What Are You Afraid of? Horror & Paranormal Podcast

A regular podcast that features the paranormal and Indie horror industry. We feature new true ghost stories submitted to us from international sources. We interview horror authors, ghost hunters and people who have suffered paranormal experiences. We talk about folklore and explore the greater world. Is there life beyond? Art, stories and observations about the veil.
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Dec 30, 2016


Several true ghost stories, interviews with paranormal investigators, dark music & fiction for to celebrate the death of the year. Embrace the darkness with us for 2017!

T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas compile their best content for 2016 on this review episode of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show. They feature their top selections in ghost stories, segments of interviews, music and horror fiction.

Four paranormal investigators are featured in this episode. Mark Nesbitt, Mister Ghosts of Gettysburg tells the story of a haunted hospital scene from the time of the American Civil War. Debi Chestnut retells the story of her first childhood encounter with a ghost named Nathanial and her quest for sanity in an ignorant time. Zack Smith and Perry Johnson of the famous web series, Afterlife Sessions, talk about their early demonic experiences.

We play Wily Bo Walker and the Swamp Music Player’s song The Devil’s Toothpick. We’ve grown fond of Wily Bo and hope to get him on the show soon. David Walton sings the WWI folksong, The Hearse Song or The Worms Go in, made famous again by the horror story series, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

The Grave Girls come back with a story collected from Old Charleston Jail, Crazy Willie, and Randi from the Cat’s Meow Mystical Store in Lansdale, PA tells of her encounter with a possessed man whose demonic keeper unleashed a plague of horseflies upon her shop. We also play horror author David Dunwoody’s insane story, Pixel.

The show returns in January 2017 with new content as the hosts explore the darkness. 

Dec 23, 2016


Author John Foster joins T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas for the last episode of 2016, celebrating the works of Charles Dickens. They discuss the most famous ghost story in the English language, A Christmas Carol, it’s history and relevance to the poverty of Victorian society. The three ghosts read respective passages from the book, each playing one of the ghosts. Then they discuss their holiday traditions, the busy life of an #Indie author and John’s new book coming out from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Baby Powder and other Deadly Substances, out in late January. Phil's new movie, A Short Term Effect is now available online. Check out this short and stunning #ghost story.

The Weird Globe tells the story of a strange and perhaps supernatural encounter on an icy winter morning. What was it? A ghost, trick of the light, perhaps a winter fey? John Foster shares a new flash fiction piece for the season, The Worm of Poe, a story about how #Christmas traditions can get insanely out of hand, read by professional voice actress, Linda Jones. Indie performer Derek Clegg ends the show with another unique and eccentric Christmas carol called I’m Not Drinking for Christmas, used with permission by the owner.

Happy Holidays, and we’ll see you in 2017 with more darkness.

Dec 2, 2016


EPISODE 28: What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show

The undead & flesh-hungry ghouls didn’t satiate their appetites in Zombie Turkey, and they’re back for more brain-feasting in the first episode of the 2016 Yule Season. Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas dedicate another episode to zombies, inviting famed zombie-author of Empire, David Dunwoody, to an interview and to share an original horror fiction, Pixel. It’s another sick and twisted, festive show that ends when the undead mob devours our fat bodies, stuffed with goose and slowed from drinking too much eggnog.

The show opens with a true ghost story, The Harford Road Horror, a #paranormal tale sent to the show from an anonymous source in Baltimore, Maryland USA. This is a classic story of the start of an inhuman haunting, and at least the occupants knew when to get out before the walls started to bleed.

I felt a presence outside the bathroom door and never felt fear like this.

T. Fox Dunham shares some positive #CLOWN NEWS about courageous protestors who use humor and makeup to take on the KKK during a protest in the south. Bravo guys!

Horror author and zombie-writer David Dunwoody comes to the show to answer questions about his writing career and talk about his new series of books The Strange Dead from Severed Press. Born in Texas and currently wandering somewhere in Utah, David Dunwoody writes subversive horror fiction including the EMPIRE series, HELL WALKS, THE 3 EGOS, and the collections DARK ENTITIES and UNBOUND & OTHER TALES. His fiction has been published by outfits such as Gallery, Shroud, Dark Regions, Permuted and Chaosium.

Allison Ledbetter narrates Pixel from David Dunwoody—a flash horror fiction about a tiny alien dot that eventually consumes a Robert. We read as his mind and body falls to chaos.

It is the splitting of his skin. He tears his shirt open and gapes as, layer by layer, his dermis peels back in translucent leaves. Pixel is love. Robert is free. – From Pixel by David Dunwoody.

The hosts do an encore of the Zombie’s 12 Days of Christmas and play a delightful holiday carol from artist Debra Mann: Set a Place At Your Table for a Zombie. She plays the ukulele and reminds you to be nice this holiday season to the re-animated. Learn more about Badgerland music project.

Phil & Fox will return next week with #occult specialist Katie Jordan. They’ll be interviewing that forgotten holiday hero, The Krampus! Happy #Zombie Holidays!

List of music, all used with the permission of the owner. All rights still the original property of the artist. With thanks and love.

Friday Nights at 9PM on PARA-X RADIO then available on all major podcast services.

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Set A Place For A Zombie At Your Table by Debra Mann - Yuletide Entertainments (2012) - Badgerland is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. Used with the blessing of Badgerland.


Nov 23, 2016


The darkness is oppressive this time of the season, and horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas return with episode 27 to explore the long nights, providing you some entertainment to get you through the cold season. They bring you a mix of #ghost stories, banter, film crafting and dark fiction drawn from all over the space-time continuum.

After talking some cultural philosophy about the coming winter holidays—Halfway Out of the Dark—they open the show with another true ghost story told to them by Doctor Berrett Ravenhearst from Jim Thorpe, PA as part of their new segment, ghost stories of Jim Thorpe. Fox spent the summer collecting #paranormal experiences from the small mining town in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Crossed Connections, narrated by British folksinger David Walton is another story of the dead reaching out through the phone in a series of supernatural connections or coincidences. You decide.

Phil Thomas talks film making and crafting as he overcomes common problems facing #indie #filmmakers who do not have the resources of corporate studios yet want to produce professional movies. He’s working on the final edits of the short film, A Short Term Effect, soon to be released.

They also talk about their new line of t-shirts available through TeePublic. Phil & Fox have brought in several depraved horror artists to create new designs. They’re available here for purchase along with other items such as mugs, laptop cases, cats. Would you eat What Are You Afraid Of? cereal? The hosts discuss the possibility—better with bat’s blood, not milk.

Scottish & Canadian blues artist Wily Bo Walker returns with a new song from a collaboration with The Rattlin’ Bone Theatre Show—another dark R&B dirge called ‘Shoot Me Down.’

They close the show with another reading from the KGB Club in Greenwich Village, The Dark Ones Rise—a special recorded on location hosted by T. Fox Dunham to soon be featured through the podcast. Fox reads his potent tale of a Nazi commander hunting the last elf to cure the world of false hope, a story based on Fox’s survivor’s guilt after surviving a rare lymphoma. The Last Elf.

