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Welcome to episode 18, some of the little improvements I have been hoping to do for awhile finally got taken care of, so hopefully you’ll like those.

This time out we look at the legacy of Mary Toft, she was involved in a hoax in 1726 that drew the attention of the King of England and inspired perhaps the most famous of any trick in a magicians repertoire. Her story is outlined further in the book “The Girl Who Gave Birth To Rabbits: A True Medical Mystery,” which I am hoping to check out before too long.

Next we take a trip down south to check in on a couple of mysterious creature sightings. One is believed to be a possible Skunk Ape and the other dubbed the Beast of Bolivia, is killing dogs in South Carolina. In addition LiveScience.com ran a recent article on the possibility of using hi resolution satellite imagery to search for elusive breeding colonies of various cryptids.

Finally we take a look at the theory of palingenesy, the alchemical idea inspired by the work of Greek philosopher Lucretious that sought to explain ghosts and apparitions chemically, rather than metaphysically. The thought was that a body’s form resided in its salts, and by applying heat to those salts, you could regenerate the form of a dead or destroyed plant or animal as an apparition. This one is pretty interesting and I have been meaning to cover it for a few weeks so I hope you find it curious.

The sounds this time around are supplied by…

DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
DAZZLINGKILLMEN
MISSING FOUNDATION
SNOG
BLANCHE
CLAN OF XYMOX
DESCENDENTS
NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES
VO.I.D
FLUISTERWOUD
TODAY IS THE DAY
THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN
BRUTE FORCE
CHARNEL VALLEY

With background accompaniment from
NAJ
CORPOPARASSITA

Thanks as always for checking out the show…

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– Prof. Gruntsplatter

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Well, this was intended to be the second annual Halloween episode… it is a bit late. Listen to it through pumpkin shaped headphones if you will. Halloween is a time of year and a feeling in the air, not simply a day on the calendar.

This episode looks into ghostly sightings and communication with the dead through various gadgetry. Our first stop is among the urban legends and paranormal sightings on a secluded lane known as Zombie Road in western St. Louis County. And looks briefly at investigations by missourighosts.net and the Missouri Paranormal Research Group.

Then it is off to 1930’s Britain for a peek at the contraptions of the Askir-Jobson Trianion Guild, who with information they claim to have received from a deceased colleague created devices to facilitate communication with spirits.

Another person who more recently claims to have received instructions from entities on building a device to communicate with the dead is Frank Sumption. His creation, quaintly called “Frank’s Box” or “The Ghost Box” uses more modern electronics to create what he believe is a live EVP receiver. You can check out the schematics for the device here, Coast to Coast AM did a show on the subject as well that you can check out here, and I have included a video of the device in action for you to judge for yourself.

Finally, we take a look at the theories behind the talking board, or Ouija board, from the Spiritualist and Atomatistic points of view. You can find a mess of Ouija stories and transcriptions here at the Grave Addiction site and I’d recommend checking out the Museum Of Talking Boards for a great photo gallery of various talking boards over the years.

In addition the ghastly harmonies of the following break up the sound of my voice…

LOUIS ARMSTRONG
THE ROHAN THEATRE BAND
BLACK MAYONNAISE
HADIT
THE DEAD BROTHERS
ULTHAR
MERCYFUL FATE
GOATVARGR
BAUHAUS
MONDBLUT
SCHLOSS TEGAL
DARVULIA
THE HANDSOME FAMILY
THOSE POOR BASTARDS
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES
HEID
AH CAMA-SOTZ

With background accompaniment from
GEOMATIC
A MURDER OF ANGELS
INNANA
BRIGHTER DEATH NOW

Thanks again for having a listen, my apologies for the lateness of the episode. The next one should come much faster, and I have a few stories saved up for the site as well.

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– Prof. Gruntsplatter

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Greetings onlookers, a new episode is up featuring the delicate melodies of the following

NAZCA
DANTE’S VOODOO CABARET
DOWNLOAD
SPEKTR
IN GOWAN RING
POSSESSED
GRINDERMAN
PITCH SHIFTER
CAT RAPES DOG
DELLAMORTE
FRED LANE
SISTERS OF MERCY
NOVEMBER NOVELET
ARCANA
DIAPSIQUIR

With background accompaniment from
DEVA-LOKA
NOVATRON
ATOM INFANT INCUBATOR

Beyond that I also give a quick recap of recent articles from the site and offer up some new coverage. A collection of escape artists are seeking to set the world record in a one day relay of over 80 escape performances, while a grizzled old school freak takes the law into his own hands.

A pillar of the pharmaceutical industry is working on a virtual reality rig that gives the user a window into the schizophrenics world, and then there is this look at how schizophrenia fits into the evolutionary chain.

Another team working on solving our world’s energy issues are looking at cow stomachs as the golden ticket to solve our woes… environmentalist/animal rights advocates heads explode at the conundrum.

