11: BANSHEE

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The EVP Challenge:

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

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

“Alive. Alive-O!”

21: SAMHAIN

EPISODE 21: SAMHAIN

Check out the What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Podcast WEBSITE for expanded material, ghost story archive, folk music and more.

 

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This is the 2nd podcast in Fox & Phil’s 6 episode Countdown To Halloween, celebrating the haunted holiday and their one year anniversary podcasting about the darkness—and all things spooky.

 


EPISODE 21: SAMHAIN

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We need your true ghost stories. Copy them into the email at whatareyouafraidof117@gmail.com. Check out the submission guidelines on the website for more information. We will have them narrated by our voice actors.

 

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On this episode, the boys are joined by Katie Montana Jordan, Occult Specialist for two paranormal katie-skullagencies including Oregon Paranormal and Paranormal Research & Investigations.

Katie Montana Jordan is a Freelance Writer with areas of specialty in paganism and the occult. She is the Occult Specialist, Client Relations Consultant and Field Researcher to Oregon Paranormal, as well as Writing Consultant and Field Researcher to Paranormal Research & Investigations. Both an ordained minister and pagan priestess, Katie is currently obtaining her PhD in holistic theology. A Whitefish, Montana native, Katie now resides in Portland, Oregon.

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Link for her upcoming conference (where she’ll be both holding a lecture and teaching a class): www.portgambleparanormal.com

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Oregon Paranormal was established in 2009 for the purpose of conducting paranormal research throughout the Pacific Northwest. We exist to aid those who feel they may be experiencing phenomena they cannot explain. Our organization is comprised of an amazing group of researchers who hold the same core values, which Oregon Paranormal prides itself on. Our mission was to build a research organization that people could turn to for help and support, which we believe we’ve been successful at achieving. Over the years we’ve conducted a number of investigations, between residential, commercial, and historical sites including joint investigations with teams throughout the region.

And keep your eyes open for Katie’s up and coming personal WEBSITE. This site is her one stop website with info about both her writing and para work, radio spots, etc.)

KATIE MONTANA JORDAN’S FUTURE APPEARANCES

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Katie can be seen next at the 7th Annual Port Gamble Ghost Conference in Port QUJIAGamble, WA, over Samhain weekend. Katie will be holding a lecture on Friday the 28th, titled ‘Samhain: The Pagan History of Halloween.’ And she is also teaching her coveted class on spirit boards, on Saturday the 29th, titled: ‘The Relevancy and Applications of Ouija Boards.’

 

For more information on the conference, check their WEBSITE.

 

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SAMHAIN

Katie comes on the show to not only talk about her work in the paranormal but also to explain the pagan holiday of Samhain—the foundation-holiday of Halloween. There are many misconceptions about the pagan new year, and Katie shares her knowledge of its history and modern practice. T. Fox Dunham shares his story of Samhain. It is a special time for him, a second birthday. When he was 18, his battle with a rare form of lymphoma nearly ended with his death, but through a miracle after several months of intense chemotherapy and radiation, he survived and found new life on Samhain. They both talk about this sacred and ancient time of death and rebirth in the natural circle of life.

“The Dark is to be respected and not feared.” – Katie  Montana Jordan

Katie shares two true ghost stories: Ghost Hands and Scaredy Cat both narrated by voice actors. Ghost Hands is the true account of disembodied hands who got fresh with our Katie while she was on a ghost hunt!

“Beware the Hand Man.” – Katie Montana Jordan

Ghosts usually scare you, but in Scaredy Cat, she scared the ghost!

 

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The Final Ingredient:

British folksinger David Walton returns to narrate with his life partner, Marie, a dark short fiction by T. Fox Dunham, The Final Ingredient—a tale of a witch in need of a last element for a dark recipe.

“Forever shall I live, and so shall I teach you, if you can name the missing ingredient. Fail, and today you sup on stew, then anon worms shall sup on you.”

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Velaraas

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velarass-album-cover-pictureThey finish the show with a song from a band out of Portland, Oregon Velaraas playing from their album, Gilded Age. The song is called the Peace Maker. They’re a four piece band: Thelonius Spence (guitars and vocals), Scott Walker (drums), Ian Engblom (bass), and Colin Stroup (guitars and vocals). They’ve been together a little over 2 years.

VELARAAS – Vela means several things. Most importantly to them it means “time”. It also means “the hour of death” and “passion”. Ras (in which they added an a) means several things as well. Notably, it means “to feel”, “love”, “reverberate”, “roar” and “perceive”.

The “time” part of Vela is important because each of their albums is lyrically and somewhat musically centered in a time period, the Peace Maker being set mostly in the latter part of the Wild West.  Each song is a small vignette of its own. Some of their songs are based on true events, some are partially based on events and others are pure fiction.

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Fox & Phil Go a’Ghost-Hunting!

