68: WENDIGO

PLAY EPISODE 68: WENDIGO

What could be better to keep you warm this winter then ghost stories told around the fire? The harsh and barren months have come, ripping summer from us. Now we look to ourselves for our own warmth, seeking joy in song, story, drink, food and holiday celebrations. T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas and magician Doug Stafford return with Episode 67: WENDIGO to help our listeners pass the chilly days with stories of an old and unnatural evil indigenous to North America and Canada. . . dark tales of the cannibal spirit, The Wendigo.

We record this episode which was also broadcasted live from Comic Zen in Lansdale PA during the Lansdale Tree Lighting Ceremony.

 

T. Fox Dunham says hello to a special visitor at Comic Zen during the recording of Episode 68: WENDIGO

 

WENDIGO

The Wendigo is a demonic spirit believed by Algonquin-based Native American tribes to possess humans and turn them into cannibals. The term “Wendigo” or “Windigo” is used to describe both the evil spirit as well as the creature that humans can become when possessed by the spirit. The “monster” version of the mythical creature is human-like, but very tall and gaunt, with deeply sunken eyes and yellowish, decaying skin.  They are impossibly thin and have an unending hunger that craves only human flesh. This myth became prevalent since the spread of colonists into the mid-west, bringing out metaphors of gluttonous and greedy men who consume what they do not need thus spoiling the balance of nature. These stories have inspired many legends and stories.

The legend lends its name to the controversial modern medical term Wendigo psychosis, described by psychiatrists as a culture-bound syndrome with symptoms such as an intense craving for human flesh and a fear of becoming a cannibal. In some Indigenous communities, environmental destruction and insatiable greed are also seen as a manifestation of Wendigo Psychosis.

We tell the stories, share the history and Fox narrates an old legend of a warrior fighting the Wendigo in a winter forest, re-written by T. Fox Dunham based on the old folklore.

 

Wendigo Manitou carving discovered on Mount Trudee in Tettegouche State Park near Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA.

 

Wendigo.

A creature taller than a tree. Jagged teeth biting from its lipless mouth. When it breathed, it hissed and bleed where it walked. Antlers as tall as any deer grew from its head, and it stank of rotting meat—of all the meat it had eaten. It ate all creatures who ventured unknowingly into its territory, a force of hunger like nature, like the constant wind. Sometimes, the ravenous spirit would not eat you but take possession of your body, turning you into a wendigo like it. Then, he dreaded the fate of his family for they would be the first he hunted and devoured. The warrior raised his spear. According to the stories he’d learned as a boy from his father, he would have one chance to defeat the horrible spirit. Then, he would die. If he failed, he’d either be eaten or driven to eat. . . those he loved. He could not let that happen!

–Wendigo Legend: Re-written and narrated by T. Fox Dunham on EPISODE 68.

 

THE GREAT PHILADELPHIA MAGICIAN: DOUG STAFFORD, CO-HOST

Finally, the great Doug Stafford joins us for an episode! He was a great addition to the team, and we plan to have him join us again. We loved having him. Doug is a tremendous entertainer, fire-eater and magician in the region. He does more than card tricks. He tells a story with his magic on stage.

Douglas Stafford is a juggler, magician, and fire performer based out of the Philadelphia area.  He specializes in bringing entertainment and laughter through the medium of a bad idea.  We have all had a bad idea; and in fact we have all seen jugglers, magicians, and fire performers and wondered what would possess a person to do something like that.  What would possess a man to juggle torches in front of a crowd full of people; besides a desperate need for others attention. To contact Doug for booking information, email him at Bad.Idea.Entertainers@gmail.com

 

TIM WAGGONER INTERVIEW II:

DID TIM SEE A FUTURE VISION THAT SAVED HIS LIFE?

Fox interviews and Bram Stoker award-winning author Tim Waggoner. Tim talks about his growth as an author, writing media tie-in books for the television series Supernatural and gives advice to new authors. Tim shares more true ghost experiences, talking about his potential psychic abilities, a vision in which he had been warned about his possible death in the future while trying to help a stranded cat.

 

Tim Waggoner has published close to forty novels and three collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins, and his articles on writing have appeared in numerous publications. In 2017 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and his fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.

 

Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre.

From Crystal Lake Publishing

Book one in Crystal Lake Publishing’s The Dream Weaver series, Where Nightmares Come From focuses on the art of storytelling in the Horror genre, taking an idea from conception to reality—whether you prefer short stories, novels, films, or comics.

