On a fan frenzy edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we analyze Netflix phenomenon Stranger Things with Guy Adams, author of Notes From the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things. We talk with Guy Top of hour 2; Hour 1, Joel and Eric review the week’s most edifying paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
Stranger Things Season Two is on its way to Netflix — finally — on October 27. The first season of “Stranger Things” was released in July 2016, and within a month it became the third most-watched season of Netflix original content of all time. Set in the ’80s Indiana, a mysterious girl named Eleven shows up and the search is on for a little boy named Will who has vanished into thin air. What happened to him and the identity of Eleven are the main themes of the first season of a show that continues to dominate pop culture — from star treatment for the young actors, to fans picking over every frame of the Season Two trailer, to intricate theories about what’s to come — as viewers not-so-patiently wait for the next season to be released.
Fortunately, Guy Adams’ extraordinarily informative and cheeky Notes From the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things is here to make the wait, if not shorter, then at least far more entertaining. Jump inside the world of Stranger Things, from the origins of the creepy premise and (endless) child actor auditions, to how the mind-bending music was composed. Author Guy Adams illustrates how the Duffer Brothers wove techniques and references from all the best thriller, horror, and paranormal entertainment into the now-iconic series.
Notes from the Upside Down shares all the subtle references to media like The Twilight Zone, Knight Rider, Jaws, Carl Sagan, and many, many more that you might have missed. If you’ve ever wondered why Spielberg is such a huge influence, which Stephen King books you need to read, or how State Trooper David O’Bannon earned his name, then this book is for you.
And what about Barb??
Guy Adams Notes From the Upside Down Stranger Things
Much like the show, Notes from the Upside Down is a love letter to 1980’s culture, from an author who grew up during the time and never really let it go. Guy Adams lives in Spain, surrounded by rescue animals. Having spent over ten years working as a professional actor and comedian, eventually he decided he’d like to eat regularly, so he switched careers and became a full-time writer.
Against all odds he managed to stay busy and since then he has written over twenty books, from bestselling humor title THE RULES OF MODERN POLICING (1973 Edition) to novels for BBC Books’ TORCHWOOD range, and brand new adventures for Sherlock Holmes in THE BREATH OF GOD and THE ARMY OF DR MOREAU. He is the author of THE WORLD HOUSE novels, the DEADBEAT series and the weird westerns THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE INFERNAL and ONCE UPON A TIME IN HELL. His most recent title Notes from the Upside Down.
He also writes comics, including THE ENGINE from Madefire, the creator-owned GOLDTIGER and the forthcoming ULYSSES SWEET: MANIAC FOR HIRE from 2000AD. THE CLOWN SERVICE, his new series from Del Rey UK, mixes espionage with horror and fantasy.
On a diametrically dark and light edition of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — we delve into the worlds of real life super heroes and serial killers with author/journalist Nadia Fezzani, who has written extensively and insightfully about both respectively in her books Real Life Super Heroes and Through the Eyes of Serial Killers. We speak with Nadia at Top of Hour 2; Hour 1. Clarissa guides us through the week’s top True Crime stories.
Nadia Fezzani is an acclaimed Canadian author and journalist well known for her research and insight into serial killers, as well as many other topics. While writing her book Through the Eyes of Serial Killers: Interviews with Seven Murderers, Nadia worked closely with law enforcement, attorneys, and the murders themselves. She spent four years conducting groundbreaking, uncensored interviews with multiple-murderers behind bars in search of answers to unsettling questions: What went on in their heads as they prepared for their next crime? What drove them to murder not once, but habitually? Were they born killers, or had they begun as normal individuals and been somehow transformed into predators?
The account she pieces together from interviews, psychological research, criminal profiling, and genetic studies is as unsettling as it is revealing. Scars of abuse and cold-blooded logic emerge as Fezzani dissects serial killers’ personalities in a quest to understand those who have committed unthinkable crimes.
Nadia became well known in Europe for interviewing American serial killer Richard Cottingham for French documentary Enquêtes et revelations, and she is also known for appearing in November 84, a docudrama about the disappearance of children.
