Recent Chilling Tales

Halloween Symbols – Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns

Pumpkins and their gutted and mutilated offspring jack-o-lanterns are THE most pervasive symbol of Halloween in the United States. Recall that the Peanuts Halloween classic is called It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, that the Headless Horseman’s temporary head is a jack-o-lantern, and that Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, not the Bat King or the Witch King.

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Halloween Symbols – Release the Bats Bring on the furtive, winged, nocturnal mammals that roost upside down in creepy caves, decrepit barns, and moldering crypts

A key element of Halloween is honoring the darkness and the mysteries held therein. Originally Halloween was celebrated by the ancient Celts and their Druid priest class as Samhain, “summer’s end,” marking the death of the old year and birth of the new year and the transition from the seasons of light — spring and summer — to the seasons of darkness — fall and winter. It’s perhaps inevitable that bats, furtive, winged, nocturnal mammals that roost upside down in creepy caves, decrepit barns, and moldering crypts would become a symbol of the dark holiday.

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Bloody History of Staten Island’s Haunted Kreischer Mansion Suicide, murder, ornate decor

Kreischer Mansion sits on a hill on Staten Island, New York. Originally, a second mansion occupied the land beside it, mirroring the structure that still stands today. The houses were built by Balthasar Kreischer, who earned his fortune fabricating and selling fireproof bricks. Construction was complete in 1885, and Balthasar’s two sons—Charles and Edward—moved into their own sprawling abode. Balthasar died just a year later. Not long after his death, Balthasar’s brick business fell on hard times. In 1894, after an apparent argument at the factory, Balthasar’s son Edward committed suicide.

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Nannie Doss – The Femme Fatale Next Door Notorious "Giggling Grannie" killed off four husbands and other assorted family members

When the term “Femme Fatale” comes to mind, it is likely fraught with juicy film noir imagery: A sexy woman wooing the unsuspecting private eye into a tangled web of seduction and murder. But – perhaps fortunately – such scenes are relatively rare in real life. In this gritty world, a femme fatale is less likely to look like Lauren Bacall, and more like your next door neighbor. Such is the case with Ms. Nannie Doss. Aptly nicknamed “the Giggling Granny,” Nannie was always considered an approachable woman – so approachable, in fact, that she married no less than five times! But, unlike other sparkling beauties who married multiple times, Nannie’s husbands all seemed to have something in common: except for one, they were all dead.

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Talking Madly Haunted Knickerbocker Hotel with Peg Knickerbocker on After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio The Knick is one of America's Most Haunted

On this chilling AND heart-warming edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we delve into the fascinating history and mad hauntings of Linesville, PA’s KNICKERBOCKER HOTEL, one of America’ Most Haunted, with owner and gracious hostess Peg Knickerbocker. Peg will join us in the 10pE hour. In the 9pE hour, Joel and Eric will penetrate the week’s paranormal news in a manner both informative and entertaining.

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Halloween and the Lost Art of Divination For centuries soothsaying was at the core of Halloween celebrations

Though it’s still very summery in much of the country, with the opening of a number of haunted attractions, costumes and candy overflowing shelves in stores, and spooky programming easing onto screens big and small, the Halloween season is upon us. Amidst the noisy, colorful pop cultural extravaganza that is contemporary Halloween in America, an element central to the extended history of Halloween — all the way back to the pre-Christian Celtic celebration of Samhain — has virtually been lost: the art of divination.

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EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL Sings Like a Well-Tuned Chainsaw I sing the deadite fantastic

The 1980s are cool again, as evidenced by the popularity of Stranger Things. But there was something from the 1980s even stranger: the Evil Dead trilogy. The films starring Bruce Campbell as Ash (The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness) set the bar for campy horror. Can something be stranger yet? Yes. Evil Dead The Musical.

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Staying Inside the Lines of EDGAR ALLAN POE: AN ADULT COLORING BOOK by Odessa Begay Eternal torment and crayons

The coloring craze continues, and what better a time to launch a coloring book featuring the words of Edgar Allan Poe than just before Halloween? Clever, huh? Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book by Odessa Begay is a perfect companion for those rainy, dank, chilly autumn evenings when the leaves rustle and the raven crows its melancholy song. Sorry. Got carried away there.

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Texas Baby Killer Genene Jones, the Nurse From Hell But shouldn't we feel sorry for her?

It soon became clear at Bexar that Genene Jones liked to feel needed. She often spent long hours on the ward, insisting that her personal attention was important to a specific patient. She even developed an attitude about treating her favorite patients, including refusing orders because she wanted to do “what was best for the child.” Genene also skipped several mandatory classes in her first year at Bexar and made eight separate nursing errors, including administering the wrong medication. There was certainly enough evidence to justify firing Genene, but the head nurse Pat Belko liked and protected her, which gave Genene even more latitude to act with impunity.

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Excavating the Notorious Hinsdale House with Dan Klaes and Tim Shaw on After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio Plus unannounced call-in from Nick Groff!

On this darkly haunting episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — Thursdays 9-11pE — we excavate western New York’s notorious Hinsdale House, recently featured on Nick Groff’s Paranormal Lockdown, with owner and paranormal investigator Dan Klaes, and veteran investigator and para-personality Tim Shaw. Dan and Tim will be joining us in the 10pE hour – in the 9pE hour Joel and Eric will reveal the week’s mind-melting paranormal news and banter pleasingly.

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