Featuring in-depth articles and interviews by Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard series), Clive Barker (Books of Blood), John Connolly (Charlie Parker series), Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King (IT), Christopher Golden (Ararat), Charlaine Harris (Midnight, Texas), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series), Kevin J. Anderson (Tales of Dune), Craig Engler (Z Nation), and many more.

The full non-fiction anthology lineup includes:

  • Introduction by William F. Nolan

  • IT’S THE STORY TELLER by Joe R. Lansdale

  • A-Z OF HORROR of Clive Barker

  • WHY HORROR? by Mark Alan Miller

  • PIXELATED SHADOWS by Michael Paul Gonzalez

  • LIKE CURSES by Ray Garton

  • HOW TO GET YOUR SCARE ON by S.G. Browne

  • STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES by Richard Thomas

  • HORROR IS A STATE OF MIND by Tim Waggoner

  • BRINGING AN IDEA TO LIFE by Mercedes M. Yardley

  • THE PROCESS OF A TALE by Ramsey Campbell

  • GREAT HORROR IS SOMETHING ALIEN by Michael Bailey

  • A HORRIFICALLY HAPPY MEDIUM by Taylor Grant

  • INTERVIEW WITH JOHN CONNOLLY by Marie O’Regan

  • THE STORY OF A STORY by Mort Castle

  • WRITING ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW with Christopher Golden, Kevin J. Anderson, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • HOW I SPENT MY CHILDHOOD LOOKING FOR MONSTERS AND FOUND POETRY INSTEAD by Stephanie M. Wytovich

  • BITS AND PIECES INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN MABERRY by Eugene Johnson

  • THE REEL CREEPS by Lisa Morton

  • THE MONSTER SQUAD by Jess Landry

  • WHAT SCARES YOU by Marv Wolfman

  • PLAYING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S HAUNTED HOUSE by Elizabeth Massie

  • CREATING MAGIC FROM A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER: Del Howison interviews Tom Holland, Amber Benson, Fred Dekker, and Kevin Tenney

  • Z NATION: HOW SYFY’S HIT SHOW CAME TO LIFE by Craig Engler

  • LIFE IMITATING ART IMITATING LIFE: FILM AND ITS INFLUENCE ON REALITY by Jason V Brock

  • WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM by Paul Moore

  • STEPHEN KING AND RICHARD CHIZMAR DISCUSS COLLABORATING by Bev Vincent

  • CHARLAINE HARRIS DISCUSSES STORYTELLING by Eugene Johnson

  • WHAT NOW? by John Palisano

 

Recorded on location at Comic Zen in Lansdale PA!

 

A quick note from owner Tim Hershey on what Comic Zen is all about. Comic books are meant to be an escape. They always have been, to me. Tim Hershey’s goal is to give you a place where you can come, find your next favorite comic or graphic novel (or toy or statue or collectible, etc.), and not feel left out of that escape from reality. There is only one condition to be included in this escape: Respect. He don’t care who you are, where you come from, how you earn money, what kind of car you drive, who your parents were, how you dress, or if you like my ’80s rock music. He will treat you with respect. And, he expects the same in return. But, it’s not just about him. You need to be willing to respect my other guests, who may be different than you. He enjoys diversity of all kinds in his store, and Tim will do everything he can to continue to foster, and protect, that diversity.

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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

 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

“Funeral Chant” – Seneca Indians – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Childrens Chorus” – Seneca Indians – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

© Can Stock Photo / LoulouVonGlup

 

DISCLAIMER:

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio. No profit is made by selling the show in any form. The show is used for promotion of the author’s works. This show is for entertainment purposes. The views of the show do not reflect PARA-X Radio, EMC Podcast network or any of their affiliates or sponsors. All rights of work are retained by the authors. All arrangements made with guests and audience members are not the responsibility of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas, PARA-X Radio or EMC Podcast Network or all sponsor and affiliates. 

67: THE TURKEY DAY HORROR

 

PLAY EPISODE 67: THE THANKSGIVING DAY HORROR

 

Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas bring you their 3rd Thanksgiving episode, celebrating the American holiday of Turkey Day! It’s a great episode featuring music, ghost stories, holiday talk and humor.

Phil & Fox amuse with their usual banter, talking about the holiday, football in Philadelphia, traditions, movies to celebrate the holiday and their first installment of TURKEY NEWS. . .  no clowns! And of course, a little Philadelphia Football.