After lengthy immersion in that topic, she decided to investigate, in a way, the opposite of serial killer depravity. In Nadia’s new book, Real Life Super Heroes, she dives into the underground world of real life superheroes. While they may wear costumes and shield their true identities, their jobs are anything but make-believe! Fezzani sets out in search of the secret lives of men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow human beings. Through interviews and patrols with these “heroes,” she discovers what motivates them and what they hope to achieve through dangerous and sometimes illegal activity. After facing gunmen and other dangers on patrol, Fezzani has crafted a psychologically fascinating look at Real Life Super Heroes and their world.
Nadia mentors young adults and gives conferences about serial killers, real life superheroes, as well as how to improve one’s life and achieve goals. Nadia has also interviewed famous athletes and musicians. She currently works as a freelance writer and enjoys traveling, discovering new cultures, and going to rock concerts.
After Hours AM / Deeper Cuts Join Joel & Greg as we dive headlong into the mind of madness. We talk with Brett Skolnick about "Voices or God? Journal of Allen Kerrigan". Allen Kerrigan was you average middle aged man. Until the voices started that is. Brett has published Allen's journals depicting his slow but steady mental decline.
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On a classic ghost hunting episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — spirited paranormal talk with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we talk with Tennessee Wraith Chaser, Porter, about his new Destination America series HAUNTED TOWNS. We talk with Porter at Top of Hour 2; at Hour 1 Joel and Eric review the week’s spookiest paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
From infamous hotbeds of paranormal activity like Gettysburg and Salem to small towns with turbulent pasts that have fueled generations of ghost stories, HAUNTED TOWNS explores places home to some of the darker chapters of American history, where war, natural disaster, and injustice have condemned unsettled spirits to lurk and roam. The Tennessee Wraith Chasers (TWC) ghost hunting team is expanding their scope in this all-new series as they travel across the country investigating America’s most haunted towns.
Follow TWC – Chris, Doogie, Porter, and Brannon – as they interview witnesses, investigate hotspots using the latest ghost-hunting technology, and follow new leads until they can pinpoint who is haunting the town and why. But the team isn’t just about collecting evidence – they seek the truth behind the legends that have shaped each town’s paranormal notoriety. The eight-episode first season of HAUNTED TOWNS premiered August 15 and runs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Destination America.
Towns explored in the series include:
Gettysburg, Pa., where more than 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the Civil War’s most epic battle. The town is a hot spot for paranormal activity and the perfect testing ground for an experiment using trigger objects that may have had personal meaning to the spirits and could activate paranormal activity.
Salem, Mass., one of the most legendary haunted towns in America
Savannah, Ga., where hauntings plague the businesses surrounding the former site of the city’s gallows
Vicksburg, Miss., the site of major civil unrest during Reconstruction
Bisbee, Ariz., the old mining town plagued by union strife
Fall River, Mass., home of Lizzie Borden
McDonough, Ga., where the Camp Creek train crash of 1900 left dozens of passengers dead
Cape May, N.J., the epicenter of the Victorian Era’s Spiritualism movement
TENNESSEE WRAITH CHASERS
The Tennessee Wraith Chasers (TWC) are a serious team of paranormal investigators who don’t take themselves too seriously. TWC’s motto is respect, detect, collect, meaning they rely on a unique combination of the scientific method and spiritual faith to navigate investigations. Growing up in a historic, haunted, area of Tennessee has given them with an authentic desire to make sense of the mysterious things they’ve experienced through paranormal research. They take great pride in establishing relationships of trust with witnesses and call on the strengths of each team member to leave no stone unturned. The Wraith Chasers made their television debut as the stars of Destination America’s fan-favorite series GHOST ASYLUM, in which they investigated America’s most frightening asylums, sanitariums, penitentiaries and haunted hotspots.
Porter TWC Haunted Towns
Porter became fascinated by the paranormal after experiencing something unexplainable during his college years. One morning, he awoke to the smell of breakfast filling his family’s house. He saw who he thought was his mother in a pink robe cooking at the stove. He left the room to clean up before grabbing a plate only to return and find the kitchen empty. Porter then realized that his entire family had left earlier that morning to run errands and his mother didn’t own a pink robe. He now studies other strange occurrences and looks to historical record and the Bible for answers. Porter brings an analytical mind to the team and quite often plays the devil’s advocate when studying evidence.
