73: MY PARANORMAL LIFE

 

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Ghost hunter and sensitive Cathy Gasch, author of My Life Amidst the Paranormal, has been seeing spirits all her life. She comes on episode 73 to share stories of her international adventures among the restless dead. The dead need to be heard, and she is their conduit to the remaining world of the living. Cathy talks with horror authors T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas, telling the hosts what it’s like to be born a sensitive and shares her unique perception into this world with her ghost story, James, narrated by British folksinger, David Walton. Of course, the hosts spend a little time helping new authors get their start with advice from English horror author, Jasper Bark. Jasper talks about the writing industry in his charming way and about writing for the upcoming indie firm, Crystal Lake Publishing.

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!

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 

By this time the room was cold enough that I could see my breath, I was shaking so hard that my teeth were chattering and I was so frightened that my entire body was rigid! — From Cathy’s true ghost story, James, narrated by British folksinger David Walton

Jasper Bark – How to Publish Horror

Jasper Bark is infectious. If you’re reading this then you’re already at risk of contamination. The symptoms will begin to manifest any moment now. There’s nothing you can do about it. You’ll become obsessed with his work, from the award winning collections Dead Air and Stuck on You and Other Prime Cuts, to cult novels like Way of the Barefoot Zombie and acclaimed graphic novels such as Bloodfellas and Beyond Lovecraft. Soon you’ll want to tweet, post and blog about his work until thousands of others fall under its spell. We’re afraid there is no way to avoid this, these words contain a power you are hopeless to resist. You’re already in their thrall and have been since you started this book. Even now you find yourself itching to read the rest of his work. Don’t fight it, give in to the urge and succumb to the joyous derangement it brings.

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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

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

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Ghost stories from Haunted Philadelphia used with permission of from the author. This material may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Darcy Oordt, the author.

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

70: HALFWAY OUT OF THE DARK

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It’s our holiday episode for 2017! 70 episodes! Halfway Out of the Dark. That’s how horror authors T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas regard the season. Happy Solstice! The authors hang out, talk about the season, scary holiday gifts, current film releases like The Last Jedi and Fox tells the scary tale of all the cookies he’s made.

 

Bram Stoker award-winning author, PD Cacek shares a true holiday ghost story, The Christmas Cat and the hosts play a strange ghost story about paranormal excrement, sent in by one of our fans. They also discuss A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Tim Waggoner is back for part three of his interview on writing, giving advice to new authors and talking about the way the publishing industry has changed.

We play some strange holiday carols and finish with a song from our friend, Wily Bo Walker from his Moon Over Indigo album.

And check out the new horror Christmas anthology, Shades of Santa, on Amazon now, with a new horror holiday flash fiction story from T. Fox Dunham. Profits go to a Water charity. Ghost stories and music for your winter holidays!

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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

 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 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

“Fox The Children” from Wily Bo Walker album Moon Over Indio used with permission of the owner.

Kamikaze Economy Christmas by Travis Taylor is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.

“Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio. No profit is made by selling the show in any form. The show is used for promotion of the author’s works. This show is for entertainment purposes. The views of the show do not reflect PARA-X Radio, EMC Podcast network or any of their affiliates or sponsors. All rights of work are retained by the authors. All arrangements made with guests and audience members are not the responsibility of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas, PARA-X Radio or EMC Podcast Network or all sponsor and affiliates. 

 

68: WENDIGO

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What could be better to keep you warm this winter then ghost stories told around the fire? The harsh and barren months have come, ripping summer from us. Now we look to ourselves for our own warmth, seeking joy in song, story, drink, food and holiday celebrations. T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas and magician Doug Stafford return with Episode 67: WENDIGO to help our listeners pass the chilly days with stories of an old and unnatural evil indigenous to North America and Canada. . . dark tales of the cannibal spirit, The Wendigo.

We record this episode which was also broadcasted live from Comic Zen in Lansdale PA during the Lansdale Tree Lighting Ceremony.

