witch_of_endor-1777I mentioned that I was collaborating with Theater 13 for the Haunted Holiday event last night. The crowd was very enthusiastic as we viewed the classic 1981 film Ghost Story. It’s one of those films that is much more about the dread and the story than lots of gore and jump scares. We all toasted the Chowder Club and declared ourselves honorary members.

During the intermission we took some time to let people share some of their own ghost stories. We had several of them, and many involved strange figures at the foot of the bed. I introduced the Konxari cards that I mentioned in yesterday’s blog. Everyone got to check out the cards and then we tried an experiment. I passed around an envelope which contained a story I’d clipped from an 1888 edition of the Austin newspaper. Everyone got to hold the envelope in their hands and try to tune into what was in there. I was glad to see people take this pretty seriously. Then we had a number of people blindly pull some of the Konxari cards. We passed those to a judge and let Lydia read the story aloud to see if there were any connections.

There were three solid hits! The other two were not specifically mentioned in the story, but based on the contents they might have been a message about the truth of the person’s death. Furthermore, a couple of people had an impression of fire. The heading of the next story was about a cotton fire. Overall, it showed that we have a crowd that is pretty tuned into this stuff!

Look for more information about the next Theater 13 event. It’s not just a movie. It’s an experience!


Tonight is another fun, free event with Theater 13. The Haunted Holiday will be at Sherlock’s Baker Street Pub in Austin. We’ll see the movie Ghost, the last film with Fred Astaire.

Like most ghost movies, this one is a slow build to a revelation. It’s moody but fun…a classic kind of spooky tale. There is also snow, so that makes it Christmassy.

konxari_cardsDuring the Interactive Intermission we’re going to invite people to share any of their personal ghost stories and I’ll break out my Konxari cards. This extraordinary tool was designed by artist, Matt Busch. It’s a series of cards that present ideas that relate to death and the spirit world. Whereas a Ouija board—which we explored in October—is intended to make a direct connection, these are designed to help exercise intuition when dealing with hauntings and similar situations. We’ll play with the cards and see if the group can use them to tune into something specific.

I’ll report the results here later. Everything starts at 7:00, but come early for dinner!