Beyond the Strange Tonight with Dave Cruz 7/15/18 6 pm PST 9 EST

Am I a three-toed malignant,
Or furry Yeti miscreant?
Have I a beard or a wooden leg?
A tattooed face or am ne’er’bathed?
Mostly you just have to guess
(and I’m sure hope for the best)
But not tonight, for as if on stage
All will be revealed on Beyond the Strange.

6 pm PST, 9 pm EST with Dave Cruz
Live video stream from our homes to yours.


4th of July Surprise! Jim Harold’s Paranormal Podcast

If you know the world of paranormal radio you likely know the name Jim Harold. He’s one of the great hosts of many para-projects over the years, currenty two of my favorites are Jim Harold’s Campfire Stories (which I often drift asleep listening to in the wee hours of the morning when insomnia takes hold) and Jim Harold’s Paranormal Podcast.

I was his honored guest recently. From his parlor to mine, thank you Jim for another wonderful experience. You can listen here!

Parting The Veil – Paranormal Podcast 542

Radio Ga-Ga: Upcoming Appearances for Launch of Paranormal Parlor

June is thundering in and that means the official release of my new book—Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances, and Tales of True HauntingsAvailable June 1st on AmazonBarnes & Noble & IndieBound (and wherever books are sold!!!). This also means I’ve booked some super fun radio interviews on some of your (and my) favorite shows and podcasts. I’ll do my best to keep this schedule up-to-date but for now, here’s what we know.

Friday, June 1st, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, 10 PST to Midnight.

Friday, June 1st, Podcast, Now live: talking Bridal Bizarre on Episode #11 of Podenstein’s Lab

Monday, June 4th, Dr. Pat Show, 10 a.m. PST  ARCHIVED, CLICK TO LISTEN.

Monday, June 4th, I recorded a great talk with Justin from Beyond Reason. Check it out at here. .

Tuesday, June 5th, Paradelphia Radio.8-10 EST,


Wednesday, June 6th, Ghost Chronicles, 7 p.m. EST,

Thursday, June 7th, Stirring the Cauldron with Marla Brooks. 9-10 EST.


Wednesday, July 4th, Jim Harold’s Paranormal Podcast, available here:

Sunday, July 15th, Beyond the Strange Radio with Dave Cruz, 6 pm PST, 9 EST

Live video youtube stream here. (archived as podcast later)

Tuesday, July 17th, Weiser Books Radio Hour with Mike Conlon (link forthcoming)

Sunday, July 22nd, 11 PM EST (10 CST, 8 PST) Paranormal Into the Night Radio. Check it out here.

Thursday, Aug. 9th, Within the Chaos, 10-midnight EST. Visit the Within the Chaos Facebook page for more info.

Sunday, August 19th, Paranormal Soup with Jason Bland (with video!) 11 p.m. EST to 1 a.m. EST.

Friday, August 31st, Church of Mabus Radio. 8 p.m. EST 

Friday, October 12th, Hyperspace with Solaris Blueraven. Midnight EST.

There are a few more podcast recording/being recorded during this time as well, so watch here for details.

Image by Daniel von Appen via Unsplash



Try to Keep an Open Mind: From Frederick Douglass to the Fox Sisters

Amy and Isaac Post were a pretty radical couple for the 1840s. As outspoken abolitionists it isn’t surprising that their open-minded attitude meant that not only were they Quakers, free-thinkers, anti-slavery, and women’s rights advocates, they were also believers in the Spiritualist movement. They held regular abolitionists meetings in their home and hosted the likes of Susan B. Anthony, Cassius Clay and Frederick Douglass as lecturers, and went on to help Douglass establish his legendary newspaper the North Star. The Post home was a station along the Underground Railroad and it is said that they housed more than twenty escaped slaves. Amy Post was extremely outspoken in the women’s movement. She was friends with Harriet Ann Jacobs, who wrote Incident in the Life of a Slave Girl. But in the company of radicals and free-thinkers, they also invited the Fox Sisters into their home. Kate and Margaret Fox were just at the beginning of their career as infamous mediums and the Posts were introduced to a new world of psychics, séances and the Spiritualist belief in afterlife communication. In fact, Isaac Post became a medium that channeled the ghosts of Benjamin Franklin and other notables in the book, Voices from the Spirit World (published in 1852). How’s that for open-minded? 


—an excerpt from Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances andTales of True Hauntings 

Available NOW on AmazonBarnes & Noble & IndieBound and wherever books are sold.


Image of Amy Post (top) obtained from source: Rochester Public Library, Local History Division Collection, PD-US, via Wikimedia Commons

Image of Isaac Post public domain archives, via Wikimedia Commons


The Poltergeist Within: An Excerpt from Paranormal Parlor

We Are Family

The idea of family ghosts, or ghosts that attach themselves to people and are “inherited” from generation to generation can perhaps be traced back to a time when families remained in one place for longer periods of time. Were these “inherited” ghosts simply ghosts of a place, a castle for example, where all of the bloodline was destined to live? The Irish Banshee is sometimes equated with a family ghost, as at one time this supernatural songstress was said to belong to the original clans of Ireland (from which all Irish bloodlines are descended). In Germany, we find the White Lady, a warning phantasm associated—like the banshee—with those of ancient lineage. She warns her mortal family of impending death and is not attached to place so much as person, as she will follow from town to town as the descendants move. In Austria, a White Woman appears howling on rooftops to warn families that someone in the house below will die within the month. And in Italy there are numerous examples of “inherited” spirits, especially among prominent families of royal lineage. In Venice, for example, the Donati possess a ghost in the form of a disembodied head that floats into the doorway of a doomed family member. But are these ghosts attached to a family or is it that the ability to see them—the second sight, the Shining, the clairvoyance—is actually what is inherited?. Either way, ghosts are no doubt in our DNA.

