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!

 

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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.

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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.

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44: BOOGEYMAN

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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.

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

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

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