The show is available through all major podcast services and is on Friday nights at 9PM at PARA-X RADIO. They need your true paranormal experiences. Check out the guidelines at the website and email them to They come back in early December with the return of occult scholar Katie Jordan then #horror author John Foster.


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Nov 18, 2016



Horror author T. Fox Dunham & horror filmmaker Phil Thomas return after a two week sabbatical, recovering from Halloween. They are energized and ready to bring darkness. This time of year is the time of night, of winter, and it is vital we remember just what kind of creatures await us in the long long night.

To celebrate Thanksgiving, Fox & Phil have named this episode, Zombie Turkey, episode 26. On this special episode, they bring A Zombie’s First Thanksgiving—a comedy sketch recorded by the Bloomsburg players about an eccentric couple trying to keep the holiday alive even though most of the world has been overrun by zombies.

Doctor Berret Ravenhearst from his new age story, The Emporium of Curious Goods in Jim Thorpe, PA kicked off the host's new series, Ghost Stories of Jim Thorpe—a series of true collected tales from northern Pennsylvania. The first ghost story, read by British folksinger David Walton, tells the tale of a ghost cat seen by the owners and patrons alike.

This is also the first episode playing part one of the literary series Let The Dark Ones Rise—an evening of horror authors recorded onsite from the KGB Bar and Club in the East Village, NYC, hosted by T. Fox Dunham. This will be a special available in complete from this podcast feed, but for each episode, they will play one author reading his material. First, we hear Shawn Macomber reading his short story from Savage Beasts, an anthology of stories inspired by horror music from Grey Matter Press.

To finalize the show, after Phil and Fox’s banter, they bring you a new band out of the Czech Republic, playing a dark musical melody meant to be the soundtrack to your darkest nightmares. Nemeur plays from their Shadows of a Druid album, Caves of Damnation, played with permission from the band.

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Oct 31, 2016


T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas & PD Cacek bring you this special & extra episode of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Podcast to celebrate Halloween 2016. It was recorded onsite at Uncanny Comics in the King of Prussia Mall, Philadelphia during their Malloween event. They handed out true ghost stories & candy then recorded the episode, joined by horror author PD Cacek who will be a regular part of the show.

The show opens with an encore of Halloween Night by #indiemusic star Monk Turner. They discussed all things Halloween and paranormal, shared a few baking tips and even interviewed a traveling magician, Doug Stafford, who was on his way to a gig in Atlantic City. Katie Jordan, the show’s occult scholar, returned to talk about some of the darker traditions of Halloween, and PD Cacek shared two ghost stories from New Hope PA, narrated by the British folksinger, David Walton.

“I’m a ghost magnet.” Horror Author PD Cacek

Noir author Paul D. Brazil of Europe gave the show a dark tale of murder and captivity below an English pub, narrated by T. Fox Dunham. And Monk Turner closed the show with a song called ‘It’s a Wicked Life’ (The Hades Song.)

“The thing lived in the furnace.” PD Cacek

The hosts wish you a happy Halloween and hope you’ll enjoy the spooky night with their show. They will be on PARA-X RADIO at a special time on Oct 31st at 8PM and then have an episode for you every week, exploring the darkness on Saturdays at 6PM and from all major podcast services. Fox will be in Richmond on Saturday, November 5th for a special night of noir readers then in Philly for a unique and secretive night of metal bands. Phil’s new horror movie is soon to be released.


Halloween Night – Calendar – Monk Turner – With permission from the owner.

It’s a Wicked Life – Monk Turner – With permission from the owner.

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Oct 22, 2016

EPISODE 23: Ghost Hunt

Recorded on location at the Fort Mifflin Paranormal Investigators Evening.

Phil & Fox traveled out to historic site Fort Mifflin this week to attend and report on one of site's public ghost hunting evenings. 70 supernatural seekers attended the Revolutionary War site after dark. Fort Mifflin is one of the most haunted sites in the country, visited by many groups of famous ghost hunters. Mifflin is one America’s oldest forts, once serving as a river fort in the American Revolution, a prisoner of war camp in the Civil War and even a refueling station in WWI. Our hosts head out, interview ghost hunters as they recorded paranormal data and gathered ghost stories about the fort.

While at the fort, they recorded the experiences of several #ghost hunters, related the history of the fort and relayed several ghost stories reported by visitors. One tells the story of a Phantom Guide who appears to visitors at the site then gives them a brief tour of the history of Fort Mifflin when no staff member is scheduled. Another of their many stories laments a woman who hung herself. The Lady Screams so loud the neighbors call the Philadelphia Police. The Judge still holds court in the barracks. A Blacksmith puts down the hammer when you touch his tools. They tell these tales and many more as they explore one of America's most haunted sites.

They talked with #paranormal investigators who revealed their many visitations and manifestation, plus they observed the seekers hard at work using camera, recorders and ghost boxes, drawing out spirits with simple conversation. Spirit of PA joined them to share their paranormal experiences, especially an encounter with a nasty ghost who hits with chairs. So many paranormal groups came out to talk to them about their night, sharing their findings.

Phil Thomas debuted his English folklore story called Smilin’ Jack, about a pumpkin, a scarecrow and a town’s curse. Very Halloween! As we countdown to our holiday.

Wily Bo of Swamp Music Players fame returned with The Rattlin Bone Theatre Show’ Song: Speaking of Happiness.

Latest album releases were the twin album releases ‘The Wily Bo Walker Story Vol I' and ‘The Wily Bo Walker Story Vol II’ which are compilations of the three albums I released in 2015 and a few extra tracks

They collected so many great stories and encounters. Phil & Fox thank Fort Mifflin for letting them cover this event. They’ll be at King of Prussia Mall on October 29th at 2PM through the evening as part of Malloween. Join them with your ghost stories!

Counting down to Halloween with many surprises yet to come!

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on Saturday nights at 6PM.

Sponsored by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.


“Speaking of Happiness” Wily Boo Walker & The Rattlin Bone Theater Show – played with special permission.

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Oct 15, 2016


Part of our

Countdown to Halloween

Horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas present to you a special podcast anthology of collected ghost stories from one of the most haunted battlefields in the world, Pennsylvania’s own Gettysburg. Once the site of a great battle between the Confederate and Union armies and the turning point in the American Civil War, the land has suffered tragedy and death. Such suffering echoes through time, and these echoes can be felt today through the many supernatural sightings reported by locals and visitors. Through investigation, door-to-door at times, T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas have uncovered new and old stories about soldiers lost to life but not to time.


The dead demand to be remembered.


Mark Nesbitt – Gettysburg Ghost Folklore Collector


“It was a warp in time. A veil is parted.” Mark Nesbitt, Gettysburg Ghost historian.

On this episode, they feature an anthology of ghost stories, so many that they let the stories speak for themselves. Mark Nesbitt, Mister Ghosts of Gettysburg, joins Phil & Fox for an interview and shares a few ghost stories that he’s collected, along with a few EVPs (recorded voices of the dead). Mark talks of his two experiences he collected: the story of a Phantom Civil War Hospital and the bleeding room at The Daniel Lady Farm. Fox also tells a story on location at Devil’s Den, based on Mark’s investigation.


