Wednesday, October 27, 2010

SHUFFLE FUNCTION COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN POST # 27

This is a busy week for Shuffle Functioneers - and an exciting one. Let's do this chronologically folks.

#1 - Tomorrow morning in the second hour of Shuffle Function (7 a.m. ish) we will be airing our interview with Max Brooks, author of World War Z and The Zombie Survival guide. You don't want to miss this!
#2 - Thursday night at 6 p.m. we celebrate Halloween by turning our playlist over to the Radio Gods and K-Tel Records. It is Shuffle Function Radio Roulette time (more on this on tomorrow's Halloween post).
#3 - Friday morning from 6 to 8 a.m. on the morning show we will be playing Lux Interior's Purple Knif show on vinyl. This is Lux playing 45 records from his music collection - the music that informed and influenced the music of his band The Cramps.

#4 - Neil Young Listening (and Watching) Party at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University Mankato (where we hold Grind-Fu Cinema). Hear and see Neil perform his new album Le Noise in it's entirety. Free event and the first 20 people to show up with their new KMSU Radio Hero Member Card will get a Neil Young poster of Le Noise.
#5 - Last but definitely not least GRIND-FU CINEMA this Saturday night at 7 p.m. We will be screening Suspiria and Se7en, eating cake and celebrating the final Grind-Fu Cinema event of the season. Oh - and there will be surprises too!! Come in costume !!
This summer I read a great book about the life of Houdini that sparked my curiousity about paranormal activity and spiritualist. One of the earliest thorough researches of a known "haunted house" occurred at the Borely Rectory in England. Harry Price was the man behind the research, and he published a book in 1940 called 'The Most Haunted House in England'. It is a quick and fun read, filled with flowery language common to the era. Initially I thought this would simply be a fun read, but as the story progresses and time ticks away it is actually a well documented account of a house that really did have some paranormal activity on a regular basis.

After years of collecting experiences and spending time with the residents in the rectory, Harry Price actually set up a round the clock ghost hunting experiment in the Rectory. The Borley home was known to have a variety of paranormal activities; movement of objects, footsteps, raps and knocks, forms and apparitions (including a ghostly nun known to walk the gardens at sundown and a full horse drawn carriage driven by a headless man), bell ringing throughout the house, doors being locked, previously unknown objects appearing and then later disappearing, thermal variations, lights turning on and off on their own, objects being thrown, and physical harm and abuse just to name a few! Price rented the Rectory and set up a number of volunteers to stay in the house and note every occurrence in a journal. He was very strict about who was allowed to participate, and he spent a lot of time teaching the volunteers what to look for and note. All of this is recorded in his book.

Two things freaked me out the most about the occurrences at the Rectory. One was the idea of objects appearing and then disappearing - this happened the first night Price stayed over in the house! An old fur woman's coat appeared hanging from a door in the room they stayed in. It had not been there when they initially arrived, and disappeared a few week later. The second freaky thing for me was the 'ghost writing" that happened throughout the house. Some of it is pictured above. The printed words are actually from one of the inhabitants at the time. Much of the "ghost writing" was directed at her, asking for help. Price was extremely skeptical when it cane to believing in all of this phenomenon, but even he was unable to explain this. He would make sure that nobody was in the house or had access to the areas that most of these writings occurred, and they would still show up! I would move out - and that is exactly what did happen. After Price held his investigations, and after years of abandonment, the Borley Rectory burned down.

This is a great book to hunt down - my copy is from the series called Collector's Library Of The Unknown. I thought it would be silly, but actually by the end I had to leave the light on in my room when I went to bed reading! The full title again is The Most Haunted House In England by Harry Price.

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