UPDATE: 3/27/2015 Elizabeth contacted me recently about this interview and I was only too glad to expedite getting it up on the web. I have spoken to a number of energy workers and I find the topic fascinating. My own explorations into extra-sensory perceptions have been more vague. I do believe, however, that there are people who can and do detect and manipulate energies in ways that I cannot fully grasp. Enjoy! [cMw]
For years, shamans and healers have used energies to influence people who have disease and other afflictions. Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin is a Reiki practitioner who will share her insights about these techniques and what they might mean to us.
UPDATE: 4/13/2015 The Ouija™ board remains a very controversial subject. A favorite gateway to evil in horror movies and stories, it’s hard to imagine that anything good could come of these devices. In fact, I dug this episode out when Larry Flaxman, a periodic guest on the show, posted a question as to whether anyone had ever had positive experiences with these things. To my perspective, talking boards are tools. If you use them you should prepare them properly and use them with some care. Enjoy this decidedly different exploration of Ouija™ with my guests on this classic episode.
Many people have strong feelings about the Ouija™ board. (Actually Ouija™ is a trademark for the product manufactured and sold by Parker Brothers, a toy and game company. The generic term is “talking board.”) Is it simply a game? It is manufactured by a toy company and sold in toy stores. Yet we are warned again and again that talking boards are doorways to dark entities, demons and our worst fears in the unseen world.
Tina Fiorda and Tilde Cameron have a different view of the subject. Their work, “A Book of Insight, ” not only discusses the talking board, but was authored in part through communication through such a device. It promises to be an unusual program which may change your view, or strengthen what you already believe.
You can check out Tilde’s and Tina’s work “A Book of Insight” through the Shadow Hour Store.
The opening and closing themes for the Shadow Hour are from the piece Glassy Shadows by Adam Certamin Bownik and is available on Jamendo.
The last time that Dr. Rita Louise was on the program we touched on her newest book, Dark Angels, and the mysterious entities that can attach themselves to people. We’re going to revisit this topic in much greater detail and talk about the nature of these beings, how people become attached and what, if anything, can be done about it. It looks to be a disturbing episode.
UPDATE: 12/30/2014 Today I am about to take a road trip to say goodbye to a dear friend. Ed Solomon was a mentor, a kind spirit and a positive spirit in my life.
He always encouraged me in my exploration of off-centered entertainment. In one of our many conversations he was telling me about the value of storytelling and why he thought it was so fundamental to people. At the time I was broadcasting The Shadow Hour and thought this would be an interesting conversation for our listeners.
Ed was unsure how this would go, but he trusted me. We got on the phone and he gave a stellar hour of his time.
Ed was a band director and musician who helped introduce thousands of middle school students to the joy of music. He was a writer, magician and storyteller who used the very old school approach to teaching and exploring the questions of being human with his tales of wonder. He was a kind man who cared so much for others and wished them to be the best in whatever they were.
Today, December 30, 2014, he has been moved into a hospice care facility. Today I will make the 2-hour drive and share my thoughts and those of others as I say goodbye to my dear friend. I will miss him terribly.
Here is Ed Solomon as I like to think of him, a wise soul, a great thinker, a marvelous storyteller.
UPDATE: 3/8/2015 Ed passed on January 4. Today we all gathered to say our final goodbyes by, what else?, telling stories about how he had influenced our lives. His reach and impact on people was much broader than I ever knew. I’m so grateful that I had the chance to have him in my life.
UPDATE: 4/19/2015 This marked my first conversation with Joseph Fotinos, who portrayed horror host, Professor Griffin. Joseph is deeply passionate about horror and we share a lot of similar tastes. We ended up going into extra innings, with me trying to get the broadcasting tool to grant us more time on the fly… something I had never tried before. [Chris Walden]
TV horror host, Professor Griffin, talks to us about the history of horror and what scares us. He is a treasure chest of horror film knowledge and should have some fun stories about the past, present and future of horror.
UPDATE: 6/1/2014 This episode marks my first conversation with Jason Offutt, discussing his book DARKNESS WALKS: The Shadow People Among Us. This is an area of the paranormal that I find truly disturbing. I understand that psychology and physiology have various explanations for the things that people see, but there is something one hears in people’s personal experiences that doesn’t feel like a simply mistaken perception. This episode has a few chills, even today.
UPDATE: 5/8/2014 I went to a gathering of weird magicians in Connecticut. It was a wonderful time making the acquaintance of others who, like me, were working to make entertainment for people who carry Halloween in their hearts all year round. One of them was a striking figure. Long, dark hair and pale skin, he performed under the name of Vlad and easily made you believe that he was a creature of the night… not of this world.
Vlad was (and is) a really nice guy and has always been very supportive of me. When I found out that his interest in vampires was more than merely theatrical, I knew I had to have him on The Shadow Hour. We set it up and I had my very own interview with a vampire! I learned a lot in talking with Vlad. He was patient with my ignorance as I stumbled into the understanding that there is always a basis in truth to the tales and legends. I learned about the people who consider themselves to be vampires and who act on it. I’m deeply grateful that he took the time and opened up as much as he did about something that is deeply personal. I hope you enjoy revisiting it.
UPDATE 4/22/2014 I love how this happened and the ripples it caused in my life. Now that I had some momentum with the program I was constantly looking for sources for news and guests. I had a collection of elaborate saved Google searches that helped me look for paranormal news that did not overlap with other things. (It was weird how many paranormal searches would collide with sports stories.)
In that news I found a story about a ghost investigation group who had arranged a cleanup day for a historic cemetery in Beaumont, Texas. Most of my exposure to “ghost hunters” was from television and I was really pleased to see a group who was showing such respect for the dead. I contacted Don and he was my first Ghost Group Guest. Of course, that wasn’t the end of the story… but I’ll save some of that for later. At this point neither one of us know what’s ahead.
Don and I are still in touch, by the way. He’s a good guy.
UPDATE: 4/14/2014 This was my first conversation with author, Jeff Danelek, about his book”The Case For Ghosts.” I bought his book and found it very interesting. He appealed to a reasonable explanation why ghosts made sense.
Jeff would appear on the show several more times and I always looked forward to his intelligent conversation. He still writes and has an active web site called Our Curious World.
This third episode of The Shadow Hour connected me with cryptozoologist, Ken Gerhard, from San Antonio. It was also the first time that I used Glassy Shadows by Adam Certamen Bownik as the theme song. It broadcast much better than the grungy piece I used before and became a mental doorway through which I would pass as each broadcast began. No matter how harried I was feeling when I began that music everything would settle into place. It was amazing. If I started the show up again I would definitely still use it. I may even use it for some of my live paranormal programs
Of course, Ken Gerhard is an amazing fellow. He is deeply curious about animal mysteries and experienced with going out into the wild and hunting for them. It was a fun interview.