“Spirit blood appeared there and vanished.” Mark Nesbitt


Mark also shares his theory on how the quartz in the ground records supernatural energy. Mark Nesbitt was a National Park Service Ranger/Historian for five years at Gettysburg before starting his own research and writing company. Since then he has published fourteen books including the national award-winning Ghosts of Gettysburg series. His stories have been seen on The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, and numerous regional television shows and heard on Coast to Coast AM, and regional radio. In 1994, he created the commercially successful Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours and in 2006, the Ghosts of Fredericksburg Tours. To arrange a candlelit tour with Mark Nesbitt’s touring company, visit this website.


Author and friend Suzanne Madron, resident of Gettysburg, sends two true ghost stories she encountered: Mr. 1865 & Soldier on a Bicycle. Both stories recorded by our British folksinger, David Walton. Suzanne Madron was born in New York City and has lived up and down the east coast. Currently she resides on a house built over a Civil War battlefield in the wilds of Pennsylvania where she has been known to host some interesting Halloween parties. She has authored several novels and stories under various names.



While investigating the city during a weekend trip, T. Fox Dunham & his wife, Allison Ledbetter took several photographs of the battlefields and shops and may have caught some paranormal activity. Allison sensed something in the corner of an Irish shop. After Allison directed him to the ceiling, Fox took several photos of the same spot and caught what appears to be a light or mist moving into the ceiling. Lighting effects couldn’t quite explain what they saw, nor could they identity an obvious source. Could be paranormal? Check out the photographs on the website.

T. Fox Dunham also spoke to a shopkeeper, recording his story of the Ghost Lady in a Rocking Chair. A Lil Somethin’ Gettysburg is a lovely little shop with friendly owners who sell unique gifts, candles, salsas, home décor and souvenirs.



The episode ends with a special extended version available to those downloading the podcast. We play Custer’s Lament from a band based in Portland, Oregon, Velaraas from their album Gilded Age. It’s a metal tribute to General Custer who fought at Gettysburg and later died at Little Big Horn. Not meant for easy listening!


Fox & Phil Go a’Ghost-Hunting!

Fox & Phil are joining Philadelphia Southeast Paranormal Investigation and Research Team, also known as Spirit of PA, for a paranormal investigation of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, PA. They will feature their logs and experiences on a future episode during October.

They will also be at the King of Prussia Mall at Uncanny Comics on Saturday, October 29th for Malloween.

Counting down to Halloween with many surprises yet to come!

Check out the WEBSITE for expanded content, photos from Mark Nesbitt that relate to the stories of the podcast and information about our guests and content.

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on Saturday nights at 6PM.

Sponsored partially by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.



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Oct 7, 2016


Check out the What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Podcast WEBSITE for expanded material, #ghost story archive, folk music and more.

This is the 2nd podcast in Fox & Phil’s 6 episode Countdown To #Halloween, celebrating the #haunted #holiday and their one year anniversary #podcasting about the darkness—and all things #spooky.

We need your true ghost stories. Copy them into the email at Check out the submission guidelines on the website for more information. We will have them narrated by our voice actors.


On this episode, the boys are joined by Katie Montana Jordan, #Occult Specialist for two #paranormal agencies including #Oregon Paranormal and Paranormal Research & Investigations.

Katie Montana Jordan is a Freelance #Writer with areas of specialty in #paganism and the occult. She is Occult Specialist, Client Relations Consultant and Field Researcher to Oregon Paranormal, as well as Writing Consultant and Field Researcher to Paranormal Research & Investigations. Both an ordained #minister and #pagan #priestess, Katie is currently obtaining her PhD in #holistic theology. A Whitefish, #Montana native, Katie now resides in Portland, #Oregon.



Link for her upcoming conference (where she'll be both holding a lecture and teaching a class):


Oregon Paranormal was established in 2009 for the purpose of conducting paranormal research throughout the Pacific Northwest. We exist to aid those who feel they may be experiencing phenomena they cannot explain. Our organization is comprised of an amazing group of researchers who hold the same core values, which Oregon Paranormal prides itself on. Our mission was to build a research organization that people could turn to for help and support, which we believe we've been successful at achieving. Over the years we've conducted a number of investigations, between residential, commercial, and historical sites including joint investigations with teams throughout the region.

And keep your eyes open for Katie's up and coming personal WEBSITE. This site is her one stop website with info about both her writing and para work, radio spots, etc.)


The Relevancy and Applications of Ouija Boards

Katie can be seen next at the 7th Annual Port Gamble Ghost Conference in Port Gamble, WA, over #Samhain weekend. Katie will be holding a lecture on Friday the 28th, titled 'Samhain: The #Pagan History of #Halloween.' And she is also teaching her coveted class on #spirit boards, on Saturday the 29th, titled: 'The Relevancy and Applications of #Ouija Boards.'

Katie comes on the show to not only talk about her work in the #paranormal but also to explain the #pagan holiday of Samhain—the foundation-holiday of #Halloween. There are many misconceptions about the pagan new year, and Katie shares her knowledge of its history and modern practice. T. Fox Dunham shares his story of Samhain. It is a special time for him, a second birthday. When he was 18, his battle with a rare form of #lymphoma nearly ended with his death, but through a miracle after several months of intense chemotherapy and radiation, he survived and found new life on Samhain. They both talk about this sacred and ancient time of death and rebirth in the natural circle of life.

The Dark is to be respected and not feared.” - Katie  Montana Jordan

Katie shares two true ghost stories: Ghost Hands and Scaredy Cat both narrated by voice actors. Ghost hands is the true account of disembodied hands who got fresh with our Katie while she was on a #ghosthunt!

“Beware the Hand Man.” - Katie Montana Jordan

Ghosts usually scare you, but in Scaredy Cat, she scared the ghost!


The Final Ingredient:

British folksinger David Walton returns to narrate with his life partner, Marie, a dark short #fiction by T. Fox Dunham, The Final Ingredient—a tale of a witch in need of a last element for a dark recipe.

“Forever shall I live, and so shall I teach you, if you can name the missing ingredient. Fail, and today you sup on stew, then anon worms shall sup on you.”


Velaraas -New Music Group on this Episode

Check out Velaraas on their FACEBOOK PAGE

They finish the show with a song from a band out of Portland, Oregon Velaraas playing from their album, Gilded Age. The song is called the Peace Maker. They’re a four piece band: Thelonius Spence (guitars and vocals), Scott Walker (drums), Ian Engblom (bass), and Colin Stroup (guitars and vocals). They’ve been together a little over 2 years.

#VELARAAS - Vela means several things. Most importantly to them it means "time". It also means "the hour of death" and "passion". Ras (in which they added an a) means several things as well. Notably, it means "to feel", "love", "reverberate", "roar" and "perceive".

The "time" part of Vela is important because each of their albums is lyrically and somewhat musically centered in a time period, the Peace Maker being set mostly in the latter part of the Wild West.  Each song is a small vignette of its own. Some of their songs are based on true events, some are partially based on events and others are pure fiction.