 

T. Fox Dunham says hello to a special visitor at Comic Zen during the recording of Episode 68: WENDIGO

 

WENDIGO

The Wendigo is a demonic spirit believed by Algonquin-based Native American tribes to possess humans and turn them into cannibals. The term “Wendigo” or “Windigo” is used to describe both the evil spirit as well as the creature that humans can become when possessed by the spirit. The “monster” version of the mythical creature is human-like, but very tall and gaunt, with deeply sunken eyes and yellowish, decaying skin.  They are impossibly thin and have an unending hunger that craves only human flesh. This myth became prevalent since the spread of colonists into the mid-west, bringing out metaphors of gluttonous and greedy men who consume what they do not need thus spoiling the balance of nature. These stories have inspired many legends and stories.

The legend lends its name to the controversial modern medical term Wendigo psychosis, described by psychiatrists as a culture-bound syndrome with symptoms such as an intense craving for human flesh and a fear of becoming a cannibal. In some Indigenous communities, environmental destruction and insatiable greed are also seen as a manifestation of Wendigo Psychosis.

We tell the stories, share the history and Fox narrates an old legend of a warrior fighting the Wendigo in a winter forest, re-written by T. Fox Dunham based on the old folklore.

 

Wendigo Manitou carving discovered on Mount Trudee in Tettegouche State Park near Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA.

 

Wendigo.

A creature taller than a tree. Jagged teeth biting from its lipless mouth. When it breathed, it hissed and bleed where it walked. Antlers as tall as any deer grew from its head, and it stank of rotting meat—of all the meat it had eaten. It ate all creatures who ventured unknowingly into its territory, a force of hunger like nature, like the constant wind. Sometimes, the ravenous spirit would not eat you but take possession of your body, turning you into a wendigo like it. Then, he dreaded the fate of his family for they would be the first he hunted and devoured. The warrior raised his spear. According to the stories he’d learned as a boy from his father, he would have one chance to defeat the horrible spirit. Then, he would die. If he failed, he’d either be eaten or driven to eat. . . those he loved. He could not let that happen!

–Wendigo Legend: Re-written and narrated by T. Fox Dunham on EPISODE 68.

 

THE GREAT PHILADELPHIA MAGICIAN: DOUG STAFFORD, CO-HOST

Finally, the great Doug Stafford joins us for an episode! He was a great addition to the team, and we plan to have him join us again. We loved having him. Doug is a tremendous entertainer, fire-eater and magician in the region. He does more than card tricks. He tells a story with his magic on stage.

Douglas Stafford is a juggler, magician, and fire performer based out of the Philadelphia area.  He specializes in bringing entertainment and laughter through the medium of a bad idea.  We have all had a bad idea; and in fact we have all seen jugglers, magicians, and fire performers and wondered what would possess a person to do something like that.  What would possess a man to juggle torches in front of a crowd full of people; besides a desperate need for others attention. To contact Doug for booking information, email him at Bad.Idea.Entertainers@gmail.com

 

TIM WAGGONER INTERVIEW II:

DID TIM SEE A FUTURE VISION THAT SAVED HIS LIFE?

Fox interviews and Bram Stoker award-winning author Tim Waggoner. Tim talks about his growth as an author, writing media tie-in books for the television series Supernatural and gives advice to new authors. Tim shares more true ghost experiences, talking about his potential psychic abilities, a vision in which he had been warned about his possible death in the future while trying to help a stranded cat.

 

Tim Waggoner has published close to forty novels and three collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins, and his articles on writing have appeared in numerous publications. In 2017 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and his fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.

 

Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre.

From Crystal Lake Publishing

Book one in Crystal Lake Publishing’s The Dream Weaver series, Where Nightmares Come From focuses on the art of storytelling in the Horror genre, taking an idea from conception to reality—whether you prefer short stories, novels, films, or comics.

