4/30/2017 Jay Bachochin of WPI Hunts the Truth and Mary Marshall the Paranormal MD

• May 2nd, 2017

This week on BTE Radio, we welcome back one of our favorite guests and good friend to the show Jay Bachochin. Jay is joined by one on of his Paranormal research partners and first time guest to the show Mary Marshall the Paranormal MD. In the first half hour we're joined by Shawn Donley and Marianne Donley of Dark Shadow Ghost Tours for a brand new episode of "The Haunted Spotlight." At 8:30, we're joined by Jay and Mary to talk about their research in the forests of Southern Wisconsin and some of the interesting cases they have investigated over the years. This is sure to be one for the record books as we're joined by these dedicated and thorough researchers of the paranormal, the Mulder and Skully of Wisconsin Jay Bachochin and Mary Marshall this week on BTE Radio. 
About Jay and WPI Hunts the truth. 
WPI Hunts the Truth was established in March 2007 by Jay Bachochin and his wife Katie due to their love and passion of the paranormal. They were both so intrigued by
the paranormal evidence they’ve seen in their lives that they actually took an interest in paranormal investigating as a husband/wife quest in 2006. In later March 2007, they founded The Wisconsin Paranormal Investigators along with the help of some very
WPI Hunts the Truth was establ ished in March 2007 by Jay Bachochin and his wife Katie due to their love and passion of the paranormal. They were both so intrigued byply suggestive thought or mass hysteria? We needed to find the answers for ourselves.
That is how our mission Hunt the Truth was born.
In 2014 we combined our organizations name and our mission statement together to simplify who we are and what we do. We are now called WPI Hunts the Truth. WPI Hunts the Truth researches
anything paranormal from fringe science, cryptozoology creatures, urban legends, unidentified aerial phenomena, conspiracy theories and the ghost phenomena.
Over the years they have had numerous investigations requested by home and business owners claiming to be experiencing paranormal activity, they have been able to help find answers, either confirming or debunking their claims. While some claims have been dispelled, WPI Hunts the Truth has captured some evidence that supports
the ghost phenomena actually exists.
While they have conducted many private investigations, they have also been to notable locations such as Kenosha’s Rhode
Opera House, the Illinois State Beach Resort in Winthrop Harbor, and the famous Mansfield, Ohio State Reformatory, which was featured in the film ‘Shawshank Redemption.’
WPI Hunts the Truth has hosted events at The Rhode Opera House and the Illinois State Beach Resort and Conference Center to help teach others about ghost phenomena, how to use equipment, and how to get started investigating. They’ve been
featured speakers at local events such as Zombie Con in Milwaukee, were featured on Wisconsin’s Channel 12 news, Darkness Radio with Dave Schrader, Beyond the Edge with Eric Altman, ‘The Hidden Truth?’ documentary and featured in the book "Picture
Yourself Capturing Ghosts on Film: Step-by-Step Instruction for Documenting the Paranormal with Photography and Video"
Most notable is the investigation of a decade long 'unsolved mystery'. The mystery of several young college men drowning in the Mississippi Riverwww.hiddentruthproductions.com.
If it's paranormal in nature, WPI Hunts the Truth will
investigate behind the claims. Currently Jay and Mary Marshall of ‘The Paranormal MD’ have teamed up to research
the Kettle Moraine in Southeast Wisconsin for the past 12 months. This year long research / case study of searching for The Wisconsin Sasquatch has been well documented with an accompanied documentary called ‘Into the Woods’. They are out in the field at least 4x a month.
ABOUT JAY BACHOCHIN
Jay has been interested in the paranormal since he was old enough to hold an interest. Jay was raised on Creature Features back in the early 70's. He just loved "anything" that was supernatural. It wasn't until 1979 when he witnessed something paranormal
first hand and saw the most amazing display of a well lit flying object above their house in Lindenhurst, IL. What did his brother, sister and my mom see that night? They couldall say it was a UFO, but until this day they still can't explain what we saw. However, it
was fascinating to watch these lights move in the night sky over a total of :20 minutes.
Throughout Jay’s life he has experienced many different types of paranormal activity. Not all ghostly experiences but 'odd' to say the least. He’s experienced a 5 second black-out when he was 8 years old. The black-out didn't only happen to Jay at that
time, but also the friend he was with at the time. This 5 second black-out was the most bizzare thing he can recall from childhood. How can 2 people share the same blackout?
Jay has witnessed many different unidentified flying objects near his hometown and his current residence over the years.
During some of his investigating, he has experienced what some people would call a ghost. Not sure if it was a deceased person's spirit running through his body, or if there is something natural that we don't comprehend. Whatever it was charged him with static
electricity, and made every hair on his body stand as tall as the Redwood National Forest yet was as cold as ice.
Jay believes that we are not alone in our universe. Another race of alien beings? A greater force beyond comprehension? Worm-holes? Time scapes? Parallel universes?
To arrange interviews, please contact the participants directly:
Jay Bachochin, founder of WPI Hunts the Truth. 

