64: LLOYD KAUFMAN – ORIGINAL TOXIC AVENGER

 

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On this special and political episode of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show, we interview the legend of indie horror film for the last 44 years, Lloyd Kaufman, creator of the Toxic Avenger. Many of us remember watching the Toxic Avenger, dear old Citizen Toxie, on late night movies like a guilty secret. Lloyd has been fighting mainstream film and corporate America his entire career, and he is angry. He’s witnessing the death of freedom of speech in America, and he’s urging us to fight with him. Horror authors T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas sit down with Lloyd and listen to him talk about his history in film making, his association with great directors and how he’s influenced such films at Guardians of The Galaxy and Deadpool. He’s mayor of the little people of Tromaville. He founded Troma Entertainment and continues to fight for the funding to make his movies with his vision–his way and on his terms.

 

LLOYD KAUFMAN – MAYOR OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF TROMAVILLE

“Lloyd’s body of work has now proven to be a seminal influence on film today. Just look at any film created by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike, Peter Jackson, Eli Roth, Gasper Moe and James Gunn, to name a few, and you are likely watching a film influenced Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Tromeo & Juliet, or Citizen Toxie.”

– Stan Lee – creator of Spider-Man
From his website:

In the late 1960’s, Kaufman was enrolled at Yale University (where he would later present his Make Your Own Damn Movie Master Classes), diligently working on a respectable degree in Chinese Studies. However, Kaufman was destined for other things. As he explains in his hit book “All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger” (published by Penguin Putnam, and first of his seven books), “At Yale I was placed in a dormitory room with two film fanatics, and I knew everything had irrevocably changed.” In fact, Kaufman was infected with a love of movies from which he never recovered.

In 1971, Kaufman met his future partner Michael Herz at Yale. The Troma Universe was born in 1974 with a series of highly original, raunchy comedies such as “Squeeze Play!,” “Stuck On You!,” “Waitress!,” and other titles ending with an exclamation point. These movies, independent precursors to such later smash hits as National Lampoon’s “Animal House” and “Porky’s,” did well financially, although Kaufman continued to work on such outside productions as “Rocky” and “Saturday Night Fever.” Kaufman’s relationship with mainstream Hollywood would not last long. “There were problems,” Kaufman said, “as I always wanted to do things my own way and my employers insisted I do things the correct way.” He continued to build up a list of impressive credits as well as some overpowering debts.

Kaufman proved his former employers wrong with his 1984 breakthrough movie, “The Toxic Avenger.” This tale of a health club mop boy named Melvin who is transformed into a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength struck a chord with audiences and critics alike, demonstrating that there were a large number of people who were interested in seeing things done Kaufman’s way. “The Toxic Avenger” led to an animated television series, “Toxic Crusaders,” action figures, different Marvel comic book titles,hot sauce, etc.There were three sequels. The most recent film in the series is “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV.” Currently, “The Toxic Avenger” is being developed by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman and team as a big budget Hollywood remake. “Toxic Avenger The Musical” is playing in London’s West End, with music by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan.

The success of The Toxic Avenger was followed by a string of commercial and artistic triumphs in a similar vein, blending fantasy, heavy action, comedy, and eroticism in a style that can only be described as “Tromatic”. These films, including the “Class of Nuke ‘Em High” trilogy, “Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD,” and “Troma’s War,” were often ignored or scorned by the intelligentsia of the time but spoke to an entire generation of young people who rejected the pandering, commercial films of the mid-to-late 80’s. Some of these Troma fans went on to become filmmakers themselves, including Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Mike Judge, Peter Jackson, and Trey Parker. Thanks to these admirers, Kaufman has been asked to make cameo appearances in films like James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Sharknado 4,” Trey Parker’s “Orgazmo,” Eli Roth’s “Cabin Fever,” and about 200 other indie movies. His “Return to Nuke’em High Vol 1“and “Tromeo and Juliet” were showcased by The Museum of Modern Art in New York last year.

