“THE GUARDIANS OF LONE FIR CEMETERY” and 4 More True Paranormal Stories! #WeirdDarkness

THE GUARDIANS OF LONE FIR CEMETERY” and 4 More True Paranormal Stories! #WeirdDarkness

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THIS EPISODE: An eerie tombstone stands watch over one of Portland Oregon’s oldest cemeteries. And the story behind that tombstone is a strange one. (The Guardians of Lone Fir Cemetery) *** Don’t take a gift from Little Gracie’s grave… or her life-like statue might cry tears of blood. (The Ghost of Gracie Watson) *** When it came to her daughter’s Elsa doll, one mom was eager and ready to “Let It Go”. But the doll supernaturally refused to be let go! (Haunted Elsa Doll) *** An ancient stone cross is said by locals to be cursed, and the curse infects anyone who dares to disrespect it. (Curse of the Saxon Stone Cross) *** Two authors reported a very strange encounter with a mysterious entity they believed was not of this world. What did they see and why were they under the impression this being was not of this world? (An Author’s Encounter With A Not-Of-This-World Entity)

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TRANSCRIPT

This episode of Weird Darkness is dedicated to each and every doctor, nurse, and health worker putting his or her life at risk to save the lives of others. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are the unwavering frontline soldiers, angels, and heroes in this war.

Welcome, Weirdos – I’m Darren Marlar, and this is Weird Darkness. Here you’ll find stories of the paranormal, supernatural, legends, lore, crime, conspiracy, mysterious, macabre, unsolved and unexplained.

Coming up in this episode of Weird Darkness…

An eerie tombstone stands watch over one of Portland, Oregon’s oldest cemeteries – and the story behind that tombstone is a strange one.

Don’t take a gift from Little Gracie’s grave… or her life-like statue might cry tears of blood.

When it came to her daughter’s Elsa doll, one mom was eager and ready to “Let It Go.” But the doll supernaturally refused to be let go!

An ancient stone cross is said by locals to be cursed, and the curse infects anyone who dares to disrespect it.

And two authors reported a very strange encounter with a mysterious entity they believed was not of this world. What did they see, and why were they under the impression the being was not of this world? We begin with that story.

Now, bolt your doors, lock your windows, turn off your lights, and come with me into the Weird Darkness!

This episode is dedicated to the men and women of our Armed Forces and first responders. Whether you are currently serving or have served in the past, you are appreciated. It is because of your courage and sacrifice that we enjoy the freedoms and liberties we hold dear, and I for one appreciate every single one of you for protecting what many of us take for granted. So, thank you.

The Catacombs of St. Callixtus in Rome, Italy, hold the remains of 16 popes, several martyrs, and around a half a million Christians. Nine of those popes were buried in the famous Crypt of the Popes.

The underground burial chambers, named after Callixtus, who at the time of their construction was the deacon of Rome, under Pope Zephyrinus have long been a popular tourist attraction. Callixtus was later elected Pope and eventually martyred for his Christian beliefs.

The Catacombs of St. Callixtus are now naturally closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but those who visited this rather gloomy place say they experienced something strange there.

Among these people are two authors who report a very strange encounter with a mysterious entity they believed was not of this world. What did they see, and why were they under the impression this being was not of this world? Did they accidentally catch a glimpse of someone from another reality?

There’s one particular aspect of this case that makes the experience very unusual, to say the least.

Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe have investigated the world’s unsolved mysteries for more than 30 years and are the authors of 15 bestselling books. In their fascinating book, Mysteries and Secrets of Time (I’ll have a link to that in the show notes), they recall a highly unusual sighting of a being who was present inside the Catacombs of St. Callixtus.

Lionel was visiting the catacombs together with Patricia and they were both behind the rest of the party. They were so far from the rest of the other tourists that they could still see them, but both authors are convinced no one – absolutely no one – was behind them. According to their own testimony, Lionel and Patricia were not walking side by side. Lionel was about 30 meters behind Patricia, and she was far behind the party in the catacomb.

Lionel remembers how he suddenly became aware of someone’s presence right behind him. In their book, the authors write:

“The tall stranger behind him in the eerie darkness of the Callixtus Catacombs was not of this Earth, but he was nothing hostile or negative. If he gave off any psychic atmosphere at all, it seemed to be curiosity.

