Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2017 Schedule

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 13

Friday the 13th Fest Part 3 and Cryptid Art Show @ Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust St., 9PM) $8. Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3102416 

Friday the 13th Fest returns with another fun, sexy, creepy night of music, burlesque and sideshow performance, and more! Our past two events have been a huge hit. Performers include Skully Sati, Claira Bell, Nina Nazir, Jezzibel Bates, music by Mississippi Sawyer and Sinister Fate. Emceed by comedian Jason Hillman.

The Cryptid Art Show on the Public House’s gallery wall will feature work by the MPC art crew: David Beyer Jr., Alex Groh, Cat Palmeno, Emily Bartos, Estephanie Mendoza, Logan Chitwood, and Brie Nelson!
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Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee: Investigation at Milwaukee Theater
(500 W. Kilbourn Ave., 7:30-9:30 and 10-Midnight shifts available), limited to 25 tickets each shift. $45 for one shift or $80 for both shifts. For tickets CLICK HERE.
Join the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee on an investigation of the haunted Milwaukee Theater. For more info on PIM and the history of the Milwaukee Theatre (including hauntings) click on the above ticket link.

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David Parr’s Midnight Magic Show @ Brumder Mansion (3046 W. Wisconsin Ave., doors at 11:30, show Midnight, 17 plus only) Limited to 50 tickets, $15. Ticket link: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3079241
Magician David Parr recently boggled minds on Penn & Teller: Fool Us when he stumped the magician duo with an amazing card trick. You can see his winning magic HERE. Parr will perform a haunted history themed show, including a seance demonstration in the basement theater of the historic and haunted Brumder Mansion. Show starts at Midnight and tickets are limited to 50.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 14

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Activities Day

We still have details on these events we are working on including ticket links. Please note that many of these activities have limited capacity, so you’ll want to get tickets quick!

Forest Home Cemetery: Beer Barons Tour (10:30am-Noon) Limited to 30 tickets. $7, available from MPC here (must be bought in advance): www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3070461
Historian Robert Giese leads this tour in the beautiful Forest Home Cemetery. This tour will focus on visit gravesites of the brewers who made Milwaukee famous, including Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz, and others.

UFO Day at Shorewood Village Center (3920 N. Murray Ave. 11am-2pm) Free event! Sponsored by Milwaukee Paranormal Conference.
Join us for guest speaker presentations on the subject of Unidentified Flying Objects in the Shorewood Village Center (that’s the ground level of the Shorewood Library). Presentations will be given by Mark O’Connell (author of The Close Encounters Man), Kevin Malek of the UFO Wisconsin Research Team, author and radio host Nicholas Roesler, and Sam Maranto (Chicago Mutual UFO Network) who will be speaking on the Tinley Park mass sighting case.

Paranormal Pagans Mead and Greet (12-4) Free event! Presented by the Milwaukee Pagan Unity Community and Terrestrial Tarot.
This gathering will take place at the Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust St. and Garden Park right next door) and is for all pagans. It’ll include workshop sessions, tarot card readings, handmade items for sale, a time to socialize (and drink mead) and more! Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/113519196025485/

Paranormal Fiction Writers Coffee Hour (2-3pm) Free event! @ Anodyne Coffee (224 W. Bruce St.)
This is a social meet up for anyone working on fiction with paranormal or horror elements. Whether you’ve written more books than Stephen King or are just brainstorming, you are welcome to get a cup of coffee (or other beverage), meet new people and talk about your writing. Hosted by author Kat de Falla.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/116966639011869/

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Milwaukee Paranormal Film Fest @ Times Cinema
(5906 W. Vliet St.) Times and ticket info: https://omniwebticketing.com/times/?schdate=2017-10-14

The MPFF returns and this year it’s organized by our friends at the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival. Documentaries and films inspired by paranormal topics will be featured, screened at the historic Times Cinema!