Featuring in-depth articles and interviews by Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard series), Clive Barker (Books of Blood), John Connolly (Charlie Parker series), Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King (IT), Christopher Golden (Ararat), Charlaine Harris (Midnight, Texas), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series), Kevin J. Anderson (Tales of Dune), Craig Engler (Z Nation), and many more.

The full non-fiction anthology lineup includes:

  • Introduction by William F. Nolan

  • IT’S THE STORY TELLER by Joe R. Lansdale

  • A-Z OF HORROR of Clive Barker

  • WHY HORROR? by Mark Alan Miller

  • PIXELATED SHADOWS by Michael Paul Gonzalez

  • LIKE CURSES by Ray Garton

  • HOW TO GET YOUR SCARE ON by S.G. Browne

  • STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES by Richard Thomas

  • HORROR IS A STATE OF MIND by Tim Waggoner

  • BRINGING AN IDEA TO LIFE by Mercedes M. Yardley

  • THE PROCESS OF A TALE by Ramsey Campbell

  • GREAT HORROR IS SOMETHING ALIEN by Michael Bailey

  • A HORRIFICALLY HAPPY MEDIUM by Taylor Grant

  • INTERVIEW WITH JOHN CONNOLLY by Marie O’Regan

  • THE STORY OF A STORY by Mort Castle

  • WRITING ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW with Christopher Golden, Kevin J. Anderson, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • HOW I SPENT MY CHILDHOOD LOOKING FOR MONSTERS AND FOUND POETRY INSTEAD by Stephanie M. Wytovich

  • BITS AND PIECES INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN MABERRY by Eugene Johnson

  • THE REEL CREEPS by Lisa Morton

  • THE MONSTER SQUAD by Jess Landry

  • WHAT SCARES YOU by Marv Wolfman

  • PLAYING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S HAUNTED HOUSE by Elizabeth Massie

  • CREATING MAGIC FROM A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER: Del Howison interviews Tom Holland, Amber Benson, Fred Dekker, and Kevin Tenney

  • Z NATION: HOW SYFY’S HIT SHOW CAME TO LIFE by Craig Engler

  • LIFE IMITATING ART IMITATING LIFE: FILM AND ITS INFLUENCE ON REALITY by Jason V Brock

  • WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM by Paul Moore

  • STEPHEN KING AND RICHARD CHIZMAR DISCUSS COLLABORATING by Bev Vincent

  • CHARLAINE HARRIS DISCUSSES STORYTELLING by Eugene Johnson

  • WHAT NOW? by John Palisano

 

Recorded on location at Comic Zen in Lansdale PA!

 

A quick note from owner Tim Hershey on what Comic Zen is all about. Comic books are meant to be an escape. They always have been, to me. Tim Hershey’s goal is to give you a place where you can come, find your next favorite comic or graphic novel (or toy or statue or collectible, etc.), and not feel left out of that escape from reality. There is only one condition to be included in this escape: Respect. He don’t care who you are, where you come from, how you earn money, what kind of car you drive, who your parents were, how you dress, or if you like my ’80s rock music. He will treat you with respect. And, he expects the same in return. But, it’s not just about him. You need to be willing to respect my other guests, who may be different than you. He enjoys diversity of all kinds in his store, and Tim will do everything he can to continue to foster, and protect, that diversity.

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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

 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 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

“Funeral Chant” – Seneca Indians – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Childrens Chorus” – Seneca Indians – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio. No profit is made by selling the show in any form. The show is used for promotion of the author’s works. This show is for entertainment purposes. The views of the show do not reflect PARA-X Radio, EMC Podcast network or any of their affiliates or sponsors. All rights of work are retained by the authors. All arrangements made with guests and audience members are not the responsibility of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas, PARA-X Radio or EMC Podcast Network or all sponsor and affiliates. 

