68: WENDIGO

PLAY EPISODE 68: WENDIGO

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.

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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

“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. 

65: TRICK OR TREAT

EPISODE 65: TRICK OR TREAT

(HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2017)

We’re celebrating our amazing month of counting down to Halloween with a fun Halloween special, Trick of Treat, recorded live at Uncanny! Comic store in King of Prussia Mall.

 

 

After giving out candy and ghost stories during Malloween to the kids, horror author T. Fox Dunham and Bram Stoker award-winning author, PD Cacek hang out, talking about Halloween, ghost hunting and horror writing.

 

 

Patricia Diana Joy Anne Cacek (December 22, 1951, Hollywood, California) is an American author, mostly of horror novels. She graduated with a B.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach in 1975.

 

 

 

 

We play a story from clown author, J. Lee Dodson written especially for the show. A classic story of evil in a New England woods. Who is Jenny Greenteeth and what powers does she offer to those who will be corrupted?

Dad opened the door and waved us in. The rain poured from our soaked clothing. “What happened, Toby?” my father asked again with his hand on my shoulder. I told him my friends wanted to see where Parker buy had died and to prove there was no witch. But there is a witch. And it got Devin. Dad just looks at the three of us and walks away. “You are saying the witch only got one of you?” my father asked with a weird tone in his voice.

–Jenny Greenteeth by J. Lee Dodson

J Lee Dodson

EVIL KLOWN SURVIVAL GUIDE

The Evil Klown Survival Guide will not only teach you about the history, knowledge and classifications regarding this new breed of carnivorous creature, it will also prepare you for the unimaginable – a world where TERRORKLOWNS become the dominant species.

Utilizing techniques such as: ghosting, staging safe-zones, choosing the correct weapons for battle and many more, will help in your daily task to survive.

 

This guide will help keep you and your loved ones safe … when humanity falls.

TOP TEN RULES OF SURVIVING A KLOWNED-OUT WORLD
1. ALWAYS keep your blades sharp to cut a klown down the middle like butter.
2. DO NOT decide to get up close and personal with your kill. It may be faking.
3. NEVER touch decaying klowns. The Klowning virus may still be present.
4. DO NOT use firearms against Alpha-Klowns. It only slows them down, it doesn’t kill them.
5. NEVER eat diseased klowns. The Klowning effect still remains in the corpses.
6. ZOMBIE-KLOWNS are not Hollywood fantasy, shoot them in the chest – not the head.
7. NEVER take The Quieting as a sign that the chaos is over. Stay hidden.
8. DO NOT eat popcorn from TERRORKLOWNS. It’s not food, it will kill you.
9. DO NOT run through hanging streamers, they’ll string you up for roamers to devour you.
10. DO NOT engage in battle with their leader – LAUGHING DARK. You will not win.

They play some great Halloween music, two short stories from authors J. Lee Dodson and Phil Thomas and even end the show with a cute movie discussion from Tim McLean and his son Jack. It’s been quite a month! Enjoy your Halloween and get your spooky on.

Watch the entire video on YouTube, recorded at Uncanny Comics in King of Prussia Mall!

 

Horror Author Daniel Braum – PART 4 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!

 

 

 

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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

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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 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

“Halloween Night” By Monk Turner – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 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

LISTEN TO EPISODE 60: GETTYSBURG GHOSTS

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.

 

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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.

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

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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COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN

 

 

THIS HALLOWEEN ON WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

HORROR & PARANORMAL SHOW


YOUR HALLOWEEN SOUNDTRACK!

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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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.