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Fox & Phil are joining Philadelphia Southeast Paranormal Investigation and Research Team, also known as Spirit of PA, for a paranormal investigation of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, PA. They will feature their logs and experiences on a future episode during October. Check out the Spirit of PA Group at their WEBSITE!

 

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They will also be at the King of Prussia Mall at Uncanny Comics on Saturday, October 29th for Malloween. Here is the Uncanny WEBSITE.

 

 

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Counting down to Halloween with many surprises yet to come!

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MERCY

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

 

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By T. Fox Dunham

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

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

 

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Author Tim Waggoner

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

 

 

 

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Author David Dunwoody

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

 

 

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

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real.

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

understand.

 

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

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Night In The Forest by Sergey Cheremisinov is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License.

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 “Peacemaker” by Velaraas on the Gilded Age album used with special permission from the owner.

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17: SCARY STORIES

T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas dedicated this #podcast episode to the trilogy of horror anthologies that haunted & fascinated them as children: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark from author Alvin Schwartz. We’ve created a show with interviews, stories and songs about this macabre collection of folklore.

 

Based on the cover art for the upcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary.
Based on the cover art for the upcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary.

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We’re also ecstatic to announce that we are joining the programming at PARA X RADIO! Para X is an internet radio station that has featured #paranormal programming for the last decade. It’s a great forum to satiate all your paranormal and ghost story needs with shows from dedicate supernatural explorers from around the country. What Are You Afraid Of? is adding a new element into the show, bringing not only our paranormal journalism but also our stories, fiction, music and dark entertainment. We will still be available on all major podcast services such as iTunes, and we will debut on Saturday, September 10th at 6PM for our usual weekly time slot.

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Check out their programming at: http://www.para-x.com/

Indeed. I said weekly. Starting in September, the podcast will start doing three new episodes a month, which means more Phil & Fox banter, more guests, more stories and new features as we expand our staff and content. So spread the word! Ghouls of the night, we’re coming for you–or joining you.

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We started with a true ghost story sent to us from a C.C. in England. C.C. and her friends decided to play Seance one night and invited a guest into their home–a guest who refused to leave. Read by Jon Prive.

 

 

In honor of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, T. Fox Dunham researched two pieces of American horror folklore and re-wrote them into new stories: Don’t Sell my House & The Bloodstain, read by our voice actors and dramatized with eerie music. These are two pieces of classic American horror. They’re about the past, guilt and not being able to let go. The Bloodstain tells the tale of a party gone wrong with murder. Don’t Sell My House is the story of a widower who is not allowed to move on with his life. Both stories are classic examples of the kind of work that can be found in our subject of this episode, the infamous trilogy of collected horror folklore, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, collected and written by Alvin Schwartz.

scary-600Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a series of three children’s books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The titles of the books are Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981), More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1984), and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones (1991). Alvin spent years collecting American horror folklore then masterfully penned them into stories that terrify and inspire. The books become iconic and controversial. The collection has been named the most challenged series of books from 1990-1999 and the seventh most challenged by the American Library Association because of the violence, dark themes and macabre illustrations, which of course make the book. America was so innocent back then. And as it is with most infamous collections, these books played a profound and founding influence on so many of us in the horror community. We all remember these books with love and a morbid fascination. They inspired T. Fox Dunham to start writing horror.

So we went to the modern expert on these books, a film maker with a history in children’s literature. Fox interviews Cody Meirick who is filming a documentary on the anthology. Cody has spent the last years indulging in his love of these books, gathering nearly thirty interviews with such notable authors as R.L. Stine to show the influence these books had on us. He shows us why these dark stories and others like them are so vital. As he says in the interview,

 

“In many cases, kid’s wouldn’t read without darker content.” – Cody Meirick

Check out the interview and learn more about the documentary at http://www.scarystoriesdoc.com/

Our beloved British folksinger, David Walton, returns to put to music one of the songs collected in the books. Known as the “Don’t Ever Laugh as the Hearse Goes By” or The Worm Song, David sings it in his usual mournful tones, bringing back to life a popular anti-war song from the last two centuries.

“Don’t you ever laugh as the hearse goes by,
For you may be the next one to die.
They wrap you up in big white sheets
and cover you from head to feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you with dirt and rocks.
All goes well for about a week,
Until your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your snout,
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach and out your sides.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
You’ll spread it on a slice of bread,
And that’s what you eat when you are dead.”

We are expanding, growing, exploring the darkness, and we have some amazing stuff planned for our future content. During October, we will be making live appearances including readings, live recordings, storytelling sessions and even going on some ghost hunts. We’ve been out in the field, collecting new ghost stories in places like Gettysburg, Jim Thorpe and Brandywine. Everyone’s got a ghost story.

On Saturday, October 22nd, we will be recording live for an evening on horror at the Doylestown Bookstore in Bucks County PA.

Enjoy the episode and spread the word. We need your true ghost experiences. Check out our submissions guidelines and our ghost story archive, growing often. The darkness is coming for you.


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