FREE Copy of “House of Fire and Whispers” Audio Book (If You Promise to Review It)!

Again, I am offering a FREE gift for only a small investment of your time, my minions. I have a limited number of FREE download codes for the new audio book of House of Fire and Whispers: Investigating the Seattle Demon House. I will give you one if you promise to write a review of it for Audible/Amazon. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? I assure you that it IS true. If you would like a download code and promise to write a review, please message me here or at hecate80@hotmail.com for your code and instructions on how to use it.

By the way, I still have a couple of codes left for the audio book of The Rochdale Poltergeist as well, so let me know which one you want (or you can have both, if you’re into that and are feeling frisky enough to write two reviews). Same deal as above.

Thank you, and Goddess out.

“House of Fire and Whispers” Now In Audio Book!

I know I’ve been teasing this for a while, but it’s finally here! My newest book with Steve Mera, House of Fire and Whispers, about the infamous “Demons In Seattle” case, is now available in audio book form! Narrated by ME! Purchase it from Audible! And hey, just as before, if you don’t have an account with Audible yet, and you sign up for a free account and buy my book first, then I get a nice little bonus. So, again, it would be great if you did that. But even if you don’t, please buy, listen, enjoy, then please review on Amazon, if you wouldn’t mind. Reviews really do help.🙂

And don’t forget, The Rochdale Poltergeist is also available in audio book, and I also still have a few free download codes that I can give to anyone who promises to review it on Amazon. Shoot me a message on here or at hecate80@hotmail.com if you want a free review copy, and I will get you taken care of. Thanks for all the support, paranormal pals!

Goddess out.

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FREE Copy of the Rochdale Poltergeist Audio Book (If You Promise to Review It)!

Okay, listen up, people. I have a very limited number of FREE download codes for the new audiobook version of The Rochdale Poltergeist. I will give you one, but ONLY if you promise to review it for me on Amazon. Deal? If you want a code, message me for the code and instructions on how to use it. YOU HAVE TO WRITE A REVIEW, THOUGH. Thank you!

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The Rochdale Poltergeist Now In Audiobook!

The Rochdale Poltergeist is now available as an audiobook (narrated by yours truly) for the paltry sum of $6.95! Get it from Audible.com! It will also be available on Amazon and iTunes in a couple of days. House of Fire and Whispers and The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist audiobooks are coming very soon!

Oh, also…if you sign up for Audible.com and download my book as your first purchase, I get a bonus! So, y’know, it would be cool if you did that. No pressure, though. But seriously, DO IT. Thank you.

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13 O’Clock Episode Five: Eerie Espionage – Numbers Stations, Somerton Man, Isdal Woman

Everybody loves suave superspy James Bond, but sometimes international espionage can be a hell of a lot less glamorous, and even downright disturbing. On this spooky spy-themed episode, Tom and Jenny discuss the creepy weirdness of numbers stations, plus the intensely fucked-up and mysterious unsolved murders of probable secret agents The Somerton Man (aka the Tamam Shud case) and The Isdal Woman.

Download the audio file from iProject Radio here, or watch the YouTube version here. Also, don’t forget to follow the 13 O’Clock Podcast blog, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

And to listen to lots more unsettling examples of numbers stations, visit The Conet Project, and if you’re interested in recent attempts to crack the Tamam Shud code, check out this Reddit thread.

The Devil Went Down to Oxfordshire: An Appreciation of “The Blood on Satan’s Claw”

The small film subgenre of British folk horror is easily overlooked, with most casual fans only being able to point to a single example, the excellent and well-regarded cult classic The Wicker Man. But there were a few other sterling examples that deserve their place in the earthwork circle, as it were, such as The Devil Rides Out (based on the novel by Dennis Wheatley) and the terrific Vincent Price vehicle Witchfinder General. There is also the rather underrated gem we’re discussing today.

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1970’s The Blood on Satan’s Claw (known alternately as Satan’s Skin or The Devil’s Touch) was the follow-up to Tigon British Film Productions’ hit Witchfinder General, and though it’s not quite as great or iconic as that earlier film, it still has much to recommend it. Tigon, incidentally, was a smaller horror production company that got somewhat overshadowed by film behemoths Hammer Films (who were famous for their Dracula films and their pioneering formula of gore and heaving boobies), and Amicus Productions (who were famous for their rad anthology films like The House That Dripped Blood and Vault of Horror).