To learn more about Jay visit his website http://wpihuntsthetruth.com/

About the Paranormal MD Mary Marshall: Mary helped develop one of the first Paranormal Studies Program in the country that is taught at an institution for higher education at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois where she teaches paranormal studies classes. Mary also teaches paranormal studies classes at College of DuPage, and the Theosophical Society in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and College of Lake County, Illinois. In response to the many individuals across the globe, Mary will soon be offering online paranormal studies classes starting in 2015.

It is her goal that sharing knowledge will result in the creation of better investigators and researchers, and in general, broaden people’s perspective and understanding of paranormal activity. Although her primary focus is on ghostly-type activity, starting at a young age, Mary has been drawn to and interested in psychic phenomenon and medium-ship, as well as the many aspects of theoretical physics. In more recent years, other fields of science and technology have gained her attention as well. “Science and technology, and metaphysics and spirituality, are very connected; they complement one another. Many do not see the marriage that exists between them, however, I do. In the paranormal field there is a union, a collective consciousness that exists between them.”

Investigator & Researcher - Mary Marshall is the founder and director of The Paranormal MD, a paranormal investigation team located in northwest Illinois. As a paranormal researcher and educator, Mary has 15 years of experience in the paranormal investigation field and has been researching the paranormal for over 26 years. 

Lecturer – Mary, aka The Paranormal MD, has a very diverse educational and work background that aides her in her current endeavors in the paranormal field. She enjoys speaking at public events and conferences, as it seems a natural extension of teaching about the paranormal in the classroom.

Radio show Producer & Host – Mary hosts her own talk radio show titled, The Paranormal MD, which airs live every Thursday 8pm – 10 pm CST (currently on hiatus until 2015.) To learn more about Mary and the show go to www.TheParanormalMDRadio.com

Author - Mary's book, Continuum, will be available for purchase Fall of 2016. She will soon be working on the sequel to her first book, Continuum, which has the working title Time Continuum the Conundrum. She is also will be working on another nonfiction book with the working title, Forever After. To learn more about Mary visit the website www.paranormalmd.com

Join us this week as we welcome back Shawn and Marianne Donley for a new episode of the Haunted Spotlight and we're joined by special guests Jay Bachochin and Mary Marshall on Beyond The Edge Radio.

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4/23/2017 Lon Strickler of Phantoms and Monsters

• April 26th, 2017

This week on BTE Radio we're joined by Phantoms and Monsters Blogger, Author, Investigator and Host of Arcane Radio Lon Strickler. During the first half hour Eric and Marie will be discussing the latest Paranormal News and Paranormal TV show reviews. Then at 8:30 we're joined by Lon Strickler to discuss some of the strange cases Lon has received and is currently working on. Lon always has great stories and cases to share and this is one show you won't want to miss.