 

POULTRYGEIST! TROMA MUSIC

On this episode, we play a couple of the unique songs his movies are known for including two songs from his musical, Poultrygeist and the theme song from the Toxic Avenger.

READINGS:

We also play another part to Daniel Braum’s story, A MAN’S GUIDE TO COSTUMES AND THE MOST COMMON WAYS TO GET ARRESTED from his short story collection, The Wish Mechanics. And Phil Thomas reads from his upcoming novel through Caliburn Press, The Poe Predicament.

 

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 Licensed

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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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And we have What Are You Afraid Of T-Shirts Available from TEEPUBLIC!

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

The Friendly Monster Shop by The Zombie Dandies is licensed under a Attribution License.

“Rain on my Footsteps” by Wily Bo Walker and the Rattlin’ Bone Theater Show. Used with permission by the owner. All rights reserved.

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

 

59: HORROR AT FORT MIFFLIN

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HORROR AT THE FORT

Widely regarded as one of the most haunted sites in the country, National Historic Landmark Fort Mifflin invites visitors to explore the intersection of history and mystery with programs appealing to novice and experienced investigators as well as curious history lovers. They have many paranormal events at the fort.

History LIVES at Fort Mifflin! Experience history first-hand at National Historic Landmark Fort Mifflin – one of the only intact Revolutionary War battlefields and the only fort in Philadelphia! It’s history can be told through the various wars America has sought over its existence.

AUTHOR READING:

 

We were joined by several great horror authors from New York and Philadelphia: James Chamber, John Foster, Meghan Arcuri, Phil Thomas, T. Fox Dunham and Tony Knighton. Hosted by T. Fox Dunham.

T. Fox Dunham, James Chambers, John Foster, Meghan Arcuri, Tony Knighton & Phil Thomas

They read from their current horror work in the spooky atmosphere of casement 5. A video of their reading is currently in production by What Are You Afraid Of? As is an audio show.

It was a great horror reading from some of the best authors on the east coast. We can’t wait to get the video and audio recording of the show ready.

DARCY & FOX & PHIL

We spent the night after the successful reading in casement 5 with Haunted Philadelphia historian, Darcy Oordt, who joined us for our Paranormal Philadelphia series this August. Darcy even found some paranormal evidence while investigating the site, and she shares her insights and stories that evening, hanging out with Phil and Fox. We talk about the ghosts who haunt Fort Mifflin including the Dorito cat, for whom she brought snack chips. We hang out and discuss the nature of hauntings, whether they’re tied to tragedy and what exactly exists at the Fort–oh, and horror movies.

Darcy Oordt, Author of Haunted Philadelphia

She grew up in a ghostly desert: not one known haunted house in her hometown of Blue Earth, Minnesota. It wasn’t until she moved to Tennessee that she experienced her first ghost while working as a tour guide for a “ghost” tour. Her first book Finding Success After Failure: Inspirational Stories of Famous People Who Persevered and Won Out, tells about the early failures of famous people and how they overcame them. In her free time, Darcy enjoys swimming with sharks, flipping houses, and exploring museums in exotic locations…if by “enjoy” you mean watching it on television. When she is not writing, you will usually find her making jewelry or crafts, fussing with one of her freshwater aquariums, or spending time with her pets. Darcy currently lives near Cherry Hill, New Jersey, across the bridge from the many phantoms of Philadelphia.

Darcy shares her stories about the cheeky ghost of Ben Franklin, how she researches ghost folklore and her life as a paranormal author and psychic. On this episode, we share stories from her collected book of ghost stories from Phiily, Haunted Philadelphia. Check out her spooky website for ghost stories and experiences at http://www.thehauntedinternet.com/index.htm

Darcy was also featured on an episode of My Ghost Story, Screams in the Dark, on A&E! Check out the episode on YouTube.

 

 

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.

