Tracy S. Morris

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 28 John Smith Is The Wrong John

Long before the founding of the United States, some of the first colonists didn’t have much to be thankful for. Including food. They called that season the starving time.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Monster, Hollywood Star.

When most people move into a new home, they expect to contend with vermin. Maybe a rat or two, or some roaches. They don’t expect to have a maybe-bear come at them through a window.

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I Am Not Making This Up: The Hookman Didn’t Really Have A Hook

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one, because it’s based on a true story.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 27 Dude! Where’s My Poe

Author Edgar Allan Poe is known for some of the best horror fiction around. He’s also a bit of a sad sack for whom things never seemed to go right. In the days leading up to his death, he vanished. He was found in clothes that didn’t belong to him, unconscious. Though he did wake, no one could make sense of his ravings before he died.

Join author Melanie Miller Fletcher and I as we discuss our favorite theories about what might have happened to Poe.

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I Am Not Making This Up: When is a Ghost Not a Ghost? When It’s a Boat.

Why are ghost ships so haunting – if you’ll excuse the pun – to us? Is it the mystery of what happened? The fact that they can come seemingly out of nowhere, and vanish without a trace? Consider the Mary Celeste, a ghost ship with a mystery that endures to this day.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 26 The Birth of the Byronpire

Author Melanie Miller Fletcher is my special guest for this episode. Join us as we discuss the birth of Science Fiction and the modern vampire (A.K.A. the Byronpire).

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I Am Not Making This Up : Reality TV Before There Was TV

When we think of reality shows, we think of people who look like rockstars decorating cakes with power tools. But reality-based entertainment is older than you’d think. The monarchy in the courts of Louis XIV up through Louis the XVI (up until the French Revolution) lived life in a fishbowl, allowing random nobility to watch […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 25 Lifestyles of the Rich and Poisonous

Though the Robert Browning poem The Laboratory is a fictional poem, it may be based on a true event. A scandal that swept 17th century France, leading all the way to the Sun King’s inner circle, and right to the doors of his official mistress.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Like Ghost Rider, Only With Camels

In 1883, two ranchers near Eagle Creek Arizona left their wives and children in their ranch house and rode out to check their cattle.

One of the women went to draw water from a nearby spring, leaving the other to tend to the children.

The woman in the house heard a scream. When she looked out the window, she saw some kind of monster, riding a fearsome red beast. Frightened, she locked the door and pulled the kids close. Her friend never returned.

When the ranchers returned that night, they found the other woman’s trampled body, surrounded by cloven hoof prints.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 24 The Real Rapunzel

There is a story of a girl who is locked away in a tower and forbidden to see her one true love.  But this is no story about a signing princess with a talking animal friend.  And the king in this story is the bad guy.  

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