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Each week, host Eric Dwinnells chats with a different guest cohost about the unexplained, paranormal, mysterious, occult...anything that could be described as spooky! Some topics are heavy, some are light, but all are spooky.
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Feb 17, 2019

Tonight Eric welcomes back returning guest host Emily Ferguson to talk about the horror-themed video games Chiller and Night Trap!

We begin with Chiller, a 1988 arcade game which is still surprisingly gory and violent even by today's standards...and that's really saying something! The point of the game is to shoot a gun at helpless torture victims trapped (and naked) in a haunted house! What?!?!

Then we move on to the 1987/1992 classic, Night Trap! This full motion video game let's you choose your own adventure (kind of) as you control security cameras in a house where teens are being murdered by mysterious creatures known as Augers and a clan of vampires! It's campy 80's fun and in 2017, the game was made available for ps4 in a special 25th anniversary addition so let's play!

Plus Eric and Emily discuss the sexy and dangerous allure of arcades in the 1980's, New Hampshire's own Fun Spot, creepy men who like to hide in bushes, boobs AND butts, 80's hair, and the often overlooked terror of minimalist set dressing! And yell at our speakers as Eric and Emily try to remember the names of two pretty famous people!

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Feb 13, 2019

Tonight Eric takes a trip into the bayou as he tells us about The Haunting of Manchac Swamp! This Louisiana swamp is not only haunted by the vengeful spirit of a long dead voodoo priestess, it's also said to be the hunting grounds of the rougarou or cajan werewolf!

Julia Brown was a local faith healer known for her healing abilities and her powers of prophesy. But her seemingly unearthly knowledge caused her neighbors to fear her. Soon, they had convinced themselves that she was a voodoo priestess in league with dark forces. Soon enough, Julia began to predict that on the day she died, the whole town would suffer...and she was right!

The rougarou is a werewolf-like creature said to be native to this area of the world. It especially enjoys the case of naught children and lapsed Catholics. It is very similar to a werewolf, though there are some key differences in how the cures is placed and how it can be removed.

All this PLUS an important update about Eric's hometown haunt, John Stones Inn (aka Stone's Public House).

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Feb 4, 2019

Eric welcomes back returning guest cohost, Lilith Beest (aka Lil' Beesty) to talk about The Little Green Men of Kelly, KY!

On an august night in 1955, the residence of the Sutton Farm in the small town of Kelly, KY claim their farmhouse came under attack by a group of 12 to 15 small creatures with large eyes and "scary faces". The men of the farm grabbed their guns and shot at these creatures for almost four hours. Once the shooting was done, the entire clan drove to the police station to report the attach. When police came to investigate, questions about just what had really happened at the Sutton farm only deepened. Join as as we try to separate fact from fiction in this astonishing unsolved mystery.

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Jan 31, 2019

This one is pretty cut and dry; tonight Eric is ready to teach you all about Gremlins, Goblins, and Hobgoblins! Sure we've all heard of them before...but was exactly are they and what are the differences between them? Tonight you'll learn which one will steal your baby, which will bust your laptop, and which one will sweep your floors!

Plus Eric discusses dramatic gremlin related memories and reveals why he holds grudges against his siblings as he reveals no less than three family secrets.

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Jan 20, 2019

Eric welcomes back Spookaroo Jeffery Bergeron to talk about a topic Jeffery suggested: The Blood Lible of Andrel von Rinn. Three-year-old Adndel was found murdered in the forest and some believed it was part of an ancient blood ritual...but could any of it be true? Researching this episode led Eric to learn the term blood libel which, if you've never heard of it either, you'll be shocked to learn its horrible, hurtful history.

It's a history of fear mongering and propaganda of the worst caliber...and, as historian Jeffery points out, all too timely.

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Jan 15, 2019

Big cats such as cougars haven't been known to exists in New England for over 150 years yet each year new sightings of strange cougar-like animals are reported to local wildlife authorities. These authorities say almost all reports of mountain lions in New England are simply a case of mistaken identity and that mountain lions no longer exist on the east coast of the United States...and yet they have confirmed at least two mountain lion sightings in the same area more than 10 years apart!

Join Eric as he dives into the mystery of the Eastern Big Cats! Plus, stay tuned at the end of the show for a special announcement about how YOU can become a part of the show!

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Jan 6, 2019

Eric and guest cohost Brian Toney are back to discuss the baffling case of Roland T. Owen who was found beaten and stabbed and near the point of dead in a locked hotel room. When police asked who was in the room with him that day, he said "nobody"...but then why was the room covered in blood!

