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The Fantastic Story Society
58 minutes | Oct 16, 2021
FSS 19: Lisa Van Buskirk & Madison's Haunted Oyster Bar + Ghost Hunt
We chat with Madison ghost tour guide Lisa Van Buskirk on location at a haunted site, followed by an investigation of the building.
44 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
FSS 18: Carlos Alazraqui from Reno 911 Wrote a Zombie Movie
Stand Up Comic & comedy actor Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) Wrote a Zombie Mafia Comedy feature. We discuss the behind the scenes of his first feature.
57 minutes | May 23, 2021
FSS 17: Jessica Watkins, the Stand-Up Comic Who Walked Across America
Stand-Up Comic, Jessica Watkins created a must-watch, innovative, documentary/stand-up special titled "SPECIALish" about her journey to walk across America while performing comedy.
62 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
FSS 16: Baseball's Ghost Stories w/ Mickey Bradley & Dan Gordon
Curses & superstitions are as much a part of baseball as balls & strikes. Folklore & baseball are intertwined as is the human behavior of seeking reason in chaos. Now, baseball's a melting pot of cultures, introducing new ghost stories & beliefs.
52 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
FSS 15: Finding 'Ohana's Nightmarchers & the Possessed Girl w/ Lopaka Kapanui
Hawaiian storyteller Lopaka Kapanui served as cultural & paranormal consultant on the popular Netflix action/adventure film "Finding 'Ohana." Hear his background as a storyteller, plus a truly terrifying case.
68 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
FSS 14: Jonathan Katz, Being Seriously Funny alongside the likes of David Mamet, Johnny Carson & Garry Shandling
Jonathan Katz is perhaps best known in animated form in "Dr Katz: Professional Therapist." He's had a long career before and since as a standup comic & screenwriter. He talks about his upcoming "Dr Katz: Live" performance & finding his way in comedy.
87 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
Fantastic Story Society Ep 13 Tea Krulos: Richard McCaslin's American Madness, the Dark Side of Conspiracy Theory
Tea Krulos has written some wild true-life stories. American Madness is a deep look at the life of an eccentric "real life super hero" who was radicalized by Alex Jones & David Icke. Conspiracy Theories, Bohemian Grove & Krampus highlight this episode.
71 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
FSS 12 Halloween Special: Wendy Lynn Staats & Growing up Around Local Legends
We're so excited to welcome Wendy Lynn Staats to talk about some of the local Wisconsin legends & local ghost stories she grew up with, including the Milwaukee Witch, Beast of Bray Road, Mary Buth & Haunchyville.
65 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
Fantastic Story Society Ep 11: Murder & Ghosts in Rockford, Illinois w/ Kathi Kresol
Historian Kathi Kresol uses her platform as an author to speak for the victims. Seldom is it so obvious how a writer found her voice than when you hear about the murder-suicide that took place in Kathi's home & the ghosts that remain.
72 minutes | May 22, 2020
Fantastic Story Society - Ep 10 - Jon Ronson & Being Tailed by a Secret Society
Jon Ronson has lived a life more exciting than one you'd think a writer could live. He gotten up close and personal with the likes of self-appointed superheroes, countless psychopaths (both in prison and in the boardroom) Nazis, Islamic Extremists, and even the Insane Clown Posse. He and a young Alex Jones infiltrated the mysterious Bohemian Grove Ceremony and his attempt to do the same at the annual Bilderberg meeting lead to the slowest car chase since OJ fled the LAPD. He's done all this while balancing his anxiety with masterful dry wit. In this episode we discuss how Ronson identifies his next subjects and his goals for his writing while taking a look back at some of his biggest adventures. Wonderfully tense music, "Deadlock," provided by purple-planet.com
60 minutes | May 8, 2020
Fantastic Story Society - Ep 9 - DJ MacHale & Are You Afraid of the Dark?
One of our favorite people jumped into the virtual Society studio and talked all things story, spooky, cool, and inspiring - DJ MacHale! A New York Times bestseller, author, screenwriter, producer, director - he's basically done it all where story is concerned. He even read Max's YA fantasy novel, The WishKeeper, and gave it the best review yet. We kinda like this guy. Famous for creating the 90's kids TV show (and one of Scott's favorite shows ever), "Are You Afraid of the Dark", DJ and team talk about what inspires him, why he gravitates toward the fantastical, and shares his own personal haunted house story. It's a fun listen, so snuggle up with a device and headphones, and get your listen on. As for our Story Society, if you haven't already you can look for and find us on Twitter @FantasticGhosty, and we're always sharing stories, news, and more on our Facebook page at facebook.com/FantasticStorySociety/ Remember, there are stories everywhere, you just need to look for them...and when you find them, give a little knock on our door and you may just be welcomed into The Fantastic Story Society.
