To celebrate the Winter Solstice, hosts T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas join rising horror author John C. Foster in a holiday-themed episode of What Are You Afraid Of? We open the show with a true ghost story sent to us from the Philippines: Malevolent Spirits in the Banana Fields. Phil, Fox and John talk about the true pagan history of the holiday of Christmas, writing in the Indie industry, Charles Dickens and life & light after nearly dying of cancer. Two Christmas short fictions are presented by Phil & John especially written for the show and narrated. British folk-singer David Walton returns with a mournful version of Greensleeves, and Santa tries to deliver toys to a world taken over by zombies. Join us for a dark holiday.
On Episode 5, T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas feature author Guy Anthony De Marco. He shares with us three true ghost stories, narrated by David Walton, and then Fox interview's Guy, elaborating on his stories, of the demonic creature known as The Un who haunted his family. Guy also shares with us wisdom about the writing industry.
The Twelve Days of Zombie Christmas premiers on this episode after Fox talks about a ghost encounter he had while visiting City Hall in Philadelphia to start celebrating Yule. We talk about Yule and its significance to pagans and various versions of A Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens.
We close the show with our first piece of dark fiction from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Flowers Blooming in the Season of Atrophy from author Max Booth III, another kind of horror than supernatural, recorded by T. Fox Dunham.
On the 4th Episode of our growing podcast, we celebrate our new sponsorship from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. PMMP will support the show financially and provide top horror authors to create a new dark fiction segment on the show, exploring the dark spectrum of our theme: the paranormal, folklore, music, stories, artwork and the industry whether film, writing or art. We seek our dark spirits.
Wake up Daddy, our true ghost story was sent to the ghost story folklore archive from retired Texas teacher, Janine Gossett—Janine was my spiritual mother whom I loved as such, and I lost her on January 2nd, while my then fiancé, Allison, looked for a wedding dress. This is her voice speaking of another voice—a chain of echoes from the grave.
David Walton, our folk-singing friend from Plymouth—performs the medieval melody, The Unquiet Grave by playing guitar, flute and singing. A female ghost is unable to rest because of the undying devotion of her love.
You crave one kiss from my clay-cold lips
But my breath is earthly strong. . .
Predators exist in the darkness, waiting to feast on the hot life of the living. We are not secure. We broadcast a frightening & cautionary tale—an interview with Ron Saul, previous ghost hunter, who tells his story of bringing back with him a demonic attachment from Pennhurst Asylum of Philadelphia. A dark force attached to Ron while he ghost-hunted at Pennhurst, and he took it home then fought demonic oppression for nearly a year. He speaks of how to prevent it in this terrifying story.
All brave paranormal investigators--seekers of the truth--endanger themselves in each hunt.
Finally, to start off our short fiction segment, host T. Fox Dunham reads his published zombie story, Sister Sarah. This story was originally published in Hazardous Press Zombie Bites Anthology, and this is the first of many great stories coming from top horror authors through PMMP to be featured on the podcast. A young woman takes care of her ungrateful siblings during a zombie apocalypse, and she finally has enough! I wrote this to help a friend survive the responsibilities of her siblings.
This episode shows our range of content—the many spectrums of horror. Much more coming including our Christmas episode with great horror authors writing our stories and true ghost stories to terrify. We will be talking to authors and ghost hunters, plus a little humor.
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Our podcast has been a success and growing faster than we could have dreamed. When I started this project in August—facing delays because of deadlines, material research and a second battle with cancer that resulted in surgery—I was told to expect maybe 100 downloads for my first two episodes if I was lucky. As of tonight, 11th November 2015, we are at +800 downloads of the show and growing fast.
I just uploaded Episode III: Zombie’s First Thanksgiving to our podcast host site, Libsyn, and waiting for it to be distributed to iTunes and the many other directory sites that host the show. As the show has spread, we have begun an incipient network of paranormal groups, horror fans, authors and film-makers—the foundation for a community. Our goal is to become a voice for those who dance across the twilight curtain. We’re getting better, more experienced with the software, equipment and have much planned for the future.
If you’re a member of a paranormal investigation group, someone who has touched the supernatural, a horror fan whether reader or watcher, a member of a new age faith, a publisher, indie author or just seeker, this podcast will appeal to you.
EPISODE III -
On this episode, we feature true ghost stories, discussion about the Indie horror industry, an interview with Bill Wilkes, creator of the top paranormal resource website and some zombie comedy sketches from a talented improv group.
Horror author B.E. Scully has her true ghost story, The Hand Game, recorded by David W., a brilliant English folk-singer. She tells the story of a connection to her father from the other side. We have posted both stories below this article.
We feature three episodes of the soap opera-like A Zombie’s First Thanksgiving, a series about a southern couple who recreate the first Thanksgiving by bringing the living dead and stupid living together for Thanksgiving dinner. It is recorded brilliantly by the What Are You Afraid Of improv group and played throughout episode III.