Fox & Phil Go a’Ghost-Hunting!

Fox & Phil are joining Philadelphia Southeast Paranormal Investigation and Research Team, also known as Spirit of PA, for a paranormal investigation of Fort Mifflin in #Philadelphia, PA. They will feature their logs and experiences on a future episode during #October. Check out the Spirit of PA Group at their WEBSITE!

They will also be at the King of Prussia #Mall at Uncanny Comics on Saturday, October 29th for Malloween. Here is the Uncanny WEBSITE.

Follow us on Twitter: @pfwhatafraidof

 Listen for us on PARA-X RADIO at our usual time slot on Saturday nights at 6PM.

Sponsored by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.





(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books

By T. Fox Dunham

(The 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.


From Fox:

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


Author of Mercy - T. Fox Dunham

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Oct 1, 2016

EPISODE 20: Shadow Stalkers

Phil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham are counting down to Halloween. October 1st, they release episode 20, Shadow Stalkers, recorded with special guest host, Debi Chestnut who tells us her stories after spending a lifetime investigating the paranormal.

Debi Chestnut was born psychic and struggled with these gifts in a world that didn’t understand her. As a kid, her first best friend was a ghost-boy named Nathanial, and she lived in a supernatural world. She investigated many cases with the Black River Paranormal group and has now formed a new group, Shadow Stalkers. She’s written multiple books on the paranormal including Something Wicked, Stalking Shadows and Is Your House Haunted? She is what Fox calls a psychic healer. She mends the tears between this world and the next.

Debi talks about several of her paranormal experiences: growing up with a dead boy, fighting a demon that nearly consumed her life and putting to rest elementals in a barn that was protecting lost babies. She shares with us one of her favorite stories, The Screaming Woman, which has been narrated by one of our voice actors, about a murdered woman and her lost child in a mid-west farmhouse.

“I could hear its footsteps, and it would hold me down in bed. Couldn’t scream.” Debi Chestnut.

Fox & Phil have started their seasonal spooky early, and they ventured to one of the infamous haunted sites of Philadelphia: Pennhurst Asylum. Thanks to tickets from their friend Cindy, they got in early and enjoyed this magnificent production.

Check out this link from Weird NJ for its history:

We tell another true ghost story that was sent to us titled Long Distance about a woman who won’t give up on her boyfriend after he gets married, even after she dies.

Fox shares another round of Clown News. The clowns are spreading north, and they’re coming for you. This is a perfect example of modern American folklore in action.

James Chambers returns to talk about the Horror Writers Association’s annual Halloween Haunts, a series of essays, stories, photos and thoughts from members of the Horror Writers Association that he will put up each day until Halloween.

Monk Turner has contributed a song to launch us towards Halloween. Halloween Night from his album Calendar.

Monk Turner has produced more than 25 concept albums using a collective of musicians who share his passion for creating freeform, genre-defying music. Among some of his accomplishments, Turner's composition with musician Fascinoma won a competition held by radio station WFMU and the Free Music Archive for an alternative version of the popular “Happy Birthday to You,” entitled, “It’s Your Birthday!” In addition to his prolific catalog, his songs have been featured in movies, television programs and advertisements. The track “Judicious Jason” from Instrumental Friends Part 3 broke a Guinness World Record when 2,231 students chose the song to do history’s largest choreographed ribbon dance. His albums are available for free download via Creative Commons license on Bandcamp, Free Music Archive, and They can also be streamed via Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music, and Beats/MediaNet.


See you next week with Episode 21.



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Sep 23, 2016

EPISODE 19: Fall Spirits

Happy #Equinox! It’s our season, #Autumn. #Mabon. #Halloween is only a few weeks away, and Fox & Phil have lots of spooky and horror to fill the time. Horror personality, one of the #Crypticon Ghoul Girls and host on iHorror, Friday nights, Kino McFarland (Demented), co-hosts this episode to talk about her work in film and her life as a model, escape artist and circus performer. This is the third episode to be part of the programming at #Para-X on Saturday nights, 6PM dead. They record on location from Comic Zen in Lansdale PA to celebrate its recent opening on Cruise Night in Montgomery County.


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Our co-host Kino McFarland - @KinoMcFarland

With a love for theatrics and a passion for writing, Kino McFarland began building a career of storytelling through word and film at a young age. She was a valued member of her high school’s drama club’s stage crew and later went on to perform at The Ohio Renaissance Festival as a street character.

The sideshow bug bit Kino at the Renaissance Festival and she began performing with the Pickled Brothers Circus and FreakShow Deluxe as Hannah Bel. Her skills as a glass walker, escape artist, and more have allowed her to perform with bands such as the Insane Clown Posse and GWAR. While traveling with sideshows, Kino refined her writing skills with Full Sail University.

Kino writes primarily dark subjects with a hint of comedy, which can be attributed to her experience with vaudevillian performers and showmen. Vampires, witches, and ghosts are some of her most beloved subjects, as are the many people and personalities that she has encountered while traveling the country. She firmly believes that only an oblivious person can write a boring character. The best characters are all around us.

Her film credits range from being a Production Assistant and Behind the Scenes Photographer to directing and writing her own films, such as Hangry, The Beasts of the Earth (winner of Best Sound Design at the Seattle 48 Hour Film Horror Project), and Declawed (2nd place winner at Cine-City). She is currently working on a webseries called Kino's Asylum for's Youtube channel in which she discusses the horror genre as her horror host personality, Kino B. Demented. She has dedicated her life to horror and can often be found with the Crypticon Ghoul Girls in Seattle, Washington. - My escape video - Declawed - my website

 “Start meeting people who can get you onto sets.”

Kino McFarland (Demented)


The true ghost story this episode is from a New England resident, Renee Johnson—a classic ghost tale of the true sight of children and saying goodbye to family, read by voice actor Jamey McCartney. Grampie.

Randi Stinson from Cats Meow Mystical Shop returns to tell the story of an encounter with a man and the demon who owns his soul. Her sister Jini joins in the telling. It’s a story of when demonic oppression infected her life with Horse Flies. Never sell your soul to hell.

“The demon did not want the book in my story.”

Randi Stinson, owner of Cats Meow Mystical Store in Lansdale, PA that supplies pagans their material for spells, rituals and worship, also with a fantastic catalog online.

Cats Meow Mystical Store


Fox plays another song from the Swamp Music Players—a dark tale of Atlanta called The Street Sweeper. Can you decipher his truth? He’s the street sweeper, baby, and he’s going to sweep these streets clean.

Swamp Music Players is a retro-futuristic swamp band playing Swamp Blues, Swamp Rock, Swamp Pop and Cosmic Americana. Swamp genres is at the root of Rock'N'Roll, Country and the Blues. We are a Canada and Netherlands campus-charting band with FM radio airplay in several countries and deep social media penetration. SMP had jumped into the escape pod somewhere in the 1980's and only just returned to push forward this music. Dark and atmospheric swamp tunes, southern flavor all merging with retro cinematic elements that may remind you of some late night movie soundtrack you half remembered.


