Listen to Episode 41: Demonic Dolls



Demonic Dolls for sale on ebay, ghost meter verified! Fans are obsessed with haunted objects—the natural combination of material culture and ghost stories. Horror author T. Fox Dunham & filmmaker Phil Thomas return to discuss this new bit of folk culture, and we have to wonder about the validity of some of these items for sale. How do you really verify that these items are haunted? A story is harmless, fun, but when you start selling objects that you claim are cursed you can cross a line. Still though, possessed dolls are a great source of horror lore, and we discuss many legendary toys that have gotten some fame over the centuries.



Our British folksinger, David Walton, shares part 2 of his ghost stories of Dartmoor, The Demon of Spreyton. This is a classic folktale similar in tbe layered narrative tradition similar to such American legends as The Bell Witch. The best legends have accumulated chapters over the centuries, usually anchored to a specific area and expanded over time from the testimony of those who encountered the local monster or ghost. David tells this story in his beautiful narrative style. This is the source of the original pamphlet about the Demon of Spreyton.



We have a new Indie song from a band in State College, Pennsylvania. This band is Modern Architecture, a protest musical group from Michael Garrett. Michael composed both our opening and closing theme song. He tells us about his music before the song, Protest Arson. All profits made go to support the fight against tyranny and to preserve free speech.

Modern Architecture is a two-piece band from State College, Pa. that plays music while pretending to be cooler than they actually are. Formed by Michael Garrett and Nick Tremaglio after the dissolution of their previous band—the State College-based garage punk act Sun Whales—Modern Architecture is ostensibly a post-rock band, playing largely instrumental and often lengthy compositions. Described recently by a show promoter as “experimental mad scientist rock,” they eschew the typically self-serious attitude of the post-rock genre, approaching their music with self-deprecating humor, sarcasm, and a penchant for silliness. The band also draws extensively on the attitude, political-mindedness, irreverence, and DIY spirit of punk rock, while also drawing influence from the fuzz-heavy and noisy styles of 90’s shoegaze and alt-rock. Their second and latest single “Protest Arson” — a follow-up to January’s sprawling, ethereal “Ultraviolet” — starts slow, but soon erupts into a frenzy of fuzz, power chords, and pounding drum samples, recalling the swirling crescendos of Explosions in the Sky and the screeching noise of Sonic Youth.

The evocative name of the song is a play on the phrase “protest art,” seeking to emulate the explosive nature and call-to-action of political protest. Like any good punk band, Modern Architecture strongly condemns fascism and authoritarian ideology, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and Islamophobia, and the bands stands against the turn in American politics toward the xenophobic, isolationist, and anti-democratic. All Modern Architecture music is and will continue to be available for whatever people wish to pay, including nothing, while any and all proceeds from music downloads will be donated to various non-profit organizations. All downloads of “Protest Arson” benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, with future releases benefitting other organizations. Modern Architecture’s music is available at their Bandcamp page, and the band can also be found on Facebook and Twitter, where they spend their time posting dumb memes and pretending anyone actually cares what they have to say.

Modern Architecture’s first public performance is happening in April in State College PA near Penn State.

Wednesday, April 19 2017 at a bar called The Brewery in State College, PA. The show starts at 10:30, though we probably take the stage closer to 11:30 or midnight. We have two acts opening for us – a folk-punk act called Kevo Can’t Dance and a party-rock band called American Evil.

Protest Arson is the intellectual property of the band Modern Architecture, Michael Garrett and Nick Tremaglio. They have granted permission to use the song on the show. All rights belong to Modern Architecture, and the song cannot be reproduced without permission.



Our special host, Katie Jordan, will be lecturing and giving a class at the Oregon Ghost Conference during the first weekend of April. She comes on the show to give us a portion of our content. Katie discusses an important topic in the paranormal community. Too many times, paranormal groups misdiagnose hauntings as something malevolent or evil such as demonic and terrify families. Eventually, most abandon their homes, losing their savings. Katie speaks out against this practice as harmful and detrimental to the reputation of the paranormal community. She also talks about the class in Quija boards, again a subject of misunderstanding. The board can be used as a tool to explore the world of the supernatural or even the self.



Katie will be appearing April 1st & 2nd 2017 in Seaside Oregon at the Oregon Ghost Conference. Tickets are no longer available online, but you can purchase them at the box office. Here is a link to the site for more information.


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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(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)


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.



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.


Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

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Music Rights:

“Classic Horror 3” 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

“Lamentations” 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





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