfwhatafraido.

 

 

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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Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on FRIDAY NIGHTS at 9PM EST.

PMMP LOGO

Sponsored in part by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

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

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

fangoria

tim-waggoner

Author Tim Waggoner

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

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

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

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

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

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

48: PHILLY FOXY HAUNTED SPOOKY HOUR

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

 

 

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

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

NIGHTMARE NANCY & THE WIZARD!

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

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

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

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

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

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

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Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on FRIDAY NIGHTS at 9PM EST.

PMMP LOGO

Sponsored in part by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

RavenAmpersand

MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

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

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

fangoria

tim-waggoner

Author Tim Waggoner

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

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

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

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

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

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

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

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

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

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

47: GHOSTS OF WAR

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 47: GHOSTS OF WAR

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

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

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

para-x-logo_social_400x400

Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on FRIDAY NIGHTS at 9PM EST.

PMMP LOGO

Sponsored in part by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

RavenAmpersand

MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

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

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

fangoria

tim-waggoner

Author Tim Waggoner

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

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

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

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

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

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

46: DARK ONES RISE

EPISODE 46: DARK ONES RISE

 

Though now only a rumored gathering, a dark coven of horror authors did gather in New York City to fuse their incantations of power in a macabre & diabolical evening in order to possess the souls of their unsuspecting audience. Let the Dark Ones Rise! What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show hosted this event at the KGB Bar, and now the dark lords bring you the entire event including special material. Horror author T. Fox Dunham hosts, reads and interviews the other dark authors: John C. Foster, Daniel Braum, J. Daniel Stone and Shawn Macomber. The authors read their work and share their personal stories in interviews. It is a true night of terror in this unique 2 hour special, part of our author’s series with a musical interlude from heavy metal band, Velaraas. Thank you to Grey Matter Press for supporting the event and sponsoring the show. On that night in NYC, we summoned demons, and now we unleash on PARA-X Radio and on all major podcast services.

@pfwhatafraidof

www.whatareyouafraidofpodcast.com

I’M WATCHING YOU

I’m Watching You!

Sent in by Jess G from Los Angeles, California

 

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

 

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

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

Or twitter at @ObscuriousMusemuseofvulnerability@gmail.com

 

44: BOOGEYMAN

LISTEN TO EPISODE 44: BOOGEYMAN

Every culture has a Boogeyman

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

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

 

GAYLEN CHAUNCEY

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

– Gaylen Chauncey

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

AFTERLIFEGOESON PARANORMAL GROUP

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

A hooded figure in the window captured at the Whaley House

 

THE ISOLATION ROOM Ghost Story

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

 

The gorgeous interior of this charming B&B.

NEW MUSIC

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

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

 

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MERCY

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

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

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

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

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Author Tim Waggoner

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

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

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

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

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

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

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Music Rights:

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

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

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

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

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