63: THE HAUNTING OF KATRINA WEIDMAN

 

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THE HAUNTING OF KATRINA WEIDMAN

 

Horror authors T. Fox Dunham (Horror Writers Association) & Phil Thomas have an extraordinary guest on episode 64, part of their countdown to Halloween 2017. Katrina Weidman joins them for a long interview during the show to talk about her lifelong pursuit of the paranormal. Katrina was part of Paranormal State on A&E and is now co-host of the television show, Paranormal Lockdown which is going into its third season on Destination America.

From her WEBSITE:

“I’ve always had a passion for the supernatural and a desire to seek out the unknown! Growing up in haunted houses will kind of do that to you. As a child, I poured over any information I could find on the paranormal. I was fascinated that there were other houses like mine and wanted to know as much as I could. Ghosts, UFOs, cryptos, you name it, I was fascinated! I’m often asked, “How in the world did you become a paranormal investigator?” Honestly, I feel like it chose me.”

“Fast forward a few years to a trip to The Pennsylvania State University that changed everything! I dropped a friend off at the main campus one summer weekend, and the minute my feet hit the pavement, I had an overwhelming feeling that I needed to be there. Not being the academic type, I decided I had better pay attention to this feeling. The day I got back to my hometown, I signed up for classes at the local community college. It was there that I overcame the harsh words from that teacher long ago. I transferred to Penn State, and during my studies, my passion for the paranormal grew even more. As luck would have it, there was a paranormal club on campus, the world-renown Paranormal Research Society (PRS). I trained with them and later worked as their case manager, interviewing thousands of eyewitnesses to the unknown. This led to the opportunity to co-host A&E’s hit docu-drama “Paranormal State” (2007-2011), which chronicled the work of PRS. I then became the host for Chiller’s “Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies,” which explores the real life terror behind some of the world’s most iconic horror films. I also hosted the follow-up special, “Real Fear: The Truth Behind More Movies,” in 2013. I graduated from Penn State with degrees in Integrative Arts and Theatre with a minor in Music Technology. Take that, third grade teacher! Throughout the year, I lecture at paranormal conferences and events where I discuss my experiences in the field. I’m also the co-founder of Atherton Paranormal, a group aimed at furthering the paranormal field and helping those affected by it. In addition to my work in the paranormal, I’m a performer, a producer, and the lead singer of the band AwayFrom30.”

Katrina joins us to talk about her history in the paranormal, her unique experiences growing up as a haunted child, her work on Paranormal State and what it’s like to be on Paranormal Lockdown. She also shares several frightening ghost stories including the tale of being trapped in the Coal Hole in a haunted site in the UK. It is a scary tale.

Paranormal Lockdown will be going into its third season on Destination America. Paranormal Lockdown is a paranormal reality television series. It is executive produced by Nick Groff of Ghost Adventures fame. The series follows Groff and fellow paranormal researcher Katrina Weidman (formerly of Paranormal State) as they confine themselves for 72 straight hours in some of the most haunted locations.

And Fox would love to come cook for them when they’re sequestered to these haunted sites. He was cooking his magic meatloaf while they interviewed. Just ask Phil… amazing stuff.

 

MERCY BY T. FOX DUNHAM

Fox reads a scene from his horror novel from Blood Bound Books, MERCY. When Fox was 17, he suffered from a rare form of blood cancer, a cell type that had never been treated successfully before. Fox suffered intense chemo therapy and radiation until finally at the dawn of Samhain that year, he survived death and recovered.

T. Fox Dunham has often penned stories about his battle with cancer, a battle that hasn’t stopped throughout his life as its returned, and he wrote MERCY as a metaphor for his horrific violation at the hands of doctors. Mercy is a book about William Saint, a man dying of cancer but even more so dying of regret. He returns to Mercy hospital to discover its been possessed by something evil, a dark force hungry for souls, and he is processed to become edible to the great dark mouth that feeds the great dark heart. Fox reads from a selection of his book.

MERCY LARGE

“Fine! I will look and give you my eyes. Why do I need them anyway? All I see is suffering, mostly my own.”

“You will do this of your own free will? Less damaged?”

