Category Archives: Scary Scribes

Scary Scribes Content’s New Spot

The website for Scary Scribes, the podcast I hosted last year on the Paranormal, Eh? Radio Network, has been moved to WordPress’ free platform here and now only contains a placeholder page. Still need your scares? You can download or listen to all 12 episodes (plus a few bonuses) forever at my website here and on the Paranormal, Eh? website here: theparanormalehradionetwork.wordpress.com

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Come March, the Lights are Out on Scary Scribes…

While I’ve never been completely behind the idea that “all good things must come to an end,” I do believe that some good things have to come to an end to make way for new good things.

As part of my new “Less and More” initiative in 2013, I have decided to no longer continue doing Scary Scribes. I have very much enjoyed the show and the opportunity it has afforded me. I’ve read some fantastic books, learned the basics (I do mean the very basics) of podcasting, and interviewed some amazing writers whose inner lives have enriched my own. I will always be proud of the project and recall it fondly, but there are other things I’d like to pursue—mainly, focusing on my own writing again (I am working on three drafts right now), reading more books, and working with Rob on re-tooling Read Short Fiction—a project I truly love that deserves more time and attention than I have had to give this past year.

I plan on keeping the website–www.scaryscribes.com–up for the rest of 2013, and will add a Scary Scribes page beneath my “Projects” tab on my full site, www.kristipetersenschoonover.com. The page will contain all the show’s episodes, so you can listen to them whenever you want, as well as links to the guests’ websites. The “Projects” tab, in case you’ve never visited, is where you can see some other short-term projects I had fun doing, but which also needed to end to make way for new things.

Tune in tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET for J.G. Faherty and The Burning Time, and on February 24 for J.S. Watts and A Darker Moon.

Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up with Scary Scribes’ Fireside Read…

Get out your blanket, light a candle and pull your chair to the hearth! On a special Fireside Read episode of Scary Scribes, hear the first two chapters of Don Franklin’s Reaper’s Walk: Hellstone here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/12/30/scary-scribes-ep-11

If you’d rather download it directly to your portable device or listen directly from this website, you can do that here: Scary Scribes Ep 11 – Don Franklin, 12-30-2012

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Enjoy, and Happy New Year from Scary Scribes!

Scary Scribes’ Jackalope Episode is the Zombie Beaver Award 2012 Winner!

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Every year, the Paranormal, Eh? Radio Network hosts its Zombie Beaver Awards, which recognize listener-chosen favorite shows, hosts, episodes, and other topics for the year. Listeners selected Scary Scribes’ Episode 7: Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope as their favorite guest/episode for 2012 (yes, even if the year’s not over yet—the “year” is usually considered October to October; any not considered this year will be considered for 2013).
You can read all about episode 7 here: https://kristipetersenschoonover.com/2012/07/29/the-jackalope-arrives-on-scary-scribes/
, hear the original episode here: http://scaryscribes.com/past-episodes/scary-scribes-ep-7-unnatural-tales-of-the-jackalope-07-29-2012/
, or watch a special illustrated version here: http://blip.tv/fawn/scary-scribes-with-host-kristi-peterson-schoonover-interviews-4-book-authors-jeff-strand-sephera-geron-fawn-dt-griffith-from-the-anthology-unnatural-tales-of-the-jackalope-6333740
Or here: http://www.frequency.com/video/scary-scribes-w/58994618
To hear Paranormal Eh?’s Zombie Beaver Award 2012 Show, listen here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/10/01/zombie-beaver-awards-2012
Here was this year’s ballot:

Best Show on PEH
Paranormal Eh? Radio
Reviews from the Shadows
Our Haunted Lives
Hells Bells Radio
Headlocks and Hair Pulls PWTR
Scary Scribes
Spectral Retrospective

Best Show Not On PEH
Darkness Radio
Straight Jacket Society
Real Time
The invisible World

Best Host / Team PEH
Terry Konig & Stephen Lancaster
Terry Konig & Chris Edge
Terry Konig & Frank Todaro
Krissy P
Nicole &Angel
Darren & Brittney

Best Non-PEH Host/Team
Darkness Dave
Edge and Lancaster
Jeff Sylvia
Frank Todaro

Favorite Guest, Our Haunted Lives

Favorite Guest, Paranormal Eh? Radio

Favorite Guest, Hells Bells

Favorite Guest, Scary Scribes

Favorite Episode, Reviews from the Shadows

Favorite Episode, Headlocks & Hair LHP

Favorite Episode, Spectral Retrospective

Best Internet TV Show
Monstervision TV
Twisted Gypsies
Our Haunted Lives

Best Hall of Fame
The Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show
Ghostly Talk
Darkness Radio

Favorite Topic Show Paranormal Eh? Radio
Black Eyed Kids
Black Eyed Kids and Ties to Vampires
Big Foot
Nazis and the Occult
The Evil of Hitler

Listeners made a selection or wrote in their favorite episodes.

