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Series: Paranormal

Episodes about paranormal topics

Episode 3: Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long Legged Beasties…

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Paranormal

True ghost stories as told by Carla, round one:

Books recommended in/for this episode (all added to the podcast bookshelf on Goodreads):

book which I used to verify my experiences with hearing family members go through their routines yet not be home:

Grave’s End, by Elaine Mercado

true ghost stories:

Ghosts by Hans Holzer — This is a no-joke read, both for time investment and the author’s investment. Holzer was a serious investigator, and can be called the first “ghost hunter”, if one goes for that term. He can be considered the next person after William James to go seek the hauntings themselves in order to learn. I own the paperback, and it is so substantial I cannot lift it on a high-Ehlers-Danlos pain day. I fear I might dislocate a wrist. No kidding, this book might be a go-to weapon in case of a surprise prowler. I have no doubt I could knock out a grown man if I took him by surprise with this book.

and The People in the Attic by Doretta Johnson with Jim Henderson. It’s out of print, but that is to your benefit–gently-used copies start on Amazon at under a dollar. It’s well worth the read.

and fiction:

Of course. the impeccable The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson. I am blessed to have befriended several horror writers, and have discussed the perfection of the opening and ending paragraphs of this novel with a few of them. We all heartily agree that these might be the most perfect beginning and endings to an American novel ever, right up there with The Great Gatsby and Lolita. That’s dem fine company, to paraphrase a certain evil wizard-wannabe uncle you might have met along your reading journeys. I recommend the audio version, narrated by the sublime Bernadette Dunne; she truly understands Jackson’s work on a deep level. She also wonderfully narrates Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, another novel about another demented domicile, haunted in quite a different manner from Hill House…and in some ways, the same.

Demented domicile is my pet term for a house that is wrong. It might be haunted, it might be cursed, or built on cursed land. It might even be sentient. The reason may never be known. But no good comes to those who live there. It’s my favorite subgenre of horror.

The House Next Door, by Anne Rivers Siddons

The House, and The Haunted, both by Bentley Little

The House That Jack Built, by Graham Masterton

read in episode:

Emily Dickinson


music in this episode:

“Humming Ghosts” and “She Comes Through the Fog” by Haunted Me

See you next week for more personal ghost stories, and more reading recommendations. There’s no shame in sleeping with the lights on.


Episode 4: And Things That Go Bump in the Night

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Paranormal

First episode in series: Episode 3: True Boo, Part 1: Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Legged Beasties

Waverly Hills
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Waverly Hills Sanatorium: one of the many gargoyles–evil to ward away evil

Waverly Hills Sanatorium:

4400 Paralee Dr. Louisville, Ky 40272

official Facebook page

official website:

at Troy Taylor’s Prairie Ghosts

USS North Carolina Battleship

official website

Wikipedia entry with excellent information about hull number BB-55

Waverly Hills


Recommended books (also added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf):

Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places, by Brad Steiger

Strange Guests, by Brad Steiger (specifically about poltergeist activity and psychokinetic energy)

Leslie Rule’s (Ann Rule‘s daughter) collection of true ghost stories:

Weird Kentucky

Weird Carolinas


Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural, by Jim Steinmeyer

The Complete Books of Charles Fort

Quoted in-episode:

Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Empty House and Other Stories, by Algernon Blackwood

The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe

Randomly mentioned (for I am random): Poltergeist, The Man with No Name, A Nightmare on Elm Street

video evidence from Waverly Hills, taken by my friend, Crystal:

Waverly Hills

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Episode 20: Green Foundlings: Fae or Nay?

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Paranormal

The Green Children of Woolpit:

Books about the green children, and fae folk tradition: both folklore research and paranormal research

Main sources for this episode

“The Green Children of Woolpit”, Fortean Times 57 (Spring 1991)

Reads also highly recommended


Related podcast episode: Episode 15: Old School Brownies


All books have been added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.


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