61: PENNHURST ASYLUM

 

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T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas are at haunted Pennhurst Asylum! This is their first show recorded on site at the closed Pennsylvania mental hospital. In addition to being a historic site of importance to scholars, at Halloween time, it opens as a spooky attraction, a haunted house with several buildings, each with different stories, to explore.

 


(From their website)

Pennhurst Asylum is a “Hospital” themed walk through attraction featuring many items and artifacts that are salvaged from the original State School. Located on the upper floors of the old Administration building, which dates to 1908, this attraction features fine detail and realism through a combination of high tech animatronics, digital sound and highly trained actors.

THE DUNGEON OF LOST SOULS
Enter the world of the underground as your soul is led down the steps of the past to go back in time to a labyrinth of dilapidated cells, never ending halls, and be forced to confront a series of human experiments that have gone horribly and deadly wrong. This experience includes CGI special effects, illusions, attention to detail and ghosts that have never left the halls.

CONTAINMENT (TUNNELS) NEW* 2017!
Containment is a new attraction for 2017 that takes you through a 1,200 foot long gauntlet underneath the Pennhurst complex. Stationed as a government facility hidden underground for decades, you will bare witness to patients being experimented on in the most inhumane ways possible. Lucky for you, this research facility is still accepting patients! The brand new sets and scares of this attraction are guaranteed to produce horrifying screams and nightmares to come.

Check out the website for tickets and days.

Open through the end of Halloween.

We’ll be back on October 13th to record another episode!

EPISODE 61! As part of our countdown to Halloween 2017, we hang out onsite while visitors enjoy the spooky show at Pennhurst Asylum. First, we do an interview with operation’s manager, Jim Werner. Jim tells us about both sides of the site’s notorious history. It has a bad reputation because of some terrible abuses that happened but it was also a place of life for many who thrived on this estate.

As is common for a site with a tragic history, Pennhurst is also renowned for its encounters with the paranormal. So many we spoke to have been touched by the other side. Often, the spirits fall into two categories of behavior: They’re seeking human contact or attacking with rage. We share several of the local ghost stories including that of Doctor Fear! Doctor Fear was a real doctor their on site who was brought up on charges after his abuses of patients came to light. Since then, his soul has returned to the decaying building. A famous EVP caught him speaking of burning bodies on the property.

We will have more ghost stories from the site on episode 62 after we speak to several ghost hunters who have explored the property and captured paranormal phenomenon.

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!

 

 

NEW MUSIC FROM ZOMBIE DANDIES

We’re featuring the punk music of The Zombie Dandies on the next few episodes. We start with Halloween Again.

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.

 

NEW GHOST STORY

While setting up, Fox encountered a young couple coming out early from the attraction. He spoke to the young woman, Ambrose, and recorded some of the paranormal encounters she’s suffered in her life. She tells the story of a religious doll who spews demonic speech!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at Pennhurst Asylum and we hope to see more of you on Friday, October the 13th!

 

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 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

“Classic Horror III” 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

Dandy’s Little Monsters by The Zombie Dandies is licensed under a Attribution License.

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

 

60: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS

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YOU WILL BELIEVE IN GHOSTS!

As part of our Countdown 2 Halloween 2017, we’re traveling to several haunted sites to share the spooky with our audience. October is our favorite time of year. We’ve been at Fort Mifflin Philadelphia, one of the oldest most haunted sites in America. And we’ve made a pilgrimage to one of the ghost capitals of the world, Gettysburg to hang out with famed (from the History and Discovery Channel) American civil war ghost historian, Mark Nesbitt, author of many books and star storyteller of television and radio. All part of our buildup to Halloween 2017, celebrating horror style. We’ll also be at Pennhurst on October 6th and Friday the 13th to hang out with the fans at this other notorious haunted site.

