Happy New Year from Ron’s Amazing Stories. This is the last week before the new year and I am taking the week off. For the first time in quite a while, we will have a replay of a past show. What we will do is have my favorite episode from 2021. Now comes the mystery part. I am not going to say here which episode I have chosen. So, you will have to tune in on Thursday to find out. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.
On this program this week we will hear the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. It should come as no surprise that this is a holiday classic, but what might be a shocker is that we have never played this tale in the ten years of Ron’s Amazing Stories. That changes this Thursday. So why are we playing A Christmas Carol? Well, on December 23rd we will be presenting a follow-up to the story with a twist that you will only be able to hear on Ron‘s Amazing Stories. Sylvia Shults and I are going to take and turn this story on its head with real-life ghost stories and much, much more. So, be here that week to hear what should be a very different look at A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843. It recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. Published on the 19th of December, the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve, and by the end of 1844 thirteen editions had been released.
Dickens wrote the story during a period when the British were exploring and re-evaluating past Christmas traditions, including carols, and newer customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. He was influenced by the experiences of his own youth and by the Christmas stories of other authors, including Washington Irving and Douglas Jerrold. Most critics reviewed the novella favorably. He went on to write four other Christmas stories in subsequent years. In 1849 he began public readings of the story, which proved so successful he undertook 127 further performances until 1870, the year of his death. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been translated into several languages.
We dedicate the podcast this week to a brand new book that just hit the shelves. It is titled Days of the Dead: A Year of True Ghost Stories. The author and friend of the podcast Sylvia Shults will be here for a special Ghost Stories With Sylvia to tell us all about it.
Are you brave enough to spend every day of the year with ghosts? Paranormal reporter Sylvia Shults has collected 366 ghost stories, one for every single day of the year, and has detailed them in this ambitious work. There’s a story for your birthday. There’s a story for your pet’s birthday. There’s a story to make every day spooky. Open the cover and peek inside – if you dare.
About Sylvia Shults: Sylvia 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, Fractured Souls,and her latest release Days of the Dead: A Year of True Ghost Stories. All of her books are available on Amazon and you can find out more at her WordPress home page.
It is that time of year again where Ron’s Amazing Stories changes from a partially spooky show to an all out spookfest. Coming up during the month of October you will hear some of the creepiest stories from all manner of sources. I don’t want to give away all of the surprises, but I will tell you this. We will be taking our annual halloween story The Thing On The Fourble Board and doing a MST3K type take at it. Something I have never done and it should be …well amazing. Also during the month there will be extra podcasts, a crazy Ghost Stories with Sylvia, and much more. It all begins next week, but you can expect a taste of it on this Thursday’s podcast where we present a collection of your stories where the experiencers were forced to run away. Also, on the show we present a story from the mind of Arch Oboler titled Oxychloride X. This one just might destroy the world as we know it.
The podcast this week will be dropping one day early. My nephew is getting married this Thursday and for better or worse he and his lovely bride have asked me to attend. I am looking forward to it and am sure it is going to be very fun. It is an outside event with the backdrop being the Columbia River Gorge. Quite beautiful actually.
On the podcast this week we have a tribute to the olympics (Kind of). We will take a look at the 1904 edition. The 1904 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the III Olympiad was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in St. Louis, Missouri from August 29 until September 3, 1904. We will be focusing on the marathon which has gone down in history as one of the strangest events of all time.
Also, on the show will be a brand new Johnny Is It True – Facebook Edition, a story from Lord Dunsany titled Last Scene Of All, and of course stories from you guys.