We intercept a phone call to the ButterTurkey Hotline–a popular hotline this time of year that offers advice to the many cooks across America on the proper cooking techniques of turkeys. This was sent to us be a terrified operator at the ButterTurkey Hotline is entirely true! Could there be zombie turkeys invading the country? Listen to the ButterTurkey Hotline recording to determine whether you should be barricading yourself in your basement.

BTH: Were there any other problems with your Meleagris?

MAN: Yeah… It’s trying to eat my ass.

BTH: Beg your pardon?

–Intercept from the ButterTurkey Hotline

 

MUSIC FROM MONK TURNER

The hosts play some holiday music from Monk Turner. Thanksgiving Day! Monk Turner is an American musician, songwriter, and producer. Known as the “galactic defender of the concept album”, Turner has created a number of multi-genre concept albums. He is known for winning the Free Music Archive‘s competition to create a copyright-free replacement for the song “Happy Birthday to You” whose rights were once owned by Time Warner.

 

TIM WAGGONER INTERVIEW

 

Fox interviews and Bram Stoker award-winning author Tim Waggoner. Tim talks about his growth as an author, writing media tie-in books for the television series Supernatural and gives advice to new authors. He also shares a ghost story in part one of this interview, Night Eyes, narrated by British folksinger, David Walton. It’s part one of an interview with this amazing horror author and writer of media tie-in books

 

Tim Waggoner has published close to forty novels and three collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins, and his articles on writing have appeared in numerous publications. In 2017 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and his fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.

The eyes swayed as if they might belong to a huge serpent, but they were a solid sour amber.  Nothing at all like snake eyes.

The eyes, and presumably the unseen head to which they were attached, continued swaying forward.

— Night Eyes – True ghost story from Tim Waggoner

Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre.

From Crystal Lake Publishing

Book one in Crystal Lake Publishing’s The Dream Weaver series, Where Nightmares Come From focuses on the art of storytelling in the Horror genre, taking an idea from conception to reality—whether you prefer short stories, novels, films, or comics.

Featuring in-depth articles and interviews by Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard series), Clive Barker (Books of Blood), John Connolly (Charlie Parker series), Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King (IT), Christopher Golden (Ararat), Charlaine Harris (Midnight, Texas), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series), Kevin J. Anderson (Tales of Dune), Craig Engler (Z Nation), and many more.

The full non-fiction anthology lineup includes:

  • Introduction by William F. Nolan

  • IT’S THE STORY TELLER by Joe R. Lansdale

  • A-Z OF HORROR of Clive Barker

  • WHY HORROR? by Mark Alan Miller

  • PIXELATED SHADOWS by Michael Paul Gonzalez

  • LIKE CURSES by Ray Garton

  • HOW TO GET YOUR SCARE ON by S.G. Browne

  • STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES by Richard Thomas

  • HORROR IS A STATE OF MIND by Tim Waggoner

  • BRINGING AN IDEA TO LIFE by Mercedes M. Yardley

  • THE PROCESS OF A TALE by Ramsey Campbell

  • GREAT HORROR IS SOMETHING ALIEN by Michael Bailey

  • A HORRIFICALLY HAPPY MEDIUM by Taylor Grant

  • INTERVIEW WITH JOHN CONNOLLY by Marie O’Regan

  • THE STORY OF A STORY by Mort Castle

  • WRITING ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW with Christopher Golden, Kevin J. Anderson, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • HOW I SPENT MY CHILDHOOD LOOKING FOR MONSTERS AND FOUND POETRY INSTEAD by Stephanie M. Wytovich

  • BITS AND PIECES INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN MABERRY by Eugene Johnson

  • THE REEL CREEPS by Lisa Morton

  • THE MONSTER SQUAD by Jess Landry

  • WHAT SCARES YOU by Marv Wolfman

  • PLAYING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S HAUNTED HOUSE by Elizabeth Massie

  • CREATING MAGIC FROM A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER: Del Howison interviews Tom Holland, Amber Benson, Fred Dekker, and Kevin Tenney

  • Z NATION: HOW SYFY’S HIT SHOW CAME TO LIFE by Craig Engler

  • LIFE IMITATING ART IMITATING LIFE: FILM AND ITS INFLUENCE ON REALITY by Jason V Brock

  • WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM by Paul Moore

  • STEPHEN KING AND RICHARD CHIZMAR DISCUSS COLLABORATING by Bev Vincent

  • CHARLAINE HARRIS DISCUSSES STORYTELLING by Eugene Johnson

  • WHAT NOW? by John Palisano

 

Enjoy this special Turkey Day episode while catching up with your podcast this Thanksgiving 2017 with Fox & Phil.

