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.

 

Follow us at @pfwhatafraidof

 

Mark Nesbitt on a documentary on the Ghosts of Gettysburg

 

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

 

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

 

New Podcast from PMMP!

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

 

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.

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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


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“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.

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7: GRAVE WANDERINGS

 

 

 

 

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So begins our three part covered with The Grave Girls, a paranormal investigation team in the Midwest.

British performer David Walton narrates a new true ghost story from Thailand, Girl on the Train. Phil & Fox discuss death and odd forms of burial from around the world—cannibalism, being fed to birds and Buddhist live-mummification. They also read some witty epitaphs found over the centuries and from our listeners. This leads Fox to their next interview with the all-female paranormal investigations team, Grave Wanderers: their work, theory and methods. They discuss previous cases and listen to their EVPs. Sandra and Stephanie have two very different personalities but are united in common cause.

When the interview is done, they talk a little more about death. Fox reads a passage from his new book, Destroying the Tangible Illusion of Reality or Searching for Andy Kaufman—a paragraph called Death the Inevitable. The message: Live to change the world or become an inert ghost who can merely watch but not interfere.

They finish the show with a true ghost poem written and recorded by Lamplight Magazine editor, Jacob Haddon: Night Swimming. He also explains the true story it’s based on. Then David Walton performs with his beautiful British voice the folk-song, The Lovers Ghost.

6: CHARLES DICKENS GHOSTHUNTER

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 6: CHARLES DICKENS GHOSTHUNTER

 

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.

3: A ZOMBIE THANKSGIVING

 

 

Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas host a special Thanksgiving episode: The Zombies First Thanksgiving. We bring you sketches based on the first Thanksgiving between humans and zombies, created by the What Are You Afraid of Improv team. We have two new true ghost stories—The Hand Game from author B.E. Scully and Fast Eddie from Bill G., recorded by our international team of voice actors. We feature a fascinating interview with Bill Wilkes, the force behind the Paranormal Society—a matchmaking web resource to connect those encountering the paranormal with support. Bill has already helped with over 5,000 cases. Also, we talk about writing and filmmaking in the Indie horror industry, sharing our experience dealing with publishers and distributors.

 

 

1: DEATH IS NOT THE END

 

EPISODE 1:

DEATH IS NOT THE END

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 1: Death is Not the End

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

OUR MISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

55: FRIGHT’ADELPHIA

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 55: FRIGHT’ADELPHIA

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

Haunted Philadelphia

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

 

GENERAL WAYNE INN

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

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

–From Haunted Philadelphia by Darcy Oordt

 

I’M A HORROR QUEEN

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

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

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

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

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

 

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

49: SUMMER OF SPIRITS

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We need some spooky stories this time of year. For all of you missing Halloween during this lovely warm season, we bring you a dose of horror to satiate your October desires. Horror authors Phil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham return with episode 49 of Philadelphia’s horror home, What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show on PARA-X Radio, Friday night 9PM EST and available on all major podcast services.

 

Fox brings you a new true ghost story about his experiences last wintery March in Clinton, New Jersey while he and his wife Allison lodged at The River Victorian Bed & Breakfast–a gorgeous town and one of America’s most haunted villages. Narrated by British folksinger, David Walton, this story tells of disembodied guests who had their own holiday at the nearly empty house.

 

 

We’ve got more CLOWN NEWS, finally as the evil clowns start to thaw for the warm weather. Is it real or just urban legend?

 

Fox reads part two of his horror story, Die Musik des Teufels, from Grey Matter Press’ horror anthology dedicated to music, Savage Beasts, from editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.

Phil recently attended a Philadelphia film festival called Cinemug, and we play another interview with one of the filmmakers there, Genevieve Leonard. We’re here to support Indie art in Philadelphia.

We record episode 50 tonight!

 

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.

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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 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

Nazi Theme by Ergo Phizmiz is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

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

CROSSED CONNECTIONS

Crossed Connections

Told by Barret Ravenhurst, PHD, Owner of The Emporium of Curious Goods.

Written by T. Fox Dunham

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, United States

 

Listen to the narrated version by David Walton on EP27: DECEMBER DARKNESS

Barret Ravenhurst told me a strange tale of telephones and the dead last time I visited Jim Thorpe, PA. Jim Thorpe is a beautiful town at the southern end of what we call the Poconos, a mountainous region of Pennsylvania. Many visit these mountains to enjoy the forests, parks and lakes to ski, hike or kayak. The towns were built during the coal mining era of Pennsylvania and are deeply rooted in Irish folklore and ghost stories.

Barret Ravenhurst runs the The Emporium of Curious Goods, a new age store providing relics and supplies to several religions including Buddhism and paganism. It is a beautiful store, more like a museum that smells of sweet incense and offers decorations of nature and Asian culture to the eye.

When I met Barret on this later day of August, he was a bit astounded by a series of events that had recently transpired. He says the events are hard to follow but all is understood by the end of the tale.

Years ago, they had a wiccan clerk named Debbie. She’d emailed him that her life partner, Bernie, had died of cancer at the age of 56 and asked Barret if he knew anyone who would conduct a Wiccan funeral. Barret knew of just the person: Psychic & Tarot reader, Dave.  Dave said he could do the service on Friday at 8PM, even though he was a stranger to Debbie and Bernie. After the service on Friday, Bernie was cremated and the ashes were scattered Sunday.

Now the Emporium as with all the downtown shops of Jim Thorpe, PA, has terrible pavement in the front. There was a cement contractor doing most of them over, and this contractor left a contract for Barret to sign on that Sunday. Barret decided to call the contractor’s office and leave a message for him to stop in the next day to pick up the contract. He dialed the 610 number listed on his contact information and was surprised when a lady answered. Barret introduced himself, said where he was calling from, and to his further surprise the women seemed to know Barret and even sounded happy that he called. He started to give the message about the contract, and the woman interrupted him: “Do you know who you are talking to, Barret?”

Barret replied with, “Ok. I give up. Who are you?” Her answer nearly made him fall off his chair.

“This is Debbie. We are out in the cemetery scattering Bernie’s ashes right now. I felt my phone vibrate. What number were you trying to call?” He told her, and the number shared no similarity to hers.

Barret thought this was the end of the story, but a little after 3PM, his friend Rick said he was hungry for french fries, so he phoned a nearby pizza place. However, instead of getting the pizza place, he ended up calling Dave, the psychic who performed the wiccan funeral. Again, the number was different. Dave told him he was out of fries and should order Chinese instead. Barret nearly fell out of his chair again.

Often, we hear stories of the dead trying to communicate through various and beclouded devices. Was this another such story? Or just a series of coincidences? What is the telephone connection to the dead? And can we hear their message?