PART OF OUR COUNTDOWN

TO

HALLOWEEN 2017

 

This is a special 2 hour episode full of ghost stories, some told by our voice actors and others told in person by Mark Nesbitt. This is the audio version. A video version of the interview is being processed to be released soon. Horror authors T. Fox Dunham setup his equipment in the HQ of the Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Tour company in Gettysburg on Sept 23rd, planning to live stream, though the internet signal that day declined, so we switched to recording the show. Horror film maker Phil Thomas arrived, and we sat down with Mark for two hours, listening to his many stories, about his life and his process.

He makes you believe in ghosts.

 

Our voice actors David Walton and Michael Garrett record four of his stories which we play on this extra-long special: Codori House, Little Round Top, Seminary Ridge and a story about the building that is the HQ of the Ghosts of Gettysburg tour company.

“We made it through the thunder and lightning storm. Just wondered, who was that STOMPING through the Ghost Office when we were in the courtyard??? Someone who wanted to go home? If it was a ghost—it was a loud insistent ghost. Got the group going!”

–From Mark Nesbitt’s book Ghost of Gettysburg VII


Mark Nesbitt

Mark worked for the National Park Service(NPS) as a Ranger/Historian for five years. He then became a Licensed Battlefield Guide. His job with the NPS provided him not only the opportunity to spend time in all of the historic buildings in the Gettysburg National Park, but to actually live in four of them. Mark started his own research and writing company in 1977. He did research and advertising copy for some of America’s best historical artists. Being a resident of Gettysburg for over 30 years has provided Mark with a unique “insider” perspective.

 

Ghosts of Gettysburg – Candlelight Walking Tour

Over the years since the battle, stories of scores of sightings, stranger than reality, have emerged from the quaint houses and gentle fields in and around the town of Gettysburg: Stories of sightings of these soldiers, moving again in battle lines, across the fields where they once marched. . .and died; tales of visions through a rip in time into the horrible scene of a Civil War hospital; whispers of a look at men long dead held eternally captive by duty. These apparitions–and more–come back to remind us, in one way or another that they are not to be forgotten for what they did here. . .

 

In 1991, the first book in Mark’s Ghosts of Gettysburg series was released. In 1994, he was approached by a member of Gettysburg’s borough council about creating a “ghost” tour based on the stories in his books. Mark accepted the challenge and the result was the first ghost walk in Gettysburg, The Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours®. Armed with tales from his ghost books–and with a few that aren’t–guides dressed in period attire take visitors on evening tours through sections of town that were bloody battlefields; through night-darkened streets to houses and buildings where it’s not as quiet as it should be; to sites on the old Pennsylvania College campus where the slain once lay in rows, and the wounded suffered horribly, waiting to become corpses themselves; to cemeteries where the dead lie. . .sometimes not so peacefully.

Stories from the Ghosts of Gettysburg books have been seen, and/or heard, on The History Channel, A&E, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, Coast to Coast AM, and numerous other local television programs and specials.

Click here for more information on taking a tour.

 

THE DRIPPING BLOOD OF THE DANIEL LADY FARM

Mark also talks about his most potent supernatural experience, that of the dripping blood of the Daniel Lady Farm. One night, he was called over to engage in a paranormal event happening at that moment at the Daniel Lady Farm. Blood dripped from the ceiling with the no cause at the old civil war hospital. Listen to the entire tale on episode 60 with Mark Nesbitt.

 

Blood that dripped from the ceiling measured and tested. Was it human blood?

“Spirit blood appeared there and vanished.”

–Mark Nesbitt

Gettysburg may very well be, acre for acre, the most haunted place in America!

 

 


EVPS

What is an EVP? (From Wikipedia) – Electronic Voice Phenomena

Within ghost hunting and parapsychology, electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded. Parapsychologist Konstantīns Raudive, who popularized the idea in the 1970s, described EVP as typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase.

We play six of Mark Nesbitt’s EVPs on the show. They are best listened with headphones. Hearing the voices of the dead will make you a believer in life beyond the grave! They overwhelm you. Tom Capper, civil war player, also joins in with a few he collected at Gettysburg.

Example of one of Mark’s EVPs:

There are several more on the show. Are these the voices of the dead?