“He seemed to be asking politely enough who Lionel was and what he was doing there. Lionel also got the impression that the entity was probably an ordained deacon or priest. He was wearing a tall, pointed hat — like a traditional wizard from legends and folklore — and a long cape, which, together with the hat, gave the outline of a tall, upright cone. The cloak and hat were black, but they shone, gleaming and glistening as though something bright and sparkling was woven into them.

“When Lionel turned to look more closely at the entity, he could see nothing. It was one of those apparitions that is restricted to peripheral vision. Because, as a priest, Lionel is frequently called upon to conduct funerals, and regards comforting and helping the bereaved as one of the most important parts of his priestly work, he wondered whether the entity that had looked over his shoulder, down there in the solemn silence of the Callixtus Catacombs, had also been a priest — one who had laid to rest the mortal remains of those that lay there.”

The experience made a big impression on Lionel, who tried to make sense of who he had encountered in the Callixtus Catacombs. In time, Lionel became convinced the mysterious stranger must have been an early Christian funeral priest.

This puzzling encounter raises many intriguing questions. Those who believe in the existence of ghosts will most likely say Lionel witnessed a spirit or phantom of some sort.

As mentioned on several occasions, the number of scientists who promote the multiverse theory is steadily increasing. If our reality is surrounded by multiple worlds invisible to our naked eye, it can occasionally happen that these worlds collide with our own, and we can catch brief glimpses from other realities.

Lionel and Patricia wonder if the encounter in the catacombs could have been a time slip. In their book, the authors ask: “Did a priest from the third or fourth century encounter a fellow priest from the twenty-first century? Did a man who had done his best to help the bereaved seventeen centuries ago glide through a mysterious portal in time to encounter a kindred spirit doing that same work today?”

Assuming this was a time slip, it cannot be denied it was a very different experience than most time slip cases reported worldwide. What’s unusual about this particular case is that Lionel saw the mysterious being once again, but this time not in the catacombs. When Lionel and Patricia returned to their hotel, the sightings continued for the next 36 hours. Lionel saw brief glimpses of the same entity that simply wasn’t there in physical form.

Lionel, who thought this must have been a priest, says the man seemed to be surrounded by animals, most likely sheepdogs or tamed, docile wolves. As time passed, Lionel’s peripheral visions faded until they were completely gone, and he could no longer see the unknown stranger anymore.

Lionel and Patricia think the experience was most likely a time slip and not an encounter with a ghost. As a theologian, Lionel had a great deal of sympathy for Callixtus, and he has wondered whether the entity he encountered could have been the deacon himself.

In their book, Lionel asks: “Could that strange figure looking over Lionel’s shoulder in the catacomb have been Callixtus himself, from the days when he was the deacon responsible for it? Did Callixtus sense that this British priest — visiting these ancient Roman burial places from a century seventeen hundred years ahead of his own — was a tolerant kindred spirit, potentially a theological comrade-in-arms who would stand beside him in his dispute with bitter opponents who held cruder, narrower, less merciful views?”

These are valid questions and the reasoning is logical, but let’s not forget that most who report time slips have no relation with the places or people they witnessed.

Up next… an eerie tombstone stands watch over one of Portland, Oregon’s oldest cemeteries – and the story behind that tombstone is a strange one.

Don’t take a gift from Little Gracie’s grave, or her life-like statue might cry tears of blood.

And when it came to her daughter’s Elsa doll, one mom was eager and ready to “Let It Go.” But the doll supernaturally refused to be let go!

These stories and more when Weird Darkness returns!

People often feel sad and blue once in a while. These feelings are usually short-lived, though, and don’t interfere with daily life. However, clinical depression is a serious condition that affects both the mind and body, impacting more than 350 million people around the world, including me. It’s not simply a negative attitude or just in the imagination of the person dealing with it. It’s an illness, in the same way that diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are.

If you’re constantly struggling with feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, emptiness, thoughts of death or suicide, please heck out all the resources available at iFRED.org. iFRED.org – it’s a funny name, I know. But it stands for International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, so iFRED for short. At iFRED.org, you can find support groups, peer-to-peer support, learn about hope and other resources, as hopelessness is the only predictor of suicide and the primary symptom of depression.

I’m really excited about what they’re doing. Check them out for yourself or for a loved one. It’s iFRED.org. That’s iFRED.org.