November & December!

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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

 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

“Thanksgiving Day” – Monk Turner – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

 

DISCLAIMER:

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio. No profit is made by selling the show in any form. The show is used for promotion of the author’s works. This show is for entertainment purposes. The views of the show do not reflect PARA-X Radio, EMC Podcast network or any of their affiliates or sponsors. All rights of work are retained by the authors. All arrangements made with guests and audience members are not the responsibility of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas, PARA-X Radio or EMC Podcast Network or all sponsor and affiliates. 

66: ZOMBIE WALK

 

T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas return (from the dead!) after a grueling October season with What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show, Episode 66: Zombie Walk! They’re zombies! We’re dressed like zombies to participate in the Lansdale Zombie Walk. Early in the evening, they dressed up in gore and death then shambled up and down Main Street in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, enjoying the cool night air looking for fresh brains. After the walk, the horror authors gather at Comic Zen to record. Yes, those are fox ears T. Fox Dunham is wearing. He goes zombie in style!

 

Recorded on location at Comic Zen in Lansdale PA!

 

A quick note from owner Tim Hershey on what Comic Zen is all about. Comic books are meant to be an escape. They always have been, to me. Tim Hershey’s goal is to give you a place where you can come, find your next favorite comic or graphic novel (or toy or statue or collectible, etc.), and not feel left out of that escape from reality. There is only one condition to be included in this escape: Respect. He don’t care who you are, where you come from, how you earn money, what kind of car you drive, who your parents were, how you dress, or if you like my ’80s rock music. He will treat you with respect. And, he expects the same in return. But, it’s not just about him. You need to be willing to respect my other guests, who may be different than you. He enjoys diversity of all kinds in his store, and Tim will do everything he can to continue to foster, and protect, that diversity.

On this show, horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas talk about being zombies, recording during October, hang out with civil war ghost hunter, Tom Capper who presents some EVPs from their trip to Gettysburg and visit with other zombies who did the walk.

 

Fox interviews Max Booth III, author and proprietor of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, talking about the modern horror industry, his new podcasts and the cool new books coming out from PMMP. Max Booth III is the author of four novels. His mom has read at least one of them. He’s the Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and an ongoing columnist at Litreactor.com. He works as a hotel night auditor in a small town outside San Antonio, TX. Follow him on Twitter @GiveMeYourTeeth and visit him at www.talesfromthebooth.com.

 

And they play the final installment of Daniel Braum’s chilling story A Man’s Guide to Costumes and the most Common ways to get Arrested from his collection, The Wish Mechanics.

The show features a song from Peter Aldrich, Jon Harman and David Williams, Dawn of the Dead! And a new true ghost experience from listener Bill Goff about a mistaken clerk at a store in Gettysburg recorded by British folksinger, David Walton. We have some great stuff coming in November & December!

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

 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

“Dawn of the Dead” – Peter Aldrich, Jon Harman, David Williams – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

 

DISCLAIMER:

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio. No profit is made by selling the show in any form. The show is used for promotion of the author’s works. This show is for entertainment purposes. The views of the show do not reflect PARA-X Radio, EMC Podcast network or any of their affiliates or sponsors. All rights of work are retained by the authors. All arrangements made with guests and audience members are not the responsibility of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas, PARA-X Radio or EMC Podcast Network or all sponsor and affiliates. 

65: TRICK OR TREAT

EPISODE 65: TRICK OR TREAT

(HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2017)

We’re celebrating our amazing month of counting down to Halloween with a fun Halloween special, Trick of Treat, recorded live at Uncanny! Comic store in King of Prussia Mall.

 

 

After giving out candy and ghost stories during Malloween to the kids, horror author T. Fox Dunham and Bram Stoker award-winning author, PD Cacek hang out, talking about Halloween, ghost hunting and horror writing.

 

 

Patricia Diana Joy Anne Cacek (December 22, 1951, Hollywood, California) is an American author, mostly of horror novels. She graduated with a B.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach in 1975.

