EPISODE 11: BANSHEE

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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.

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This picture is courtesy of ghost hunter, David Considine: a 7 foot high “stage prop” painting from Author / Artist Jefferey Messenger created for Dave’s Night of the Haunted, Beyond the Paranormal lecture tour. Published with permission.

 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 whatareyouafraidof117@gmail.com, 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!”

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EPISODE 10: NIGHT STORIES

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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: http://kinomcfarland.com/

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.

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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.

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 MP Johnson’s Website: https://freaktension.wordpress.com/

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.

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Daniel Braum’s Website: http://www.danielbraum.com

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Facebook Event Page: Let the Dark Ones In

And to pre-order John C. Foster’s new book, Mister White, on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mister-White-Thriller-John-Foster/dp/1940658608/

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.

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“Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night.

PRE-ORDER MERCY E-BOOK ON AMAZON!

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!

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9: OLD WILLY

 

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Old City Jail above in Charleston South Carolina

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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.

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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.

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New true ghost story told us by tour guide Karen. The story of Crazy Willy. And what is a Charleston Traditional? A piece of rope cut right off the executed and given out to a loved one for luck!

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.

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.

 

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EPISODE 8: OL’CHARLESTON JAIL

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Old City Jail in Charleston, SC

 

Phil & I are thrilled to return with Episode 8 of What Are You Afraid of? Horror & Paranormal Podcast. Creating this podcast has been a journey, and we’re working to improve with every episode in both quality of content and production. We’ve gathered a group of talented artists and paranormal investigators so we can continue our mission to explore and express the darkness. We bring you new ghost stories, horror flash fiction from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, interviews with ghost hunters and artists, humorous content and many other features.

The Grave Girls Are Back!

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 CharlestonGW 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.

Sandra & Stephanie are long-time friends who shared an interest, maybe obsession, in exploring the paranormal. They began as two woman with a love of old buildings and cemeteries. Over time, they’ve built a base of knowledge, equipment and shared experiences as they travel the country to explore famed haunted sites including Waverly Sanatorium and Old City Jail in Charleston, South Carolina. Sandra and Stephanie have different personalities, creating an effective ghost-hunting duo. They have become our home team, and we will be working often with them, following their #ghostlove adventures.

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Here is a sample of their evidence, which we will be presenting on upcoming shows along with testimony from other investigators. This staircase presented an unusual spiral. An old prisoner who doesn’t know that death has freed them from their sentence?

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A spiral staircase in the jail.

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A vortex photographed on the staircase.


 

New Flash Fiction From PMMP

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?

There’s nobody there, there’s nobody there, the wishful mantra ran through Dorothy’s head as her feet quickened.

“Stupid, stupid,” she said.

The moon rode bright and high, shadows by the millions draped and reached across the landscape of the yard. Echoes from her footfalls told a lie. Still, perhaps they didn’t, what if those footfalls weren’t echoes at all? Those footfalls seemed unfamiliar and very close.

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If you wish to have a flash fiction piece considered for publication on our audio magazine, you can submit to Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, using their fiction guidelines. I have provided a link below:

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Phil & Fox discuss horror writing in #indiepublishing, the modern film industry and Satansville, a local paranormal site famed in urban legend. Phil has much experience as a film maker and collector of local urban legends. He spins a fascinating story about a creepy and eerie location that we are eager to visit.

Video filmed at Satansville by DelVal Paranormal:


 

Author James Chambers

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New York City author & editor James Chambers honored us with an interview. James is a respected author and chairman of the membership committee for the Horror Writers Association. He has much experience as an author and knows what it takes to become successful in this challenging field. He shares this with us in his interview.

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

 

BIOGRAPHIES:

Grave Wanderers:

Let us introduce ourselves. Our names are Stephanie and Sandra.  We investigate the paranormal during our spare time. We began simply as two women who have a love of cemetaries and abandoned historic buildings.  Over time this love evolved into an interest in the paranormal happenings at such places. 

Grave Wanderers was dreamed up during our first paranormal investigation at Waverly Hills Sanatorium. It was such an awesome adventure for us that we just had to share it. Our goal here is to share our experiences and evidence captured during our paranormal investigations as well as to hear about your adventures in ghost hunting. 

James Chambers:

James Chambers writes tales of horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. He is the author of The Engines of Sacrifice, a collection of four Lovecraftian-inspired novellas published in 2011 by Dark Regions Press which Publisher’s Weekly described as “…chillingly evocative….” He is also the author of the short fiction collection Resurrection House (Dark Regions Press, 2009). Most recently, Dark Quest Books published his dark, urban fantasy novella, Three Chords of Chaos, as well as The Dead Bear Witness and Tears of Blood, volume one and two in his Corpse Fauna novella series. In August 2005 Die Monster Die Books published his first short story collection, The Midnight Hour: Saint Lawn Hill and Other Tales, created in collaboration with illustrator Jason Whitley.

S.L. Dixon

Former homeless hitchhiker and high school dropout, S.L. Dixon grew up in Ontario, Canada and his short stories have appeared in numerous fiction publications from around the world. He’s married, has a cat and currently resides in a small coastal community in British Columbia, Canada.