Milwaukee Ghosts- Tours and Investigations Third Ward Walking Tour (7 pm) Limited to 20 tickets, $15. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/third-ward-ghost-tour-2017-tickets-38579846359
Explore the haunted history of the “Bloody Third” on Milwaukee’s original ghost tour!  Meet in front of the Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water Street, St. Paul Ave. & Water St.) at 7:00 and embark on a 90 minute walking tour full of surprising and spooky tales of ghosts, curses and monsters from past and present.

Waukesha Ghost Tour (7:30pm) Limited to 30 people, $20. Ticket link soon.
Haunted history, urban legends, and real-life ghost stories in a walking tour of downtown Waukesha. Tickets: http://waukeshaghosts.com/

Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee: Investigation at Milwaukee Theater
(500 W. Kilbourn Ave. 7:30-9:30 and 10-Midnight shifts available), limited to 25 tickets each shift. $45 for one shift or $80 for both shifts. For tickets CLICK HERE.
Join the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee on an investigation of the haunted Milwaukee Theater. For more info on PIM and the history of the Milwaukee Theatre (including hauntings) click on the above ticket link.

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The Jabberwocky’s Ball, 9pm, The Local (Club Anything, 807 S. 5th St.)
Our sequel to last year’s smash hit Raven’s Ball will feature music, performance, a costume contest, and more!
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Tamarind Tribal Belly Dance
Members from the Miltown Kings
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Featuring a guest performer from Dead Man’s Carnival
The Pirate Twins (DJs Scary Lady Sarah and William Faith)

Costume contest: prize for best Alice in Wonderland themed costume
Tarot readings by Skully Sati
Emcee: Miss Information

More info: https://milwaukeeparacon.com/2017/09/17/the-jabberwockys-ball/
Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3091381

SUNDAY OCTOBER 15

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference @ Irish Cultural and Heritage Center (2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.)
Guest speakers, panels, discussions, workshops, vendors, and more! Admission for the day is $10

Hallamor Schedule

10-11: Allison Jornlin, “Milwaukee Forteana Vol. III”

11-12: Noah Leigh, “Based on True Events: When Hollywood Deviates From Reality”

12-1: Linda S. Godfrey, “Back to Bray Road”

1-2: Mary Marshall,”Paranormal Investigating in the Outdoors”

2-3: Dale Kaczmarek, “Ghost Photography”

3-4: Tobias Wayland, “The Chicago Flying Humanoid and Other Cases”

4-5: Heidi Hollis, “Who are the Shadow People and the Hat Man?”

Paranormal Pub Series Schedule 

11-12: Kristan T. Harris “Magic Behind Words: A Discussion on Secret Societies and Symbolism”

12-1: Society for Anomalous Studies, “Historical Hauntings: Supporting Local Historical Societies through Paranormal Fundraising”

1-2: Haunted Road Trip panel discussion. Moderator: Mike Huberty (See You on the Other Side podcast). Guests:  J. Nathan Couch (Downtown West Bend Ghost Walk), Valerie Kedrowski (Stevens Point Paranormal Club), Shelly Wells (Old Baraboo Inn).

2-3: Ghost Story Open Mic, hosted by Deadgar Winter and the Deadgirls

3-4: Kevin Nelson, “Techniques of a Legend Hunter: How to Unearth Obscure Legends and Lore.”

Workshops Room schedule

11-12: Zombie Squad, “Prepping for the Unkown”

12-1: Robert Schoenecker, “Milwaukee Krampusnacht Planning Session”

1-2: “What Would D.B. Cooper Do?” discussion with Mike VanAkkeren

2-3: Nathan, Patrick, and Dustin Abplanalp, Fernando Martinez, and Mike Johnson, “Bigfooting 101”

3-4: Dark Star Ministry, “Spirit Communication”

Buy your ticket herewww.brownpapertickets.com/event/3070451

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3070451

Sunday After Con Events

There’s a party at Shaker’s with the Racine Paranormal Investigators and a special Sex Ed for Adults on “Paranormal Sexual Encounters” at Riverwest Public House…oh myyyyy!

