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
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.
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.
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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(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
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