 

 These pictures were taken by T. Fox Dunham when his sensitive wife felt a presence in a store in Gettysburg. No flash was used nor was any window exposing light. It happened in seconds. Maybe???

 

 

OUT OF DEVIL’S DEN

Story by James Chambers

Horror author James Chambers especially penned a short story set in one of Gettysburg’s most haunted spots, Devil’s Den. It’s a story about how the horror of war can drive the soul from the body and create doplegangers. The story was written in expert voice and narrated by the creepy voice of T. Fox Dunham who also added in an audio setting to create the realism of the July battlefield.

“When a lull came in the firing, a hand dropped onto Clay’s shoulder. Nearly leaping out of his skin, Claywheeled around and saw… well, he claims he saw a face both familiar and inexplicable, that of his cousin Ronnie. Clay studied the lone sharpshooter, still screaming and shooting. Then he regarded his cousin standing beside him. The same man in two places at once.

Out of Devil’s Den by James Chambers on Episode 60: Gettysburg Ghosts

 

 

T. Fox Dunham records from the haunted site of Devil’s Den

 

JAMES CHAMBERS –

HWA AUTHOR

 

James Chambers is an 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.

Read his full biography and find a list of his works on his website.

Pick up James Chambers collection of 4 novellas, The Engines of Sacrifice.

“Chambers’s damaged characters cling to hope even as the world comes apart at the seams, making the insanity and despair of their circumstances poignant as well as deliciously creepy.” – Review from Publishers Weekly

 

So we will see you at Pennhurst in October! As part of our countdown to Halloween.

 

Follow us at @pfwhatafraidof

 

Mark Nesbitt on a documentary on the Ghosts of Gettysburg

 

And T. Fox Dunham and his wife, Allison Ledbetter stopped back in at a favorite store in Gettysburg.

 

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A Lil Somethin’ Gettysburg is a lovely little shop with friendly owners who sell unique gifts, candles, salsas, home décor and souvenirs. On a previous trip, Fox had spoken to a charming local, Big Al, and got his views on spooky critters.

 

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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 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

The Army’s March by MMFFF is licensed under a Attribution License.

Devil’s Number by Pepper Coat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.

“Funeral March” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre ” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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12: DARK TALES

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Philly & Foxy return for our Spring-Summer season, bringing you dark stories, paranormal adventures and information for the working author.

We have a lot on Episode 12, preparing for some big stuff. Two true ghost stories recorded for you, sent to us from listeners. The first, Civil War Camp was sent to us from West Virginia, recorded by British folksinger, David Walton. We end the show with a sad tale of lost souls to this world from TM McLean from his time working at a British army base in Germany, The Hatch Girl of Hohne. The end will get you. Places remember…

 

The British army base where TM McLean worked is built on land with a tragic past.

We have two interviews tonight. The first is with one of the Dark Five, author J. Daniel Stone. We read with Ol’Stoney at the KGB Bar & Club in NYC in early April, hosted by the podcast. That recording will be presented as a special event in May.

J. Daniel Stone reads at Let the Darks Ones Rise at the KGB Club in NYC, hosted by the podcast.

We also have Harrison Astroff joining us from Stacks Hollywood Entertainment to tell us about his international streaming company—the future of the industry.

 

PMMP delivers to us a new noir story, a flash piece by author Aaron Fox-Lerner called Under the Bridge.

It’s a powerful episode, the beginning of a great summer for the podcast.

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!”

9: CRAZY WILLY

 

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On this episode, we complete our feature done by the Grave Wanderers all-female #paranormal investigation group at the Old City Jail in Charleston, South Carolina. We play log three & four then premier a few #EVPs they recorded during their night. So we tell the story of the ghost of Crazy Willy who haunts Ol’ Charleston Jail. A sassy tour guide tells you his ghost story during the night in Charleston.

To add another perspective to their investigation, Phil Summers talks to us about his own investigation at the jail. Phil is an unorthodox ghost-hunter, and his story was featured on A&E’s My Ghost Story. He tells us about a deceased witch who cursed his life. Check it out on A&E’s My Ghost Story Season 2 Episode 8 The Presence.