Scary Scribes Bonus Content: Thomas, Thomson, and Dad

Musidora Bathing by Arthur Hughes, inspired by James Thomson's "Spring."

Musidora Bathing by Arthur Hughes, inspired by James Thomson’s “Spring.”

In the past, I’ve written about things I have finally found: “Obstinate Uncle Otis” https://kristipetersenschoonover.com/2012/07/11/the-other-shoe-drops-robert-arthurs-obstinate-uncle-otis/, “The Light of Other Days”  https://kristipetersenschoonover.com/2011/11/21/whats-right-in-front-of-you/

and even my father’s old Robert Frost poetry thesis paper https://kristipetersenschoonover.com/2011/02/17/the-things-that-come-back-to-you/ (and watch this blog in the future because there are a couple more miraculous returns that have occurred that I haven’t had time to mention yet).

Last month, while reading Scott Thomas’ spectral story collection Urn & Willow and preparing for the November episode of Scary Scribes, something found me.

If you’ve not read any of Thomas’ fine ghost stories, you’re missing out. They are rich in detail and atmosphere, stories that deserve further study as they truly exemplify good use of Poe’s Single Effect. So, when I was reading “Miss Smallwood’s Student” and came across the line “Fine framed engravings, rendered at the end of the last century, depicted the four seasons, imagery inspired by the poetry of James Thomson”[1] I knew that Thomas meant to convey something important connected to the story’s theme. If I didn’t do the research to find out who this poet was (the name sounded vaguely familiar, but at that point I didn’t know why), I’d be missing something crucial.

In the old days, I would have gone to Dad the English teacher. Being he’s gone, I did the next best thing and what everyone does initially: I Googled.

It was http://www.litgothic.com that gave me the information—and something else: a little bit of understanding.

James Thomson was a Scottish poet who was a major influence on Romanticism. He was part of what’s called the Graveyard School, the poets of which focused on dark themes (like death and longing) brought forth using dark or melancholy imagery (I paraphrased this for you—please see http://www.litgothic.com/Authors/authors.html for a much more detailed definition).

I managed to get a copy of Thomson’s famous four seasons poems, and I read them. I could easily grasp why Thomas had chosen to reference this poet, as it did add another layer of melancholy to the story.

More importantly, though, I remembered why the name might be familiar.

My Dad had a passion for the Romantic poets, and his den was full of books on the subject. He also had a passion for Scottish writers and work set in Scotland. It’s likely that Thomson would probably have been a favorite of his, and even more likely that he had probably mentioned the man to me at some point. As I read the poems, I tried to imagine my Dad reading them and what his reactions would have been. Based on some of the writing I know he enjoyed reading, I circled a few lines I thought might have had particular significance to him. I got the odd sense that I was looking through a window into his mind.

I shared this information with Scott Thomas after the show (because during the show we talked about so much stuff that the question regarding Thomson slipped my mind). To my surprise, his reasons for citing Thomson were not what I expected (no spoilers here, you’ll have to read “Miss Smallwood’s Student”).

On November 25, 2012, Scott posted the following in a conversation we were having on Facebook:

“I’m glad the story pointed you in an intriguing direction. I’ll have to check out Mr. Thomson’s work. My knowledge of him is limited to little more than my reference to him in the story: “Fine framed engravings, rendered at the end of the last century, depicted the four seasons, the imagery inspired by the poetry of James Thomson.” The house in that story is based on the Salem Towne House at Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts, which had prints of the type I described. In depicting the rooms in the story I studied the interiors of the house as it would have looked around 1835. I take it from my research that the Thomson-inspired prints were not an uncommon decoration at the time, at least in the homes of those who could afford such things. Other than that, I can’t claim any familiarity with him. I’m obsessive about creating a historically accurate world when I do these period stories, so I’ll work in things like that. I strive to make clothing, houses, dialogue, etc. as true as possible.”[2]

We both did a search to try to find this art. Scott found a piece of a mural that was inspired by another of Thomson’s works called “The Castle of Indolence.” The closest thing I found was Arthur Hughes’ 1848 oil on canvas “Musidora Bathing” (pictured at the top of this post), which, according to the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery website, was inspired by Thomson’s “Spring.”[3]

While seeing both works brought the room in Thomas’ story to life, I walked away from this with much more. I have always believed that one can learn about another by studying his bookshelf. In recalling that James Thomson was, indeed, a poet my father enjoyed reading—and through, for the first time, reading, at the very least, Thomson’s famous four seasons poems themselves—I learned a little bit more about the enigma that was my Dad.


[1] Scott Thomas, “Miss Smallwood’s Student,” Urn & Willow (Colusa, CA: Dark Regions Press: Ghost House, 2012), 58.

[2] Scott Thomas, private Facebook message to author, November 25, 2012.