T. Fox Dunham in their usual banter tells his true story about how while kayaking in Cape May, NJ last weekend, his boat sank, and he was nearly entombed in the mud. They also feature another edition of #Clown News to report the latest rash of psychological attacks and #clownsightings from #clowns along the American east coast. The clowns are coming.


They end the show with a diabolical tale brought to them from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. One Death at a Time tells the story of a frustrated Satan dealing with an infuriating new soul in Hell. Written by Soren James.

The Devil frowned, and began irritably shouting, “What on Earth are you talking about? Have you no conception of who I am? I could kick-start the apocalypse in your arse if I wanted. I could...What are you doing? You can't walk away from me!” He turned to his cohorts. “Famine! Bring her back here.”One Death at a Time

Soren James is a writer and visual artist who recreates himself on a daily basis from the materials at his disposal, continuing to do so in an upbeat manner until one day he will sumptuously throw his drained materials aside and resume stillness without asking why.


This is the last episode before their paranormal  adventure begins in October, counting down to Halloween. Coming up in future episodes: Ghost stories from #Gettysburg featuring the History Channel’s Mark Nesbitt, several paranormal investigators telling their ghost stories, tales of Pennsylvania, new songs, interviews and live events. Come see What Are You Afraid Of? at the King of Prussia Mall, October 15th at 5PM in Pennsylvania at Uncanny Comics.


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Sep 16, 2016


Phil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham record on location from The Cats Meow Mystical Shop in #Lansdale, Pennsylvania (Montgomery County) in the Philadelphia region. They not only bring their usual assortment of #paranormal & horror content (like a box of chocolates made from shadows and gooey macabre) but they also talk to several surprise guests who visit on Bike Night in Lansdale.

Cats Meow Mystical Shop:

Psychic Tarot Card Readings
Candles, Oils. Incense, Herbs & Roots, Crystals, Jewelry + more!

This is their first episode on #Para-X Radio! They join a spooky schedule of programming about the paranormal from many brother and sister explorers of the darkness. Thank you for asking them to join the family! Their new episodes will debut at 6PM on Saturday night, then it will be available from all the major podcast services such as #iHeart Radio, #iTunes, GooglePlay, etc.

Now because the show is going on a weekly schedule, Fox & Phil can finally relax a bit. They’re changing the format so they can talk to their audience more, share their experiences and stories. For example, in this episode, they discuss the plague of clown sightings happening in the south: its validity and basis in #folklore.

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ALL THESE #CLOWNS? Is this how the world ends?

Fox interviewed the Lady-Medium, Jean Westbrook MA, CH, CMI. Jean is a local #medium who spent the last 30 years exploring her abilities, growing them and helping others on their search. She doesn’t see the future because she believes in free will.

“My readings provide an emotional spiritual mirror to help you gain clarity so you can make positive conscious choices yourself. I am here to empower you. Cats Meow has been a wonderful place for me because Randi’s group has been very supportive.”

The true ghost story comes from western musician Suzen JueL about a house that won’t forget, The Window. And Randi Biba Stinson, owner of Cats Meow, and her sister, Jini, share one of her true ghost stories, Louise. He was the old shop owner, and they had to come to terms over a misunderstanding that crossed worlds.

They end the show with a song from a band in British Columbia: The Swamp Music Players. Fox plays The Devil’s Tooth to showcase their unique and mournful sound. It’s from their album Timeless Cool. The Swamp Music Players are a retro futuristic band with a passion for Swamp Rock, Swamp Blues, Swamp Pop and Cosmic Americana.

Swamp Music Players Website

We look forward to sharing our next episode with you, Episode 19: Fall Spirits to be recorded on location at Comic Zen in Lansdale, PA.

Aug 31, 2016


T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas dedicate this #podcast episode to the trilogy of horror anthologies that haunted & fascinated them as children: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark from author Alvin Schwartz. They’ve created a show with interviews, stories and songs about this macabre collection of folklore.

This is also their first show to be broadcasted by Para X Radio! Para X is an internet radio station that has featured #paranormal programming for the last decade, and they’re bringing Para something new. The podcast broadcasts on Saturday, September 10th at 6PM.

And, the show has a new website: It will feature expanded content, artwork, photos, their collected ghost stories in both text and audio formats, interviews and a dark nightmare of entertainment.

Tonight’s show features a new true ghost story collected from England, a story of the negative effects of a Séance: George. In honor of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, T. Fox Dunham researched two pieces of American horror folklore and re-wrote them into new stories: Don’t Sell my House & The Bloodstain. Fox interviews Cody Meirick who is filming a documentary on the anthology, and David Walton finishes the show with an old #folksong featured in the book: “Don’t You Ever Laugh as the Hearse Goes By” or “The Worm Song.” The wars of the 20th century made this song popular.

After September 10th, the show will be going to a weekly frequency. And they’ll be live at the Doylestown Bookstore in Bucks County PA on October 22nd along with a few other appearances in October.

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Thank you to #podernfamily for all your support.

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Send your #ghost stories!

Aug 5, 2016



We’re upping our game on the #podcast, growing as we gain more fans and support. Expect new episodes at a faster rate and more depth. Thank you to all our fans for making our odd format a success! The show belongs to all of us, and we’d love to hear your input on future shows.

Hosted by horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas.

Sponsored by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Zach Smith & Perry Johnson join us as co-hosts on episode 16. Zach & Perry are the famed #paranormal investigators from the popular web series, Afterlife Sessions, nearly a cable series. Z&P have been encountering ghosts all of their lives, and for four years, they’ve been out documenting their ghost hunts with professional production quality. They know how to tell a story. The duo hang out with us for this episode, telling us their many ghost experiences and how they produce such a quality show—and some of their encounters are chilling.

Zach contributed our true ghost story, “Tommy”. It’s a story about his first paranormal experience with a childhood friend. Jon Prive narrates the story.

#Afterlife Sessions travels around the country investigating the paranormal and educating their audience about the history of each location and the spiritual realm. With emotional episodes and stirring evidence, Afterlife Sessions aspires to turn skeptics into believers.

Jessica McHugh reads a chapter from her new horror-erotica novel from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing: The Train Derails in Boston. Warning . . . this is not for children!

Buy the book here at Amazon:

Rebecca Malone has problems. Not just the alcohol. Not just her husband's inane attempts at writing a bestselling novel, their teenage daughter's promiscuity, or her certifiable mother. Not even her lover, who wants to take her husband's place in Cherrywood Lodge, the famous estate she now calls home. Her biggest issues start the moment she discovers a chest of ancient mahjong tiles in the basement of her new house, causing her life to spin out of control with hallucinations, sexual deviances, and grisly murders. Is the mahjong game haunted? Or are Rebecca's problems part of a different game, started before she was born?

British #folksinger David Walton returns with his version of an eerie #folksong, The Grim King. Once again, he haunts us with his mournful melody.

