31 Days of Horror – Day 5: The Haunting of Northwest Michigan

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-52015 will mark the 28th year that WTCM radio DJ Steve Cook has produced the Haunting of Northwest Michigan, a yearly 30 minute collection of ghost and scary stories aired on Halloween night. Steve’s offerings veer from anything gratuitous and gory and fall more in line with old fashioned radio style stories. Adding to the local flavor all of the stories take place in and around Northwest Michigan. The best part is that the entire collection is available to download on Steve’s website:



31 Days of Horror 2013 – Day 16

31 Days of Horror 2013 Day 16Trucker Ghost Stories – Audiobook 2012 edited by Annie Wilder

These are true stories from the highways and byways of America. These firsthand accounts are as varied as the storytellers themselves—some are detailed and filled with the terror and suspense that made people feel they had to share what happened to them with others; others are brief and straightforward retellings of truly chilling events.

Here is a chupacabra attack on the desert highway between L.A. and Las Vegas; ghost trains and soldiers; UFOs; the prom girl ghost of Alabama; a demon in Texas, and other accounts of the creepy, scary things that truckers and other drivers and passengers told to editor Annie Wilder.

31 Days of Horror 2013 – Day 13

31 Days of Horror 2013 Day 13The Simpson’s first annual Treehouse of Horror was originally broadcast on October 25, 1990, and is the only one of the yearly episodes to actually take place in Bart’s treehouse despite subsequent titles.

This first offering finds Bart, Lisa and Maggie telling scary stories in Bart’s treehouse on Halloween night.  Each story being a segment of the show.  The fist story is that of the Simpson family moving into a haunted house complete with blood dripping walls, poltergeist activity and an Indian burial ground in the basement.  The second segment deals with the Simpsons being abducted by some aliens that may or may not want to eat them.  The finals story of the episode is a rather well done re-telling of Edgar Allen Poe’s, classic poem The Raven as narrated by the legendary James Earl Jones and re-enacted by Homer.

The Terror Inn

It’s our second night at the Terrace Inn in Petoskey.  We’re here attending the Ghost Hunters Weekend sponsored by Kathleen “Kat” Tedsen and Beverlee Rydel, the authors of “Haunted Travels of Michigan” volumes I and II.  Last night Kat and Bev showcased a presentation of their top five favorite investigations.  It was pretty compelling and spooky stuff.  Each time the Terrace Inn was brought up, Bev would call the Terrace the “Terror Inn”.  There’s a presentation centered on the “Terror Inn” tonight in which Kat and Bev will show us all of the evidence they have gathered on the spirits that haunt this hotel.  Following the presentation we’ll be participating in an all night ghost hunt that will take us to all four floors of the “Terror Inn”, including the basement.  Hope to see you in the morning.

31 Days of Horror – Day 10

Salute Your Shorts – Season 2, Episode 2:  The Ghost Story.

Budnick tells the rest of the kids at Camp Anawanna the ghost story legend of Zeke the Plumber:

“A long time ago there was a guy named Zeke.  He used to clean out the toilets here at camp.  But the smell didn’t bother him because see Zeke didn’t have a nose.  When he was in the army he got his nose bit off by a parrot in the Philippines.  One day, Zeke’s outside digging a hole and he hits a pipe, a gas pipe.  Because he can’t smell the leaking gas, he makes a big mistake and lights a match.  BOOM!  Zeke was a human party popper.  Besides part of his upper lip all they ever found of Zeke was this,” *produces a toilet plunger, carefully holding it with a bandanna wrapped around the handle*.  *Michael grabs the plunger and says, “What’s the big deal?  My dad has one of these at home.”*  Budnick continues, “But your dad’s probably doesn’t have a curse on it.   They say ol’ Zeke the Plumber’s ghost still walks around Camp Anawanna looking for his plunger.  Anyone who touches it will be haunted in their dreams.  Now he walks around with a big ugly mask on his face because it was scorched.  Sweet dreams.  Hahahahahaha.”