 

Fox interviews Philadelphia Noir Author Tony Knighton

Tony Knighton is a Lieutenant in the Philadelphia Fire Department, a twenty-nine year veteran.

He has published short fiction in Static Movement Online and Dark Reveries.

“The Scavengers” was previously published in the anthology Shocklines: Fresh Voices in Terror from Cemetery Dance Publications.  “Sunrise” originally appeared in the anthology Equilibrium Overturned  from Grey Matter Press.

Books:
Happy Hour and other Philadelphia Cruelties
Three Hours Past Midnight

Happy Hour and other Philadelphia CrueltiesThree hours past midnight

 

 

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 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

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

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. 

LINK TO PENNHURST EVENT

 

 

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!

 

Philadelphia’s Home of Horror. Available for download from iHeartRadio, iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher and on PARA-X RADIO, EMC Podcast Network.

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57: CLOWN APOCALYPSE

We bring your part two of our SPECIAL REPORT on the evil clown invasion 2017.

It is the end. Horror authors T Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas have barricaded themselves into a small comic book store in Lansdale: Comic Zen. The clowns are on the street, attacking civil centers, homes, stores and reproduction using a pink taffy-like substance. Even a strange briefing from the CDC calling a national emergency doesn’t help when the CDC virologist, head of the Romero Squad, turns into a clown during the live update.

We’re in trouble. We warned you. For years, we’ve warned you on Clown News that the clowns were coming, now these weird alien undead creatures are taking over.

 

We bring on author and consultant, J Lee Dodson, to tell us about the clown invasion. J Lee–a bit flakey–has seen it coming for years and wrote The Evil Klown Survival Guide: A Guide to Surviving Terrorklown published by Grimlock Press. Lee shares with us clown life, culture and habit. He shares with us ways to defend ourselves. Listen to this man! He may save you from the terrorklowns.

 

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.

 

Michael Garrett narrates a fiendish and horrifying poem, set to demonic songs and music from the book, Hell At the Big Top:

Then the laughter died with a scream in the air

Fear rushed the crowd as all the funny klowns started to sneer

–Hell At The Big Top from J Lee Dodson

 

And British folksinger returns to narrate J. Lee’s section on the phenomenon known as the Unklown. We end the show with a confrontation with the TerrorKlowns.

She explained there were five full term pregnant women strapped to a crude man-made rack, with their bellies exposed. They were surrounded by strange klowns, which turned out to be, Un-Klowns. There was another ominous figure standing among the pack from the description she gave me, I determined it could only be a Dark-Follower.

–From The Evil Clown Survival Guide by J. Lee Dodson

 

Do we live or die? (Well, we usually end up dying.) But it’s funny. A strange melody, Clown Car, sings out our end. Of course, we’re just back next week.

 

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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

tim-waggoner

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:

Clown Car by Phil Reavis is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.

“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

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

 

 

9: CRAZY WILLY

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 9: CRAZY WILLY

 

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.

52: PHILLY GHOST STORIES

 

Listen to Episode 52: Philly Ghost Stories:

 

Philadelphia is an old city, one of the first in America. Nestled between two rivers, The Delaware and Susquehannah, it made an excellent port where William Penn planned his new city for his religious experiment in the new world. Penn planned much of the city, though he only stayed in the colony a few years in his life. That city was born in the 1600s and in the centuries, many have been born, lived, died–and some remained even after death. The older a city, the more enrich it becomes with ghost folklore. Stories take on a life of their own and pass from generation to generation, accumulating more detail and new people experience hauntings of old. Episode 51 is the start of our Philadelphia trilogy. The hosts have invited paranormal investigator, psychic and author of Haunted Philadelphia, Darcy Oordt, to co-host these episodes to tell us about the many ghost stories of Philadelphia.