We have some fantastic stuff coming up as we prepare for #Halloween. We’ve interviewed #zombie author David Dunwoody and Cody Meirick who is doing a documentary on a popular and controversial horror folklore series: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

We need your true #ghost stories. Email them to

Thank you all for listening, and check out our website:

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Jul 15, 2016


On our July #podcast, Phil & Fox bring you a new true ghost story from New Hope, PA, an excerpt from Bob Pastorella’s new bizarre-southern noir novel MOJO RISING, an interview with #medium Jamal Brown and . . . the zombies are back! Also, what do you want on your gravestone? They asked their fans on Facebook.


SPONSORED BY Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing


Their new and original true #ghost story for this episode is from local author & Bram Stoker’s winner, PD Cacek. This is the first of several from the talented horror author, written about a beloved and bucolic town in #Pennsylvania, New Hope—an artist’s town on the #Delaware River. Fox knows the town well, going there often while growing up, visiting the many shops and inns. Where there’s history, there’s #ghosts. It is considered America’s most haunted town and it is even featured in a documentary—link below. PD is featured on the show. PD’s first ghost story is called The Spinning Ghost of the Pineapple Inn. The complete audio story, not edited, can be found at Soundcloud, read by Patricia Thomas (Phil’s Mom!) Thanks Patricia! And a complete version of the story can be found on the website.


The winner of both a Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Award, P.D. Cacek has written over a hundred short stories, six plays, and five published novels. Her latest THE SELKIE, is currently available on  (And the story behind its creation will be coming soon...) A native Westerner, Cacek now lives Phoenixville, PA…home of BLOBFEST, and only a short walk away from The Colonial Theater where the famous “Run Screaming From Theater” scene was filmed. When not writing, she can often been found either with a group of costumed storytellers called THE PATIENT CREATURES (, or haunting local cemeteries looking for inspiration.

PD Cacek has become a member of the haunted family at What Are You Afraid Of? Podcast, and she has already contributed much. More stories are coming in the future from this talented horror author. She was also featured on the #ghost & #paranormal documentary America's Most Haunted Town from Luminence Films.


"I don’t see dead people, but sometimes, it seems, I become them . . ."


The background song behind the ghost story is 2706 from Mystary & Mystary Records.

More information can be found here, and the album is available on iTunes & GooglePlay. MYSTARY RECORDS ON FACEBOOK



Phil Thomas and T. Fox Dunham engage in their usual banter. They did a Facebook poll, asking fans what they’d want on their gravestones. They got some surprising results which they feature on the show. They also talk about writing, the summer and the new RINGTONE based on the show’s theme song.



Fox interviews psychic and medium crusader, Jamal Brown, creator of the Facebook group, Psychic Research. Jamal is a counselor to those with spiritual problems and fears about death.

Scripture from Jamal:

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Follow Jamal on Twitter: @godsarmy88

Jamal talks about the peace and light he felt when he had an out of body experience while in a coma. What is beyond #death? He seeks the answer.



Horror author & reporter of the south Bob Pastorella reads an excerpt from chapter 3 of his new novel from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing titled MOJO RISING!


A new drug called Mojo is tearing through Southeast Texas, directly competing with Juney’s own product. What starts as a minor annoyance quickly spirals into something much more serious once Juney discovers his cook murdered and his brother mysteriously missing, the Mojo trademark left at the crime scene. Mojo Rising is a strange trip through a world of thugs and junkies, hallucinations and apocalypses. Some doors you walk through, you can’t come back in.

"If you're looking for a pulpy fast-paced southern-fried sleazed-out hard-boiled blast of bad drugs and weird crime, Mojo Rising's got you covered in spades. Just go easy on the Mojo, alright? You open up the doors of perception, you never know who (or what) might break on through." -- Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City

"Mojo Rising is a surreal, violent, Southern gothic addiction, set to a soundtrack by The Doors, luring you out into a rippling darkness from which you may not ever return." — Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration and Breaker

Bob Pastorella:

Author of the Zombie/Western short story, ‘To Watch Is Madness’, featured in Warmed And Bound, a Velvet Anthology, the Booked. Anthology, In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1000 Words, and numerous other publications online and in print. Bob is a columnist and reviewer for This Is Horror, previously a columnist for Revolt Daily and ManArchy Magazine. He lives in Southeast Texas. 

The song used in the background of Mojo Rising is open-licensed, podcast-safe music. The song is from the group Natural Snow Buildings. "You'll Become What You Fear the Most" From the album, "The Night Country".


And finally, those wacky #zombies return for the SUMMER OF ZOMBIES! Come hear those undeaders at play in July in this humorous sketch. Warning, Phil & Fox are quite mad.

FUNCOMPOSING this summer!

And thank you to James Chambers, Swaney Hatton, Robert Dunbar, John Foster, Lisa Mannetti and Phil Thomas for joining the podcast in Philadelphia for the second of our live reading events, hosted by T. Fox Dunham. This will be released as a special podcast, following the live event in NYC at the KGB Club coming quite soon.

The show has some exciting things scheduled for the future including more live events in Philadelphia, folklore collecting trips and new material, interviews and stories. They will also be releasing our t-shirts for on-demand order. Phil & Fox are here to not only entertain with horror but also support the Indie author & artist. Keep fighting for your art and your soul!

We need your true ghost stories.

Email them to


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Jun 8, 2016


Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas bring you episode 14 of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Podcast. The authors continue to explore the darkness, building an archive of entertainment and experience in both the paranormal and artist community.

Sponsored by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

On this installment, they begin with a true ghost story sent by recent musical contributor, DJ Dead Zone or Jason from Manchester, England. The Grey Man is a story about a terrifying paranormal experience that happened to Jason when he was a lad told for the first time to the podcast. And Jason is sure the Grey Man will return for him one day. The true ghost story is beautifully recorded by our British folksinger, David Walton.

Follow DJ Dead Zone on Twitter at: @newo394r

Phil & Fox share a few more true ghost experiences from Gettysburg, Cape May and even tell the story of Phil’s extra-dimensional car. Fox shares his knowledge on clearing negative energy using herbs and magick. We also give a shout-out to some of the major female horror contributors to the field including Lisa Morton, President of the Horror Writers Association and Ellen Datlow, the best anthologist in dark fiction.

We complete our interview with famed ghost story collector Charles Adams III, known for such anthologies as Ghosts of Cape May, Ghosts of Gettysburg and many more volumes from 30 years of tales he collected. We are thrilled to have this immense talent on the show and one of the creators of the paranormal sector. Thank you Charlie. Our admiration to you.

Fox closes the show as one of the last of the Dark Five in preparation for the first of our live author’s series. Let the Dark Ones Rises, recorded and hosted by T. Fox Dunham at the KGB Bar & Club in the East Village of New York City, will premier in July featuring John Foster, Shawn Macomber, Daniel Braum and J. Anthony Stone reading works from Grey Matter Press, editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.

As the last of the Dark Five, not to be confused with the Final Five, Fox reads from his new horror novel, Mercy, out from Blood Bound Books from a live reading in Philadelphia. Shawn Macomber, who reviewed the book for FANGORIA, interviews Fox about his writing and life, talking about surviving cancer, enduring life with the disease and writing to free his soul.