He nodded at the Good Doctor. “But I have to do it. I will cut into my own face.” The Good Doctor Sullivan giggled at the idea, delighted by the suggestion. He held the base of his goggles, and he lifted them from his cheeks, revealing the orifices in his skull. At first, the beast man could not look upon his true face, and he turned away.

“See me. You have always known me.”

–From MERCY by T. Fox Dunham

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

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.

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

 

THE ZOMBIE DANDIES

We play another great punk Halloween song from the French band, The Zombie Dandies. The Friendly Monster Shop is a great song for the spooky season. We love these guys!

 

The Zombie Dandies are a musical project from Normandy, France. The story of the group started in 2011, when two bored ghouls, Marty Dandy (Drums, Bass, Guitar & Vocals ) and K1000 Zombie (Guitar & Vocals), woke up from their graves with the unlikely idea of creating a glam-metal-meets-garage-rock musical project.

 

THE WISH MECHANICS

Part 4 of a great Halloween Day of the Dead story from horror author Daniel Braum. 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!

RAIN ON MY FOOTSTEPS – WILY BO WALKER

We can’t have a Halloween show without the gritty and burlesque sounds of Wily Bo Walker and the Rattlin’ Bone Theater Show. Wily Bo contributes his mournful dirge, Rain on my Footsteps.

Wily Bo Walker, recently Inducted in to the US Blues Hall of Fame, 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; Blues, Gospel, Soul, Classic R&B, Jazz, Rock and Americana.

Download more of Wily Bo’s incredible music at his Band Camp Site.

We hope to see you at King of Prussia Mall on October 28th at Uncanny Comics when we hand out candy and ghost stories to the kids for Malloween then record our Halloween Special! Click here for more information. J. Lee Dodson, author of the Evil Clown Survival Guide is joining us.

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During out Countdown to Halloween, we’re bringing you expanded spooky content and more frequent shows of longer duration. 

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New horror fiction from James Chambers, Daniel Braum, T. Fox Dunham, J. Lee Dodson and others.

Longer specials in October! With live video available.

A special two hour episode with ‘Mister Ghosts of Gettysburg’ Mark Nesbitt, author of many ghost story collections from Gettysburg. He’s been featured many times on the history channel, and we’re in his shop, sitting down and talking to him. Plus, we have four of his true ghost stories and a short story from James Chambers, chairman of the HWA membership committee.

 

 

Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment will be coming on the show to talk about his contribution to pulp horror all starting with our favorite late night movie, The Toxic Avenger. We’re going to be talking about film, indie film, pulp horror and his unique few on the movie industry. Looking forward to talking to this great director! Lloyd Kaufman and Troma have become icons in the cult-movie world, and Troma has distributed over 1000 films. Lloyd has continued his career as a director in addition to producing, and Troma has turned out such films as Monster in the Closet (1986), Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986), Combat Shock (1984), Troma’s War (1988), and Fortress of Amerikkka (1989), and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006), which follows an army of undead chickens as they seek revenge on a fast food palace.

 

PENNHURST ASYLUM APPEARANCE!

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be running two events at famous and haunted Pennhurst Asylum–one of the most notoriously haunted houses in the country! On Friday October 6th & October 13th (FRIDAY THE 13th!) T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas will be setting up at Pennhurst for a series of live shows running at 6PM and 9PM. We’ll be mingling with the crowds in spooky outfits, sharing ghost stories and inviting visitors to share their ghost stories. We’ll also be hanging out with Pennhurst historians, paranormal investigators and the cast to share their ghost encounters on the site. Check us out for live audio and video feed from Pennhurst Asylum! For more information, check out Pennhurst for tickets and times.

 

A new horror special with readings from horror authors from Fort Mifflin. We had a great author reading at Fort Mifflin with James Chambers, Meghan Arcuri, Phil Thomas, T. Fox Dunham, Tony Knighton and John Foster. It will be coming soon as a video and audio special. Please, we got to spend the day with Philadelphia ghost historian, Darcy Oordt. This is just one of many onsite recordings and live broadcasts we’ll be doing during out Countdown to Halloween.