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EPISODE 7 Grave Wanderers Coming Soon

We are delighted and thrilled by our success. Phil and I never could have forseen not only the popularity of a growing show but also the way we’ve come together as a community, drawing together many different voices and personalities to create an audio magazine based on exploration of the darkness and unknown.

We record episode 7: Grave Wanderers on Wednesday for a release on 21st January. We have a new true ghost story, Girl on the Train, just sent to us from Thailand and recorded by British Folk Singer David Walton. David has also done another song for us. In addition to talking about Indie writing and grave stone writing, we interview Grave Wanderers.

On our holiday podcast, Episode 6, we featured the collected EVPs (Electric Voice Phenomenon’s) for a piece called Carols of the Dead. These EVPS were recorded by an all female paranormal investigation group, Grave Wanderers.

OGWn Episode 7: Grave Wandering. This group returns to the show with an interview with Fox. We’ve posted some of the questions below to go with the audio segment.

We’ve copied below a text version, plus information on the group, some photos from their recent hunts and information on their upcoming investigation.

1. Could you tell us a bit about Grave Wanderers—your mission.

The Grave Wanderers seek to explore whether or not there are human spirits or other entities that interact with us. Our approach is one of skepticism and we always look for natural causes for phenomena before coming to paranormal conclusions. Our ultimate goal is to seek and find the truth in all situations.

 

2. How did you get started in your paranormal investigations?

We were both interested in exploring graveyards and even going on ghost tours at various historic sites around the world. Ghost hunting seemed like a natural evolution of that interest. What really started our full blown investigations was finding each other. It’s surprisingly difficult to find people who are interested and also brave enough to go on an overnight paranormal investigation.

 

3. What are some of your methods or protocols for an investigation?

Our methods and protocols are always based on science. We utilize scientific equipment and only claim that evidence is paranormal if it can be captured on our equipment. We also keep our investigations on a respectful plane. We respect the properties we’re on and also any paranormal entities we may encounter.

 

4. Can you tell us your about your most intense and/or darkest encounter with the other side?

While investigating at Waverly Hills Sanatorium we were proceeding down a corridor with the intention of investigating at the end of it. Out of nowhere we both had the intense and overwhelming feeling that we should not proceed to the end of the corridor. We stopped and snapped a few pictures and then followed our instincts and turned in another direction. A few days later upon reviewing our photographic evidence we discovered what appears to be a very tall figure at the end of the corridor walking toward us.

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I have included the picture in the attachments. We’ve also added a picture of a blue mist we repeatedly encountered on the 2-4 floors and in the body chute at Waverly. This mist was not visible with the naked eye, but would visibly move in the camera viewfinder. We hope to get its movement on film during our next hunt there.

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5. How do you protect yourselves from potential attachments or attacks?

I say prayers before and after leaving an investigation. Basically just asking God’s blessing over the whole endeavor.

Sandra centers herself with meditation and says a prayer as well. We both believe in being firm and steadfast with anything we encounter.

 

7. What is your advice for anyone suffering an aggressive haunting?

Stand your ground. Try not to give in to fear and show vulnerability. Also, depending on your belief system you could ask for prayers/blessings/cleansings etc from an expert in your faith.

 

8. What is your vision of the afterlife?

I am a Christian so my vision of the afterlife follows what the Bible tells us. How does paranormal phenomena like ghosts/spirits/entities fit into that vision? That is the truth I am currently searching for.

Sandra believes that spirits and entities are all around us, but that some move on and some stay behind for reasons unknown to us. Part of her interest in paranormal Investigations is clarity on these matters.

 

Who are the Grave Wanderers?

Let us introduce ourselves. Our names are Stephanie and Sandra.  We investigate the paranormal during our spare time. We began simply as two women who have a love of cemeteries and abandoned historic buildings.  Over time this love evolved into an interest in the paranormal happenings at such places.

Grave Wanderers was dreamed up during our first paranormal investigation at Waverly Hills Sanatorium. It was such an awesome adventure for us that we just had to share it. Our goal here is to share our experiences and evidence captured during our paranormal investigations as well as to hear about your adventures in ghost hunting.

Grave Wanderers Website

We’ll be featuring the Grave Wanderers over the next couple of episodes. Episode 7 will be available on 21st January 2016.

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IV – CHARLES DICKENS, GHOSTHUNTER

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Holly 2We celebrate the winter solstice with the release of Episode IV: Charles Dickens Ghost Hunter. Besides following the secular customs of the holiday, T. Fox Dunham also celebrate the spiritual holiday of Yule–a time of renewal, light and hope for the coming year. This is the darkest time of the year, and the podcast is about exploring the darkness.