 

 

 

 

We play a story from clown author, J. Lee Dodson written especially for the show. A classic story of evil in a New England woods. Who is Jenny Greenteeth and what powers does she offer to those who will be corrupted?

Dad opened the door and waved us in. The rain poured from our soaked clothing. “What happened, Toby?” my father asked again with his hand on my shoulder. I told him my friends wanted to see where Parker buy had died and to prove there was no witch. But there is a witch. And it got Devin. Dad just looks at the three of us and walks away. “You are saying the witch only got one of you?” my father asked with a weird tone in his voice.

–Jenny Greenteeth by J. Lee Dodson

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.

They play some great Halloween music, two short stories from authors J. Lee Dodson and Phil Thomas and even end the show with a cute movie discussion from Tim McLean and his son Jack. It’s been quite a month! Enjoy your Halloween and get your spooky on.

Watch the entire video on YouTube, recorded at Uncanny Comics in King of Prussia Mall!

 

Horror Author Daniel Braum – PART 4 of his Short Story

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!

 

 

 

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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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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.

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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

“Halloween Night” By Monk Turner – 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.

 

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.

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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.

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.

Follow us at @pfwhatafraidof

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.

 

62: DOCTOR FEAR AT PENNHURST ASYLUM

 

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 62:

DOCTOR FEAR AT PENNHURST ASYLUM

Horror authors T. Fox Dunham (HWA) & Phil Thomas return for their second Friday and haunted Pennhurst Asylum! During the Halloween season, this derelict campus–once a notorious colony for the mentally ill and abandoned–comes alive (or undead) as one of best haunted attractions in the north east of the United States.

Phil and Fox were treated as special guests, recording two episodes from the courtyard. They were treated to free VIP passes on both nights to enjoy the great special effects and fear techniques employed by the talented cast of actors and storytellers at Pennhurst Asylum.

 

 (From WIki) – Pennhurst State School and Hospital, originally known as the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic was an institution for mentally and physically disabled individuals of Southeastern Pennsylvania located in Spring City.[4] After a century of controversy, it closed on December 9, 1987.[5]

DOCTOR FEAR & THE GHOSTS OF PENNHURST

The reported ghost that most intrigued us was the spirit of Doctor Fear (Jesse Fear) a resident doctor at Pennhurst in the late 20th century. Doctor Fear had admitted under inquiry to severe patient abuses including injecting  a patient with a chemical to induce severe pain in order to punish the patient. We have heard several reports from visitors and paranormal investigators that the ghost of the sadistic doctor returned to the campus after his death to haunt the derelict Mayflower Building. Many investigators have encountered this demonic doctor, and in one poignant case, a ghost investigator gathered a strange EVP. The bodies of many patients were never accounted for on the site and authorities assumed that the corpses had been buried on the extensive property. When the ghost of Doctor Fear was asked what he did with the bodies, a frightening voice responded, “I burned them.”

 

GHOST HUNTS USA

Photo taken by Vicki DiManno at Pennhurst

On Episode 62, we interview the resident paranormal investigation group who also gives nocturnal tours at Pennhurst: GHOST HUNTS USA. Here is a link to their Pennhurst page, detailing many of the paranormal experiences there. We spoke to Vicki Demanno, one of the tour guides at Pennhurst. She and her fiancée, Ryan Wirth, met at Pennhurst 4 years ago on their first date. She tells us some dark stories on the show: of evil spirits in the basement, lost patients in the wards, and a jackal-like creature that roams the grounds before dawn, a jackal depicted in the wall scrawling of former patients. It’s an amazing interview about the ghosts of Pennhurst Asylum, and they give great tours there. Check out the website for more information.

Ghost hunts with Ghost Hunts USA are structured ghost hunting events in the most haunted locations across America. Most of our events have psychic mediums in attendance and we have fully trained staff to ensure you get to explore in the most active areas of each location. Your time spent is structured, from participating in Psychic Medium led séances, lone vigils, wait and watch experiments and trigger object experiments. You also have free time to roam freely in your chosen location to undertake your own private lone vigils.
For more information about touring with GHOST HUNTS USA, check out their website.

 

THE PREACHER WHO NOW BELIEVES

On our second night there, we were first approached by a gentleman in his wife who were visiting Pennhurst Asylum. He was a kind man, and we spoke about a memorial parade at Gettysburg he planned to attend in November. As a preacher, he declined to believe in ghosts haunting the earth as it was against his beliefs. “You go to heaven or hell,” he said. Still, he was intrigued by the idea of ghosts and what they could be. A short time later, he returned with a photo he’d taken of one of the empty and abandoned buildings. Now Pennhurst runs on a generator and light is scarce. There is no power in any of the other buildings not used and they’re mostly closed off for safety reasons.