About Lon Stricker. Lon is an Author / Fortean Reseacher / Publisher of the syndicated 'Phantoms and Monsters' blog - Host at 'Arcane Radio' - Spiritual Intuitive at 'Astral Perceptions Universal'

Lon began the 'Phantoms and Monsters'​ blog in 2005, which has steadily grown in popularity and read daily by tens of thousands of paranormal enthusiasts, investigators and those seeking the truth! My research and reports have been featured on hundreds of online media sources. Several of these published reports have been presented on various television segments, including The History Channel's 'Ancient Aliens'​, Syfy's 'Paranormal Witness'​ and 'Faked or Faked: Paranormal Files'​, & Destination America's 'Monsters and Mysteries in America.'​ As well, I have been interviewed on several radio broadcasts, including multiple guest appearances on 'Coast to Coast AM' and 'Darkness Radio.'​ I was also featured on Destination America's 'Monsters and Mysteries in America'​ television show for 'The Sykesville Monster'​ episode.

'Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research', in conjunction with the 'UFO Research Center of Pennsylvania,' 'Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society,' 'Crypto Four Corners International' and 'Astral Perceptions Universal', investigates all facets of the paranormal and the supernatural...be it terrestrial or non-terrestrial phenomena. We are a 'not for profit' organization. Our clients are never asked or pressured to compensate us for the services we provide. Our goal is to research the reported incident and to find the true nature of the account.

'Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research' and its associates has been, or currently, involved and / or assisting in the following investigations:

- David Eckhart Family Alien Abduction Ordeal

- Todd J. Sees Death Investigation ONGOING

- 'Conewago Phantom' Investigation ONGOING

- Flying 'Manta Ray Shaped' Anomalies Investigation ONGOING

- LaCrosse, WI Drownings Mystery

- Sioux City Entity

- Lakewood Lycan Investigation ONGOING

- Pennsylvania Bi-Pedal / Upright Canine Sightings Investigation - NEW Interactive Sightings / Reports Map ONGOING

- Pennsylvania Underground Facilities ONGOING

In 2010, Lon joined 'Beyond The Edge'​ Radio as a co-host on the weekly live show. In 2014, I left BTE Radio and partnered with Sean Forker at 'Arcane Radio.'​ The show is broadcast live on Wednesday nights at 10PM ET / 7PM PT

I have written the following books:

Phantoms & Monsters: Unexplained Encounters

Phantoms & Monsters: Mysterious Encounters

Phantoms & Monsters: Bizarre Encounters

Phantoms & Monsters: Strange Encounters

Phantoms & Monsters: Cryptid Encounters

Interests: Paranormal & Fortean Research, Cryptozoology, Spiritual & Esoteric Metaphysics, Folk Magic & Root Conjure, Spiritual Alchemy & Mysticism, American and British History, Religious History / Templar Lore, Creole Religions, Native America Traditions & Heritage, Entertainment / Sports Collectibles

To learn more about Lon visit www.phantomsandmonsters.com orwww.arcaneradio.com

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4/9/2017 Small Town Monsters and the Mothman of Point Pleasant

• April 12th, 2017

In this episode of BTE Radio, we’re joined once again by the crew from Small Town Monsters and Sas-What Podcast.  Seth Breedlove, Mark and Andy Matzke are our guests as we discuss Mothman, the Sas-What Podcast and a brief summary of their new project Invasion on Chestnut Ridge. Despite a few Skype and internet issues, we had a great discussion with Seth, Mark and Andy.  During the first half hour Eric and Marie recap and give their thoughts on the season 5 Premier of Mountain Monsters and the Season 7 finale of the Walking Dead.  A fun episode this week on BTE Radio.

To learn more about Small Town Monsters and their films visit www.smalltownmosters.com and for more info on Saswhat visithttps://www.facebook.com/Saswhat.

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3/19/2017 Shawn Donley Marianne Donley and Andrea Ruffner of Dark Shadow Ghost Tours

• March 20th, 2017

Shawn and Marianne Donley along with team member Andre Ruffner from Dark Shadow Ghost Tours and Panic'D are back this week to not only join us for another episode of the Haunted Spotlight but to talk with us about their investigations and some of the infamous haunted locations they have traveled to and toured. Other members of the Dark Shadow Ghost Tours team investigative team will be joining us as well.