This case gets stranger and stranger as we go along and lean the truth about Artemus Ogletree...IF that was his real name...and in this case we're honestly not sure!

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Dec 24, 2018

It's that time of year again! Time to gather 'round that chimney where the stockings are hung with so much care...and tell ghost stories!

In England, Christmas Eve was considered the prime night for telling ghost stories and we see no reason why that tradition should have fallen by the wayside; so we're bringing it back! Tonight Eric reads Charles Dickens' The Signalman. It concerns a signalman working at a lonely remote train station who is haunted by a strange faceless apparition that sees to be a harbinger of doom! Will he discover the phantom's meaning in time to prevent the next horror? Tune in tonight and find out for yourself!

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Dec 17, 2018

Eric welcomes back reluctant guest cohost Fatima Elmi to talk about the 80's classic, The Lost Boys!

Join us as we discuss the two Coreys, the music and artistry of Tim Cappallo, the importance of Jami Gertz, bejeweled wine bottles, the appeal of Diane Weiss, and Marko's jacket!!!

Plus, Eric and Fatima have a bit of a tussle...will this be her final appearance on the show? YOU may be the encouragement she needs!

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Nov 30, 2018

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles (White Album). Aside from all the great music on the album, it reminds all true crime fiends of The White Album's connection to Charles Manson and The Manson Family Murders.

In the late 60's, cult leader Charles Manson told his followers that a race war was coming and The Family would have to hide in a secret underground city. Then, when the war was over, The Family would return to the surface and rule the world. But what proof did Charlie have of this prophecy? He cited two main sources: The Bible and The Beatles!

Tonight Eric will break down the messages Manson allegedly took from both sources and explain how they tied into The Manson Family's plan to commit murder and start the war that Manson called "Helter Skelter".

We'll also hear from Charles Manson himself and we'll hear what Beatle John Lennon has to say about Manson and hidden messages in Beatles music.

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Nov 21, 2018

How much would you pay for Ted Bundy's glasses or a lock of Charles Manson's hair? Eric is once again joined by true-blue Spookaroo Susan Barrett to discuss the buying, selling, and collecting of Murderabilia. It's become something of a growing trend with multiple websites devoted to selling just about anything related to serial killers including their artwork, their prison visitors sheets, and even their hair. Some consider murderabilia part of history; others consider it an exploration of tragedy and the sickest kind of "celebrity obsession". But where do you stand?

We'll also talk about Son of Sam laws and how both their absence and their enforcement can have negative effects on society.

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Nov 6, 2018

Halloween season is over and your host is falling apart! To give Eric a bit of a rest, we're diving into the archives to reissue episode 3, Ghosts of John Stone's Inn (aka Stone's Public House). Eric has recorded a new intro and outdo with additional commentary and remixed the sound of the original episode so it should sound even better than it did the first time around. Plus this episode is special: it's the first appearance of Jenny "Blades" Lecesse!

Eric and Jennie discuss their hometown haunt: John Stone's Inn as it used to be known or Stone's Public House as it is currently known. Legend has it that a murder took place in the basement and was covered up by townies. Now the murderous spirits are said to haunt the halls of the bar/restaurant...and so does the ghost of their victim! And they aren't alone. Another legend tells of a little girl who was hit by a train just outside of the inn who now roams the upper floors and likes to peer out the windows. It's also said the bloody dress they removed from her body as they attempted to save her life can still be found in the restaurant...if it's not out for framing!

We know it's kind of lame to repost an old episode, but it will be new to many of you and we hope you will enjoy the new content.

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Oct 31, 2018

Happy Halloween, Spookaroos!!! Eric rushed this episode to be sure to have it ready for you in time for Halloween so please forgive any little mistakes that may have been left in. Yes, host Eric Dwinnells is back to tell you about all the things he did to make the most of this year's Halloween season including a visit to The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Gallows Hill Theater, and The Rebecca Nurse Homestead. He'll also tell you his thoughts on the new Halloween film. Don't worry: no spoilers.

But also on this episode, Eric dives into the history of the infamous Ben Cooper Halloween Costume Company. If you're over 30, chances are pretty good that you owned at least one Ben Cooper costume in your childhood. They were those cheep boxed costumes that came with those thin plastic masks and (usually) plastic smocks with the licensed character's name on them. And what licensee they had! Pretty much every major movie, cartoon or TV was represented with a Ben Cooper costume of varying artistic quality and accuracy.