It seems almost impossible to believe it’s been 16 years since the stunning, traumatic, indelible events of September 11, 2001. The daughter who was not yet two is now almost 18. The country and the world are different, sadder but perhaps wiser places. On tonight’s sobering yet heroic episode of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we discuss the most horrific crime in American history with 9/11 survivor, speaker and museum docent Jeanette Gutierrez. Jeanette joins us at Top of hour 2; Hour 1 Joel and Eric discuss the week’s top True Crime news.
New Yorker Jeanette Gutierrez survived the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and now serves as a docent at lower Manhattan’s 9/11 Tribute Museum and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at ground zero. Then 39, Gutierrez sat at her desk on September 11, 2001 on the 16th floor of the World Financial Center, across from the North Tower, when a plane came crashing into it. She called her sister, Gail Smeragulioulo, who insisted that she leave work and get as far away from the buildings as possible. Gutierrez hadn’t yet realized the severity of what had happened, but she had the sense to listen to her older sister. Smeragulioulo walked toward the building to meet Gutierrez, and the two escaped the shadow of the Twin Towers together. Jeanette found it too difficult to talk about the events of 9/11 for eight years until she decided she had to speak out for those who can’t. Listen to her remarkable story.
September 11, 2001
On a transcendentally clear, balmy September morning, 19 Islamic extremists believed to be affiliated with Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network hijacked four airliners and perverted them into missiles to attack the symbolic and very real centers of American – and in turn Western – financial, cultural and military hegemony.
Over 3,000 souls – including hundreds of rescue workers – from over 80 nations were lost, the preponderance literally disintegrated before a horrified, transfixed TV audience’s gaze. The 110 story twin towers of the World Trade Center, New York’s tallest buildings and the workplace of over 40,000 people, were impaled from the air and fatally injected with spite and hellfire jet fuel: American Airlines flight 11, scheduled Boston to Los Angeles carrying 92 people, struck north tower floors 95-102 at 8:48 a.m.; United Airlines flight 175, scheduled from Boston to Los Angeles carrying 65, struck south tower floors 86-92 at 9:03 a.m.
The inferno created by the raging jet fuel weakened the steel girders causing first the south, then the north towers to crumble pathetically upon themselves generating great toxic tsunamis of gray ash and debris. A third building, 7 World Trade Center, collapsed in sympathy later that afternoon; there was extensive damage from the deluge of debris to all buildings surrounding the WTC complex. The horrifying visions of the planes embedding themselves in the buildings, the effulgence of flames springing from the wounds, and the subsequent implosion of the buildings were rerun on TV over and over before billions of eyes, burning themselves indelibly into the collective retina, focusing attention on one time and place as perhaps never before in world history.
The redoubtable command center of American military might, Washington’s geometrically named Pentagon, was struck by another airliner-turned-missile – American Airlines flight 77, scheduled Washington to Los Angeles carrying 64, struck at 9:43 a.m. – killing almost 200 more. A fourth plane, presumably headed for another Washington-area governmental target, slammed into the earth in rural southwestern Pennsylvania – United Airlines flight 93, scheduled Newark to San Francisco carrying 45, crashed at 10:10 a.m. – killing all aboard after passengers learned of the fates of the three other hijacked planes via cell phone, resolved to not become a fourth implement of untold destruction, and physically attacked the hijackers with the fateful last words of passenger Todd Beamer, “Okay, let’s roll,” trailing off into history.
On this addition of After Hours AM / Deeper Cuts. Joel & Greg talk with Psychic Medium Lorie Johnson. Joel and Greg cover the news of the day. Then we welcome wold famous Psychic Medium Lorie Johnson. "at the age of two I could see spirits ,at least my time of remembering them , it took me until I was 30 to realize who it was , he was my father’s father 100% Cherokee Indian , a healer, he could see, premonition, heal , Death , but because my family was so superstitious I was not allowed to notice I was more special then others , I’ve felt I was always different in my life growing up , never felt like I was meant to be there with them ,but knew some reason I was . all my life I’ve helped others and not understanding how gifted I was , I never understood me having to live such hell."