77 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
Fantastic Story Society - Ep 8 - Poor Maryanne Miller & Haunted Galena Tour
Happy 2020, everyone! It's already off to a banging, weird, and fantastic start. We couldn't be happier to have two fantastic people on as guests in our first episode of 2020 - Robyn David and Ted Williams are the hosts of the Haunted Galena Tour Company, and if you haven't heard of Galena, you're about to get a deep dive into all of the amazing history, spooky ghost stories, and how their tour company is different than most. And in one of our favorite ghost stories yet, Robyn and Ted tell the sad and true story of Maryanne Miller, one of Galena's resident ghosts...and she isn't too happy about how things ended for her (and she probably doesn't realize things ever did end). Let's all take a deep breath, relax, listen to some fun stories, and we'll make our way through 2020 successfully, smoothly, and with good health. As for our Society, if you haven't already, you can look for and find us on Twitter @FantasticGhosty, and we're always sharing stories, news, and more on our Facebook page at facebook.com/FantasticStorySociety/ Remember, there are stories everywhere, you just need to look for them...and when you find them, give a little knock on our door and you may just be welcomed into The Fantastic Story Society.
74 minutes | Nov 30, 2019
The Fantastic Story Society - Amelia Cotter & Chicago's Serpent Mound
Are you afraid of snakes? We would venture to guess your answer is "yes". Amelia Cotter, however, wants to help you reorganize your beliefs about our serpent friends, and she does so in our seventh episode of The Fantastic Story Society. While there is plenty of fantastic ghost stories told in this episode (Amelia's telling of her one and only encounter with a ghost is excellent), we learned that there is a Native American snake mound right outside the second biggest city in the country - sweet home Chicago! Amelia, being an author and investigator, researcher and all-around fantastic storyteller, also dives in to a few details and elements of snake myths that do, in fact, help quell Scott and Max's snake fears...at least a little. Amelia is an author, poet, and storyteller with a special interest in the supernatural, history, and folklore. Her books include This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost, Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State, and the children’s book Breakfast with Bigfoot. She has appeared on various radio and television programs, including Travel Channel’s Hometown Horror (with an all-new episode airing on December 2 featuring Amelia and her husband), and in the documentaries Scary Stories, and Tinker’s Shadow: The Hidden History of Tinker Swiss Cottage. She also appeared as a regular cast member on the show The R.I.P. Files. Originally from Maryland, Amelia lives and writes in Chicago, gives tours with Chicago Hauntings ghost tours and, regularly presents at conferences and events. For more information, head on over to her website, www.ameliacotter.com As for our Society, if you haven't already, you can look for and find us on Twitter @FantasticGhosty, and we're always sharing stories, news, and more on our Facebook page at facebook.com/FantasticStorySociety/ Remember, there are stories everywhere, you just need to look for them...and when you find them, give a little knock on our door and you may just be welcomed into The Fantastic Story Society.
81 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
Fantastic Story Society - Ep 6 - Mark Warren & Wyatt Earp's Miracle on the Mesa
Episode 6 of The Fantastic Story Society - My Friend, Wyatt Earp (we're not really friends with him, but we want to be) Spinning our fantastic stories toward the Old West, gunfighters, the rustic way of life, Scott and Max bring on author and Wyatt Earp scholar, Mark Warren, to perform a deep deep dive into one of the most famous (if not the most famous) characters from the American western tales. Some of the stories shared on our podcast series are purely speculative, paranormal and completely unprovable (for lack of a proper word), but Wyatt Earp and the stories about his travels, friends, adventures, and fearless mindset are all true...which makes this episode that much more, well, fantastic. The focus on the reason behind Wyatt's hero status is what truly makes this episode so interesting, much less Mark's Fantastic Story of the episode, The Miracle on the Mesa. A must listen. Enjoy everybody, and stay tuned for more of the fantastic. If you haven't already, you can look for and find us on Twitter @FantasticGhosty, and we're always sharing stories, news, and more on our Facebook page at facebook.com/FantasticStorySociety/ Remember, there are stories everywhere, you just need to look for them...and when you find them, give a little knock on our door and you may just be welcomed into The Fantastic Story Society.
77 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
The Fantastic Story Society - Ep 5 - Christopher Saint Booth & The Name of the Devil
In our Halloween special episode, Max and Scott bring on writer, director, author, documentarist, and all-around rockstar paranormal researcher, Christopher Saint Booth. With over 100 horror films and paranormal documentaries under his belt, Christopher has spent nearly a lifetime investigating the weird, the odd, and the fantastic. We couldn't have considered a better guest for our Halloween special because just about every word that comes out of Christopher's mouth is a fantastic story. His untold story at the end will make you wonder if the ghosts are the ones we should really be afraid of! If you haven't already, you can look for and find us on Twitter @FantasticGhosty, and we're always sharing stories, news, and more on our Facebook page at facebook.com/FantasticStorySociety/ Remember, there are stories everywhere, you just need to look for them...and when you find them, give a little knock on our door and you may just be welcomed into The Fantastic Story Society.