After party at Shaker’s Cigar Bar (422 S. 2nd St.) 5pm-Midnight
The notoriously haunted Shaker’s is where you’ll want to mingle and talk about your conference experiences and the supernatural in general. Shaker’s will have a special on their tours– $10, as well as $ 5 Ghost Ales and Shadow People Lagers. You also get $ 5 off a refreshing Death in Afternoon cocktail and $5 off pizzas.

The Racine Paranormal Investigators, who have investigated Shaker’s several times, will be onhand to tell you about their team and their experiences at Shaker’s.

Sex Ed for Adults presents “Paranormal Sexual Encounters” at Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust St.) 7pm / Free / 21+

Featured presenter: Jann Goldberg

Sex Ed for Adults is thrilled to be teaming up once again with the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference for our October workshop. Jann Goldberg will be leading the conversation on paranormal experiences and what happens in the environment that can cause people to feel they have experienced a paranormal phenomenon. Jann will discuss cases and show video clips of phenomena of a sexual nature and some ghost lore regarding sexual entities.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1955817614657095/

 

 

 

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Sunday Schedule

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Hello, Milwaukee Paranormal Conference fans! We will be announcing more details about our Friday the 13th show and our activities day on Saturday, Oct. 14 soon! Oct. 14 will include tours, tag-along investigations, lunch meetings, a Bigfoot hike, the Milwaukee Paranormal Film Fest a UFO presentation session and more!

For now, check out our line-up (subject to change) for our main conference event. Tickets for the day are $10. Please support us by buying your ticket herewww.brownpapertickets.com/event/3070451

SUNDAY OCTOBER 15

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference @ Irish Cultural and Heritage Center (2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.)

Hallamor Schedule

10-11: Allison Jornlin, “Milwaukee Forteana Vol. III”

11-12: Noah Leigh, “Based on True Events: When Hollywood Deviates From Reality”

12-1: Linda S. Godfrey, “Back to Bray Road”

1-2: Mary Marshall,”Paranormal Investigating in the Outdoors”

2-3: Dale Kaczmarek, “Ghost Photography”

3-4: Tobias Wayland, “The Chicago Flying Humanoid and Other Cases”

4-5: Heidi Hollis, “Who are the Shadow People and the Hat Man?”

Paranormal Pub Series Schedule 

11-12: Kristan T. Harris “Magic Behind Words: A Discussion on Secret Societies and Symbolism”

12-1: Society for Anomalous Studies, “Historical Hauntings: Supporting Local Historical Societies through Paranormal Fundraising”

1-2: Haunted Road Trip panel discussion. Moderator: Mike Huberty (See You on the Other Side podcast). Guests:  J. Nathan Couch (Downtown West Bend Ghost Walk), Valerie Kedrowski (Stevens Point Paranormal Club), Shelly Wells (Old Baraboo Inn).

2-3: Ghost Story Open Mic, hosted by Deadgar Winter and the Deadgirls

3-4: Kevin Nelson, “Techniques of a Legend Hunter: How to Unearth Obscure Legends and Lore.”

Workshops Room schedule

11-12: Zombie Squad, “Prepping for the Unkown”

12-1: Robert Schoenecker, “Milwaukee Krampusnacht Planning Session”

1-2: “What Would D.B. Cooper Do?” discussion with Mike VanAkkeren

2-3: Nathan, Patrick, and Dustin Abplanalp, Fernando Martinez, and Mike Johnson, “Bigfooting 101”

3-4: Dark Star Ministry, “Spirit Communication”

Buy your ticket herewww.brownpapertickets.com/event/3070451

 

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2017 Overview of Events

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Friday October 13: Friday the 13th Fest Part 3 (Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St.) 9pm

Our spooky (and sexy) tradition continues with an evening of macabre music, burlesque, performance, prizes and a special Cryptid Art Show display on Public House’s gallery wall from Milwaukee Paranormal Conference’s art crew! Performers TBA soon.