Our next Weirdo Watch Party is Friday – this coming Friday, April 10th, 7 p.m. Central Time! Join me at EerieLateNight.com and watch horror host Bobby Gammonster as he presents the 1968 Peter Cushing film, The Blood Beast Terror! While we all watch the movie online, we can hang with Weirdo family members in the chatroom and make snide/snarky remarks about the film! Not only is it a lot of fun, but it also supports the undead creative horror hosts who still entertain us with old scary movies!

Be sure to set a reminder on your phone or put it on your online calendar so you don’t miss it! This Friday, April 10th at 7 p.m. Central Time – that’s 8 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Pacific, 6 p.m. Mountain, at EerieLateNight.com. That’s EerieLateNight.com.

Visitors to Portland’s Lone Fir Cemetery may wonder at its name – the “lone fir” is now one of many in this lush and green space, home to nearly 25,000 souls at rest.

In 1854, Oregon pioneer James B. Stephens sold a large part of his land in Portland to Colburn Barrell under the condition that Barrell maintain the gravesite of his father, who was buried there.

Just a few months later, there was no question of what the land would be used for after Barrell’s ship, Gazelle, exploded, killing 24 of the 60 people onboard. Body parts were blown into all directions, both into the sea and on land. Identification wasn’t easy, and early Portland settlers opened up their homes to store the bodies until they could be buried.

Though Barrell had intended the land he had just purchased from Stephens to be his own personal plot, he ended up interring several victims of the explosion there, including his friend, Crawford M. Dobbins, calling the cemetery Mount Crawford after him.

Years later, in 1866, Barrell tried to sell the land to the city, but they were not interested. Thanks to a group of Portland families, the property was incorporated, and 20 more acres of land were added. Mount Crawford was then rechristened Lone Fir. The name was suggested by Barrell’s wife, Aurelia, in honor of the (at the time) lone fir tree on the property.

In 1887, Stephens’ wife Elizabeth died, and he had a special gravestone carved for her resting place. The sculpture depicts James and Elizabeth, standing together holding hands, in a manner that can only be described as visually… arresting. The tombstone also has a rather creepy quote imprinted on it: “Here we lie by consent, after 57 years, 2 months, and 2 days sojourning through life awaiting, nature’s immutable laws to return us back to the elements of the universe of which we were first composed.”

For two years, James visited his wife at what would also be his final resting place so that he could “imagine holding his wife’s hand again.” He died in 1889 and was buried beside her.

Elsewhere in the cemetery, you’ll encounter nearly 10,000 of the residents of Lone Fir buried without names, including 132 patients of an insane asylum run by a man named Dr. Hawthorne in the 1800s. Dr. Hawthorne was also buried here. One section of the cemetery, known as Block 14, was used to house the unidentified remains of Chinese railroad workers, who were later exhumed and moved in 1948. Some, however, were undoubtedly left behind. Cemetery records claim about 1,100 immigrants were buried here, and only 265 bodies were moved.

The eerie occupants of the Lone Fir Cemetery are not limited to the unnamed. Wander down the aisles and you may see the grave of Emma Merlotin. Emma, 33 years old at the time of her death, was a famous beauty and infamous sex worker in Portland. She was murdered brutally, hacked apart with a hatchet. In an attempt to find her killer, one of her eyes was removed by photographers, who at the time believed that the last image a person saw would be preserved in their eyes. Unsurprisingly, this revolutionary thought did not result in her murderer being apprehended.

One of Dr. Hawthorne’s patients – one whose name was preserved – is another fascinating case. Charity Lamb was well-known for having killed her husband with an axe, supposedly because she was jealous of her own daughter. It seems now that Charity was likely acting in self-defense against an abusive husband, but as the first woman convicted of murder in what was then the Oregon territory, her notoriety outlived her.

Today, James and Elizabeth Stephens, the two pioneers of Portland and founders of Lone Fir, greet visitors as they trek through the 30-acre burial ground that lies just across the river from downtown Portland. Tourists and curious locals have described the gravestone of the guardians of Lone Fir as “unsettling,” “creepy,” “weird,” “spooky,” but also, “awesome,” “incredible,” “amazing,” “sweet,” “romantic,” and “beautiful.”

Though the cemetery is open daily to the public from 7:00 a.m. to sunset, Halloween is Lone Fir’s busiest time of year, when the cemetery hosts the popular “Tour of Untimely Departures,” featuring the graveyard’s most famous residents, including James and Elizabeth Stephens. Nearly 1,000 people queue up outside for a chance to meet them and to see their undying love, carved into stone, for themselves each year.

Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery is known for its lush scenery and striking monuments to the dead. Yet there is one particular headstone that stops visitors in their tracks. Surrounded by a long iron fence, sitting pensively with her right hand resting on a tree stump, is the statue of a little girl. Her name is Gracie Watson, also known as Little Gracie.

She was the only child of Wales (W. J.) and Margaret Frances Watson. Wales took over management of the luxurious Pulaski Hotel in the 1880s, though the Watsons found themselves largely ignored by the city’s upper class. Margaret longed to integrate herself into the community and began giving away food and drinks at their hotel. Soon, the family’s social status improved. Numerous parties were held at the Pulaski, to which Gracie was often invited.

The little girl charmed guests with her lovable personality, taking on the role of an adorable hostess. When she grew tired of mingling with the adults, Gracie would often slip away to play beneath the back stairwell. Her disappearing act became a running joke with the partygoers, who would ask aloud, “Where’s Gracie?” as a way of acknowledging the lateness of the hour.

Then, just two days before Easter in 1889, Gracie Watson died of pneumonia. She was six years old. Wales and Margaret were inconsolable; a grief-stricken Margaret claimed that she could still hear Little Gracie laughing and playing under the back staircase. Soon thereafter, Wales moved his wife into the newly-opened DeSoto Hotel to escape their painful memories. But over the years, different staff members insisted that Gracie’s voice could still be heard near the stairs. Other staff members refused to go into the basement due to the ominous sound of low moaning and clanking metal.

Wales Watson, in a final tribute to his daughter, hired sculptor John Walz to carve a life-sized monument of Gracie using a photograph as a reference. The finished work became the marker of her grave in Bonaventure Cemetery. It’s said to be eerily accurate, all the way down to the shape of her mouth.

And as the years passed, tales of Gracie’s life – and her haunting gravestone – grew. Visitors to Gracie’s grave often leave toys and objects for her to enjoy. Some say Gracie’s statue cries tears of blood if these gifts are removed. Numerous witnesses have claimed to see what they perceived to be a real girl in a white dress skipping through the cemetery grass before vanishing into thin air. Others have seen Little Gracie playing in Johnson Square, a public space near the Pulaski Hotel’s former location. At least one person has seen a young girl staring from the window of the building at the corner of Bryan and Bull Street, where the Pulaski stood until it was demolished in 1957.

In the spring of 2002, a Savannah tour guide led a group past the Pulaski’s former site and began to tell Gracie’s story. Suddenly, she noticed an unfamiliar four-story structure reflected in the window of the building she faced. The guide spun around but saw no such building. She continued to see the same reflection in other buildings until she finished Gracie’s story. Later, after seeing a historic photo of the Pulaski Hotel, the tour guide went pale and confirmed it was the reflection she had seen.

Gracie Watson’s grave is one of the most heavily trafficked in Bonaventure Cemetery. The iron fence was specifically added to prevent damage to the sculpture – yet if the aforementioned sightings are to be believed, Gracie Watson herself is also watching over her resting place.

So, if you’re ever in Savannah, Georgia and decide to visit the beautiful, 160-acre grounds of Bonaventure Cemetery, keep your eyes and ears open for a little girl in Victorian clothing. She may just be coming out to play.

A story about a Frozen doll seemingly haunting a family is creeping out people on the internet. The now-viral post made by a woman named Emily Madonia about her daughter’s Elsa doll is definitely pretty freaky.

The gist was this: Madonia and her family in Texas tried to toss out the doll in question. Emphasis on tried, because little haunted Elsa homegirl came back, y’all. Not once, but twice. Her original motivation for tossing the Elsa doll was pure practicality.

“We decided to get rid of it because we wanted to get rid of old toys before Christmas, so we would have room for new ones. I didn’t even think about the Elsa doll. My daughter said she didn’t care about it anymore, so it was easy to throw away. It was so old and germy and she had already colored on it with her markers, it seemed useless to donate it, so it went in the garbage outside,” Madonia told theScary Mommy website.

But, as we now know, Elsa didn’t stay gone. “Two weeks later we were looking for something and found the doll inside a wooden bench in the living room. A bench that was covered in books and things and we never usually opened — and wouldn’t have opened if we hadn’t been looking for something we had lost.”

At this point, the family had what I feel to be a perfectly reasonable response to molded plastic traversing the supernatural realm to play hide-and-seek in your house. Madonia explained, “My husband found it and yelled, and I came running in. He put on rubber gloves and double bagged the doll and took it out to the curb inside the garbage can with all the other garbage on top of it. The truck took it away.” And while Madonia’s husband clearly made a good call with the rubber gloves, it mattered not: “Two weeks later my daughter found the doll (no bags) hidden in our backyard.”