 

 

T. Fox Dunham and Michael Garrett are planning a comedy zombie serial about two hapless survivors of a zombie apocalypse and their pet zombie, Fluffy. We’ll be writing and recording soon! With the same talents who brought you the clown news reports and  CDC briefing.

 

Halloween decorations and party tips. We’re talking to Halloween decoration experts to share some holiday party ideas!

 

Special guest Katrina Weidman from Paranormal State and currently on the ghost-hunting show, Paranormal Lockdown on Destination America will be on the show, October 20th! To tell us about a life of exploring the paranormal! We are thrilled to have her.

 

Katrina Weidman: I’ve always had a passion for the supernatural and a desire to seek out the unknown! Growing up in haunted houses will kind of do that to you. As a child, I pored over any information I could find on the paranormal. I was fascinated that there were other houses like mine and wanted to know as much as I could. Ghosts, UFOs, cryptos, you name it, I was fascinated! Fast forward a few years to a trip to The Pennsylvania State University that changed everything! I dropped a friend off at the main campus one summer weekend, and the minute my feet hit the pavement, I had an overwhelming feeling that I needed to be there. Not being the academic type, I decided I had better pay attention to this feeling. The day I got back to my hometown, I signed up for classes at the local community college. It was there that I overcame the harsh words from that teacher long ago.


Currently, you can catch me on “Paranormal Lockdown” with my friend and colleague, Nick Groff, airing on TLC. “Paranormal Lockdown” follows Nick and me as we investigate and live in some of the world’s most haunted locations for 72 hours!

 

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After our clown craziness, we decided to spend the episode with old friend, paranormal investigator and author, Debi Chestnut. Debi was on an episode last year, 20: Shadow Stalkers and she comes back to share some of her new ghost stories from her book, Haunted Anchor Bay, Michigan. Debi’s been busy out hunting the supernatural with her paranormal investigation group, Shadow Stalkers and researching her new book, collecting ghost stories and folklore of Michigan. She shares two stories, narrated by our voice actors: Ouija Board, the story of a demonic game that keeps coming home to its owners and the Demon Dog of Lake Eerie, an ethereal harbinger that shows up aboard ships just before the sink. She also tells many of her ghost stories and updates us on her personal battle with a powerful demon—or a fallen angel.

“You’ll be sitting in the cemetery on a bench reading, and all of a sudden, you’re surrounded by all these shadow people.”

 

10: NIGHT STORIES

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An episode of weird stories for our audience written by some great horror indie authors.

Phil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham open the show with a short true #ghost story sent in by filmmaker, writer and professional performing freak, Kino McFarland, called Wrong Number. Kino and her husband captured a haunting EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) that we play with this story.

Phil & Fox discuss Indie writing and filmmaking, writing for streaming services and working with production companies. Fox shares his experience partnering with Throughline Films to have his first novel, The Street Martyr, turned into a major motion picture. We offer advice to new authors fighting to reach this penultimate professional goal. We also discuss Ouija boards. They’re fun if you don’t mind risking demonic oppression.

 Our second piece is from bizarro & horror author MP Johnson—a piece of dark fiction given to us from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. MP Johnson shows us real monsters without empathy in his story, The Man with an Ax in the Backseat of Your Car Has Feelings Too, narrated by our British folk-singer, David Walton, with his usual dark and compelling tones. Check out their website guidelines to have a piece of flash fiction featured on the podcast.

You don’t know he’s there, curled up behind you, clutching an ax in his sweaty hands as you drive off to the gym for your last workout ever.

Author Daniel Braum joins us for a brief interview as part of The Dark Five. On April 8th at the KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street, New York, NY) we shall be gathering to read from our stories published by Grey Matter Press in support of John C. Foster’s novel release, Mister White.