 

Darcy Oordt, Author of Haunted Philadelphia

She grew up in a ghostly desert: not one known haunted house in her hometown of Blue Earth, Minnesota. It wasn’t until she moved to Tennessee that she experienced her first ghost while working as a tour guide for a “ghost” tour. Her first book Finding Success After Failure: Inspirational Stories of Famous People Who Persevered and Won Out, tells about the early failures of famous people and how they overcame them. In her free time, Darcy enjoys swimming with sharks, flipping houses, and exploring museums in exotic locations…if by “enjoy” you mean watching it on television. When she is not writing, you will usually find her making jewelry or crafts, fussing with one of her freshwater aquariums, or spending time with her pets. Darcy currently lives near Cherry Hill, New Jersey, across the bridge from the many phantoms of Philadelphia.

Darcy shares her stories about the cheeky ghost of Ben Franklin, how she researches ghost folklore and her life as a paranormal author and psychic. On this episode, we share stories from her collected book of ghost stories from Phiily, Haunted Philadelphia. Check out her spooky website for ghost stories and experiences at http://www.thehauntedinternet.com/index.html

 

Darcy was also featured on an episode of My Ghost Story, Screams in the Dark, on A&E! Check out the episode on YouTube.

 

 

 

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.

We share two ghost stories on this episode from Haunted Philadelphia. The first is the story of the Hill-Physick House on 321 South Fourth Street in Philadelphia. British Folksinger David Walton narrates this story of historic ghosts.

She died in 1820, five years after the divorce was finalized. The cause of death is unknown, but some speculate it was caused by an overdose of opium. All was fine until her favorite tree was chopped down. Since then, a figure of a woman wearing a lavender gown has been seen and even heard sobbing in the garden.

Our second ghost story is set in Chestnut Hill College, read by Allison Ledbetter who works nearby. Both are tales of centuries of hauntings that still go on.

 

T. Fox Dunham reads part four of Die Musik Des Teufels. It’s a dark story set both during World War II and modern times. A German doctor experiments with ancient musical magic to compose a terrible concerto that drains life and heals. In the future, his descendant finds the music and uses it to heal his son who is dying of cancer. This story was published Savage Beasts from Grey Matter Press.

 

 

New Indiemusic: Jerry Griffin AKA Thunderfoot Lorefield

Another old friend from Second Life shares an original on the show. Thunderfoot Lorefield, in his Johnny Cash style, sings an eerie and haunting song, As Real as it Seems. Raised on classical music and the Methodist hymnal, Thunderfoot Lorefield began to find his voice by delving through his parent’s Peter Paul & Mary and Simon & …Garfunkel collections. Soon he was absorbing jazz, rock and country repertoire ranging from ABBA to ZZ Top, from Hank Williams Sr. to Ravi Shankar, from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Nickelback. With career highlights as varied as fronting a progressive rock band, playing bass in a rap metal band, and drumming for an Elvis tribute artist, Thunder is now bringing his wide range of experience and influences to Second Life audiences across the grid.

 

Next week, the show brings you part 2 of Philly Ghost Stories. And please, join us on Sept 16th 2017 at Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia for Horror at the Fort, a day of ghost tours, vendors, ghost tales, horror authors and a ghost hunt.

Follow us at @pfwhatafraidof

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, one of our associate publishers, has joined the podcast zoo with a new show called Castle Rock Radio, a horror podcast devoted to the writings of Stephen King. It’s a new show and entertaining featuring various horror authors. Check it out!

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

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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

tim-waggoner

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

“As Real as it Seems” played with permission from Jerry Griffin. All rights remain with the author.

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.

51: HAUNTED HUDSON VALLEY

 

 

Listen to Episode 51: Haunted Hudson Valley:

 

 

Every first Friday of the month, horror authors T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas do something a bit different for the show. They liven up the undead program by heading down to Comic Zen in Lansdale PA (Philadelphia) and do the show live for First Friday on the PARA-X RADIO NETWORK. Anything can happen. Anyone can show up, and usually does. All sorts of people come down to share their ghost stories and talk about their paranormal experiences. It’s a lot of fun, and you get to hear a truly unedited side of Fox and Phil. They’ve taken to calling these special episodes The Phillie Foxy

Haunted Spooky Hour! Episode 51: Haunted Hudson Valley is one of these episodes.