Saturday October 14: Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Activities Day (various locations and times)

On Saturday we are going to give you a bunch of options of things to do throughout the day including the Milwaukee Paranormal Film Fest, walking tours, tag-along investigations, presentations, and the night will conclude with The Jabberwocky’s Ball. The day’s events will be available soon.

Sunday October 15: Milwaukee Paranormal Conference (Irish Cultural & Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.) 10am-5pm

Round up the usual suspects! Guest speakers, workshops, vendors, and more. After party at Shaker’s Cigar Bar (422 S. 2nd St.) Speaker line-up TBA soon.

We will have Vendor info soon. These vendor tables will go very quickly.
Interested Volunteers should e-mail milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com (even if you have volunteered in the past).

Ticket pre-sales will be up soon and will be a huge part of making the conference happen. If you enjoy the conference, consider contributing here: https://www.gofundme.com/savempc
All donations help!

Discount Merch and Wheel-O-Prizes at Friday the 13th Fest!

Friday the 13th Fest II: Dirty Thirties Carnival is coming up next week. In addition to music by The MilBillies and exciting dance performances from Skully Sati, Jeannette Daft, Nina Nazir, and  Dimitra (AND a mini-reptile zoo display from the Fox Valley Herpetological Society) we will be tabling with DISCOUNTED Milwaukee Paranormal Conference merch and will have a game you can play to win some unique prizes!

DISCOUNTED MERCH!

Please note these discounted prices are only available at the Friday the 13th Show.

2016 logo T-shirts: $8

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2016 logo tank tops: $7

They Walk Among Us, MPC fundraiser comp double CD with 22 local bands!: $4

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Coffee mugs: $5

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Wooden pins: $5

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Color program poster print: $8

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Stickers: $1

SPIN THE WHEEL-O-PRIZES!

For just a $1 suggested donation you can spin the (say it with me) WHEEL.O.PRIZES!

You’ll land on spaces that will read Spin Again, Epic Fail, Candy (entitling you to one piece of candy) or PRIZE! We’ll keep spinning until all the prizes are gone.

Our sensational prizes include:

Free tarot reading from Skully Sati

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Remote controlled flying shark (no party is complete without it!)

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Free drink ticket for Riverwest Public House

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A copy of Godzilla vs the Smog Monster DVD

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Signed copy of Palookaville by Tea Krulos

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference t-shirt, coffee mug, wooden pin, and poster print (see photos above!)

Wobble head alien buddy
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They Walk Among Us double comp CD

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Ballyhoo preview issue by Tea Krulos and David Beyer, Jr.

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Want to promote your business, product, craft, or service? Contribute a prize to this list and we’ll update and promote it before the show. E-mail: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference needs financial support to pay off it’s debts. You can make a donation here: https://www.gofundme.com/savempc

Friday the 13th: Dirty Thirties Carnival Line-up Revealed!

Friday the 13th Fest Part II: Dirty Thirties Carnival

Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust) doors at 8pm, $7 admission

Music by The MilBillies, performances by Skully Sati, Nina Nazir, and Jeanette Daft. Emceed by Scotty Damned. Also featured: a mini-reptile zoo on display by the Fox Valley Herpetological Society and a Wheel-O-Prizes game.

Presented by Milwaukee Paranormal Conference

AMAZING! After a fantastic horrorpunk themed Friday the 13th Fest last May, show collaborators Tea Krulos and Skully Sati decided to return with another celebration of the notoriously unlucky day. This time around they’ve assembled a classical carnival theme with bluegrass music and sideshow style performance. There will be acts involving swords, snakes, veils, and more! You’ll not be disappointed, but you may leave feeling a lil’ dirty!

Take a look at our sensational performers:

The mystical Skully Sati, a new take on old school burlesque. She seduces and charms with her wicked and unique musings!

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The mesmerizing Nina Nazir, a belly-dancing beauty who entrances onlookers with her ability to perform effortlessly to any type of music including traditional belly dancing, rock, and modern fusion.

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The amazing Jeannette Daft, a talented dancer who will stun you with her sword dancing skills!

