Phil and Fox record another live episode on location at Comic Zen in Lansdale PA with episode 54: Horror Boogie of the Philly Foxy Haunted Spooky Hour. You never know who is going to show up with a ghost story. Come listen for our usual dark banter, a Philadelphia ghost story from Temple University, a conversation with horror author Daniel Braum, voodoo burlesque melody from Wily Bo Walker and more CLOWN NEWS!!! Horror author Daniel Braum joins the show with his first segment, an interview about his work and experience in the writing industry. Come and get your spooky on!

We feature another ghost story from Philadelphia ghost historian Darcy Oordt. This time, we talk of the ghosts of Temple University. Darcy Oordt is author of Haunted Philadelphia, a collection of ghost folklore from Philadelphia she researched and wrote.

Conwell never claimed he had seen a ghost. In a December 18, 1919, article in the New York Times he said, “I have never been able to decide what it was, but I do know that I was unable to locate those papers until I received the messages from my wife.”

–From Haunted Philadelphia by Darcy Oordt



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.


Author Daniel Braum has been featured in our Dark One’s Rise reading series, and he now joins the show as a roving reporter on the paranormal. We start this auspicious chapter in the show’s history with an interview with Daniel so he can talk about his new collection of short stories with Independent Legions Publishing.


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 spiri”t of the late, great grandmaster Tanith Lee.


Daniel Braum’s fiction has been classified as fantasy, science fiction, and horror but he prefers the good old fashioned term of just “fiction”, which when he was growing up simply meant a story were anything could happen. His stories frequently defy category and reside in the areas between genres, utilizing and combining genre elements to produce tales that are wholly unique. Much of his fiction is set in the here and now and explores places on the edges of civilization. His stories seek to illuminate the human condition as characters encounter something unexplainable or supernatural and often very dark before achieving some insight, resolution, or ray of light. Another line of stories are science fiction tales with speculative elements that border on the fantastic or magical. Setting always plays a prominent role. He was a reader at Ellen Datlow and Gavin J. Grant’s Fantastic Fiction reading series in New York’s KGB bar and has been a guest on Jim Fruend’s long running Hour of the Wolf radio show. His stories have received honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthology series. He is currently finishing the final revisions on his first novel, a supernatural thriller set in Belize. He is seeking representation. He lives in Long Island, New York though he often wishes he was on the streets of Brisbane Australia with its glowing sculptures and giant fruit bats high in the dusk sky or eating chicken tikka masala in Punjabi Palace after a Thursday night reading at Avid Reader bookshop.



The clowns are back and causing trouble again. We share the most recent clown sighting. Are they leading up to an invasion? We’re watching those clowns!



We love Wily-Bo Walker! He’s got the voice for the show. Wily Bo is back with a sultry song called Walking with the Devil from his Moon Over Indigo album.

Following on from the twin album release ‘The Wily Bo Walker Story Volumes I and II’, Wily Bo Walker is currently working on a new trilogy of albums based around his stories, tales and drunken fables… Starting with ‘Tales of The Mescal Canyon Troubadours’ an album collaboration with Danny Flam and a host of friends…‘Stone Cold Beautiful Vol II’ aka ‘The Roads We Ride’ will complete that Wily Bo Walker & E D Brayshaw collection. Also currently producing the music and soundtrack album for ‘The Rattlin Bone Theatre Show’ a theatre production that will open at a London Theatre in 2018. Oh, and there is VoodooVille looming large …more info on that project to follow!

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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:

“Walking with the Devil” by Wily Bo Walker used with permission of the author. All rights remain the property of the author.

“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.


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