Sometime after midnight on October 3, 1979, a skeletal figure wearing a dark suit was spotted in the broadcast booth of a small town radio station in Kansas. According to the night crew, the figure ran its fingers along the broadcast microphone and appeared to say a few words before stepping into the shadows and disappearing. A subsequent police investigation found no evidence of an intruder or forced entry, although the police report noted there was a strong scent of damp earth in the broadcast booth.
At approximately 1:38 AM on October 22, 1982, AM radio listeners in Iowa were baffled when their radios suddenly emitted a burst a static, followed by a hauntingly familiar voice announcing, “This is Edward October.” Although no records of this broadcast are known to exist, an investigation by the FCC concluded that a series of freak electrical storms had caused the broadcast to become distorted.
By the late 1980s, strange recordings of a phantom broadcast began circulating in the tape trading community. These recordings came to be known collectively as the “Octoberpod” due to the repetition of the phrase in the static that often preceded the broadcasts.
Throughout the 90s and the 2000s, night shift employees at small town television stations across the United States began to report sightings of a skeletal figure whose presence caused equipment to malfunction and broadcast strange video transmissions on the airwaves.
In 2017, folklorist Jonathan Sweet began compiling every known recording of the Octoberpod and uploading it to his YouTube channel in an effort to determine the origin of the phantom broadcast. At first, Sweet regarded the broadcast as a curiosity. But over time, Sweet began to feel unnerved by his research, writing:
“There’s something strange about the broadcast that i can’t put my finger on. It’s weird in a way that i can’t really explain. Whenever I listen, I wonder if I’ve missed something. Sometimes, as the reception starts to fade, I think I can hear a voice in the static.”
-Jonathan Sweet, Octoberpod Archivist
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Artists and Friends: Marina Giraud
Marina Giraud is a New York artist that uses traditional mediums like pen and ink to produce art that synthesizes the grotesqueries of body horror with the sugary aesthetic of shojo manga.
Currently, Marina is working on a secret project called “Phantomlight” in collaboration with Nic Calavera and his publishing company Kokoro.
Artists and Friends: Monster Porn Podcast
Monster Porn Describes their podcast as follows:
“The Monster Porn Podcast is not intended for use as literal porn.
However, if it just happens to get you off: you’re welcome!
Monster Porn is a new horror podcast that will feature weird fiction, cosmic horror, transgressive sci-fi, and perhaps a light touch of dark fantasy in addition to traditional horror stories, written and hosted by Bret Norwood and Matt Cummins.
Variety shall be our calling card, like some sown-together Frankensteinian abomination. Our first season of episodes will conjure sea monsters, aliens, evil inter-dimensional clowns, and a yokai from Japan, and those are just the horrors that have names. Wait till you get a load of the unspeakable ones!
Broadcasting every other week from the Unspeakable City of Eldritch Horrors!”