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The dazzling Dimitra performs mesmerizing hypnotic dances from around the world including a special dance with a LIVE serpent!
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PLUCKY! Featuring guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle, Milwaukee bluegrass band The MilBillies will provide the perfect soundtrack for our Dust Bowl era themed evening. Scotty Damned (of Creepy Little Things) will act as our evening’s ringleader as emcee of the show.

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LIVE! Perhaps the most unique feature of the show is a mini-reptile zoo where people can see a sampling of animals from the Fox Valley Herpetological Society (a derivative of the Madison Area Herpetological Society), a group that educates enthusiasts and the general public about frequently misunderstood reptiles and amphibians.

We’ll also have a Wheel-O-Prizes people can spin for $1 to win tarot readings, drinks, Milwaukee Paranormal Conference swag, candy, and more!

It’ll be a night to remember!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475186019161634/

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Friday the 13th Fest Part II: Dirty Thirties Carnival

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference presents Friday the 13th Fest Part II: Dirty Thirties Carnival
Friday, January 13, Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust St.), 8pm $7

SAVE THE DATE! Friday the 13th Fest returns in January with a fun night of music, performance, and more! This time, instead of repeating a horrorpunk line-up like we did first time around, we’re going for more of an style Americana show.

Join as as we hearken back to the Dust Bowl era with vintage sideshow acts including snakes, veils, swords, and other surprises! Be charmed and awed by the talents of Nina Nazir, Jeannette Daft, Skully Sati, and Phoenix, with musical guest, The MilBillies!

There will be a mini-reptile zoo provided by the Fox Valley Herpetological Society (a derivative of the Madison Area Herpetological Society) and a Wheel-O-Prizes to spin up treats such as Tarot readings, drinks, and more! Special guest emcee Scotty Damned (of Creepy Little Things).

Come visit the “Dirty Thirties” with us for a Friday the 13th to be remembered. You’ll not be disappointed, but you may leave feeling a lil’ dirty. 😉

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475186019161634/


The Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is in dire need of fundraiser. Unless this is accomplished, it is quite frankly done, permanently. You can help by contributing to our GoFundMe page here: www.gofundme.com/savempc
Or by buying MPC merch here: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

 

They Walk Among Us CD Release Show and Krampus Fest

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference volunteer Scotty Damned has done an amazing job putting together a benefit CD for the conference titled “They Walk Among Us.” We were blown away by the response from local punk, metal, (and other genres) bands who contributed tracks to this comp. Thanks to all bands that participated!

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Here’s the track listing:

“What The Dark Conceals” – Slug Shell
“Dirty Skyline” – Samyaza
“Old Dark House” – The Dead Morticians
“Wolf’s Tongue” – Black Frost
“Helewe” – H1Z1
“Loneliness Quotient” – The First Rule
“Hogsback Road” – Ratbatspider
“…And Then You Die” – Play Dead
“The Shakes” – Bad Bread
“Same Shit, Different Dick” – The Meatcurtains
“Koala” – Billy Dreamer
“Weak Excuses” – 40 Oz Fist
“Of Miracles” – West View
“Irritated” – Dwelling In Desolation
“Floating Face Down” – Blood On The Playground
“They’re Coming To Get You Barbara” – Put Her In The Trunk
“Locked In A Box “- Creepy Little Things
“Asphyxia” – Once The Sun
“Cursed To Wander” – Cursed To Wander
“O_O “- Cold Ghosts
“For Those In Amber” – Astral/ Subastral
“Bigfoot Polka” – Sunspot

Artist Brian Defferding (creator of the graphic novel School: A Ghost Story) illustrated the album cover art, packed with paranormal and horror character favorites. To celebrate the CD’s release, we’re hosting a show Friday, December 16 (8pm) at Frank’s Power Plant (2800 S.Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View). Several of the bands contributing tracks to the CD are playing sets, including: Bad Bread, Black Frost, 40oz Fist, The Dead Morticians, and H1Z1.

