Play Episode 79: The Fey
For Saint Patrick’s Day 2018, or what we like to call Irish Heritage Day as it has become in the United States, hosts and horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas bring you a show of ghost stories from Ireland and Irish music. Paranormal author Cat Gasch returns to share the myriad tales of her visits to Ireland.
The trio discuss the history of Ireland, Irish Heritage Day in the United States, folklore, Irish legends, poets and green beer! For Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, Fox went down to Gettysburg with his wife, Allison, to enjoy the holiday, the live music, the pubs and American Civil War battlefields.
CATHY GASCH – PARANORMAL AUTHOR
Cathy E. Gasch was born, raised, went to school, worked and still lives in the state of Maryland. She is currently semi-retired and lives in Washington County with her husband of thirty seven years and seven cats. She enjoys working in her yard and garden and enjoys making crafts. Most of Cathy’s leisure time is spent reading and researching family history as well as historical locations. She loves to travel and has been to Ireland, Scotland, England and many wonderful and fascinating places in the United States. Cathy’s paranormal experiences have spanned over 50 years, and through them, she continues to learn about herself and the world, often times, through the eyes of those who have passed on.
Cathy E. Gasch has been able to sense the paranormal all of her life. Take a journey with her through haunted houses and ancient ruins across three different countries, and discover for yourself what it’s like to be sensitive to the paranormal. Mischievous ghosts, spectral apparitions, and forgotten souls abound in this collection of true spooky tales! Cat Gasch is a skilled author and storyteller, so check out her book My Life Amidst the Paranormal.
Cathy did a great job describing what she has experienced of the spirit world since she was a child. It is down-to-earth (pun intended) and an easy read. Cathy’s stories and experiences may make believers of those who don’t “believe.” You just might relate to one or more of her spirit encounters. The book highlights the fact that young children often are more open to, and accepting of, the reality of spirits among us. —Amazon Reviewer
The island is rife with ruins, stone circles, old graveyards, and populated by ghosts and fairies, who both came out to greet Cat on her visit. British folksinger David Walton narrates two of Cat’s stories from Ireland. Cat shares two tales. Helping Hands is the story of a ghost who saved her when she nearly fell down the steps of an old ruin, and Fairy Feline is the story of her encounter with a fey spirit-cat that followed her around an Irish village.
In the Fairy Feline, narrated beautifully by British folksinger, David Walton, Cat shares her experience with a mystical cat that appeared to her in several places while she visited Ireland. Was this a fairy taking the form of her totem spirit?
To this day, the vision of that gorgeous tortoiseshell cat with its strange gold and blue eye shine is still a puzzle to me but. . .
— Fairy Feline by Cat Gasch
The second story Cat shares is about her trip to an old abbey on a hill in Ireland. Cat climbed the steep stairs to the top of the hill and nearly fell, if not for the helping hands of an invisible good Samaritan.
Just as I thought I was going to go down the remaining stairs on my back, “someone” grabbed my right elbow and left shoulder blade and I stopped slipping! The touch was firm but gentle and didn’t let go until I managed to secure myself. Being so stunned that I was no longer falling I looked behind me to see who it was that had caught me, but, to my shock… there was no one there!!!
–Helping Hands by Cat Gasch
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While visiting Gettysburg to do an on-location show with Gettysburg ghost historian, Mark Nesbitt, T. Fox Dunham and his wife visited an Irish store in town. Fox heard a local Celtic band playing in the store and asked one of the staff, Ricky Czar, if he could use the ghost story song, The Sad Courting on the show. The band, Cormorants Fancy, was happy to oblige.
Since our 2003 beginning, Cormorant’s Fancy has performed for concert series, festivals, historical events, libraries, park events, coffee houses, weddings, banquets, private parties, and worship services. We’re Music, Gettysburg! concert series favorites! Festivals include Heart of the Arts Festival, Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, and Adams County Irish Festival. We entertain for yearly Burns events. Margaret, Stephen and Beth recently played at festivals in Scotland and England. We’re the house band at the Historic Fairfield Inn, and frequent performers at Fitzgerald’s Shamrock Restaurant. Contact the band at email@example.com.
Cormorants Fancy is Margaret Folkemer: lead and backing vocals, penny whistles; Ricky Czar: percussion, backing vocals; Beth Folkemer: lead and backing vocals, guitar, dulcimer; Stephen Folkemer: lead and backing vocals, concertina, keyboards; Chuck Krepley: lead and backing vocals, fiddle, banjo.
T. Fox Dunham and his wife Allison had a fantastic time on St. Patrick’s Day in Gettysburg, made all the better because the local college students were all out of town for spring break! They enjoyed some lovely Irish food and drink specials on whiskey. It was a great trip.
Malcolm the Plush Fox finds a comfy spot on cannon located on Cemetery Hill.
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(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)
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.
“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.
Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham
“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 Sad Courting performed by Cormorants Fancy used by permission of the band. All rights remain the property of Cormorants fancy.
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