89 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
The Fantastic Story Society - Ep 4 - Karl Pfeiffer & The Stanley's Pig-Man
The writer/director of the popular Amazon TV docu-series, Hellier, Karl Pfeiffer joins Society co-hosts, Max Timm and Scott Markus to talk all things fantastic. Karl's documentary, Hellier, launched on Amazon in 2019 and there is a second season coming out on Amazon Prime before the end of 2019. The series documents the accounts of small, goblin-like creatures that supposedly invaded a small Kentucky mountain town. It's absolutely worth your time to watch the 5-episode first season, especially since the next set of episodes are expected to drop soon! You can find out more at Hellier.TV. On top of his accounts of these little goblin creatures, Karl's unique story at the end of this podcast episode about his most amazing experience while ghosthunting at the famous Stanley Hotel is enough to keep you on edge (to say the least). Passionate about the supernatural since as far back as he can remember, Karl began amateur experiential investigation during his sophomore year of college. Shortly after, he was cast on and later won the Syfy Channel's reality competition series, Ghost Hunters Academy. He went on briefly to work with the Ghost Hunters International team on the same network. From there, he began work at the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado as one of the resident paranormal investigators on the Stanley's SPI team, leading weekend public investigations. He worked there for five and a half years, conducting almost 250 investigations on the grounds. He lectures across the country about approaches to investigation, the philosophy of science and the paranormal, as well as paranormal photography. Find us on Twitter @FantasticGhosty and share your own Fantastic Stories with us!
72 minutes | Oct 22, 2019
The Fantastic Story Society - Ep 3 - Harold Schechter & The Killer's Needles
Twisted tales are normally fictional, but when we find out that there is truth behind the fiction, we're that much more riveted. Join Max Timm and Scott Markus as they discuss serial killers with research expert and author, Harold Schechter. Author of over 40 books on the topic of serial killers, Harold and your co-hosts dive deep into various true crime stories about murderers we've heard of, a few we haven't, and what the mysteries are that still remain behind some history's most notorious killers. While Harold is an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to true crime, his end-of-episode story about Albert Fish is one that will leave your knees (and stomach) a little uneasy to say the least. It's the only portion of the episode we might want to warn you about - if you get easily queazy, you might want to skip his story about the killer's needles.
88 minutes | Oct 11, 2019
The Fantastic Story Society - Ep 2 - Mike Huberty & The Woman in Black
In this second installment of The Fantastic Story Society, we welcome a new member to the group - Mike Huberty. Long-time ghost tour guide and veteran (he owns and operates tours throughout the Midwest, including one in Max Timm's hometown of Lake Geneva, WI), Mike joins co-hosts Max Timm and Scott Markus as they dive deep into some of the fantastic stories of Mike's ghost tour business. Mike also is a member of the oh-so-fun and popular band, Sunspot, writing and performing music that is inspired by legends, myths, and all things spooky weird. Our favorite part of the show? When he tells the hosts the most famous ghost story of Lake Geneva, WI...and long-time resident, Max, never even knew about it! (Shows how much Max is up to speed on his hometown ghosts.) Follow the Society on Twitter @FantasticGhosty or find us on Facebook. We would love to hear your fantastic stories.
81 minutes | Oct 11, 2019
The Fantastic Story Society - Ep 1 - Jeff Belanger & the Man-Eating Tree
In our first official episode of The Fantastic Story Society, Max Timm and Scott Markus break out the big guns with their own personal weird, wild, and of course fantastic stories AND they bring on their friend and long-time paranormal researcher, Jeff Belanger. For more than 20 years, Jeff has been exploring ghosts, monsters, history, and legends. He’s the author of more than a dozen books that have been published in six languages, and he’s appeared on PBS, the Travel Channel, History Channel, CBS, Bio, and Amazon Prime, as well as radio programs such as Coast to Coast AM and NPR’s Talk of the Nation. His PBS series New England Legends has been nominated for two Emmy awards, while his podcast of the same name has been downloaded over one million times. To top it all off, he’s been the writer and researcher for the popular Travel Channel ghost investigation show, Ghost Adventures, since episode 1 (which is saying something since they're on season 18)! As our very first official member of The Fantastic Story Society, we welcome Jeff Belanger...and yes, he has a story about a man-eating tree. Find us on Twitter @FantasticGhosty and share your own Fantastic Stories with us!
53 minutes | Oct 6, 2019
The Fantastic Story Society - Pilot
Welcome to The Fantastic Story Society. Within the walls of this super-yet-not-so-secret club, you will find stories of the supernatural, paranormal, and just plain weird. In this pilot episode, co-hosts Max Timm and Scott Markus, each with their special backgrounds in storytelling and paranormal research, you'll be introduced to these two masters of ceremony by way of a few fantastic stories of their own. A shorter introductory pilot episode, Episode Zero, is just the primer for what's to come. Future episodes will highlight fantastic stories every week, but also specific special guests within various fields of the weird and fantastic. So stay tuned to more, and once again, welcome to The Fantastic Story Society.
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