We are also billing this as a Krampus Fest with the hopes that people show up dressed as Krampus or other Christmas horror characters. We are hoping to build interest into an annual Krampus themed event in Milwaukee.

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Admission is just $6, $10 includes a copy of the CD. The CD will also be available in our Square store after the show. Proceeds from the show’s door and CD sales help fundraise for the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference. Successful fundraising is imperative for the conference to continue. Help us out by attending this show and getting this CD packed with local talent.

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Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/987771694684597/

The Devil in the Cornfield by Zelia Edgar

We’re thrilled to give you a Halloween treat– the winners of the Cult of Weird/ Milwaukee Paranormal Conference short fiction contest. We absolutely thrilled that all of our story winners (and honorable mentions) have been narrated by the extremely talented Darren Marlar on his Weird Darkness program. Light some candles and listen here:

And check out more Weird Darkness programs/ submit stories to Darren here: www.WeirdDarkness.com

We had 40 entries in our contest, a lot of unique and chilling takes. The only contest requirements were a 1500 word limit, a paranormal theme, and Wisconsin as a backdrop. Our top three stories were separated by a mere one point margin. Here is our first place contest winner.

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Illustration by Xeroine Illustration

The Devil in the Cornfield

By Zelia Edgar

Forgive me for saying that the following events occurred when I was young, only fifteen in the autumn of ’64, living with my family a twenty-minute drive from Platteville.  I suppose it was October of that year when these things happened, as I sat alone on our front porch, waiting for my father to come in for the night.  The moon was low, casting an awkward, amber brightness upon the purple clouds, and the scarecrow that stands in the nearest cornfield was a dark, gaunt thing against the sky.

I noticed a bright light eclipsing the clouds and moon, swallowing up my vision.  As it cleared away, I saw a black car parked down by the barn, and a man, I thought, standing there next to the scarecrow, another shadow on the face of the horizon.  It certainly was an odd thing, for we expected no visitors, and seldom had passers-by.  Still, I wandered over to him.  If I had been in more of a mind to think, I would have thought it strange how tall he was – for the scarecrow stands exactly seven feet high, and this stranger was at most three inches shorter than it.

I approached him and said, “Hello.”

He only stood there, gazing deep into the stitched-up eyes of the scarecrow, and I took the opportunity to more fully study him.  As I said before, he was tall and spindly, his pant legs several inches short, while his sleeves hung almost to the knuckles of his spider-like hands.  It was his face, though, that struck me the funniest; his nose and chin were exceedingly narrow and pointed, in contrast with his large, globe-like cranium and huge dark eyes.  It was a full minute before he spoke.

“Did your father vote for the current president?” he droned.

“No,” I said, and explained that it was the Kennedy assassination that put him in office.

“Good,” he pulled a new notebook out of his pocket.  After awhile of scribbling, he looked up and gestured to the bluffs behind the house, “Limestone.”

“Yes.”

“Who lives in your house?” he grinned.

“My parents, brother and sister, me.”

“May I come in?”

It was at that question the terror struck and I, forsaking politeness, ran full tilt away from him and into the house.  Looking out the kitchen window, I scanned the horizon for the black-garbed man, but saw only the scarecrow, pointing at nothing.

I didn’t tell anyone about him.

It was early November that the change first happened – in the empty cornfields, it was as though the land was being burnt in giant patterns of dots and spirals.  My father thought it was strange, but, since no harm was really done, didn’t inform anyone about it.

Lights began to appear in the sky over our farm, from pulsating blobs of purple iridescence to metallic, flashing things that spun and disappeared.  The house itself, too, developed a mind of its own; objects were stacked, shattered, and shifted almost everyday.  My mother referred to it as a poltergeist, and urged us not to discuss it for fear of giving it power.  On the other hand, my father, who up until then had been nothing but practical in his life, said he heard voices from outer space, friendly travelers who told him he had been chosen.  My brother and sister responded, for the most part, with silence.

Winter that year brought terror – my brother came tearing into the house one afternoon, screaming incoherently about the angel of death, the plague of Egypt.  Piecing together where he had been, my father and I walked out to the cow pasture in the new snow, unprepared for what we would see.