About Shawn and Marianne:

Shawn and Marianne began looking into the paranormal just as something to do different on a vacation to St. Augustine, Florida. Since this was a return trip to this location, they wanted to take tours and see a different side of the city. The first ghost tour they ever took was to the infamous St. Augustine Lighthouse. "We toured this place during the day in 2006, but when we went back in 2010, we wanted to see the lighthouse at night," says Shawn. Little did they know that this vacation would start their journey into paranormal research and eventually Dark Shadow Ghost Tours. Shawn is the executive producer of the tours and dinners and is involved with the research of the different locations. He is an Internet Marketing consultant for small businesses and a Technology Coordinator for the same school district that Marianne teaches. Marianne is a biology teacher (and our resident skeptic) and tries to debunk as much evidence as she can. She is involved in graphic design for events and historical research. Marianne produces the print materials and prop creation for the events as well. She is also involved in the production of the murder/mystery dinners and is our green screen photography expert.

To learn more about Dark Shadow Ghost Tours and Panic'D visit www.darkshadowghosttours.com and www.panicd.com

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2/19/2017 JC Johnson of Crypto Four Corners

• February 21st, 2017

We're back Sunday night as Eric and Marie are packing their bags to take a trip to the Four Corners area of the Southwestern United States as we welcome back renowned Cryptozoologist and Monster hunter J.C. Johnson. In the first half hour we welcome back Shawn and Marianne Donley of Panic’D and Dark Shadow Ghost Tours for another episode of The Haunted Spotlight. Then at 8:30 we welcome back J.C. Johnson to the show and we’ll be talking about the latest happenings in the Crypto Four Corners area and some of J.C.’s more bizzare cases he has investigated. Be sure to tune in for another fun and frightening episode of BTE Radio!

JC Johnson, considered by some to be the "Indiana Jones of Cryptozoology," founded and leads a group of dozens of enthusiastic and determined researchers focused on a variety of strange and mysterious creatures in the Four Corners area of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. This group’s research includes Bigfoot, giant snakes, living dinosaurs, werewolves, dragons, giant birds, pterodactyls, centaurs, Native American “Skin Walkers”, and other cryptids frequently reported in this wild and remote region. Johnson has been a professional river and outdoor guide for more than 20 years. His experience, knowledge, attunement to nature and undying faith make him a driving force in the field of Cryptozoological and Paranormal research.

J.C. will bring us up to date on his latest research, investigations, and encounters, from hairy humanoids stalking young ranch-dwelling women, to wolfmen, dogmen, large predators and ultraterrestrials, all very active in two mysterious areas of the Southwest.

Please visit JC Websites:

youtube.com/user/cryptofourcorners
facebook.com/pages/CRYPTO-FOUR-CORNERS

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2/12/2017 Seth Breedlove of Small Town Monsters and Butch Witkoski of the UFO Research Center of PA

• February 14th, 2017

BTE Radio is back again this week as Eric and Marie welcome UFO and Cryptid investigator Butch Witkoski from the UFO Research Center of Pennsylvania.

In the first half hour we welcome Seth Breedlove of Small Town Monsters who will update us on his two new films he is working on The Mothman of Point Pleasant and Invasion on Chestnut Ridge along with the Kickstarter Campaign to help fund these projects. Then at 8:30 pm est, we're joined again by Butch Witkoski of UFORCOP who will update us on the latest UFO and Cryptid sightings he's received. Definitely will be an interesting show with lots to talk about this week on BTE Radio.

About Butch:
Director, Founder,
UFO Research Center of Pennsylvania
Editor, JAAR, Journal of Abnormal Abduction Research
Member Institute of Frontier Science
Member of Acadamie d Ufologie
ParaNexus™ Consultant/Advisor - Ufology
Former MUFON Chief Investigator,
Star Team Investigator & State Section Director
Former Law Enforcement Officer
I’ve been an Independent Researcher since 1989 when I, along with 4 other people, witnessed a UFO of unbelievable size quietly hover above a mountain in Tucson, Arizona. It was totally silent. Burn Copper in color and at least three football fields in length. It moved slowly up and down, then rose upwards, moved forward, and then vanished at lightning speed. We all agreed on what we had just seen. However, calls to the Sheriffs Dept., the news media, and the local Air Force base yielded no sighting reports. I began my own investigation into the UFO Phenomenon on that day.
After joining MUFON, I was able to dig deeper into past and existing cases and pursue even more on site investigations, but my research was still lacking something and I wasn’t getting to the crucial answers that I was seeking.