Scary Mommy asked Madonia the obvious question: Is there any way her kids or her husband, or really any other animate person that isn’t a demonic doll, could be pranking her? Despite what people may believe to the contrary, though, Madonia makes a few very good points.

For starters, the entire situation “has been a huge stress” for her. If this was a loved one, they would surely have given up the gag by now. Her kids don’t really comprehend the fact that it could be something sinister — they’re just excited to see if Elsa comes back, “like Santa or the Tooth Fairy.” Her husband is right there with her in suffering “legitimate lost nights of sleep” over this.

Also, the alternative to the doll being haunted isn’t exactly any more comforting. “Rationally I wanted to believe it was a person doing this, but how terrifying is that? Especially since it would have been very difficult to find it in the garbage that had been taken. And someone secretly coming into my house and backyard is a terrible thought, too,” she said.

Madonia says that since their Elsa story went viral, they’ve received a lot of feedback (we all know how the internet loves opinions). One thing people keep harping on is the fact that she mentioned the doll — although it was marketed as a bilingual toy — only spoke English for the first two years, regardless of what setting it was on. “Then it started randomly speaking Spanish as well. But right before we got rid of it, it would only speak Spanish. And it stopped singing,” she explained. “It was only talking, whether we pushed the button or not.”

This didn’t immediately throw up any red flags for Madonia, because #momlife. If you have children, you’ve experienced the random and sometimes strange ways toys malfunction. However – and it’s a spine-tingling one – there was a very recent moment the doll gave Madonia chills.

“The creepiest thing I ever saw the doll actually do is when I boxed it up to send to a friend in Minnesota. It laughed for about 30 seconds straight. Usually it would have a little giggle after saying something, but it has never laughed like that before, and that chilled me to the bone. My husband and I both looked at it in horror before we taped the box shut, drove it to the post office, and mailed it off,” she shared.

As for where they mailed it and how the saga of the possessed Elsa doll will continue to unfold, a man by the name of Chris Hogan is the new owner of creepy Elsa. “I don’t think he believes it could be haunted, so he took it for fun. I’m a skeptic too, but I just can’t explain what happened here,” said Madonia. “I’ll feel better if a couple weeks go by and it doesn’t reappear at my house. It is, after all, 1500 miles away right now.”

She also covered her bases by shipping the Elsa doll with no return address (she and Hogan are online running buddies) to a P.O. box. Hogan couldn’t send it back to her house if he wanted to. If the doll does come back, we feel confident in suggesting that the family should move, hire a paranormal investigator, or both.

When Weird Darkness returns…

An ancient stone cross is said by locals to be cursed, and the curse infects anyone who dares to disrespect it. Plus, we’ll step into the Chamber of Comments.

With all the cancellations happening around the world, maybe now is a good time to be a bit more optimistic and remember the things that are not going to be cancelled. Your relationships will not be cancelled. Love will not be cancelled. Hope will not be cancelled. Friendship will not be cancelled. Conversations will not be cancelled. Listening to each other will not be cancelled. And finally, our ability to stay positive, calm, and take care of each other will not be cancelled. Weirdos, we got this.

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An ancient cross which puts a curse on anyone who dares to meddle with it. No, it’s not the plot of an M.R. James story, but rather a news item in the Saskatoon “Star Phoenix,” March 28, 1969. The following is the entire article, word for word.

(HEADLINE: “Ancient Saxon Curse If Stone Cross Moved”)

Copplestone, England.–Residents in this Devon village fear the consequences of an ancient Saxon curse when municipal workmen move the massive stone cross which has stood here for 1,000 years.

Legend has it that anyone tampering with the 20-ton granite monument will suffer a life of misfortune and eternal damnation.

Thirty years ago the council decided the cross was a traffic hazard and planned moving it, but workmen refused to do the job. Last year the scheme was revived and this time objections came from local citizens, led by 75-year-old Madge Pope, who petitioned officials to heed the warnings.

No action was taken for six months, but now workmen have begun the long task of digging up the stone from its 10th century foundations and re-erecting it on a new site.

“We are not worried about the curse,” said a spokesman for the county highway department. And a workman commented, “If there is a curse, it will only fall on the boss. He gave the order to move it. My mate and I are just doing as we are told.”

