Ron's Amazing Stories
Ron's Amazing stories is a weekly podcast which presents truly amazing tales. These will range from dramatic readings to old time radio. We also have interviews with authors, radio personalities and even sports legends. So tune in each week to find out what are Ron's Amazing Stories.

On this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories I hope you are ready for a treat. We have with us one of the finest tellers ghost stories available.  I will tell you all about her in the show notes. Also, we fulfill a halloween tradition and play one of a my favorite poems of season called The Hag. I revamped it a bit this year and I hope that you enjoy it.

Ghost Stories with Sylvia - Volume Two

We welcome back Sylvia Shults to the show this week for more ghost stories and to talk about her new book 44 Years in Darkness: A True Story of Madness, Tragedy, and Shattered Love. She has been writing for years, and recently made the switch from fiction to nonfiction. Following a lifetime spent in the pursuit of the weird and the strange, she now shares that passion with her readers. Her fiction (both horror and romance) is still floating around out there, but these days she concentrates on living a childhood dream -- telling true ghost stories. Her book, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, was featured on an episode of the SyFy Channel's hit show Ghost Hunters. It is the first book to examine the famously haunted asylum from both a historical and a supernatural perspective, and it was nominated for an award from the Illinois State Historical Society.

Sylvia's Links:  Wordpress Site - FaceBook - Twitter - Website

Direct download: RAS263-SylviaVol2-102016.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:35am PDT

Want to Hear a Ghost Story? Welcome to the the third week of the Month of Spooky 2016. For our Tuesday broadcast I will replay a show from the 2015 month of spooky. It is one of my all time favorite podcasts and features Sylvia Shults. Now when Sylvia comes a callin’ - two things happen. Amazing Stories and they are told amazing well. Sylvia has a brand new book out called  44 Years in Darkness: A True Story of Madness, Tragedy, and Shattered Love. We will learn more about this book on Thursday's brand new podcast. So, until then please enjoy this blast from the past - Ghost Stories with Sylvia - Volume One.


Direct download: MOS2016-Replay-101816.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:13am PDT

Welcome to the 12th episode of the Horror Express. On this episode Jason and Ron talk about Curses. Also, We have a story about a curse with an Egyptian twist. No mummy's just a bone! If that wasn’t enough, Jason has collected some interesting emails from you guys! So, come join us for this horrific train ride. How? Press the play button below.


A curse is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to an entity, person, place or object. In particular, "curse" may refer to such a wish or pronouncement made effective by a supernatural or spiritual power by magic or witchcraft. A curse can also be called a hex or a jinx. In many belief systems, the curse itself (or accompanying ritual) is considered to have some causative force in the result. To reverse or eliminate a curse is sometimes called "removal" or "breaking", and is often believed to require elaborate rituals or prayers.

Direct download: HE12-Curses-101316.mp3
Category:The Horror Express -- posted at: 9:44am PDT

Welcome to the the second week of the Month of Spooky 2016. For part one we are proud to present a replay of  second episode of “The Horror Express”.   On this early episode of show we have a great story about a woman who trying to understand the “Mystery of the Thing”.  Also, Jason and I discuss the urban legend, Black Eyed Kids.

The story comes from The Hermit’s Cave. It was one of the first of the horror shows in old time radio that was best listened to in the dark. The show was a regional creation of G.A. Richards of WJR in Detroit, but later ran from 1940-1944 on station KMPC. Our Story “Mystery of the Thing” was untraceable. It was most likely written for the show by its creator, however Jason has an idea of where it may have come from. The story has twists and turns that are bound to send you scurrying for your best hiding place.

Coming up this Thursday (October 13th, 2016) we will have a brand new episode of The Horror Express.  It will be complete with Q&A, A OTR story and Jason and I will talk about Curses.

Direct download: MOS2016-Reply-101016.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

On this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories we continue the Month of Spooky 2016 with a great a show and a good ghost. Of course we will have a Five Minute Mystery for you. Then we will follow the exploits of a ghost who has a problem. He was murdered and by the rules he can only kill one living person to avenge his death. But who should he kill?

Also we have Ambrose Bierce short story and a ghost boy who wants his fire marshal's car. I’ll bet you can’t wait to hit that play button. As I said we have we have short story written by Ambrose Bierce. During his lifetime, Bierce was better known as a journalist than as a fiction writer. His most popular stories were written in rapid succession between 1888 and 1891. Bierce helped pioneer the psychological horror story. Our story is simply called Staley Fleming's Hallucination.