It was time to go about this work in a different manner, and after almost a year of serious reflection and consideration, I started the UFO Research Center of Pennsylvania in 2009 and brought together some of the best like-minded researchers I could find.
The use of multi-disciplined investigators enhanced our fact finding like no other group that I’m aware of at the present. Our primary objective is to pursue both the historical cases and new cases that arise with hopes of bringing resolution to some of these cases of High Strangeness. We have also fielded two fully equipped mobile units and have affiliate groups in nine states and one in Europe

Visit the website at http://uforcop.com/index.html

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2/5/2017 Scary Harry Metz of Fright Night Theatre and Walter “The Music Man” Shrum

• February 7th, 2017

After several months on hiatus, BTE Radio is back this week with a fun and entertaining show to kick off 2017. Jeff Belanger will be rescheduled for later this spring but this week we're in for a real treat as we'll be entertained by Walt the Music Man and Scarry Harry and the Spooky Spectre from Fright Night Theatre.

In the first half hour Shawn and Marianne Donley of Dark Shadow Ghost Tours and Panic'D are with us to kick of 2017 with a new episode of the Haunted Spotlight.

At 9:00 pm, Eric and Marie welcome Musician Walter Shrum and local TV Personality and star of Fright Night Theatre, Harry A. Metz.

Walt the Music Man is a Uniontown singer/songwriter's who's inspiration to sing a song about Bigfoot has inspired an entire album dedicated to those who hunt the legendary beast of debatable mythology.

Walter Shrum has been writing and singing songs for 20 years and even turned his attic into a makeshift recording studio, but a bit of inspiration took him down an unusual songwriting path.

It was something about Bigfoot — a.k.a Sasquatch, Yeti, Hairy Stinka Boo, Skunk Ape, Momo and Windego — that Shrum was looking into that caused him to come up with a song and contact his friend and local television personality Harry Metz to shoot a music video to the song “Searching For Bigfoot.”
The song's music video, which can be found on YouTube under “Searching for Bigfoot Music Video,” features areas like the Brownsville Drive-In and the Route 40 Diner.

The video scored more than 8,000 hits on YouTube, but one of those hits came from Rick Dyer, a Bigfoot hunter who has gained national attention over the years and who shared the music video on his website.

The 21-song CD titled “Tribute to the Stars of Bigfoot” not only mentions up to 25 of those Bigfoot hunters who have gained national press and have their own shows, but also includes autographs from them on the CD case, including Rick Dyer, Derek Randles, Biff Burke, Dallas Gilbert, Justin Smeja, Stacy Brown, Tammy Murray, Michael Merchant. Others cited include Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, James “Bobo” Fay and Ranae Holland from the television show “Finding Bigfoot,” and Beyond The Edge Radio Host and Bigfoot Hunter Eric Altman.

Shrum said he plans on shopping his songs to local radio stations and is trying to get the album in mom and pop stores in the area. For those who need to satisfy their Bigfoot serenade fix, the songs can be purchased on iTunes or viewed on YouTube under “waltthemusicman”.

People can even purchase the entire CD for $12.99 on Pay Pal by contacting Shrum on his facebook page.

Harry Metz AKA Scary Harry AKA the Spooky Spectre is a videographer and owner of Scary Harry Video. Harry is also a local tv personality and hails from the Uniontown area as well.

Harry or Spooky, is the star and host of the TV show Fright Night Theatre which airs on Uniontown PA Fayette TV Channel 77 Atlantic Broadband every Saturday night at 11 PM and the show can also be seen on his Youtube channel Fright Night Theatre. Harry devotes a lot of his time filming videos and shows at the Haunted Smock Museum in Smock PA. Harry has worked closely with Walt The Music Man filming many of his music videos among other projects.