Mercy at Amazon

We close the show with a song from one of our new musical partners, Mystary & Mystary Records, creators of ambient horror music. We use music from their album 2706 in this episode for the true ghost story and at the end of the show. More information can be found here, and the album is available on iTunes & GooglePlay.


We also use sound effects from from Free SFX.

It was a remarkable show again rife with great talents, and we have so much amazing material yet to come including interviews and material from some major players in the paranormal and writing community, on-site investigations of such places as Satansville & the Cult House, plus new special episodes of our author reading series.



“Darkness Comes to Philly”


WHAT: An evening of Philadelphia & New York horror authors reading their dark tales in Philadelphia. Hosted by T. Fox Dunham and recorded for a special episode of What Are You Afraid Of? Podcast

WHO: Six of the brightest (or darkest) rising stars in the dark fiction firmament, including: John Foster, James Chambers, Lisa Mannetti, T. Fox Dunham, Sawney Hatton & John Dunbar

WHERE: Alma Mater restaurant and bar, 7165 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA

WHEN: Saturday June 25, 3:30PM to 7PM

WHY: Fun, madness and to support Philadelphia’s rapidly growing literary scene

Food and drink, music and madness as the dark fiction crowd descends on Philadelphia’s own Alma Mater. In addition to the readings, the eerie musical styling of INSERT MUSICIAN will get us in the mood. The event will be recorded for the podcast “What Are You Afraid Of?” and there is no cover charge for the event.

For more information on the authors reading, please visit:

Fox & Phil are out there exploring the darkness, collecting true ghost stories and dark writings from around the world in person and through email. Send your paranormal experiences to

Jun 8, 2016


Well, we’ve had the self-discipline to get you 13 episodes, and we’re going strong. This is a momentous episode for old lucky 13. NEW THEME SONG!!! We’re no longer using open license horror music for our opening. We have a unique theme song composed just for us from author & musician Michael Garrett. All I had to do was write him three op-ed pieces. Nice trade!

We feature a true ghost story from Tori L. Ridgewood, Tori’s House from Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Read by British folksinger, David Walton in his usual charming manner.

Phil & Fox discuss more true ghost phenomenon, have their usual banter, and then we lead into our interview with folklorist and author Charles Adams III. We’re rather proud of this one. Charlie has been collecting and writing true ghost stories from the east coast for decades. He was doing it when the term paranormal didn’t exist, and we’ve all seen his books in museum gift shops and libraries. We feature part one of this interview on the show.

Fox Dunham talks about issues in the horror writing community and reads his letter to the Horror Writer Association core members and leadership, written at a time of great turmoil for all authors involved with the organization.

John Foster, co-host for episode 5 returns with an interview about his new novel from Grey Matter Press, Mister White as one of the Dark Five. We will feature a special episode from the KGB event, Let the Dark Ones Rise, after episode 14.

We close the show with a special musical treat from British techno composer Dead Zone, a mix of beat and borg, inspired by those bionic zombies. Assimilate!  

Jun 8, 2016

On #podcast 10, we focus on the art of the dark narrative, whether in story or film. We still talk about some #paranormal topics, too. Our briefer format continues, and you’ll be seeing new episodes at least three times a month.

Phil Thomas & T. Fox Dunham open the show with a short true #ghost story sent in by filmmaker, writer and professional performing freak, Kino McFarland, called Wrong Number. Kino and her husband captured a haunting EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) that we play with this story.

Kino’s website:

Phil & Fox discuss Indie writing and filmmaking, writing for streaming services and working with production companies. Fox shares his experience partnering with Throughline Films to have his first novel, The Street Martyr, turned into a major motion picture. We offer advice to new authors fighting to reach this penultimate professional goal. We also discuss Ouija boards. They’re fun if you don’t mind risking demonic oppression.


Our second piece is from bizarro & horror author MP Johnson—a piece of dark fiction given to us from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. MP Johnson shows us real monsters without empathy in his story, The Man with an Ax in the Backseat of Your Car Has Feelings Too, narrated by our British folk-singer, David Walton, with his usual dark and compelling tones. Check out their website guidelines to have a piece of flash fiction featured on the podcast.

You don’t know he’s there, curled up behind you, clutching an ax in his sweaty hands as you drive off to the gym for your last workout ever.


 MP Johnson’s Website:

Author Daniel Braum joins us for a brief interview as part of The Dark Five. On April 8th at the KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street, New York, NY) we shall be gathering to read from our stories published by Grey Matter Press in support of John C. Foster’s novel release, Mister White.

Let the Dark Ones In!

T. Fox Dunham will be reading, hosting and covering the event for a special episode of What Are You Afraid Of? The Dark Five. Future podcasts before the event will feature each of the five in a short interview and reading a line from their story. Daniel Braum reads from “A Ghost Story in Zurich,” a dark tale featured in Savage Beasts anthology from GMP.


Daniel Braum’s Website:


Facebook Event Page: Let the Dark Ones In

And to pre-order John C. Foster's new book, Mister White, on Amazon:


T. Fox Dunham closes this show featuring dark Indie writing with a passage from his new horror novel, MERCY. His horrific book is a metaphor about the violation of his body and spirit during his invasive treatment for a rare type of lymphoma. The e-book edition is available for pre-order from Blood Bound Books and will be released in time for National Doctors Day on March 30th. The Good Doctor Sullivan will see you now.


"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.


We had a fantastic time exploring the dark world of storytelling on Episode 10, and we’re preparing for Episode 11: Irish Spirits, a show devoted to tales of Ireland including a true ghost story experienced by Fox on his honeymoon and a mournful version of Molly Malone sung by British folk-singer David Walton.

Get your #ghostlove. See you next week!

Jun 8, 2016

EPISODE 11: Banshee

To celebrate Ireland Day in America (St. Patrick’s Day) we bring you a show of Gaelic-flavored stories for Episode 11: Banshee of What Are You Afraid Of? #Horror & #Paranormal #Podcast.

We open the show with a true ghost story set in Dublin from my honeymoon with Allison in May 2015. Honeymoon Intruder features a spirit who intrudes on our privacy one night in our room. Allison and I both read parts of the story.

Phil & I then do an audio essay on Banshees—the mythic wailing spirit who is the harbinger of death in the Emerald Isles. We feature various accounts of the centuries and the history of the keening lady.

Fox interviews author and reporter fantastic Shawn Macomber. Shawn is one of the Dark Five who will be reading at the KGB Club in NYC on April 8th, the event sponsored by Grey Matter Press and host T. Fox Dunham with the podcast.

Shawn Macomber is a author, journalist, and noted pug wrangler in the New York City Area. His work has appeared in Fangoria, Maxim, Stereogum, the Wall Street Journal, Reason, Radar, Shock Till You Drop, Rue Morgue, the Los Angeles Times, Magnet, and Decibel, among many other fine and middling publications, reporting from five continents covering everything from combat in Iraq, riots in the Baltics, and two presidential elections to designer cat shows at Madison Square Garden, the cross Carrot Top bears, and the Carcass “Exhumed to Consume” reunion tour.

