horror stories

STRANGER THAN FRICTION

May is all but wrapped up, my friends.  Charlie Barker is ready to send it out in style.  He does so via three terrifyingly true tales.

Have you ever noticed that weird things seem to congregate in the same spot.  A young college student on break finds this out when she misses her bus and discovers SOMETHING IN THE WATER.  Next, it’s off to explore the unconquered jungles of Columbia where strange animals (and plants) abound.  Just be leery of THE DEATH FRUIT.  And last up is the tale of a cursed artist who takes that curse to the next level in THE DROSTE EFFECT.

Do you have a tale that is stranger than fiction?  Is it beyond belief, yet totally true and terrifying?  Could you relate a harrowing haunting horror you’ve had?  Leave it in the comments below.  Charlie Barker is always interested in kindred (if not kindled) spirits.  Maybe Old Char will even read it aloud in a future podcast.  You never know.  Stranger things have happened.

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ME BY

It’s that time of year when we remember those who have moved on, folks.  And, with any luck, they are left behind a legacy in which we can remember them.  Charlie has three such tales today.

TRIBUTE OF THE JENNY LEE tells us about a flying fighter than haunts the unfriendly skies.  Then, who could forget the Frankenstein legacy?  Here is a snippet of that setting, told from a different perspective than usual in a MOMENTARY DISTRACTION.  Our third tale of remembrance comes when two boys are a day late AND A DOLLAR SHORT.

Through the snapshots of memory, the departed are not lost.  Keep them in mind.  Also, keep Charlie in mind, too.  He’ll save a spot on the bench in the sideshow for you.  Just don’t ask him to keep it warm.  Skeleton’s don’t have body heat.  That would be mean of you.

FINAL UNRESTING PLACE

Hello again, consumers of the creepy.  It’s time once again to get in the car and see where the road takes us.  Charlie Barker is at the wheel and he is determined to take us to the “States of Fear” today.

The first place we visit is Vermont to see an old insane asylum.  It’s THE HORRIFIC HISTORY OF BRATTLEBORO RETREAT.  Haunted asylums are so nice this time of year.  Another true tale comes straight out of Portland, Oregon, on the opposite side of the USA.  This coast has the ghost with the most in THE PORTLAND SHANGHAI TUNNELS.  The last destination on the road trip of the horrific is in the midwest.  Ohio, to be exact.  We visit a little berg just fraught with fright in THE HELLTOWN HORRORS.  There are so many legends there for such a small little village.

We’ve made it through more than half way through all the states in the United States of America, ladies and gentlemen.  We still have a long way to go on our “States of Fear” road trip.  If you haven’t visited your favorite state yet, fear not.  It’s on our itinerary!  Come back again!

OUT OF THIS WORLD

A father told his young son that he could be anything he wanted in life – the sky was the limit.  The boy replied that he wanted to be an astronaut.  The father scolded the child, stating that he told him specifically that the SKY was the limit.  Today, Charlie takes us past those limits.

We are visited by aliens this week, folks, in a trio of tales that are truly out of this world!  First, what happens when extraterrestrials help a snake oil salesman?  Find out in PANACEA.  Then, the cattle (and ranchers) better beware of THE LITTLE GREY CATTLE RUSTLERS.  The last invasion helped us in BRIDGING THE TECHNOLOGY GAP.  So, why then, are the aliens so cross with humanity?

Science fiction is but another flavor of the bizarre in the Circus of the Unknown.  Charlie Barker will have more such tales in the future.  On Thursday, however, we get a little more down to earth.  Or, more appropriately, a little more unearthed.  Join us then, won’t you?