We feature an illuminating interview with Bill Wilkes, founder of Paranormal Societies. This is a service that connects those encountering the supernatural with the appropriate services—ghost hunting groups, mediums, priests. Bill has helped over 5,000 cases and has a unique insight into trends in the paranormal. You’ll learn a lot from Bill, and we intend to bring him back in future episodes.
Phil and I discuss the Indie horror industry for both film-makers and authors. Distributors and publishers can be unreliable, and you have to be careful with whom you trust work. We share our experience and tell the truth about the industry. If you’re a new horror author or film-maker trying to make a career, you better listen. This is the way it is.
We close with a recently collected story from Bill G called Fast Eddie, recorded by voice actor, Jon Prive. I, Fox, collected this story on Halloween from a friend at Barnes and Nobles just after he listened to both episode of the podcast and recalled a time when the other side reached out to him. Was it just his grief? Did Eddie come for Bill? Or both?
And Phil Thomas filmed a promotional piece to launch a campaign to raise money for his new movie—an old school slasher story. I acted in this short film, and we talk about the experience on the podcast. Here is a photo from the filming.
Much coming in the future. EPISODE IV: DEMONIC OPRESSION will be the story of a retired ghost hunter, Ron, who suffered a dark attachment after investigating a haunted site. This dark entity terrorized him, and he tells us the story—a cautionary tale. We’ll be examining the case with other experts and talking about how to prevent and defend against shadow-creatures, what are called in Christian parlance, demons. We plan for this to be live on November 27th 2015.
We just want to note that all extra sound material used on the show—sound effects and music—is part of the public domain and podcast safe. We will list the free license services and directories on our website, and we thank them all. We are very conscious about protecting owner’s rights of creative material.
We still need your true stories, and if you’d like to do an interview or create a segment for us, please contact us. We will listen to everyone. We’re not here to judge. Follow us on twitter too!
So enjoy your American Thanksgiving with your family and watch closely at the shadows, in the dark, out the windows just in case some deceased family and friends return to share the bright of your dining room light and energy of your family’s life. They are there watching even if you don’t see them, always with us.
We end this article with the twitter words of Gary from Ghost Investigations in the United Kingdom. Gary is getting ready to investigate the famed Poltergeist House, and he tells us via Twitter how he prepares for a paranormal investigation:
Hi Fox. I work logically and methodically so knowing the plan of investigation is a must. Full equipment check beforehand . . . Sadly no weird rituals like, “I drink banana milk and eat a Twix!” . . . Depending on the location determines how you prepare but generally just think happy thoughts and about the good things . . . in life. I don’t go to a location to get scared. For me it’s about the story, the person behind the haunting. As in life . . . some people are nice, others less so. The process of dealing with that is the same but comes with a big buzz when you get . . . a response via knocking, movement, evp or apparition.
So listen to the show and leave us some comments or a review on iTunes with a couple of stars.
Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas host a special Thanksgiving episode: The Zombies First Thanksgiving. We bring you sketches based on the first Thanksgiving between humans and zombies, created by the What Are You Afraid of Improve team. We have two new true ghost stories—The Hand Game from author B.E. Scully and Fast Eddie from Bill G., recorded by our international team of voice actors. We feature a fascinating interview with Bill Wilkes, the force behind the Paranormal Society—a matchmaking web resource to connect those encountering the paranormal with support. Bill has already helped with over 5,000 cases. Also, we talk about writing and filmmaking in the Indie horror industry, sharing our experience dealing with publishers and distributors.
Phil & I are on location in Bethlehem PA. After we take the historic ghost tour in Bethlehem, we record from the Into the Myst new age shop in town. We talk about Halloween, the pagan holiday of Samhain, play two new international ghost stories and the the Zombie Waltz song.
What Are You Afraid Of?
We’ve all experienced messages from beyond the silver veil, whether we want to admit it or not. Some people take no notice, ignoring these outreaches. Others embrace them, seeing them as evidence of an expanded universe. Whether these stories frighten or comfort, we are reassured.
In my youth, I worked for various museums and gained a passion for the science of collecting folk culture. These personal experiences need to be recorded and added to this rich archive, presented for scholar and seeker. We’ve already established an archive of collected stories that have never been recorded before.
The reading of collected personal ghost stories as part of our outreach program to record folklore through social media, email and community events. Horror material including interviews with horror authors, the reading of classic ghost stories and discussions of the industry. And we will be producing interviews with ghost hunting groups. We will be recording this podcast from notoriously haunted locations.
The broadcast will be no longer than an hour except for the last episode which will be transmitted around Halloween.
So we need true stories. They need to have been personally experienced by the author or someone close. The accounts should be in their own words as if telling the story to a friend or in an email. The stories work best when around 1,000 words, but we have done longer sagas.
We need help gathering stories, spreading the word so people will send us their accounts. We’d also be glad for any ideas for segments or general horror material for the show. We can offer promotion.
Email us your personal true ghost stories at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Website: ghosthostwithfoxandphil.wordpress.com