Tonight Eric ponders the past and possible future of the iconic Ben Cooper costumes and tells you about a recent interview he did with the Iconography podcast.

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Oct 23, 2018

Last week's episode got a little heavy so this week let's get real dumb! Tonight we celebrate Beavis and Butt-Head in general and Cornholio Lord of the Harvest specifically!

It may or may not surprise you to learn that Eric was a big Beavis and Butt-Head fan during the show's original run so naturally he was tuned in when they aired there one and only Halloween special on Halloween night in 1995. Sure it's crude and dumb but it's also funny as hell...if you have the right sense of humor! Are you fartknockers brave enough to face the wrath of the Almighty Bunghole?

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Oct 13, 2018

Oh boy. Well, tonight is going to talk about The Cosby Show and it's Halloween related episodes...but of course we can't JUST talk about the episodes, can we? No tonight we'll also talk about the rise and fall of Bill Cosby himself. A heartbreaking episode.

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Oct 4, 2018

Eric Dwinnells, The Witchfinder General of Salem Massachusetts, has many thoughts about the city in which he carries out his work. So does guest cohost Brian Toney. Tonight they sit down without notes to discuss their true thoughts, feelings and theories about Witch City: Salem, MA

If you know anything about Salem, it's probably because of the witchcraft trials that took place there in 1692. Ultimately, at least 20 people were executed as a direct result of the witch trials and in the over 300 years that have followed, the city has grabbled with how to deal with this national tragedy. How can you both acknowledge the terror of the tragedy and yet still market it to millions of tourist?

Salem is widely considered the Halloween capital of the world and with good reason: every day in Salem is Halloween. But in October, the city ramps up to a whole new level.Tonight Eric and Brian will talk about what makes Salem so special...and some ways in which (witch?) it could be better!

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Sep 24, 2018

Tonight Eric looks back on his religious upbringing and realizes everything he thought he knew about the christian afterlife was wrong! Using his natural-born curiosity, Eric has come to find Ghost in The Bible!

What does the bible really say about ghost? What's so bad about talking to the dead? What did Jesus do when he came upon a possessed man? And both The Bible and Eric agree that you should steer clear of psychics and mediums, but they have a difference of opinion as to why!

We'll also touch on what The Bible says will really happen to you when you die and what will happen at the end of the world as we know it. Oh, and we'll talk about The Witch of Endor! No, not THAT Endor. But still cool.

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Sep 17, 2018

Tonight Eric uses Google Voice to welcome another true-blue Spookaroo on to the show, Jeffrey Bergeron! Jeffrey is a history teacher and he chose tonight's subject: The Witchcraft Trial of Urbain Grandier!

Grandier was a catholic priest in France during the 17th century. He was known as being something of a playboy despite his priestly vow of celibacy. This, plus some unkind remarks he'd made about his superiors in the church made him a lot of enemies. Enemies who would like to see him gone...one way or another!

Eventually, the nuns at the local convent began to claim they were possessed by demons who stole into their bedrooms at night. Mother superior claimed to know who sent these demons: Urbain Grandier!

And so the stage was set for a catholic priest to face charges of witchcraft against a convent of nuns and a slew of powerful enemies. 

We always love a good witchcraft trial and this one doesn't fail to deliver. Was Grandier really in league with the Devil? Was he the victim of a political conspiracy? Or can it really all be reduced to the vengeance of a woman scorned? All this and more on tonight's Spooky A S!

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Sep 14, 2018

Eric Dwinnells travels to one of his favorite places, Concord, MA to visit a haunted inn. But this isn't any old haunted inn, this is one which Eric already has a bit of a salty history with! Tonight Eric returns to The Colonial Inn, an 18th century inn and restaurant said to haunted by numerous friendly (mostly) ghost!

Learn about the role the inn played in The American Revolution and how it is so perfectly located for history tourist. Of course we'll discuss the ghost including the little girl, the wounded patriot, and the murdered mistress! You'll also get a review of Eric's lunch; what a bonus!

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Sep 2, 2018

What an exciting episode! Host Eric Dwinnells tries using Skype to record an interview for the first time and the best part is...his guest is a true-blue Spookaroo here to discuss the Circleville Letters!!!