What ghosts haunt your family? Is it a clan thing? 

—an excerpt from Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances and Tales of True Hauntings 

Available June 1st on Amazon, Barnes & Noble & IndieBound and wherever books are sold.

image credit: Annie Spratt via Unsplash


Happy Hour of Horrors: Corpse Reviver

The next time you’re trying to think of something clever and creative to order at the bar, put down the Merlot and order up one of these. The Corpse Reviver gets its name from the shock it will have on your system within a few minutes of downing it. (I recommend you down it).

Serve: Straight up, without ice

Use 3/4 an ounce (that’s like, a jigger or so, right?) of each of these: brandy, apple brandy, gin, sweet vermouth, Cointreau, lemon juice and Lillet

Add a dash of absinthe

Shake together in a mixer with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Check your surroundings.



Here There Be Ghouls: A Teaser from Paranormal Parlor

Creatures of mist, half credited;

Our faint form flings

No shadow in moonlight on the bed

We visit; noiseless is our tread,

Who come from deserts of the dead,

Where no bird sings.

—Anon, 1887 (from Ghost Stories and Presentiments)

Here There Be Ghosts

I have never met a ghost story I didn’t like. Whether it ends in a ridiculous joke (the wrapping paper in the closet the source of the phantom “rap, rap, rapping”) or lingers long enough to make you jump at the shadows, I find the genre and all of its many incantations delightful. But nothing quite gets me going like the story right from the mouth of babes: when a first-hand experience is recounted to me (preferably in the dim light of the fire on a dark and stormy night). When I began writing this book I put out a call for stories among my people: the midnight podcaster, the horror novelist, the paranormal lovers and those whom the paranormal seem to love. While my original intention was to create one opening chapter chock full of as-told-to-me tales, as I gathered them they found their own way into the manuscript. In later chapters, you’ll find the case of the haunted tarot deck and the pot-smoking Ouija board user and even a haunting from the catacombs of Paris. In this chapter, many of the stories I wanted to tell from my own experiences include the child ghost that I lived with for a number of years. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one with a kid apparition. In addition, you will find the unnamed Lovecraftian thing that moaned in the woods and other horrifying joys. Read on, my friends, read on.

—an excerpt from Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances and Tales of True Hauntings

Available June 1st on Amazon, Barnes & Noble & IndieBound and wherever books are sold.

image credit: Jordan Jansen via Unsplash


Happy New Year & An Annoucement

Happy 2018 you delightful devils! Let’s hope your celebrations (and libations) didn’t take you too far off the path. We all know how those Pookas can appear when you least expect them…

2017 was a big year for me personally: it saw the publication of my latest book, Fairies, Pookas, and Changelings: A Complet Guide to the Wild & Wicked Enchanted Realm in April. By the fall I had completed the manuscript for my next book, Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances, and True Tales of Hauntings (available for pre-order on Amazon, IndieBound or B&N). And in October, with the talents of Bo Luellen, we launched a new podcast, Varla Ventura’s Tales of the Strange: Season One–Strange America

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Bo is no longer able to do the podcast. I am indebted to him for motivating me to think outside the book and he and I will remain forever friends. But this means that 2018 will have me reinventing the Podcast just a lil’ bit, and I will be learning some new skills (uh, mainly podcasting…know any good books on the subject?). For those of you who noticed nothings doin’ in the podcast realm, bless ye, for you are paying attention.

There are currently 3 episodes live and episodes 4 & 5 awaiting my nimble fingers but I’ve booked several guests that I can guarantee will delight you. So please bear with me as I try new things, take the reigns and make Tales of the Strange my own.

In the meantime, please enjoy the current episodes, tune in for upcoming interviews where I am the guest and take a peek at my books!

May 2018 bring you the vision of starlight, the creative genius of 10,000 novels and one more for the road.



Arkansas- Strange America – 4

Greetings friends of the bizarre! We proudly present to you, our Arkansas episode of Tales of the Strange!!

Varla Ventura’s Tales of the Strange: Strange America—Episode 2—Arkansas

We interview with Cryptozoologist of the Year 2017, Seth Breedlove.

Host: Varla Ventura

Co-Host:  Bo Luellen

Guest Website:

Arizona—Strange America – 3

Greetings all you wicked weirdos and friends of the bizarre! We proudly present to you, our Alaska episode of Tales of the Strange!!

This episode we interview Stephen Hall, the curator of the History of Pharmacy Museum in Arizona. He talks to us if poison bottles, the pharmacy at Disneyland and John Dillinger’s chewing gum, among other highlights!

Varla Ventura’s Tales of the Strange: Strange America—Episode 3—Arizona

We interview the curator of the History of Pharmacy Museum, Mr. Stephen Hall.

Guest Website:  Pharmacy Museum

Host: Varla Ventura

Co-Host:  Bo Luellen