[3] “Musidora Bathing,” Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Pre-Raphaelite Online Resources: The Collection, http://www.preraphaelites.org/the-collection/1935P39/musidora-bathing/

Get a Classic New England Chill: hear Scott Thomas’ ghost stories here

Alternate Ghost Girl Urn & Willow Cover Scott Thomas

The strikingly-rendered, atmospheric tales in Scott Thomas’ Urn & Willow are set all over 1700’s and 1800’s New England. If you are looking for classic, chilling ghost stories to read as winter sets in, these are it—and you can listen to “Betsy, Olive and Agnes” on Scary Scribes here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/11/25/scary-scribes-ep-10

Scott Thomas is the author of 8 short story collections, which include URN AND WILLOW, QUILL AND CANDLE, MIDNIGHT IN NEW ENGLAND, WESTERMEAD, THE GARDEN OF GHOSTS, and OVER THE DARKENING FIELDS. He is also the author of the fantasy novel FELLENGREY.

He has seen print in numerous anthologies, such as THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR #15, THE YEAR’S BEST HORROR #22, THE GHOST IN THE GAZEBO, LEVIATHAN #3, OTHERWORLDLY MAINE, and THE SOLARIS BOOK OF NEW FANTASY. His work appears with that of his brother Jeffrey Thomas in PUNKTOWN: SHADES OF GREY and THE SEA OF FLESH AND ASH.

Scott and his girlfriend Peggy live in coastal Maine.

Scott Thomas URN AND WILLOW PHOTO

Scott Thomas.

Chilling New England Ghost Stories by Scott Thomas tonight on Scary Scribes!

Dark Regions Press URN & WILLOW Cover

The strikingly-rendered, atmospheric tales in Scott Thomas’ Urn & Willow are set all over 1700’s and 1800’s New England. If you are looking for classic, chilling ghost stories to read as winter sets in, these are it—and you get to hear some tonight on Scary Scribes! Tune in at 6 p.m. ET Sunday, November 25, here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/11/25/scary-scribes-ep-10

Scott Thomas is the author of 8 short story collections, which include URN AND WILLOW, QUILL AND CANDLE, MIDNIGHT IN NEW ENGLAND, WESTERMEAD, THE GARDEN OF GHOSTS, and OVER THE DARKENING FIELDS. He is also the author of the fantasy novel FELLENGREY.

He has seen print in numerous anthologies, such as THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR #15, THE YEAR’S BEST HORROR #22, THE GHOST IN THE GAZEBO, LEVIATHAN #3, OTHERWORLDLY MAINE, and THE SOLARIS BOOK OF NEW FANTASY. His work appears with that of his brother Jeffrey Thomas in PUNKTOWN: SHADES OF GREY and THE SEA OF FLESH AND ASH.

Scott and his girlfriend Peggy live in coastal Maine.

Scott Thomas URN AND WILLOW PHOTO

Scott Thomas.

On reading in Haunted Cemeteries…

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Me, camped out in a haunted cemetery while live on the air for the Bad Apple episode of Scary Scribes, October 22, 2012.

We’d been promising an exclusive taste of the first few pages of my novel, Bad Apple, to Scary Scribes listeners for awhile. We got to do that on Episode 8: Paranormal Eh? Meets Scary Scribes…from a haunted cemetery.

The show went as planned, but after the episode went to archive, downloaders contacted Terry, noting they were hearing static followed by a woman’s voice (a woman’s voice that wasn’t mine). Could this be an EVP [electronic voice phenomena—an unexplained voice, attributed to a ghostly presence, heard on a recording which wasn’t audible when the recording was made]? Or is it simply an errant cell phone transmission? You’ll hear it toward the end of the podcast. To me, it sounds like it could be the latter, but either way, it’s eerie, so I’m not so sure I’ll be reading in any haunted cemeteries again anytime soon.

Here’s the link to listen to the episode:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/10/22/paranormal-eh-radio-meets-scary-scribes

Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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Hurricanes, Horror, H.P. and Hiram Grange on Scary Scribes—listen here!

If you missed this past Sunday’s live broadcast of the October Episode of Scary Scribes with Kevin Lucia, here’s where you can listen in:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/10/28/scary-scribes

or directly from this website here:

Scary Scribes Ep 9 – Kevin Lucia, 10-28-2012

Listen Carefully: The Jackalope is Here!

Jackalope Prelminary Front Cover

The jackalope is here in this special edition of Scary Scribes featuring snippets from Western Legend Press’ new anthology, Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope. Then we’ll get to chat with authors Jeff Strand, David (D.T.) Griffith, Sephera Giron, RachelTowns, Jezzy Wolfe, and Fawn Recording Artist.

Listen to it on the archives here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/07/29/scary-scribes-ep-7

Or directly on this site by clicking below:

Scary Scribes Ep 7 – Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope, 07-29-2012

…you can get copies of Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope here:

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