PHILADELPHIA — On Sept. 16 historic Fort Mifflin, one of the most celebrated haunted sites in America, will host “Horror at the Fort” — a day of history, horror readings, and ghost hunting to support the preservation and operation of Fort Mifflin, an important part of Philadelphia’s history.
The family-friendly daylong event, organized by PARA-X Radio and the “What Are You Afraid Of?” horror and paranormal show, will feature tours of the fort and paranormal investigations led by PARA-X hosts (Paranormal View, What Are You Afraid Of?, The Shadows and Dark Sun Rising) as well as an array of local vendors. Paranormal enthusiasts will also enjoy a special nighttime investigation in this notorious Philadelphia haunt. “The Paranormal View” and “What Are You Afraid Of?” will record and broadcast live from the event, including live horror author readings from independent and local authors as part of the Philadelphia Reader’s Series.
Authors reading at the event include rising stars of horror fiction James Chambers, T. Fox Dunham, John Foster, Phil Thomas, Shannon Giglio, Meghan Arcuri-Moran, and Peter Giglio. The terror from their latest tales of the macabre will resonate with fans of the genre and newcomers alike in the unsettling atmosphere of Fort Mifflin, which has been featured in several paranormal television series such as Ghost Hunters and Haunts at Fort Mifflin.
Daytime admission, which includes the horror reading, is $10. VIP packages, which are required for participation in the evening paranormal investigation., are available for $45. All of the proceeds will be donated to Fort Mifflin, and tickets can be purchased here.
General admission is from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m., after which the evening investigation will run until 2 a.m. Media is welcome at the event. The authors, hosts, and organizers will be available for interview or comment upon request.
The following horror authors will be reading: James Chambers, T. Fox Dunham, John Foster, Phil Thomas, Shannon Giglio, Meghan Arcuri-Moran & Peter Giglio. The event will be recorded for an episode of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal show and broadcast live. Authors will be available to sign their books. Readings will happen in the casement from 5PM to 7.45PM and is included in the daytime price. Check out the show website at www.whatareyouafraidofpodcast.com for more information and to hear the Philly’s Horror Show. See below for directions. The fort is located behind Philadelphia International Airport.
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! Events throughout the year highlight the Fort’s long service to the United States featuring uniformed or period attired interpretive guides and reenactors. In one visit to Fort Mifflin, a guest stands on a Revolutionary War battlefield, inside a Civil War prison and next to a magazine storing gunpowder during World War II. Extraordinary – and real.
The Ghosts of Fort Mifflin
Ghosts have been encountered at the old military base since the late 1700s. It’s a hot cell of paranormal activity that’s been investigated and featured on some major ghost hunting shows such as Ghost Hunters on Syfy. The oldest ghost is known as the Screaming Woman, and her wailing has even summoned the Philadelphia police. A tour guide appears to visitors, giving history of the fort than vanishing on days when no tour was scheduled. Phantom ships roam the river and a lamplighter can be seen at night carrying an oil lamp. Many more ghosts haunt the site and constantly interact with visitors. It’s a great location and atmosphere for some horror stories!
Table Spaces Available
Authors, publishers and crafters interested in renting a slot for a table at 10$s plus daytime admission fee should contact email@example.com for a link to the form or directly enter your information at:
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John C. Foster’s novel Dead Men was published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing in 2015 and his second novel, Mister White, was published by Grey Matter Press in April of 2016. His debut collection of short stories, Baby Powder and Other Terrifying Substances, was published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing in January 2017. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Shock Totem, Dark Moon Digest and Dread– the Best of Grey Matter Press among others. He lives in Brooklyn with the actress Linda Jones. For more information, please visit www.johnfosterfiction.com.
James Chambers is 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. He has also written numerous comic books including Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals, the critically acclaimed “The Revenant” in Shadow House, The Midnight Hour with Jason Whitley, and the award-winning original graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the current chairperson of its membership committee, and recipient of the 2012 Richard Laymon Award and the 2016 Silver Hammer Award. He lives in New York. His website: www.jameschambersonline.com
Meghan Arcuri writes fiction and poetry. Her short stories can be found in various anthologies, including Chiral Mad, Chiral Mad 3, and Madhouse (all from Dark Regions Press); 18 Wheels of Horror (Big Time Books); and Insidious Assassins (Smart Rhino Publications). She lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley. Please visit her at meghanarcuri.com or facebook.com/meg.arcuri.