Meanwhile, Miss Pope is apprehensive. “They are all very foolish to interfere with it,” she says. “The curse does work. Nobody in the village would dream of touching it – we all know what happened to others who tried to interfere with it.” (End of article)

“Well,” I thought. “This is getting good.” I eagerly searched the archives for the sequel, wondering what was the final body count from this act of desecration.

And then I came upon this story from the Victoria, British Columbia “Times-Colonist” from September 6 of the same year – just over five months later.

(HEADLINE: Saxon Curses Lose Potency With Centuries)

Copplestone. Eng.–Saxon curses may have lost their potency after 1,000 years. At any rate, no dire consequences appear to have followed the shifting of an ancient stone cross in this Devon village in the interest of highway safety.

The cross, a Saxon monument which has stood at the village crossroads since the 10th century, was supposed to bring a lifetime of misfortune and eternal damnation to anyone tampering with it. In modern times it has proved a traffic hazard, impeding the view of motorists approaching the crossroads. But when the council first proposed moving it 30 years ago, workmen refused on account of the curse and the scheme was dropped.

Earlier this year when the idea was revived, some villagers headed by 75-year-old Madge Pope pleaded with the council to heed the ancient warnings. The council compromised, agreeing to move the cross only a few yards from its original site and to keep it on the crossroads.

The job was done about two months ago. Apparently without supernatural retribution. (End of article)

Bummer. Curses just aren’t what they used to be in the good old days.

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“Dear Darren Marlar, What a great podcast. ‘Weird darkness’ with any format truly carries with it entertainment. The multiple, weekly episodes help me occupy my time with positive content, weird and suspenseful, yet imaginative and well done. The first time I heard (this week) your voice variations, I thought, what an awesome bonus. I also appreciate your recognition of America’s finest, from our Military to our First Responders, as well as compassion for those who are struggling, emotionally and mentally. I’m getting my own issues straightened out. When I do, I’ll become a monthly member. Keep it up!”

Wow, I got a message from the author of The DaVinci Code?!?! Holy cow! Dan Brown! Oh, wait, you’re probably not him. Never mind. Back to your email – thank you for the really nice sentiments.

As for being a monthly member, that is, a Patron, please don’t worry about it. Right now the most important thing for EVERYBODY is to take care of yourself, your family, and your relationship with Our Heavenly Father. We’ve all been hit by this coronavirus thing. Even people like me, who are already self-quarantined as we work from home, we’re still feeling it financially. If you want to support me, the best thing you can do is simply tell your family, friends, and complete strangers about the podcast!

I’ll answer more of your emails, comments, and more next time! You can find all of my social media, postal address, and other contact information on the CONTACT page at WeirdDarkness.com – or just email me directly at darren@weirddarkness.com.

Want to keep up with everything Weird Darkness? Like and follow the Weird Darkness Facebook page so you can stay up-to-date with everything involving the podcast! While you’re there, join the Facebook Group, “Weird Darkness Weirdos,” and hang out with me and the rest of our Weirdo family! Find my other Facebook page, my personal Twitter as well as one for Weird Darkness, and other social media links on the CONTACT/SOCIAL page at WeirdDarkness.com.

Also on the website, you can find paranormal and horror audiobooks I’ve narrated, the Weird Darkness store, plus you can visit the “Hope in the Darkness” page if you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or thoughts of su­icide. And if you listen to the podcast at your place of employment, be sure to check out the “Weird at Work” page! Every month I’ll randomly choose one business to give a shoutout to and send a Weird Darkness Weird@Work prize pack!

All stories in this episode are purported to be true, and you can find source links or links to the authors in the show notes:

“An Author’s Encounter With A Not-Of-This-World Entity” was written by Ellen Lloyd for Ancient Pages

“The Guardians of Lone Fir Cemetery” was written by Jessica Ferri for The Line Up:

“The Ghost of Gracie Watson” was written by Gary Sweeney for The Line Up:

“Haunted Elsa Doll” is by Julie Sprankles for Scary Mommy

“Curse of the Saxon Stone Cross” is from Strange Company

Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music.

WeirdDarkness™ is a registered trademark. Copyright ©Weird Darkness 2020.

Now that we’re coming out of the dark, I’ll leave you with a little light…

Psalm 32:10: “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.”

And a final thought from John Wooden: “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.”

I’m Darren Marlar. Thanks for joining me in the Weird Darkness.

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