On a cheerfully gruesome, colorful, and hard rocking edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we visit with horror artist, comic book creator, and Life of Agony bassist/songwriter Alan Robert about his new The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium – Another GOREgeous Coloring Book. Alan joins us at top of hour 2. Hour 1 Joel and Eric dredge up the week’s coolest paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
The Beauty of Horror 2
Following up his #1 best-selling coloring book The Beauty of Horror, creator Alan Robert returns with volume two in the series – The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium – Another GOREgeous Coloring Book. Ghouliana’s Creepatorium (Sept 19, IDW) continues the journey of everyone’s favorite undead girl, Ghouliana, as she mischievously attempts to trick budding colorists into unleashing her deadly spell. Ghouliana has secretly sprinkled her haunted ingredients throughout 80 pages of Robert’s original pen and ink illustrations. The Beauty of Horror 2 features a beautifully chilling red-foiled cover and high-quality paper that will ensure the pools of blood you color don’t leak through the pages.
“I was completely blown away by the overwhelming response to the first book,” Robert says, “the amazing color work fans have been posting online inspired me to get crackin’ on volume two right away! And this time, Ghouliana’s got even more tricks up her sleeve.” Regarding Beauty of Horror 1, Robert confides, “The coloring book craze took hold of my wife and daughter a few months ago and I wanted to get in on the fun, but as I flipped through the endless pages of nature patterns, it dawned on me that someone left out all of the damn corpses. As a proud member of the horror community, I took it upon myself to stand up for the rights of monster-lovers everywhere. Why should we be excluded from the coloring phenomenon?!”
Alan Robert is the award-winning author/artist of several IDW comic book series including Crawl to Me, Killogy, and Wire Hangers. Crawl to Me is currently being developed as a live-action feature film. A Brooklyn native, Alan’s journey as a comic book creator began at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he attended on a scholarship and studied cartooning under legendary Thor comic writer/artist Walt Simonson.
Over the last two decades, Robert’s hard rock band Life of Agony built a die-hard cult following, selling over one million albums worldwide. Life of Agony recently released their 5th studio album A Place Where There’s No More Pain through Napalm Records to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone hailed it as “One of the Most Anticipated Albums of the Year” and it debuted at #24 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart.
On an extraordinary episode of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime Wednesdays with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — we examine one of the most fascinating criminal cases in U.S. history with director and exec producer of Discovery’s scripted Manhunt UNABOMBER series, Greg Yaitanes. Greg will join us at 10pE; at 9pE Clarissa leads us through the week’s most alarming and entertaining True Crime news.
Disturbed mathematical prodigy Ted Kaczynski gripped the country in a reign of terror from 1978 to 1996 with deadly letter bombs that could appear anywhere. Dubbed the “Unabomber” because his early targets were universities and airlines, one man in a remote Montana cabin with no electricity or running water became the most feared domestic terrorist of his time and the deadliest serial bomber in history.
Manhunt UNABOMBER tells the dramatic and gripping true story of the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber. The story focuses on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington), who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany). As a fresh faced Criminal Profiler and the newest member of the Unabom Task Force (UTF), Fitz faced an uphill battle not just against the Unabomber – one of the most sophisticated and brilliant criminals in U.S. history – but also against the bureaucracy of the UTF itself as his maverick ideas and new approaches were dismissed by the system.