Shannon Giglio is a writer of horror, transgressive, and literary fiction. She has lived abroad, traveled widely, jumped out of an airplane, and driven a race car. She has worked in film and television for big names such as Ridley Scott, Dick Clark, and CBS. Currently, she lives on the Georgia coast with her husband, author Peter Giglio (SHADOWSHIFT, WHEN WE FALL, LESSER CREATURES, STEALING NIGHT, SUNFALL MANOR). Her novel, SHORT BUS HERO, was first released December 16, 2014 (Nightscape Press); after a hiatus, it was re-released as a Kindle ebook on February 26, 2017, with a new paperback edition to follow. Other works by Giglio (some written as S.S. Michaels): REVIVAL HOUSE (Omnium Gatherum, 1st ed.), IDOLS & CONS (Omnium Gatherum, 1st ed.); short stories appearing in TRUTH OR DARE? (PMMP, with Peter Giglio, ed. Max Booth III), BLEED (PMMP, with Peter Giglio, ed. Lori Michelle), and THE BIG CLICK (Issue 19, March 2015, ed. Jason Ridler, Molly Tanzer). She has edited works by Trent Zelazny (VOICELESS) and Ed Kurtz (DEAD TRASH), among others. For more information, visit www.shannongiglio.com.
Peter Giglio is the author of 10 published books and several short stories. His work has achieved publication by Hachette Book Group, DarkFuse, Nightscape Press, and he edited several novels and anthologies during his time as Executive Editor at Evil Jester Press. Giglio lives on the Georgia coast with his wife, author Shannon Giglio.
T. Fox Dunham
Fox Dunham lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Allison. He’s a lymphoma survivor, cancer patient, modern bard and historian. His first book, The Street Martyr, was published by Gutter Books. A major motion picture based on the book is being produced by Throughline Films. Destroying the Tangible Illusion of Reality or Searching for Andy Kaufman, a book about what it’s like to be dying of cancer, was recently released from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and Fox has a story in the Stargate Anthology Points of Origin from MGM and Fandemonium Books. Fox is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and he’s had published hundreds of short stories and articles. He’s host and creator of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal podcast. His motto is wrecking civilization one story at a time. Blog: http://tfoxdunham.blogspot.com/. http://www.facebook.com/tfoxdunham & Twitter: @TFoxDunham
Phil Thomas resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and is an author and screenwriter. His screenplays have been produced into feature films that are available in major retailers such as Best Buy and Target, as well as availability on Netflix and Amazon On Demand, which has won him accolades from the film community. His first novel The Poe Predicament will be available in 2017 from Caliburn Press. Check out his short indie horror films at Film Zero Presents.
Readings will take place in the Casement from 5PM to 7.45PM as part of the spooky events of haunted Fort Mifflin. They will be included as part of the daytime prices. To stay for the ghost hunt, addition tickets must be acquired and space is limited to 40 people. The ghost hunt will take place until 2AM.
Fort Mifflin can be found behind Philadelphia International Airport
Fort Mifflin & Hog Island Roads Philadelphia, PA 19153
From Downtown Philadelphia South on I-95, take Exit 15 Island Avenue/Enterprise Avenue. At end of exit ramp, you will be on Enterprise Avenue. At stop sign turn left onto Fort Mifflin Road. Follow road, through short tunnel, to the first left turn. After left hand turn, follow signs straight into the Fort. Free Parking is on the left.
From Delaware County North on I-95, take Exit 13 – Valley Forge/West 291. Bear right and follow sign for Island Avenue. At traffic light (Hilton Hotel on left corner), turn left onto Island Avenue. At stop sign turn left onto Enterprise Avenue. At stop sign, turn right onto Fort Mifflin Road. Follow road, through short tunnel, to the first left turn. After left hand turn, follow signs straight into the Fort. Free Parking is on the left.
GPS USERS Please use 6400 Hog Island Road, Philadelphia, PA 19153 as Fort Mifflin’s address for best results. We recommend using the directions above.
September 11, 2017
12:00 PM - 2:00AM
Fort Mifflin - Philadelphia