Every last cow was dead, their empty ribcages yawning at the sky, all their organs stolen with surgical precision.  The unnerving thing, though, stalking amid the carcasses in the fresh snow, was the complete lack of blood – from the snow, from the bodies, from anything, like something had taken it before performing its unspeakable robbery.  Things only disintegrated from there.

How can I explain a decade of hell?  Every year, the new crops were burnt in the strange radial designs, every new animal was slaughtered and bloodless weeks after its arrival.  The house was turned into a representation of madness, items constantly moving, meaningless messages scrawled across walls and tables, doors ceaselessly slamming.  One day, a window, not just the pane, but the actual window, the opening in the wall, moved over two feet.

My family, too, was shattered.  Shortly after the mutilations of the cattle my father, convinced men from Venus had chosen him as the leader of a new age, ran off with a young blonde that called herself Astraix.  I don’t know where they went.  My brother over the course of years descended into a paranoia of things he called the bright doctors that, he claimed, took him in the night.  One morning I woke with bizarre burning on my face, and that same morning, he was gone.  My mother, inconsolable with the loss of her son, and convinced that demons were to blame, made the mistake of discussing the matter with a local priest.  She was promptly sent to the institute at Mendota.

My sister and I were the only two left.  She claimed no visions, no visitations, as a matter of fact, she never spoke a word of what she thought about anything.  We lived this way, silent in the face of insanity for two years, when, without warning, she left me, one July day, to live with an uncle of ours.  Before she left, I asked her why.

“What are you waiting for?” she asked, “None of them are coming home.  We need to get out, move on.”

I felt I couldn’t leave, like a ghost that haunts its grave, and said, “But after all this time – what was it that finally got you?”

She looked out across the dead fields, and said, “I know what took the kids from the Belmont mound.”

Those were the last words she ever said to me.

It was October of that year, 1974, and I was then 25 years of age, that I wandered the empty cornfields alone.  I had half a mind to jump off the bluff, but didn’t.  I looked up at the night, burning iridescent purple, heard the doors slamming in the empty house, and then I saw it – the scarecrow, still standing, still beating at the sky.  I stood next to it, gazed in its faded face, and saw myself in it, a thing thrashing at the unseen, beaten by the unknown, and I remembered that night ten years prior, that strange, grinning man that I had refused to let in my house, and I screamed.

“You hear me you stupid thing, you tall spindly black-clothed man with crooked fingers – you devil in the cornfield, come out!  I don’t know why you did this to us, or what it is you wanted, but take it!  Come into my house!  I don’t know what else you could possibly do!”

I was momentarily blinded.  I thought maybe it was the light, coming to take me to where it took my brother, but I was mistaken – a black, unmarked car rolled through the fields.  The black clothed man got out, walked up to me, held up his wrist as though looking at a watch, and said, “What is your time cycle?”

“I don’t know,” I confessed.

He walked over to the house, and stopped at the open doorway.

“Well?” I said, “What’s stopping you?”

“You need to let me in.”

I walked in before him, and said, “Come in.”

We sat in the living room, and he proceeded to ask me all sorts of questions – strange questions, regarding scars and names and what model of car everyone I ever knew had.  I answered to the best of my ability, as he took everything down in another new-looking notebook.  When he told me he was finished, he said, “May I take a photograph of you?”

“Yes,” I said, “Whatever you like.”

There was a flash of light, and I woke up in my bed the next morning.

You will forgive me for saying these things happened when I was just a young man, for the truth is I am only fifteen, and it is only autumn of ’64, and I live with my parents and brother and sister twenty minutes from Platteville.  And this is where I am confused, for I fell asleep alone in ’74, and woke up to my family in ’64, and I have lived ten years that are forgotten, and have seen a future that is no more.

What I do know, is that if I ever see that thing, that man, that devil in the cornfield, he is welcome in my house, for I feel now that he did not cause the evil that came, only was prevented from preventing it.


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