Closing the show, Doctor Noir, Lou Boxer tells us about a major Philadelphia noir event, Noir at the Bar, the Final Reading at the soon-to-be-demolished Society Hill Playhouse.

8: OL’CHARLESTON JAIL

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Sandra & Stephanie Gravegirls, the core members of the all-girl ghost hunting group Grave Wanderers, return in this episode with their audio logs from their #paranormal investigation at famed ghost site Old Charleston Jail. We feature part one & two of the four log set and two ghost stories told to us by a sassy southern guide who works at the jail: Mary Crane of Pain & The Body Sinks. Part 2 & 3 and their #EVPs will be featured in episode 9. They chronicle their investigation of this rich historic site, describe the eerie setting and tell us about their encounters with the dead prisoners who still dwell there. Old Charleston Jail, which was operational from 1802 until 1939, housed Charleston’s most infamous criminals and, during the Civil War, Federal prisoners of war. The Old Jail housed a great variety of inmates. John and Lavinia Fisher, and other members of their gang, convicted of robbery and murder in the Charleston Neck region were imprisoned here in 1819 to 1820. Some of the last 19th-century high-sea pirates were jailed here in 1822 while they awaited hanging. This is the site of many paranormal investigations and has been featured on Ghost Adventures.

 

Phil & Fox are bringing you some #ghostlove!

Phil narrates Canadian author and hitchhiker, S.L. Dixon’s story, There’s Nobody There, our monthly #horror flash fiction piece from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. A little girl tries to convince herself that she is alone in this dark and moody piece. Is she?

Hosts and authors Phil Thomas & T. Fox  Dunham discuss horror writing in #indiepublishing, the modern film industry and Satansville, a local paranormal site famed in urban legend.

Fox interviews James Chambers, New York horror author and chairman of the membership committee of the Horror Writers Association #HWA. James offers his wisdom to authors trying to make a career in #horror.

We’re exploring the darkness, and we’re here to offer our experience to authors, artists and filmmakers fighting in the trenches to succeed.

 

6: CHARLES DICKENS GHOSTHUNTER

 

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To celebrate the Winter Solstice, hosts T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas join rising horror author John C. Foster in a holiday-themed episode of What Are You Afraid Of? We open the show with a true ghost story sent to us from the Philippines: Malevolent Spirits in the Banana Fields. Phil, Fox and John talk about the true pagan history of the holiday of Christmas, writing in the Indie industry, Charles Dickens and life & light after nearly dying of cancer. Two Christmas short fictions are presented by Phil & John especially written for the show and narrated. British folk-singer David Walton returns with a mournful version of Greensleeves, and Santa tries to deliver toys to a world taken over by zombies. Join us for a dark holiday.

5: HAUNTED HOLIDAYS

 

 

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T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas feature author Guy Anthony De Marco. He shares with us three true ghost stories, narrated by David Walton, and then Fox interview’s Guy, elaborating on his stories, of the demonic creature known as The Un who haunted his family. Guy also shares with us wisdom about the writing industry.

The Twelve Days of Zombie Christmas premiers on this episode after Fox talks about a ghost encounter he had while visiting City Hall in Philadelphia to start celebrating Yule. We talk about Yule and its significance to pagans and various versions of A Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens.

We close the show with our first piece of dark fiction from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Flowers Blooming in the Season of Atrophy from author Max Booth III, another kind of horror than supernatural, recorded by T. Fox Dunham.

1: DEATH IS NOT THE END

 

EPISODE 1:

DEATH IS NOT THE END

 

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So begins episode 1 of a great adventure! We started this show in the believe that we’d only do a 4 part series to celebrate Halloween. Years later and nearly 100,000 downloads, we’re still exploring the darkness. We’re Home for Horror in Philadelphia, bringing you true ghost stories, folklore, comedy, interviews, EVPS and all sorts of witty banter and discussions about all things horror.

