RAS #411 – Psych-Out!

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this time we have orbs, maybe ghosts, and an audio question. The Orb story hails orb from St. Paul and Sylvia Shults joins us for another round of Ghost Stories With Sylvia. This time she calls her stories Psych-Out! Which is why I say …Maybe Ghosts?

Program Note: Sylvia Shults is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and strange. Her non-fiction works include Ghost of the Illinois River, Fractured Spirits, 44 Years in Darkness, Hunting Demons, The Spirits of Christmas, and her latest release Fractured Souls. All of her books are available on Amazon and you can find out more about here at her WordPress Home Page.

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How To Find Sound Fx?

I received this email from Zachary Byrd who writes to us from the great state of Illinois. 

I am a long-time listener to the program and just wanted to write to thank you for being here for me. Your show is always fun, always entertaining and …well, always there.  If I had to change anything it would be to have more stories. My question is about sound effects. I am dabbling in sound editing and want to make my own short stories. But I can’t find any sound effects that aren’t copyrighted or require purchase. Can you help me with this?  – Zach

Zach, I have been there and done that. You are correct that there are a lot of folks out there who supply effects, but you don’t have to pay for them. There are many available on youtube, but the problem is that you have to convert those from video to audio for use. Not difficult, but it is time-consuming. My go-to place for sound effects is either to create them myself or head to FreeSound.org. FreeSound.org

For example A few weeks ago it did a skit with Jim Harold. I needed the ambient sound of being picked up by a car and driving. I was not able to find exactly what I was looking for so I created my own. What I did was record it using an external mic, my iPad, and a trip in my Subaru. It worked out pretty good too.

Freesound.org is a group of folks that provides a collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps …whatever and releases them under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. You only have to give the creator credit if you plan to use it for commercial use.

I hope that helps you, Zach. 

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week Sylvia Shults is back with more Ghost Stories from the other side. This time her topic is called …Psych-out!  You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

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RAS #410 – A Gun For Dinosaur

On Ron’s Amazing Stories we travel back in time to the age of the Dinosaur. Reggie Rivers is a safari guide who goes after the really big game. Really Big! Also, we have two stories from the best of your stories. One is about a dorm room ghost and the other tells about creepy midnight callers. So sit back, relax, and prepare to be amazed.

Featured Story – A Gun For Dinosaur

Our featured story comes from the golden age of radio. It is titled A Gun for Dinosaur, and It tells the tale of four men who travel into the distant past to hunt dinosaurs. It was written by L. Sprague de Camp and It was first published in Galaxy Science Fiction in March of 1956.

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The Coffers Are Bare

Ron's Amazing CoffersIf you listened to the podcast last week you know that we used a lot of stories for The Month Of Spooky 2019.  So many in fact that the coffers are bare, and I need your help to refill them. But, what is a coffer? It is a box or chest, especially one for valuables, a treasury, or governmental funds. In our case, I think the best definition is a treasury. After all, to me, nothing is more valuable than a well-told story. 

Normally I get roughly two stories a week (Sometimes more …sometimes less).  During the month of spooky, the number stayed about the same. However, the usage rate was off the charts. Hence my plea. I need your stories to rebuild the coffers. So, if you have a story please share it with us. It can be about anything and everything. Do you have one to share?

Best Regards,
Ron

This Week’s Podcast: We travel back to the days of the Dinosaurs and join a team of hunters as they go on safari to bag the truly big one. The story is called A Gun For Dinosaur. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

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RAS #409 – Solomon’s Orbit

On Ron’s Amazing Stories we travel back to 1962 during the height of the space race. The phrase one man’s junk is another’s treasure plays a huge role in our story. We have a tale of fiction from Abigail that I think is quite clever and pokes fun at our gadgets. Add in a leftover Halloween story, a short one about a static shadow and a brand new helping of, Johnny Is It True? So sit back relax and enjoy the show.

Featured Story – Solomon’s Orbit

Our featured story comes from Analog Science Fiction Magazine – November 1962. It was the height of the space race where Russia and the United States were locked in a battle for outer space dominance. However, Old Man Solomon had other notions. I quote the tagline for our story: 

There will, sooner or later, be problems with “space junk,” and the right to dump in space. 

The tale is called Solomon’s Orbit and was written by William Carroll.

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