The all-star cast also includes Chris Noth as Don Ackerman, the Bay Area Divisional Head of the FBI, who supervises the UNABOM Task Force; Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes as Tabby, a street agent who partners with Fitz; Jane Lynch in the role of former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno; Mark Duplass as David Kaczynski, Ted’s younger brother; Michael Nouri as Penthouse founder Bob Guccione; Brian d’Arcy James playing ‘Henry Murray,’ a professor of Kaczynski’s at Harvard University; Trieste Kelly Dunn playing ‘Theresa Oakes,’ a librarian at the Lincoln Public Library; Elizabeth Reaser in the role of ‘Ellie,’ Jim Fitzgerald’s wife; Ben Weber as Andy Genelli, former head of the UNABOM Task Force; Jeremy Bobb as Stan Cole, a seasoned FBI agent and Ackerman’s “foul-mouthed pit bull”; Lynn Collins as Natalie, a post-doc in linguistics at Stanford; Katja Herbers as Linda, David Kaczinski’s wife; and Brian F. O’Byrne as Frank McAlpine, the FBI’s master profiler and Fitzgerald’s professor who leads the Behavioral Analysis Unit.
Greg Yaitanes - Paul Bettany - Sam Worthington - Manhunt Unabomber
Emmy Award-winning television producer and director Greg Yaitanes is executive producer, director and showrunner of Manhunt UNABOMBER. Yaitanes has directed and produced over 200 hours of television, including some of the top series over the past two decades. This will be the second time Yaitanes has been chosen to direct an entire series, making him the quintessential world builder. Recently, Yaitanes served as showrunner, executive producer, and directed the entire first season of Cinemax’ series Quarry.
In addition to his recent projects, Yaitanes’ extensive résumé includes such series as Lost, Damages, Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan, Heroes, Banshee and House, M.D. It was his work on House, M.D. that earned him an Emmy Award in 2008 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. House became the most popular show world-wide with over 100 million people viewing it each week. Between House and Banshee, Greg has led his team to 29 Emmy nominations and 6 wins, including the first Emmy nomination for content aired exclusively online for the Fox series, Drive.
Yaitanes has also extended his reach into bridging Silicon Valley and Hollywood. As one of the company’s original investors, Yaitanes is a frequent guest speaker at Twitter as well having created “live tweeting” for television.
Active in the Greek community, Yaitanes helped produce Greek America Foundation’s Gabby Awards and directed the opening of the Gabby Awards on Ellis Island. Greg is married to Kosås Cosmetics founder, Sheena Yaitanes. They have a daughter Electra and the trio, along with Greg’s sons Van and Leo, split time between New York and Los Angeles.
On this addition of After Hours AM / Deeper Cuts with Joel & Greg. We talk with Robert W. Sullivan IV about Cinema Symbolism in popular movies. Hour 1 We talk about spooky celebrity ghost sightings. Hour 2 we dive headlong in to symbolisms in cinema with Robert W. Sullivan IV (Author) "Finally! The much anticipated sequel to Cinema Symbolism is here! Cinema Symbolism 2: More Esoteric Imagery in Popular Movies explores the hidden symbolism and esoteric imagery in such movies as Crimson Peak, the Harry Potter Saga, The Chronicles of Narnia, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Suspiria, From Hell, Black Swan, Angel Heart, Fantasia, Eyes Wide Shut, The Lion King, Maleficent, Watchmen, The Shining, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Gangs of New York and many more."
On this Addition of after Hours AM Joel & Eric Top of hour 2 talk with Bill Schutt Hour 1 Joel & Eric cover all the creepy headlines and even make a call to the inafmouse clown hotel. Bill Schutt (@draculae and billschutt.com) is a vertebrate zoologist, college professor and author. His first book, "Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures" garnered rave reviews from the likes of E.O. Wilson and the New York Times. The Library Journal and Amazon.com both named Dark Banquet one of the "Best books of 2008". Additionally, Barnes and Noble selected Dark Banquet for its 2008 "Discover Great New Writers" program.
Bill's first novel, "Hell's Gate", co-authored with J.R. Finch, was published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2016 (The paperback is available everywhere books are sold). Hell's Gate is the first in a historical-science thriller series featuring R.J. MacCready, the Indiana Jones of zoology who, after the unlikely discovery of a Japanese submarine marooned in the Brazilian interior in 1944, is sent on a mission to determine what the enemy is plotting, uncover the fate of missing Army Rangers, and contend with mysterious natural forces in the forest that are brutally killing Axis, Allies, and locals alike. Hell's Gate received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and counts James Cameron, Alice Cooper, Clive Cussler, and James Rollins as fans.