OUR MISSION

We’ve all experienced messages from beyond the silver veil, whether we want to admit it or not. Some people take no notice, ignoring these outreaches. Others embrace them, seeing them as evidence of an expanded universe. Whether these stories frighten or comfort, we are reassured.

In my youth, I worked for various museums and gained a passion for the science of collecting folk culture. These personal experiences need to be recorded and added to this rich archive, presented for scholar and seeker. We’ve already established an archive of collected stories that have never been recorded before.

The reading of collected personal ghost stories as part of our outreach program to record folklore through social media, email and community events. Horror material including interviews with horror authors, the reading of classic ghost stories and discussions of the industry. And we will be producing interviews with ghost hunting groups. We will be recording this podcast from notoriously haunted locations.

The broadcast will be no longer than an hour except for the last episode which will be transmitted around Halloween.
So we need true stories. They need to have been personally experienced by the author or someone close. The accounts should be in their own words as if telling the story to a friend or in an email. The stories work best when around 1,000 words, but we have done longer sagas.

We need help gathering stories, spreading the word so people will send us their accounts. We’d also be glad for any ideas for segments or general horror material for the show. We can offer promotion.

Email us your personal true ghost stories at whatareyouafraidof117@gmail.com

55: FRIGHT’ADELPHIA

 

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On the next part of our paranormal Philadelphia series, ghost historian Darcy Oordt is back to share her experience collecting supernatural folklore in the City of Love. We bring you, Fright’adelphia! Did you know that the ghost cat of Benjamin Rush has moved into the house next to his old home? What happens to ghosts after their houses are torn down? We ask that question. Darcy Oordt has great sympathy for abandoned animals and ghosts.

Haunted Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known for many things: brotherly love, Revolutionary history, passionate sports fans, cheesesteaks, and Rocky are merely a few of them. But the Founding Fathers didn’t just walk the streets of Philadelphia 200 years ago, many still walk here…or so the story goes. Along the streets of Philadelphia you can find the ghosts of Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton, and Edgar Allen Poe. But those are only the famous ones. There are a few less known ghosts creeping around the historic streets. Nearby Fort Mifflin certainly has its share of hauntings, given its long history of sheltering soldiers and holding prisoners from the Revolutionary War up to the Civil War. And given all the cemeteries that have been established and then relocated–or not–it’s almost a given that thousands of disturbed graves might stir up a ghost or two. Available on Amazon.

 

GENERAL WAYNE INN

Phil reads Darcy’s story about one of his favorite sites for paranormal activity, The General Wayne Inn and shares some of his experiences there.

The General Wayne Inn ghost stories have been told since 1848. While quite a few ghosts haunt the inn, including that of Edgar Allan Poe, the inn’s namesake, General “Mad Anthony” Wayne, is far too busy to haunt it himself. Or maybe there is just not enough room at the inn for him.

–From Haunted Philadelphia by Darcy Oordt

 

I’M A HORROR QUEEN

We feature a song from a new horror band singing in dark tones on YouTube and touring through the west. I’m a Horror Queen from Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard.

From the depths of Nightmare Manor comes Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard, an alternative horror pop/rock band from Los Angeles. With musical influences that range from alternative rock to cabaret, they bring a macabre sense of humor to every spooky song that they write.

Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard started releasing videos of their original music to YouTube in October of 2015. Whether it’s a song about witches and vampires or a Christmas song about Rudolph going on a murderous rampage, they always strive to put an original spin on spooky themes and imagery. All songs are co-written by the ghoulish duo, with Nancy Nightmare on vocals and The Wizard on guitar.

With 10 songs already released on their YouTube channel and a lot more on the way, they are well on their way to recording their first album. They hope to have the album ready to release at the end of 2017. Until then, they will keep conjuring new music on their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/nancynightmareandthewizard. Stay Spooky!

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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.

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

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Music Rights:

“I’m Horror Queen” used with permission from Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard. All rights remain the author’s.

“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

Sad French Accordion by Dana Boulé is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.danaboule.com or contact artist via email.

DISCLAIMER:

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.