On April 8th at the KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street, NY, New York) we shall be gathering to read from our stories published by Grey Matter Press for a critical mass of horror. Let the Dark Ones In. We gather in support of John C. Foster’s novel release, Mister White. T. Fox Dunham will be reading, hosting and covering the event for a special episode of What Are You Afraid Of? The Dark Five. Future podcasts before the event will feature each of the five in a short interview and reading a line from their story. Shawn reads from his story, Pestilence by Beemahr, in the Savage Beasts anthology.

David Walton returns with his rendition of Irish ghost song, Molly Malone, one of my favorites. This is a haunting version of a popular folk-ballad. We talk a little of the history of the song and the defilement of the symbolic statue of Molly on Grafton Street.

The EVP Challenge:

Electronic Voice Phenomenon has been a popular tool of ghost hunters, and we want you to share in the exploration of the supernatural. We challenge you to capture the voices of the dead. Download an MP3 recording application onto your phone, go into some dark room in your house—the area that’s always given you the creeps—then set your phone to record. For ten minutes, ask questions of the silence. Be polite! Don’t anger anything. Then listen to your MP3 and see if anything spoke back. Send it to us at, and we’ll use it on the show. We also need more of your true ghost or supernatural experiences.

We’ll see you on episode 12 with an American Civil War ghost story.

“Alive. Alive-O!”

Apr 15, 2016

EP-12 Dark Tales


Philly & Foxy return for our Spring-Summer season, bringing you dark stories, #paranormal adventures and information for the working #author.

We have a lot on Episode 12, preparing for some big stuff. Two true #ghost stories recorded for you, sent to us from listeners. The first, Civil War Camp was sent to us from West Virginia, recorded by British folksinger, David Walton. We end the show with a sad tale of lost souls to this world from TM McLean from his time working at a British army base in Germany, The Hatch Girl of Hohne. The end will get you. Places remember…


The British army base where TM McLean worked is built on land with a tragic past.

We have two interviews tonight. The first is with one of the Dark Five, author J. Daniel Stone. We read with Ol’Stoney at the KGB Bar & Club in NYC in early April, hosted by the podcast. That recording will be presented as a special event in May.


J Daniel Stone's Profile Photo

J. Daniel Stone reads at Let the Darks Ones Rise at the KGB Club in NYC, hosted by the podcast.

We also have Harrison Astroff joining us from Stacks Hollywood Entertainment to tell us about his international streaming company—the future of the industry.


#PMMP delivers to us a new noir story, a flash piece by author Aaron Fox-Lerner called Under the Bridge.


It’s a powerful episode, the beginning of a great summer for the podcast.


Feb 19, 2016

Episode 9: Crazy Willy

We return with a new format. We are trying shorter episodes with a faster publication frequency to make the #podcast easier to listen to. Let us know what you think.

On this episode, we complete our feature done by the Grave Wanderers all-female #paranormal investigation group at the Old City Jail in Charleston, South Carolina. We play log three & four then premier a few #EVPs they recorded during their night.

To add another perspective to their investigation, Phil Summers talks to us about his own investigation at the jail. Phil is an unorthodox ghost-hunter, and his story was featured on A&E’s My Ghost Story. He tells us about a deceased witch who cursed his life. Check it out on A&E’s My Ghost Story Season 2 Episode 8 The Presence.

Closing the show, Doctor Noir, Lou Boxer tells us about a major Philadelphia noir event, Noir at the Bar, the Final Reading at the soon-to-be-demolished Society Hill Playhouse. T. Fox Dunham with several great authors will be reading there at March 19th starting at 6:45.

Feb 12, 2016


Sandra & Stephanie #gravegirls, the core members of the all-girl ghost hunting group Grave Wanderers, return in this episode with their audio logs from their #paranormal investigation at famed ghost site Old Charleston Jail. We feature part one & two of the four log set and two #ghoststories told to us by a sassy southern guide who works at the jail: Mary Crane of Pain & The Body Sinks. Part 2 & 3 and their #EVPs will be featured in episode 9. They chronicle their investigation of this rich historic site, describe the eerie setting and tell us about their encounters with the dead prisoners who still dwell there. Old Charleston Jail, which was operational from 1802 until 1939, housed Charleston's most infamous criminals and, during the Civil War, Federal prisoners of war. The Old Jail housed a great variety of inmates. John and Lavinia Fisher, and other members of their gang, convicted of robbery and murder in the Charleston Neck region were imprisoned here in 1819 to 1820. Some of the last 19th-century high-sea pirates were jailed here in 1822 while they awaited hanging. This is the site of many paranormal investigations and has been featured on Ghost Adventures.

Phil & Fox are bringing you some #ghostlove!

Phil narrates Canadian author and hitchhiker, S.L. Dixon’s story, There’s Nobody There, our monthly #horror flash fiction piece from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. A little girl tries to convince herself that she is alone in this dark and moody piece. Is she?

Hosts and authors Phil Thomas & T. Fox  Dunham discuss horror writing in #indiepublishing, the modern film industry and Satansville, a local paranormal site famed in urban legend.

Fox interviews James Chambers, New York horror author and chairman of the membership committee of the Horror Writers Association #HWA. James offers his wisdom to authors trying to make a career in #horror.

We’re exploring the darkness, and we’re here to offer our experience to authors, artists and filmmakers fighting in the trenches to succeed.

Jan 21, 2016


On episode 7, British performer David Walton narrates a new true ghost story from Thailand, Girl on the Train. Phil & Fox discuss death and odd forms of burial from around the world—cannibalism, being fed to birds and Buddhist live-mummification. They also read some witty epitaphs found over the centuries and from our listeners. This leads Fox to their next interview with the all-female paranormal investigations team, Grave Wanderers: their work, theory and methods. They discuss previous cases and listen to their EVPs. Sandra and Stephanie have two very different personalities but are united in common cause.

When the interview is done, they talk a little more about death. Fox reads a passage from his new book, Destroying the Tangible Illusion of Reality or Searching for Andy Kaufman—a paragraph called Death the Inevitable. The message: Live to change the world or become an inert ghost who can merely watch but not interfere.

They finish the show with a true ghost poem written and recorded by Lamplight Magazine editor, Jacob Haddon: Night Swimming. He also explains the true story it’s based on. Then David Walton performs with his beautiful British voice the folk-song, The Lovers Ghost.

What Are You Afraid Of? Website

See that a dark cloud standing over your bed? Did it just stomp down the hallway outside your day? It’s silent now and anon morning, all will go back to normal now. They explore the darkness and the power behind it. They search its soul and the art it inspires and the industry artists create through it. They ask the question. Do you answer? Will you face it with them?



Dec 23, 2015

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.

Nov 14, 2015



Grave Divider

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.


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.

Improv Team Zombie Tgiving
Jon Prive, Cindy H. T. Fox Dunham, Renee Scattolini, Aaron Turiello. Allison Ledbetter (Fox's wife) taking photo.

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.

Bill Wiles
Bill Wilkes

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.

Fox discovering his dead girlfriend while stalked from behind.
Fox discovering his dead girlfriend while stalked from behind.

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!

TWITTER: @pfwhatafraidof



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.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from Phil, Fox and the team of What Are You Afraid Of?

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