Harry’s recent music video projects include Dogman and Chupacabra both which star Walter Shrum with Guest appearances by Bigfoot researchers Ed Brown Jr, Dave Groves and BTE Radio Host/Bigfoot Researcher Eric Altman.

Walter along with the Spooky Spectre and Scary Harry will be appearing this spring at the 2017 Pennsylvania Bigfoot Camping Adventure where Harry will be meeting fans, posing for photos and signing autographs. Walter will be playing hits from his new CD on Both Days.

Join us this week as BTE Radio is back with a fun and musical edition of the show as Walt will be telling us about his new CD and playing new and familiar hits while Scary Harry and the Spooky Spectre will be providing comment.

Visit Harry’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheSpookySpectre and Fright Night Theatre on You Tube.

Visit Walters Facebook page at You can visit Walters Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/walter.shrum.9

See all his music videos on his you tube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/waltthemusicman

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12-4-2016 BTE Radio’s Christmas Party with Lyle Blackburn

• December 6th, 2016

Join us for the BTE Radio 2016 Christmas Party and our last show of the year as we welcome back Author, Investigator and musician Lyle Blackburn back to the show to help us celebrate the holidays. Lyle is back for the full two hours this week with so much to talk about. BTE Radio will wrap up 2016 with our early Christmas present to you as Eric and Marie are scheduled to take an early Christmas vacation and will return to the airwaves on January 8th but before we do, we wanted to say thank you and celebrate the holidays with you by giving you an early gift. We are bringing back one of our favorite guests Lyle Blackburn as we'll be talking about Cryptids, Creatures, and Serial Killers this week on the show. We'll head to the Gulf Coast this week to Texarkana to 1945 and 46 to discuss the Unsolved Moonlight Murders or Phantom Killer case that inspired the Charles B. Pearce movie "The town that feared Sundown. We'll also talk about the Boggy Creek Monster documentary that Lyle narrated and Co-produced with Seth Breedlove of Small Town Monsters. We'll also discuss with Lyle his latest book Monstro Bizaro, an Essential Manual of Mysterious Monsters. So stoke up the fire place, turn the lights down low, cuddle under the Christmas Tree with our special gift to you, Lyle Blackburn this week as we present the 2016 BTE Radio Christmas Party.
About Lyle: Lyle Blackburn is an author, musician, and cryptid researcher from Texas. His investigative cryptozoology books, The Beast of Boggy Creek and Lizard Man, reflect his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of real-life 'monsters.' During his research, Lyle has often explored the remote reaches of the southern U.S. in search of shadowy creatures said to inhabit the dense backwoods and swamplands of these areas.

Lyle is also a staff writer for the monthly horror magazine, Rue Morgue, and founder of the rock band Ghoultown.

Lyle has been heard on numerous radio programs including Coast To Coast AM, has appeared on various television shows airing on Discovery, Animal Planet, Destination America, A&E, HGTV, and CBS, and served as consulting producer and special episode host for the tv show Monsters and Mysteries in America. Most recently, Lyle was featured in the documentary film, Boggy Creek Monster. To learn more visit www.lyleblackburn.com

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11/20/2016 Jessica Freeburg and Natalie Fowler and the Monsters of the Midwest

• November 23rd, 2016

Tune in this week for the last Creature Features edition of BTE Radio for 2016 as Eric, Marie and Karyn welcome Authors Jessica Freeburg and Natalie Fowler to discuss their new book "Monsters of the Midwest: True Tales of Bigfoot, Werewolves & Other Legendary Creatures. Jessica and Monica will be joining us to talk about the research and writing they did on some of these strange and unusual cryptids that are reported to lurk and haunt the forests, hills and rural areas of the Midwestern U.S. To learn more about Jessica visit her website www.jessicafreeburg.com and to learn more about Natalie visit www.nataliefowler.com. Join us this week as we track down some of the creepy cryptids of the Midwest with Jessica Freeburg and Monica Fowler this week on the last episode of BTE Radio's Creature Features!