This is the photo he sent us.

Photo taken at dusk of the dietary hall with no light sources or power in the building and no reflections.

 

Later that night, Fox got an email from William the Preacher which simply stated this:

I shared the photo with you of the light on in the dietary hall,  blow the picture up and tell me what you see? Please explain? I believe now.

Do you see what William sees? Trying expanding the photo.

 

 

HALLOWEEN BAKING IDEAS FROM JONATHAN ELIAS -HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP

We were thrilled to have Jonathan Elias on the show to share some great Halloween baking tips! And no, not just pumpkin stuff! T. Fox Dunham interviews master baker Jonathan Elias to get some ideas on some easy things to bake for the spooky holiday. We learn about the pressure of competing on a television show like Halloween Baking Championship and how he visualizes his ideas including snake cakes and a devil cake.

Jonathan adores Halloween, often setting up popular haunted locations in his parent’s backyard and going all out on costumers. Check this incredible picture of Jonathan going as a demon–a theme that inspired one of his baking creations. He shares with Fox several ideas for Halloween confections, including quick ideas for the parent who has to bake something the night before a school party. We were so lucky to have him on the show. Thank you Jonathan, and we’re cheering you on!

Jonathan Elias is a young, up-and-coming pastry chef, specializing in custom designed cakes. He began at a young age helping his grandmother in the kitchen, baking cakes and middle-eastern desserts. As a young adult, he enrolled in the culinary program at Macomb Community College, with an emphasis on pastries. During his time at MCC, he entered several pastry competitions, 2 of which resulted in 1st place victories. He also partook in a rare opportunity to learn exquisite cake-decorating techniques by the world-renowned pastry chef, Kerry Vincent. After graduation, Jonathan worked his way up to becoming the pastry chef of Cameron’s Steakhouse in Birmingham, MI where he resided for seven years. He currently is the pastry chef at Birmingham, MI Hyde Park Steakhouse. His time away from Hyde Park Steakhouse is spent working on his true passion: making unique and delicious cakes as The Pastry Guru. He has assumed this role for over 5 years, during which he has partaken in multiple shows, such as Decadence Food & Wine Tasting. His clientele include Detroit Lions stars, Nate Burleson and Stephen Tulloch, and Joe Farris of Project Runway and Motor City Denim. He also had his work featured in the HBO-hit show, Hung, and in Ambassador Magazine.
Check out Jonathan’s business at his website, The Pastry Guru

Horror Author Daniel Braum – PART 3 of his Short Story

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!

 

SCARECROW – New Indie Horror Music

On episode 62, we play you a spooky song from Rachel Mason and The Little Band of Sailors. SCARECROW!

Rachel Mason is an artist, musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles. Mason has recorded 13 albums, has toured, exhibited sculpture, video and performance at the Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, LACMA, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Henry Gallery in Seattle, James Gallery at CUNY, University Art Museum in Buffalo, Sculpture Center, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard and Occidental College, Kunsthalle Zurich, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, Art in General, La Mama, Galapagos, Dixon Place, and Empac Center for Performance in Troy among other venues. Reviews include New York Times, Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Flash Art, Art in America, Art News, and Artforum. Her album and feature film, The Lives of Hamilton Fish. has toured festivals and museums internationally and was released in 2016. instagram: @futureclown  – Twitter: @RachelMasonArt – https://www.facebook.com/RachelMasonArt/

Little Band of Sailors:

LBOS blend folk, prog, goth, and heavy metal. Think Jefferson Airplane meets Black Sabbath. Their live shows are often a bewitching… costumed spectacle of energy and contagious delight combined with haunting melodies. The band is fronted by Rachel Mason, a sculptor and a performer, whose lyrics draw equally from history and fantasy to forge surreal narratives. https://www.facebook.com/little.band.of.sailors/

 

TO LOVE A CANINE

This night, at Pennhurst Asylum, we were joined by a dog rescue organization. To Love A Canine Rescue. They’re a wonderful organization that rescues dogs from bad situations and finds them either homes or foster homes. We wished we could have taken a dog home with us. We do an interview with them on this episode, but Fox said he’d do the interview as long as they brought over puppies to visit Fox’s wife Allison at the What Are You Afraid Of? table to visit her! She wanted to take a puppy named Alvin home. Well, soon. Enjoy the interview, and if you have room in your heart, adopt a lost dog.