The Blood on Satan’s Claw is set in a tiny English village somewhere around the end of the 17th century. Affable farmer Ralph Gower (Barry Andrews) is plowing some fields one day and happens to unearth a janky-looking skull with one staring eyeball and what appear to be tufts of fur. Alarmed, Ralph summons the local judge to come check out his find, but of course, once the judge arrives, the skull is no longer there. The judge (played with great sardonic relish by Patrick Wymark) pooh-poohs all these insufferable rubes and their silly superstitions, and goes about his judgely way.

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Meanwhile, lanky local Peter Edmonton (Simon Williams), who looks like a Bee Gee doing Renaissance cosplay, brings his betrothed Rosalind (Tamara Ustinov) home to meet the family. His aunt is a stone-cold bitch to the girl, and forces her to sleep up in the stinky, unused attic. Peter tries to make the best of things, and promises he’ll be up for some farm-fresh lovin’ after his disapproving relatives have gone to bed.

But later that night, Rosalind apparently sees something horrifying in her room and starts screaming her hussy head off, prompting Aunt Twatface and the other old guy living there to do the only rational thing, which is to board her up in the attic until the men with the butterfly nets can get there to cart her off to the nuthouse. As she’s carried away, she shoots her fiancé a wicked grin, and we see that one of her hands has morphed into a claw. Peter, understandably, is bereft, but his relatives are all insensitive and shit, essentially telling him that he dodged a bullet and he should be happy that he didn’t end up married to some wanton demonic harlot. Peter, obviously, seems less than convinced.

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Soon afterwards, all hell literally breaks loose in the village. All the young’uns start hanging out together and playing creepy “games” out in the woods, and some of them develop icky patches of crepe werewolf hair on various parts of their anatomy. They stop turning up to their Sunday school classes, and act defiant and contemptuous toward village priest Reverend Fallowfield (Anthony Ainley).

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Incidents begin to escalate. Peter has a vision that his hand has also become a claw, and slices it off in a frenzy. The children lure friendly young Simon le Bon lookalike Mark Vespers (Robin Davies) into the woods and murder him, bragging to his mother that they have done so. It soon comes to light that all of the town’s youngsters have fallen under the spell of nubile hottie Angel Blake (Linda Hayden), who apparently got in on the ground floor of the Satan worship and is now running the show. Angel attempts to seduce the Reverend and then accuses him of raping her; orders her followers to hack off their own limbs or forcibly take limbs from others to apparently reconstruct her coming Master out of the severed parts; and perhaps worst of all, paints on crazy Wolfman Jack eyebrows just a touch too high over her natural ones, making her look like some pagan blonde version of Frida Kahlo.

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After Ralph’s intended, the adorable Cathy Vespers (Wendy Padbury), is brutally raped and sacrificed by the child cult (in what is actually a fairly disturbing scene, due to the frighteningly realistic terror on Cathy’s face), the judge is persuaded to come back to the village to deal with all the devilry that his rational ass was initially so dismissive of. The end of the film is actually a bit of a letdown, as it’s somewhat abrupt and anticlimactic, and I’m not too sure how I feel about the final reveal of the Supreme Evil Overlord, who looks a bit too much like a short dude wearing a gorilla suit and a papier-mache Halloween mask, but hey, it was 1970, and I can forgive a touch of cheesiness in costuming, especially since the camera doesn’t really linger on the monster before he is summarily dispatched.

If you’re a fan of this type of pagan British horror, you probably owe it to yourself to see this one, even though it’s not quite at the same level as the other folk horrors I mentioned. Despite the cast looking oh-so-painfully seventies, and despite the over-the-top accents and regionalisms, and despite the pacing being slightly off, this is actually quite an enjoyable little horror flick with some genuinely tense scenes, a bit of decent gore (such as one character having her fur patch sliced off by a doctor, and later getting her leg caught in a bear trap), and some pretty fantastic cinematography of the English countryside.

Until next time, keep it creepy, my friends, and if you suddenly develop an unexplained area of coarse black hair somewhere on your person, consult your local witchfinder immediately.

Goddess out.

13 O’Clock Episode Four: Enturbulating Scientology with the Angry Gay Pope

On this super-sized episode, Jenny and Tom risk lawsuits, assassination attempts, and the butthurt disapproval of Tom Cruise by poking fun at the weird and wacky world of Scientology with infamous Scientology protester The Angry Gay Pope, who has spent the past eight years trolling the ludicrous “church” and documenting every hilarious second of it on his magical YouTube channel, The End of Scientology. Listen, laugh, visit his site, and donate to his Patreon so he can continue his glorious takedown of this loony and dangerous cult.

Download the audio file from iProject Radio here, or watch the YouTube version here. Also, don’t forget to follow the 13 O’Clock Podcast blog, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.