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11/13/2016 Ed Douglas and Gavin Goszka of Midnight Syndicate. Zombies the Official board game soundtrack

• November 15th, 2016

This week we welcome back the masters of Music of the Macabre Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka of Midnight Syndicate. Ed and Gavin are back with a brand new release "Zombies the board game soundtrack." We'll talk with Ed and Gavin about the new album, play some of the new tracks, the new board game and behind the scenes what went into writing and producing Zombies.

ABOUT MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE
For almost two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are Gothic music pioneers brewing a signature blend of orchestral horror music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season. And some know them as the duo that created the first official soundtrack to the legendary Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. Their critically-acclaimed works are reminiscent of sweeping, complex masterpieces by artists such as James Horner, Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath and King Diamond and have been featured as a part of groundbreaking films, television shows, video games and at haunted attractions, amusement parks and live performances worldwide.

Founder Douglas’ passion for making music was ignited when he listened to records by The Beatles on his kid-sized turntable and dreamed of composing epic scores like John Williams’ Star Wars, Superman and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Both he and Goszka grew up watching classic black and white horror films, listening to Vincent Price reading the tales of Edgar Allan Poe and Playing Dungeons & Dragons. They continued to fall in love with the world of horror, fantasy and the supernatural as they developed their own artistry: Douglas played piano and bass guitar, playing in rock band sand scoring student horror films in college and Goszka played keyboard in rock bands and went onto study classical composition and percussion in college. They eventually discovered ways to explore fantasy in literature, film and art through music.

In 1995, Douglas directed and wrote his first full-length horror film score to a thriller called The Dead Matter (1995), which helped set the principles of Midnight Syndicate in motion. In 2010, he went on to direct, score, and co-produce the remake of The Dead Matter alongside Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Till Dawn, co-founder, KNB FX) and Gary Jones (Xena, Boogeyman 3). In 1997, he put together an album with the goal of providing a collection of “soundtracks to imaginary films.” The collection presented many different narratives through a variety of genres, including classical, New Age and rock and was punctuated by sound effects. For the sophomore release, Born of the Night, Douglas decided to focus on a Midnight Syndicate album that would specifically appeal to gothic music fans, Halloween enthusiasts, and role-playing gamers. It was at this time that he decided to partner with compelling solo artist Goszka, whom he had known since 1994.

Midnight Syndicate’s music has become integral to setting a powerful mood at top-rated haunted attractions and amusement parks as well as at costume shops, gaming and Halloween parties and Halloween-themed cruises from Siberia and Hong Kong, to Europe and the United States. In 2005, industry expert Leonard Pickel estimated that 75-90% of the attractions in the haunted house industry owned at least one Midnight Syndicate CD. In September, 2009, AOL released the Top 10 Best Halloween Music CDs of all time according to AOL/CBS Radio listeners. Three of the ten listed were Midnight Syndicate discs, which ranked lower only than Danny Elfman’s Nightmare Before Christmas and John Carpenter’s Halloween soundtracks. In 2015, their album Out of the Darkness was named as one of the 50 Essential Horror Albums – Discs that Created, Evolved, or Defined Genre Music Over the Decades by the venerable horror publication, Rue Morgue Magazine. The band’s music has also been used at Hugh Hefner’s Halloween parties, on episodes of The Barbara Walters Special and in the drive-in film The Rage, Universal Studio’s Horror Nights XVIII as well as by Monday Night Football and by artists Insane Clown Posse, Three Six Mafia, Twiztid and the Misfits.

Midnight Syndicate released many studio albums between 1997 and 2005, among them Midnight Syndicate, Born of the Night, Realm of Shadows, Gates of Delirium, Vampyre: Symphonies from the Crypt and the multi award-winning The 13th Hour. They teamed up with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast in 2003 to produce the first official soundtrack to the classic Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. In 2008, Douglas’ and Goszka’s tenth studio album, The Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates came out as a preview to the 2010 remake of The Dead Matter film. That same year, Midnight Syndicate put together their first music video, a live performance of the song Dark Legacy, produced by Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Crew and Screamline Studios and filmed in the haunted historic Phantasy Theatre in Lakewood, Ohio. The band’s fourteenth studio album, Carnival Arcane (2011) was based on research into turn-of-the-20th-Century carnivals as well as the writings of Ray Bradbury and plays like a self-contained, vivid musical film. The disc garnered rave reviews from pressand won Best Horror CD/Soundtrack at the 10th Annual Rondo Hatton Awards.