 

In addition to recording the show live and updating without edits, they also do a live webcast of ‘behind the scenes’ so to speak and broadcast live through Facebook. Here is that video if you wish to see Fox and Phil doing the show live!

 

 

T. Fox Dunham recently returned from a holiday with his wife, Allison, from a trip through the Catskills Mountains and Hudson Valley, NY. They had a fantastic three days together, exploring and hiking before Allison returns to her program at UNC. Together, they saw many famously haunted locations–some quite dark and others a bit disappointing. Fox collected some ghost folktales from the trip, and we record a few for the show. Fox also talks about his trip, visiting the gorgeous city of Cold Spring and visiting The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to see Twelfth Night!

 

Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskill Mountains near Saugerties, New York.

 

The first ghost story, researched and written by T. Fox Dunham and narrated by Phil Thomas was a popular ghost story from the army officer training base, West Point. West Point is famous for Fort Putnam, the colonial stone fort guarding the entrance to the Hudson Valley River and also for its many ghost stories. “Crusher” is a haunted tale about a ghost who frightens cadets in their dorm and has been investigated by famous paranormal researchers such as Ed and Lorraine Warren and psychic Jean Dixon.

‘Crusher’:

The next night, his bunkmate said he’d witnessed the toilet paper spinning out of control and emptying on the floor. Then O’Conner was confronted by a ghost with burning white eyes sitting on the toilet. It wore a torn gray coat and clung to an old musket. The ghost dissipated into mist.

 

‘THE STRANGE PUNISHMENT’

Later in the show, Fox shares the story of The Strange Punishment. This is a ghost story out of the Catskills that should be far more widespread, though Washington Irving didn’t write it up. It’s the tale of a cruel man who murders his servant girl, and he is haunted for the rest of his life by her ghost. A judge orders his execution at the age of 99, and for the rest of his life he must wear a noose to remind him of his pending execution. Researched, written and read by T. Fox Dunham.

 

As written in Legends of Our Own Land series, 1896, by Charles Skinner:

After dark, his house was avoided, for gossip spoke of a shrieking lady who passed his house nightly, tied at the tail of a giant horse with fiery eyes and smoking nostrils; that a skeleton in a winding sheet had been found there; that a curious thing like a woman had been known to sit on his garden wall with lights shining from her fingertips, uttering her unearthly laughter; and that domestic animals reproached the man by growling and howling beneath his windows.

 

The Hudson River Valley view at the Shakespeare Festival.

 

It was our British folksinger, David Walton’s birthday, and he gave us a song! An old folksong called The Cruel Carpenter! Thanks for listening. We’ve got some big stuff in mind to bring more horror to Philadelphia.

Horror at Fort Mifflin Sept 16th

Join us on Sept 16th from Noon to 2AM – for Horror at the Fort! – The Philadelphia Ghost Fest at Fort Mifflin. It’ll be a day of spooky events, ghost tours, vendors. Then in the evening, several of the best horror authors of the HWA will be reading for a 2 hour special. Into the evening, ghost hunters will investigate the Fort. Check out the event link on Facebook.

Follow us at @pfwhatafraidof

 

 

Check out Filmzero’s new horror short:

 

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, one of our associate publishers, has joined the podcast zoo with a new show called Castle Rock Radio, a horror podcast devoted to the writings of Stephen King. It’s a new show and entertaining featuring various horror authors. Check it out!

 

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

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Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on FRIDAY NIGHTS at 9PM EST.

PMMP LOGO

Sponsored in part by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

RavenAmpersand

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

tim-waggoner

Author Tim Waggoner

Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

Music Rights:

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

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

“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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

Small Horrors by Twill is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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