There are couple of stories from the lab regarding brain surgeries with unexpected results. One involving a skull that passed its expiration date, and another where a young boy is catapulted into the land of posh.

Also a look at some research on the Orb Phenomenon from researchers associated with NASA and the Vatican where they find that orbs are indeed of paranormal origin. I think the question remains quite open, but they feel convinced.

That’s it for this episode, next one should come much sooner. The Spookatorium Caravan relocated in the last month and I will be able to get going now on some of the additional things I want to do to make the show better. Including finding a better microphone solution…

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Keep your wiggle funky,

– Prof. Gruntsplatter

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Welcome to the newly renovated Spookatorium. With episode 15 I have expanded the focus beyond music and pulled open the beaten old trunk of the strange and unusual. Each episode will feature a handful of curious tales and the website will be updated frequently with additional content as I find stories of interest.

This trip out features tracks from
PROCER VENEFICUS
COLD NORTHERN VENGEANCE
COIL
DOLORIAN
SPECTRAL LIGHT & MOONSHINE FIREFLY SNAKEOIL JAMBOREE
THE TIGER LILLIES
CHRISTIAN DEATH
TSOL
MYRKR
TRIAL
RWAKE

With background accompaniment from
ANGEL OF DECAY
ANIMA MUNDI

In addition you will hear the moving tale of the death of a vampire peacock struck down in one of the shadowy corners of New York City, and the citizen who would not let its passing go unnoticed. I have a haunted lighthouse to tell you about, and ladies and gentleman, you can buy it for a dollar! I also take a look at the alleged tales of haunting in a remote Michigan town. A small town in Mississippi sees a strange creature on the loose, and doesn’t jump to cryptoid conclusions! An amphibious giant from beneath the sea with a hostile message is made an example of by the Dutch.

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Cheers,
Prof. Gruntsplatter

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The Spookatorium has transformed into a formidable snow fort this week to shield all comers from the mind numbing deluge of advertising and rosy cheeked urchins… so, mix your hot chocolate into that day old coffee languishing in the pot and gather round the space heater…. – Prof. Gruntsplatter

1) Social Skills Centre – White Christmas
2) Aborym – Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
3) Samael – Winter Solstice
4) The Accused – Molly’s Xmas ‘72
5) Sonne Hagal – Midwinternight
6) Truckstop Honeymoon – Christmas In Ocala
7) Charnel Valley – January
8 ) Atrium Carceri – Machine Elves
9) The Handsome Family – Tin Foil
10) Jason Webley – Winter
11) Abigor – Weeping Midwinter Tears
12) The Iditarod & Sharron Kraus – Wintermute
13) Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley – Footprints In The Snow
14) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Fifteen Feet Of Pure White Snow
15) The Hellblinki Sextet – Nuttin’ For Christmas
16) Rev. Glen Armstrong – Even Squeaky Fromme Loves Christmas

Background Sounds – “We Enslaved Elves To Build Our Death Machine” by The Mass

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Spookatorium 007 – Something Spooky This Way Comes

Professor Gruntsplatter’s Spookatorium Halloween Extravaganza. The Spookatorium opens its creaking doors again for this the grandest of all holidays after a week off. Soak it in dear spectators, it is the best time of the year, crisp autumn days, nature shedding its skin and the whispers of boogeymen on the wind. The show will be off again next week because The Professor will be getting married and my Darling Zombie Bride and I will be traveling to to review a display of plastinated corpses somewhere in greater Bigfoot country. The show should return the following week. Tis’ the Season. – Prof. Gruntsplatter.

1) The Hellblinki Sextet – Halloween Overture
2) Mercyful Fate – The Oath
3) Coil – The Hellbound Heart
4) Goblin – Suspiria
5) Jill Tracy & The Malcontent Orchestra – Nosferatu Carries His Coffin
6) Rohan Kriwaczek – Ghost Train X
7) Blanche – Superstitious
8 ) Tombstone – Haunting Bells At Midnight
9) Extinction – Down Below The Fog
10) Nordvargr – Cellardweller
11) The Handsome Family – Poor, Poor Lenore
12) Christopher Walken – The Raven
13) Aghast – Call From The Grave
14) Lonesome Wyatt & The Holy Spooks – Black Is The Color
15) The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud – The Smell Of Blood But Victory X
16) Stone Breath – Footprints Of A Ghost Girl
17) Archon Satani – Witchcraft Holocaust
18) TSOL – Silent Scream
19) The Accused – The Maddest Story Ever Told
20) The Vanity Set – Don’t Be Afraid
21) Endura – Cthulhu Fhtagn
22) Galgeras – Cemetarian
23) Nehëmah – Warlock
24) The Dead Brothers – The Angel Of Death
25) ClockDVA – Buried Dreams
26) American Sinner – Tiny Ghost
27) Amber Asylum – Vampire
28 ) Crepuscle – Matricide Reality

Background Sounds- “Black Static Transmission” by Schloss Tegal

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