On the podcast this week we will have a special Ghost Stories With Sylvia. Sylvia and I will be discussing her brand new book Grave Deeds and Dead Plots. It is the first volume of an exciting new series. These collections of ghost stories feature spine-tingling tales of true crime … with ghosts added. Each story is a tale of murder, passion, or cold-blooded killing—and each case has resulted in an eerie haunting.
I have had the chance to read this book and I can tell you there are stories that will blow your mind. Did you think that you knew it all about the Hamilton and Burr conflict? Sylvia tells a whole new chapter of that amazing saga. Or how about the early days of Abraham Lincoln and his encounter with cold blood killer Isaac Wyatt. You might want to leave the lights on for the story at The Haunted Crossroads where Tom Otter meets his maker in a most hideous way. These are just a few of 30 stories found in Sylvia’s new work.
This book reads like a dream and you can binge it or enjoy it at your leisure. Sylvia has taken the time to fully research each story and gives you the facts. But not in a cold dry manner. No, each story is told with passion and you will feel it deep in your bones.
So on the podcast this week we will talk about this amazing book. You can listen to us, this Thursday, at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link
Grave Deeds and Dead Plots:
You can find the book on Amazon, of course, but you might also want to try Bookshop.org. When you order from Bookshop.org, part of your money goes to support independent bookstores, which is amazing.
On this week’s podcast we will focus on the life and times of Ray Douglas Bradbury born August 22, 1920. He was an author, screenwriter, and one of the most celebrated 20th-century creators of amazing stories. Bradbury was mainly known for his short-story collections The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951). Most of his best known work is speculative fiction, but he also worked in other genres, such as the coming of age novel Dandelion Wine (1957) and the fictionalized memoir Green Shadows, White Whale (1992). He also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick and It Came from Outer Space. Many of his works were adapted into television and film productions as well as comic books.
Here are some little known facts about Ray Bradbury:
He was given the middle name “Douglas” after the actor Douglas Fairbanks.
He was a descendant of Mary Bradbury, who was tried in Salem witch trials in 1692.
Bradbury attended Los Angeles High School and often roller-skated through Hollywood in hopes of meeting celebrities.
Bradbury’s first pay as a writer was at age 14. He wrote a joke he sold to George Burns to use on the Burns and Allen radio show.
At the age of 25, Bradbury finally summoned up the courage to ask a girl out for the first time ever. She was a bookstore clerk named Maggie, who thought he was stealing from the bookstore because he had a long trench coat on.
Not only did Bradbury never get a driver’s license, he didn’t believe in cars for anyone.
Though he wrote Fahrenheit 451 at UCLA, he wasn’t a student there. In fact, he didn’t believe in college. “I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money,” Bradbury told The New York Times in 2009. “When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”
A fitting memorial came when NASA landed a rover on Mars a few months after Bradbury’s death in 2012. They named the site where Mars rover Curiosity touched down “Bradbury Landing.”
On the program this week you we hear his view on life, the universe, and everything. Yes, I kind of stole that from Douglas Adams, but I am sure he won’t mind. I try to tie in all of our stories, including those from you guys, back to Bradbury and I think you will enjoy the result.
Well, I am happy to say that on the show this week we will have the pilot for the newest RAS segment The Paranormal With Jason. This time Jason and I read submissions to the What Happened To The Puppet? contest that we have been running the past few weeks. Also, Jason tells his tale about a visit from his grandmother. The problem is that she passed in 1999 and is not all that happy with how Jason has been living.
Art is a way of life for Jason. From an early age, he created various forms of artwork using various mediums, but none was as profound to him than photography. He finds inspiration wherever he goes and he keeps his eyes open for things that will make the perfect photo or will tell a story to the world as only he can.
Jason is a photographer, author, radio producer, has his own television show, and is a paranormal investigator. Truly a man about town!
Every once in a while I like to feature authors from the past that helped change the world. Alan Edward Nourse is one of these. He was a prolific writer during the 50’s and 60’s. He mostly wrote for the pulp magazines under the pen name Doctor X. Nourse was more than just a writer; his primary occupation was a physician. He wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science. His stories focused on medicine or psionics.
In science fiction of the 1950s and ’60s, psionics was a proposed discipline that applied principles of engineering to the study of paranormal or psychic phenomena, such as telepathy and psychokinesis. The term is a blending of psi and the -onics from electronics.
Nourse was born August 11, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended high school in Long Island, New York. He served in the U.S. Navy after World War II. He earned a BS science degree in 1951 from Rutgers University. He married Ann Morton on June 11, 1952, in Linden, New Jersey. He received a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his practice in North Bend, Washington, and during that time pursued his writing career. He had helped pay for his medical education by writing science fiction for magazines. After retiring from medicine, he continued writing. His regular column in Good Housekeeping magazine earned him the nickname “The Family Doctor”
He died on July 19, 1992, in Thorp, Washington at the age of 64.
This Week’s Podcast: On the show this week we have angels themed listener’s stories and a classic science fiction story that has a twist that you will never see coming. That will make even more sense if you tune in this week. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link
I have made it no secret that I love science fiction. The other day I was looking for something to watch in my movie collection. I am a bit of a nerd and have it completely indexed and categorized. I noticed that 40.4 percent of all my owned movies are science fiction and fantasy. That’s a lot! Anyway, the movie I ended up with that day was The Day The Earth Stood Still from 1951.
There were a lot of great science fiction films in the 1950s. However, this film easily stands out as a classic that gave so much to popular culture. The plot was very different from others of the same period because it had a peaceful message. The film lacks much action but makes up for it with genuine thoughtfulness as Klaatu learns more about the humans he has been sent to warn. He tries to reconcile with what he has been told with what he sees in the world as a whole, all with the help of a little boy and his mother.
The Day The Earth Stood Still is more relevant than ever, and I don’t mean its message of peace. Yes, we’re all violent, war-like, and we should throw away our guns and atomic bombs. Thanks, Klaatu you are right about that. In today’s fast-paced world we often forget what it was like just to enjoy life. Klaatu did just that in this film and what he discovered just might be worth saving.
On the podcast this week we will play the radio version of this classic film. This fifty-minute adaptation holds true in every way to the original film and even stars Michael Rennie as Klaatu. I hope you will tune in for this special labor day edition of Ron’s Amazing Stories.
This Week’s Podcast: 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.