Tonight Spookaroo Susan Barrett joins the show to discuss The Circleville Letters. Starting in 1977 and lasting at least until the mid 90's the small town of Circleville, Ohio and other towns near by began receiving unsigned letters written in strange block-lettered handwriting. The early letters focused on an alleged affair between a local school bus driver and the school Superintendent. The case takes a strange turn when the bus driver's husband dies under strange circumstances and a new bach of letters flood the town.

Then of course, there was the booby trap set to kill the bus driver which contained a gun that belonged to her former brother in law...so case solved, right? WRONG. There is much more to discuss and we'll work through it all on tonight's Spooky A S!

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Aug 23, 2018

Long time listeners will know host Eric Dwinnells is pretty skeptical about all things paranormal (except aliens!). But you true believers out there may wonder "hasn't he ever had anything happen to him that he simply couldn't explain?" The answer is...yes! And tonight he'll tell you all about them.

Truth be told, Eric has mentioned these stories before but tonight he'll present them all together not as an aside, but as the very subject of the episode. You'll hear about Eric's possible psychic powers and the ghost that haunted his bedroom and loved Nirvana. You'll also hear how a really devastating break-up may have unlocked Eric's empath abilities.

And perhaps most exciting of all, Eric announces that he has created a new PRIVATE place for true-blue spookaroos to discuss their favorite spooky topics without the general public judging them. All this and more on tonight's very intimate Spooky A S!

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Aug 12, 2018

As the Witchfinder General of Salem, MA, many tourist stop host Eric Dwinnells which in-town attractions he'd recommend. If you are a monster fan, then without a doubt you must visit Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery, Salem's one and only monster museum!

Of course Salem is a lovely historic city, but let's face it...it's also a tourist trap filled with sub par offerings. But Count Orlok's is different: it's essentially a "wax museum"/haunted house created for monster fans by a monster fan. His name is James Lurgio. Tonight Eric sits down with James in the newly relocated and just re-opened Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery for an in-depth interview where we'll learn all about the museum and a bit about James himself.

We'll learn what turned James into a "monster kid" and how he transformed that love into a business. We'll discuss the celebrities that have come to visit as well as some of the regular weirdos that pass through. And James will definitively answer many fans' one criticism of the museum; the much maligned no photos policy!

Eric had never met James before this interview (aside from a few emails to set it up) and this is not a paid endorsement. Eric just appreciates quality attractions in Salem and right near the top of that list is Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery!

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Aug 8, 2018

Eric welcomes back known cartoon lover Emily Ferguson to discuss A Bugs Bunny Halloween...kinda. Well, ok, Warner Bros never made a Bugs Bunny Halloween special during the golden age of animation, but they did release a number of animated shorts with spooky themes. Of course there are some classic spooky toons starring Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and others, but tonight we're focusing on the greatest of them all, Bugs Bunny!

Tonight we'll review some spooky classics featuring Bugs matching wits with Witch Hazel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Count Bloodcount, and Gossamer! The specific shorts we'll be reviewing include:


Hair Raising Hare
Water Water Every hare
Bewitched Bunny
Transylvania 6-5000

Hyde and Hare

Broomstick Bunny

Plus we'll also talk about the importance of starting the Halloween season no later than August.

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Jul 25, 2018

Tonight we explore the mysterious world of the Cynocephaly: The Dog Head Men! Could such a tribe of dog-headed men actually have existed? It seems ridiculous...but a variety of ancient, medieval, and renaissance texts mention them as quite real beings!

Tonight we'll learn all about the dog head men. How they lived, ate, and got along with others. Descriptions vary over time, but especially in the early accounts, a lot of things line up. There may even be a saint with a dog head!!! We'll also learn possible origin tales for such "people" and ponder if they may still be around today.

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Jul 17, 2018

This is a strange one, Spookaroos. Eric invited Fatima Elmi over to watch the internet cartoon Salad Fingers with him. She'd never heard of it, but it was very popular in its day. People wondered what it was...and why it was. Spoiler alert: Fatima doesn't care for it and seems legit mad at Eric for making her watch it.

In short, Salad Fingers is a green humanoid creature who seems to enjoy pain as well as touching and licking things. He lives alone, but populates his lonely world with characters of his own creation...or does he? Always strong and occasionally disturbing, Salad fingers has attracted a cult audience as well as some haters.

Salad Fingers was created by British animator David Firth. He released the series in segments over the course of about 9 years. He hasn't released a new episode since 2014, but last November, he announced he's working on Salad Fingers again.

 

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