 

We will be at the King of Prussia Mall on MALLOWEEN OCT 28th 2017 at 10AM at Uncanny Comics! We will be in costume and giving out candy. Come hang out with us as we record our Halloween special and visit with J. Lee Dodson, author of the Evil Klown Survival Guide.

 

We had an amazing time at Pennhurst Asylum. On our next episode, we do an interview with Paranormal Lockdown’s Katrina Weidman.

 

 

And we’ll be at the King of Prussia Mall on October 28th 2017 at Uncanny Comics for Malloween, giving out candy and stories in the morning! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

 

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

 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

SCARECROW from Rachel Mason & The Little Band of Sailors (Studio version) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Used with permission by the owner.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE GHOST OF JOHN by The Undermasks Licensed under Attribution 3.0.

DISCLAIMER:

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio. No profit is made by selling the show in any form. The show is used for promotion of the author’s works. This show is for entertainment purposes. The views of the show do not reflect PARA-X Radio, EMC Podcast network or any of their affiliates or sponsors. All rights of work are retained by the authors. All arrangements made with guests and audience members are not the responsibility of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas, PARA-X Radio or EMC Podcast Network or all sponsor and affiliates. 

61: PENNHURST ASYLUM

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 61: PENNHURST ASYLUM

 

T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas are at haunted Pennhurst Asylum! This is their first show recorded on site at the closed Pennsylvania mental hospital. In addition to being a historic site of importance to scholars, at Halloween time, it opens as a spooky attraction, a haunted house with several buildings, each with different stories, to explore.

 


(From their website)

Pennhurst Asylum is a “Hospital” themed walk through attraction featuring many items and artifacts that are salvaged from the original State School. Located on the upper floors of the old Administration building, which dates to 1908, this attraction features fine detail and realism through a combination of high tech animatronics, digital sound and highly trained actors.

THE DUNGEON OF LOST SOULS
Enter the world of the underground as your soul is led down the steps of the past to go back in time to a labyrinth of dilapidated cells, never ending halls, and be forced to confront a series of human experiments that have gone horribly and deadly wrong. This experience includes CGI special effects, illusions, attention to detail and ghosts that have never left the halls.

CONTAINMENT (TUNNELS) NEW* 2017!
Containment is a new attraction for 2017 that takes you through a 1,200 foot long gauntlet underneath the Pennhurst complex. Stationed as a government facility hidden underground for decades, you will bare witness to patients being experimented on in the most inhumane ways possible. Lucky for you, this research facility is still accepting patients! The brand new sets and scares of this attraction are guaranteed to produce horrifying screams and nightmares to come.

Check out the website for tickets and days.

Open through the end of Halloween.

We’ll be back on October 13th to record another episode!

EPISODE 61! As part of our countdown to Halloween 2017, we hang out onsite while visitors enjoy the spooky show at Pennhurst Asylum. First, we do an interview with operation’s manager, Jim Werner. Jim tells us about both sides of the site’s notorious history. It has a bad reputation because of some terrible abuses that happened but it was also a place of life for many who thrived on this estate.

As is common for a site with a tragic history, Pennhurst is also renowned for its encounters with the paranormal. So many we spoke to have been touched by the other side. Often, the spirits fall into two categories of behavior: They’re seeking human contact or attacking with rage. We share several of the local ghost stories including that of Doctor Fear! Doctor Fear was a real doctor their on site who was brought up on charges after his abuses of patients came to light. Since then, his soul has returned to the decaying building. A famous EVP caught him speaking of burning bodies on the property.

We will have more ghost stories from the site on episode 62 after we speak to several ghost hunters who have explored the property and captured paranormal phenomenon.

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!

 

 

NEW MUSIC FROM ZOMBIE DANDIES

We’re featuring the punk music of The Zombie Dandies on the next few episodes. We start with Halloween Again.

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.

 

NEW GHOST STORY

While setting up, Fox encountered a young couple coming out early from the attraction. He spoke to the young woman, Ambrose, and recorded some of the paranormal encounters she’s suffered in her life. She tells the story of a religious doll who spews demonic speech!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at Pennhurst Asylum and we hope to see more of you on Friday, October the 13th!

 

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.

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

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