Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in America, and it is home to many disembodied denizens who refuse to vacate its colonial charm for the afterlife. To celebrate episode 50, Philly’s horror authors & hosts T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas tell old and new stories of the many ghosts who haunt Penn’s city along the Delaware.
They narrate two stories researched from several sources: the story of an old woman who refuses to leave her home on Pine Street in Society Hill. Bizarre and frightening shrieks or moans can be heard on the property even when the hag refuses to materialize, and even the neighbors have witnessed a shadowy crone lurking on the property. The old lady does not like people on her lawn!
And the show shares the tragic tale of abuse and murder at the notorious Byberry Mental Hospital. The new occupants have reported many incidents of paranormal encounters, though often not taken seriously. Since it was trespassing to be on the dangerous site, most stories have gone unconfirmed, confined to the realm of city legend. Many squatters reported howling or moaning, the cries of patients in their suffering.
In addition, they discuss several haunted locations. Did you know that the lovely Washington Square used to be a potter’s field and thousand of dead are buried beneath its fountains and trees? Phil shares his paranormal encounter at the Poe House, the Philadelphia home of Edgar Allan Poe. And many more Philly ghost tales in what is only our most recent installment of local legends.
We also have more horror fiction! T. Fox Dunham reads part III of Die Musik des Teufels —a tale of mad Nazi magic and a desperate father who would do anything to save his son. It was published in Savage Beasts from Grey Matter Press, editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.
We also play a song with a reggae beat from the tormented mind of DR. Tropical, renowned magician and musician: “Wizard Blues.” Thank you for joining us as we celebrate 50 episodes! Much more horror to come. Follow us at @pfwhatafraido.
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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.
“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
“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
Moon Lullaby by Ergo Phizmiz is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.
Nazi Theme by Ergo Phizmiz is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.
It Always Rains in England by Ergo Phizmiz is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License
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