Grand Reopening

Professor Gruntsplatter’s Spookatorium had its first fitful run from September 2006 to October 2008. Now, five years after it first aired, I have decided to revive it. The entire archives from the old site are here, as well as some cross-posted goodies from my main site that fit the premise.

I’m starting to plan the first new episode now, Episode 027. The Spookatorium will pick up where it left off. I already owned the domain and the name still works with some of my new ideas. In the past, I was trying to maintain a schedule that was ultimately unrealistic. This time around, I’m shooting for one strong episode a month.

The show will continue to feature a variety of great music that speaks to the themes in one way or another, stories of the peculiar and bizarre, and new to this incarnation, I will be giving some attention to how these ideas surface in literature and art.

We’ll see how this goes. Stay tuned for more information as I figure it out.

Update – and Reefer Madness!!

The show will go on, between life and migrating to a new computer, I got off schedule a bit. As soon as things are squared away again, the show will pick back up. If you haven’t weeded through the archives, now would be a good time… Hopefully, I’ll have something new up in the next week or so.

While I’m here please enjoy this touching tale of 3 young men in Texas. The mischievous lads found themselves in an old cemetery, and saw fit to dig up a corpse over the course of two days. Once they had reached the body, a light bulb went off over their sweaty little heads… I can almost hear their exhausted excitement now.

They used their shovel to remove the head of the corpse and determined it would make an most outstanding bong. I’m not sure exactly what sort of drug addled engineering was involved in the mechanics of their undertaking (sic) but the story came out when they were arrested on another matter and confessed to this as well. The police initially didn’t believe it, but gathered enough evidence to conclude that the scamps were likely telling the truth.

The grave is believed to have belonged to an 11 year old boy named Willie Sims who died in 1921. The skull has not been recovered, and somehow rain has kept the investigators from determining if the body and coffin are still in the grave. We can film the sunken Titanic in Hi Def, but they can’t find a headless cadaver in a puddle. At the very least, you’d hope, they could persuade people this stupid to tell them where the skull is. Since there is, as yet, no confirmed corpse or skull, and the boys told different stories on how the corpse was beheaded some still question if all of this really happened. It’s a hell of a thing to make up. All three were home schooled, imagine their parents surprise when they turn in their “What I did on Spring Break” papers…

Something Wicked This Way Comes

There are some positive changes going on at the Spookatorium. It’s been awhile since the last show, and I’ve been debating how I can make things more interesting for myself, and hopefully the people who listen and bring the show closer to the idea that I originally intended. In addition to the diverse music the show has played over the first 14 episodes, on episode 15 (coming soon) I am going to start including news and commentary from the realms of the strange and unusual. Hopefully you will find it interesting, and I will use the blog to include additional content that isn’t on the podcast. The types of things you can expect to hear about will include anything from the paranormal, to roadside attractions, strange history, medical quackery, cryptozoology and anything else that strikes my fancy. It will be handled with seriousness as well as satire depending on how I feel about a given story.

So with all this in mind I will soon be launching www.spookatorium.org. I’m not sure yet when I will have something ready to go, but hopefully it won’t be too long. It will allow me to get the full archive back online as well. If the interest is there I could definitely see having listener provided content, art, stories, what have you. If there is visible interest than a message board isn’t out of the question either. It’s an experiment that I an not sure anyone will even notice. If you have feedback, if you have just found the site, have a story to share, or are a previous listener feel free to get in touch. The music will always be a part of the show, but hopefully you’ll appreciate the new additions.

– Prof. Gruntsplatter