Things That Go Bump in the Night
By JC Bratton
Things That Go Bump in the Night is a recurring podcast hosted by JC Bratton, a young adult horror short story writer. The podcast focuses on JC's short stories as well as topics related to urban legends, horror, superstitions, and anything "creepy." The title comes from JC's copyrighted collection of short stories (Who's at the Door?, Parasomnia, and Dollhouse).
Things That Go Bump in the Night: The Podcast Audio Drama (Preview)
It finally happened! Although it took a year to produce, we are finally releasing the podcast audio dramas for JC Bratton’s Things That Go Bump in the Night, a series of young adult thriller short stories released in 2020. A podcast audio drama is like an audio book, but there are actors and sound effects. Basically, you’re listening to a movie! The stories will be released as a series of episodes from October 17 - 31, 2022. You will find them anywhere you get your podcasts or directly at anchor.fm/ttgbitn. Special thanks to the great actors at Floor Five Theatre Company for bringing these stories to life!
October 14, 2022
Obsession in Horror: The Female Stalker
When we think of stalkers, the typical image is a male hooded figure lurking in the dark. We think of fictional characters like Michael Myers in Halloween or real life creepers such as John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan to gain the attention of actress Jodie Foster. Believe it or not, though, it’s not just the males that can “go a little mad sometimes.” Stalking by women is not that uncommon. Community-based studies of stalking victimization indicate that women are identified as perpetrators in 12%–13% of cases. Researchers Meloy and Boyd (2003) were able to classify female stalkers into four distinct groups: The Rejected Stalker — stalking follows the end of a relationship The Intimacy Seeking Stalker — stalking based on a desire for intimacy The Incompetent Stalker — stalking with lack of social skills; stalker feels entitled to a relationship The Resentful Stalker — stalking meant to frighten victims Obsession plays a large part in horror, and some of the scariest stalkers in the history of the genre are female. All four of these “stalker groups” have been represented in horror literature and film. Let’s take a deeper look.
August 20, 2022
How to Survive a Horror Movie: The Final Girl
As Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson taught us ever so brilliantly in the Scream franchise, there is a basic formula in slasher horror: the person who ends up outsmarting the killer at the end is the studious young woman who (typically) avoids the “sin factor.” There is a name for this brave heroine: the “Final Girl.” Setting aside the social commentary, we cannot help but to be excited for our strong-willed Final Girl and nervously keep our fingers crossed that she can survive the night. In this episode, we take a deeper look at five of the best "Final Girls" in slasher horror, and why we love them so much.
August 15, 2022
Evidence of the After Life: An Interview with Author and Educator J. Steve Miller
In this episode, JC interviews author, educator, and entrepreneur J. Steve Miller. Steve's books focus on near death experiences and deathbed visions — topics that aim to solve the hard problem: does consciousness continue after our physical bodies die?
May 30, 2022
JC's Haunted Alarm Clock
In the Season 4 Premiere of Things That Go Bump in the Night, JC is freaked out by an alarm clock that seems to have a mind of its own...!
February 19, 2022
Evidence of the Afterlife: An Interview with Liz Entin
In the season finale of Things That Go Bump in the Night, JC interviews Liz Entin, Podcaster and author of “WTF Just Happened?!” Liz has been researching the phenomenon of Near Death Experiences and the real possibility that consciousness continues after the physical body dies.
December 19, 2021
The Mandela Effect
In this episode, JC discusses The Mandela Effect phenomenon: the causes and her own M.E.!
October 18, 2021
Terminal Lucidity and The Afterlife
In this episode, JC describes the phenomenon of Terminal Lucidity and its connection with the “mind-brain problem.”
September 18, 2021
The Origin of “Friday the 13th”
In this episode, JC explains the mysterious origins of the date “Friday the 13th.”
August 13, 2021
The Mothman: Friend or Foe?
In the opener for Season 3 of Things That Go Bump in the Night, JC discusses The Mothman and his mysterious origins.
July 25, 2021
Creepy Mirrors and The Strange-Face Illusion
In this episode, JC discusses the phenomenon called “The Strange-Face Illusion” and how that relates to the “creepy mirror” horror trope.
June 07, 2021
The Witching Hour
In this episode, JC takes us through the origins of “The Witching Hour,” a time when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest.
May 22, 2021
Reincarnation: Children and Past Lives
In this episode, JC discusses the phenomenon of children who claim to have lived a past life. And you thought children weren’t creepy...
May 06, 2021
The Female Stalker
In this episode, JC discusses the “Female Stalker” and how we shouldn’t count them out in horror.
April 17, 2021
Creepy Targeted Advertising
In this new season of Things That Go Bump in the Night, JC discusses targeted advertising and its creepy effects.
April 05, 2021
The Legend of Bloody Mary
In this episode, JC discusses the origin of Bloody Mary, the childhood urban legend that may have roots in real-life serial killer Elizabeth Bathory.
February 10, 2021
Who’s at the Door?
In this episode, JC discusses the origin of the small town sheriff in her first horror tale, Who’s at the Door?, and she also reads an excerpt from the best-selling short story.
February 03, 2021
In this episode, young adult horror master JC Bratton will read an excerpt from her “creepy doll” short story, Dollhouse.
January 29, 2021