We are joined in this show by some awesome talent. Author John C. Foster co-hosts with Fox & Phil, bringing his insight and experience to our collective. Allison Ledbetter, Fox’s wife, narrates our true ghost story from the Philippines, sent to us by Wilma. Actress Linda Jones narrates Foster’s story. Jon plays Santa in our sketch, Dismembered Christmas. David Walton, British folk-singer, performs a mournful version of Greensleeves. Sandra and Stephanie bring us several Carols of the Dead, EVPS (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) collected in their paranormal exploration as The Grave Wanderers. The fusion of talents makes this our best show yet. We are blessed by the people who have come with us.

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Phil, Jon P. & Fox while recording Dismembered Christmas

We start the holiday-themed show with Malevolent Spirits of the Banana Fields sent to us from the Philippines. It is one of our many international stories and reflects how various cultures see the paranormal. It is narrated beautifully by Fox’s wife, Allison Ledbetter.

John C. Foster joins Phil and Fox to discuss a myriad of topics. John has a new book coming out from Gray Matter Press, Mister White (DON’T SAY HIS NAME!). Dead Men was released through Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. John contributed his story, The Fat Man Wears Red. It’s a strong piece with a 1940’s noir voice read by actress Linda Jones. This is our second story from sponsor PMMP. Click to learn more about John C. Foster

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They talk about various topics, discussing their work, how they celebrate the holidays, Fox’s survival from certain cancerous death this time of year and writing in Indie horror. The pagan origins of the holiday, Yule. Charles Dickens was an early ghost hunter and formed Ghost Club, an early paranormal group. We have included a few photos from the Charles Dickens Villages featured at Macy’s in Philadelphia.

 

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David Walton, our British folk-singer, joins the show with a mournful and haunting version of Greensleeves. David performs to his usual beautiful standards and creates the heart of the show.

Phil Thomas contributes and reads his holiday horror tale of monsters called The Boarders. This is the story of monsters hiding below the tree.

 

Grave Wanderers, an all female ghost hunting group, sent us five of their collected EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) for our segment, Carols of the Dead. Sandra does a wonderful job setting up each EVP. We’ll be working with them in the future to bring you new material as we explore the darkness. Click to Learn More about Grave Wanderers

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And we can’t have Christmas without Zombies. Performed and improvised by our special talent, John, Dismembered Christmas. Santa was so busy making toys he didn’t notice that the world was taken over by zombies. We listen as Santa makes his annual run to bring joy to all the little rotting girls and boys. They don’t want toys. They want Santa!

So if you’re missing a bit of darkness in the bright lights of the holiday, listen to the show. We can’t have light without the darkness. Merry Yule to you all.

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EP-5 Haunted Holidays

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 14X14PodcastThumb-HolidayGuy Anthony De Marco

He’s a stunning author and powerhouse author. In the last month, he’s burned through 5 novel rough drafts. The man spends more time speaking on panels at conventions. He’s composed music, techno, role playing modules, short stories, novels and even computer programs.

He shared with the website a trio of paranormal experiences: Clapping Hands, Shadow Bat & the Un. The Un is a dark story in which he elaborates in the following interview. Guy is a man of logic, a member of the US Navy, yet he couldn’t deny what his family collectively experienced. Their story is a classic demonic oppression targeted on their daughter which the family survived. It makes you wonder how common these demons are to children. Are shadow people infesting bedrooms across the world, and children just outgrew them like a childhood infection? Think back . . . was that really an imaginary friend that scared you, or do you remember red eyes glaring at you from the closet?

Guy then does a wonderful and enlightening interview. He talks about his writing and career in both commercial and Indie publishing. His words are wise and should be regarded.

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Guy is supporting a charity anthology, Sidekicks, to support other authors.

Sidekicks are used to being hidden from the spotlight shining on the hero they support. They work behind the scenes, doing their best to support their more famous companion. There are times when the sidekick becomes the hero, when they have to step up and save not only their hero, but sometimes the entire world. This anthology is about sidekicks who humbly take those chances. Not just the usual sidekicks normally associated with Superheros — any kind of sidekick in a science fiction or fantasy setting. This anthology evolved from a panel at MileHiCon in Denver, Colorado, titled “So You Want To Be in an Anthology?” The stories contained within were contributed by attendees of that panel. All net proceeds are donated to support MileHiCon.

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Zombie 12 Days of X-Mas

As an early Yule gift for all of you, I put together a group of zombies and wrote a special 12 Days of Christmas. The zombies give it their all to sing. It’s a new tradition.

 

Flowers Blooming in the Season of Atrophy by Max Booth III.

As our first piece of fiction sponsored by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Max Booth III, editor of PMMP, sends us a piece published in the noted anthology, Chiral Mad. The story is true horror. It has no supernatural elements. The only demons are the ones that pain a boy’s soul. In the modern climate of random shooting epidemics, this story has a vital message. We’re looking at the darkness, seeking hope.

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Merry Yule – Episode 6:

We have some special features coming up for Episode 6, scheduled for December 23rd. Brilliant horror author, John Foster, is writing us a holiday themed story as is co-host Phil Thomas. We’ll be featuring international ghost stories and talking about one of the first Victorian ghost hunters, Charles Dickens.

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Also, speaking about the pagan tradition of Yule. Christmas is the time for ghosts.

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