Midnight Syndicate continues to pursue its quest to use instrumental music to tell explicit stories full of tension, twists and turns. Most recently, the band released gothic music vocalist Destini Beard’s A Time Forgotten, the follow-up to The Dark Masquerade, her first collaboration with Douglas and Goszka and completed the score to the grindhouse thriller Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan. In summer, 2013, Midnight Syndicate released the soundtrack to that film along with Monsters of Legend, a tribute to the classic Universal, Hammer and Euro horror films that gave birth to horror cinema. Featuring cover art showcasing original Universal Monster images with an epic sound to match, the disc has immediately become one of, if not the band’s most critically-acclaimed album to date. In addition to cracking FEARnet’s Top 10 Horror CDs of 2013, in May of 2014, the album won Best CD honors in the 12th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards marking the band’s second such honor. Visit the Midnight Syndicate Store to see and hear more!

After seventeen years, fourteen studio albums, three soundtracks, and a motion picture, Midnight Syndicate announced that they were teaming up with the world famous amusement park, Cedar Point, to launch their first live performances. Midnight Syndicate Live! Legacy of Shadows, a multimedia horror-themed concert blending live music, theatre, and film debuted at Cedar Point’s 18th annual HalloWeekends event. Before the shows, Charles Bradshaw, Corporate V.P. of Entertainment for Cedar Fair was quoted saying, “Working with these industry leading music producers on a live show is an exciting prospect. The final product is going to amaze.” And amaze it did. Upon its debut, the show began breaking attendance records while being called “top-notch and ambitious,” “brilliant and artistically creative,” and “a must see” by audiences and press alike. “The success of the inaugural run of Midnight Syndicate Live! has ensured that live Midnight Syndicate shows will be a permanent part of our plans going forward,” said Edward Douglas.

In September of 2015, Midnight Syndicate’s Out of the Darkness album was included in Rue Morgue Magazine’s 50 Essential Horror Albums – Discs that Created, Evolved, or Defined Genre Music Over the Decades. That same month, Midnight Syndicate released Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering. The album featured the band’s unique twist on classic holiday carols blended with new and original material. “Our goal was to treat each song in a way that would merge familiarity with originality,” said Gavin Goszka. “There are definitely recognizable elements, but plenty of additional original material as well. It also incorporates the widest instrument palette we’ve used to date and represents what we consider to be the most varied collection of songs we’ve ever released. There are serenely beautiful moments here alongside more intense, darker tracks, and the end result is a thoroughly compelling and involving listening experience.” “With so many Christmas-themed albums out there, we wanted to make this collection uniquely our own,” added Edward Douglas. “I think we were able to do that.” Since its release, the album has received universal critical acclaim.

zombiesprIn April of 2016, the band announced that they would be creating the first official soundtrack to the immensely popular zombie apocalypse-themed board game, Zombies!!!. “I’m a big fan of Zombies!!!,” said Edward Douglas. “With the game celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016, it seemed like the perfect time to undertake this project. We’re working closely with the Twilight team to create something that really enhances their players’ gaming experience. I think album will also resonate with our fans in the Halloween and haunted house industries. “Musically, it will be interesting to work in a modern setting,” added Gavin Goszka. “Most of our albums have been set in the Victorian and early 20th century, so this will definitely be something different and exciting for us and our fans.”

“Words cannot express how excited I am to have Midnight Syndicate doing a soundtrack for Zombies!!!,” said Twilight Creations co-founder Kerry Breitenstein. “For many of our players, Midnight Syndicate’s music has already been the unofficial soundtrack to their gaming sessions over the years. To have them working with us to create something specifically for our universe is incredible.” The soundtrack is tentatively scheduled for release in September 2016. To learn more about Midnighty Syndicate visit their website at www.midnightsyndicate.com

Join us this week as the undead walk the Earth as we preview the new album Zombies the boardgame soundtrack with Ed and Gavin of Midnight Syndicate.

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