Direct download: RAS262-GoodGhost-100616.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 9:11am PDT

Let the MOS (Month of Spooky 2016) begin with the Conductor’s Story. If you are not familiar with the Conductor he is a character from our second podcast The Horror Express. His favorite story is a tale well told by the OTR series Quiet Please and is called The Thing on the Fourble Board. This will mark the sixth time we have begun the MOS with this story. It has been called the one old time radio’s most frightening tales ever! Here is how the sixth annual month of spooky will work this year. Every Tuesday I will play an episode from a past season of the MOS and I will follow that up with a brand new show on Thursday.  So that means you will get two podcasts per week during this halloween season.  Are you excited? Well press that play button below and get to the scary stuff.

This Week’s Podcast:

On this week's NEW podcast we have a great a show. Of course we will have a Five Minute Mystery for you. Then we will follow the exploits of a ghost who has a problem. He was murdered and by the rules he can only kill one living person to avenge his death. But who should he kill? You can listen to this podcast this Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen on your radio Friday night at 8pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.


Direct download: MOS1016-1-ConductorsStory.mp3
Category:Blog Audio -- posted at: 9:37am PDT

On Ron’s Amazing Stories we have a strange but true OTR story for you. It is the dramatized account of the early life of legendary journalist H.L. Mencken newspaperman, and is based from his own journal notes. It was produced by CBS Radio Workshop. The story is called, Bring on the Angels, and first aired on June 8th 1956, Just a few months after his death at age 76.

Also on this program, we share one of Mencken’s commentaries on Zoos , a poem he wrote and we top it all off with the RAS news and a five minute mystery. Does that sound like a pretty good show? It think so, but I might be a bit bias. -Ron

Direct download: RAS261-Mencken-092916.mp3
Category:Drama -- posted at: 10:31am PDT

On this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories we present one the golden age of radio’s best plays, The Scarlet Pimpernel.

The tale is set in 1792, during the early stages of the French Revolution. Marguerite St. Just is the wife of wealthy English fop Sir Percy Blakeney, a baronet. Before their marriage, Marguerite took revenge upon the Marquis de St. Cyr, who had ordered her brother to be beaten for his romantic interest in the Marquis' daughter. This all ended with the unintended consequence of the Marquis and his sons being sent to the guillotine. When Percy found out, he became estranged from his wife. Marguerite, for her part, has become disillusioned with Percy's shallow, dandyish lifestyle.

This where our story begins and it is handled quite well by Lux Radio Theater. This production brings back one its stars from the original 1934 movie cast, The Scarlet Pimpernel himself, Leslie Howard. Playing the role of his estranged wife is Olivia de Havilland. Quite the cast, and two of hollywood’s greatest, to be sure. The film was adapted to radio by Lux in 1938 and played in December of that year.

Direct download: RAS260-Pimpernel-092216.mp3
Category:Drama -- posted at: 9:42am PDT

On this amazing episode we have three different stories. Debra Yates join us to update us about her book release and read a passage from, Woman of Many Names. Then we have one from Suspense, and we follow that up with a skit from me called ‘A Simple Sunday Morning’. So press that play button, you know you want to.

On our OTR story for this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories - A timid, henpecked husband dreams of being a tough-guy gangster, and when his idol comes to town, he seeks him out to help him deal with his domineering wife. You might be saying what the heck kind of story is that? Well, one that is actually pretty good!

Direct download: RAS259-3Stories-091516.mp3
Category:Suspense -- posted at: 11:16am PDT

A few weeks ago I did a special tribute to Mark Twain. While doing the research for that show I ran across a song about Twain called 1,000 Years by Sincerely, Iris. I contacted them and got permission to play the song as part of the tribute. Since then I have had the good fortune to meet the founder of the group, Todd Murray and he is here to share his music, tell some stories and tell us all about Road Trip music. This is a very cool episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories!

Sincerely Iris Interviewed -show links:



Official Video for Just Like a Dog

Cover of AC/DC’s - Done Dirt Cheap & Thunderstruck

Program Note - All of the music used in today’s show was approved by Todd Murray and Sincerely, Iris. Ron’s Amazing Stories appreciates Todd for allowing us to play his music, but hold no rights to these works and any questions about their usage should be directed to Todd Murray <>.

Direct download: RAS258-SincerelyIris-090816.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:31am PDT