EERIE OKIE started as a passion project probably long before it actually became what it is now.

All my life, I’ve been fascinated with the morbid and the macabre. I was a weird kid. I watched a lot of The X-Files with my grandma and when I was told to draw a picture of what I wanted to be when I grew up, I handed my 6th grade teacher a picture of a woman hovering over an obviously dead person with what I thought was clearly a scalpel.

She was concerned.

I tried to explain that I wanted to be just like Dana Scully, and eventually she understood. But I think she kept a close watch on me for the rest of the year.

The X-Files was just the beginning for me.

My dad soon introduced me to Coast to Coast on the AM radio dial. That’s probably where two passions started: radio and a love of the strange and unusual. I can remember him telling me that I needed a tin foil hat to listen to that program. I didn’t realize he was serious.

In high school, I went legend tripping for the first time, exploring the area that is known as the realm of the Kitchen Lake witch in Moore. I was a spooky teenager and known for wearing shirts that showcased my love of Tim Burton’s poetry. Anyone remember Oyster Boy? No? Just me?

I became obsessed with the occult section at Borders. That and the horror section. It was around that time that my love for the written word really came into being. I started penning my own stories. Mostly they featured vampires and werewolves, ghosts and zombies. Anything that was a little dark was right up my alley.

Around the time that I was 19, I had my first experience with one of the only people on the face of the planet that I believe to be a real psychic. I went to the Spirit Fair and picked out the most normal looking person there. He was wearing jeans and a t-shirt, no turban or long flowing robe. I went and signed up for a reading and he promptly started.

He told me that I had a sibling. So I knew he was a charlatan. I was raised as an only child from the day that I was born. My parents never had any other kids.

He also told me that I needed to make peace with my dad.

We had a stormy relationship that often led to fights involving screaming, slamming doors and sometimes those doors being taken off their hinges. I loved my dad, but we did not get along a lot of the time. Maybe it was because we were so much alike.

At any rate, he gave me some information about my cousin who was in the hospital at the time. I thought that was really neat, but chalked the rest of it up to bullshit.

Six months later, I buried my dad and found out that I do, indeed, have a sister.

I was completely hooked at that point. I knew that this guy had been the real deal. He’s since left Oklahoma and moved on to a really cool career path in the northwest.

After that, I couldn’t get enough of the paranormal. I wanted to hear people’s experiences with things that they thought weren’t of this world.

When I was 27, I saw a UFO.

It was after a Third Eye Blind concert and I was walking out to the parking lot with the friend who attended it with me. He said, “Marnie. Marnie! Look!” and pointed up in the sky.

Directly across from us was a slow moving orange light. It hovered in place and my mind couldn’t quite figure out what it was. It then zipped across the sky at a high rate of speed, stopped, and descended in a straight line quite slowly.

It could have been anything. I can’t say for sure what it was or what it wasn’t. But it was enough to make me quirk an eyebrow the next morning when my friend sent me an article about some UFO sightings from the previous night in various parts of Oklahoma.

A year after that, I had what was probably one of the most eerie experiences of my entire life. I plan on sharing that with you guys via the podcast at some point. I think you’ll like that story. It was life changing for me.

It was late last year that I decided I wanted to make EERIE OKIE happen. I had done a podcast in the past. It was a way different thing than what EERIE OKIE is. But I remember how much I loved recording, editing, and producing those episodes. I wanted that experience again, but with something I was much more passionate about. And something that had to do with the things I write about in my fiction: crime and high strangeness come to life.

More than that, I wanted to connect with a group of people who shared my interest in these things. I knew that you guys were out there, I just had to send out the Bat signal to let you know it was time for us to come together.

I love that you all feel comfortable sharing your experiences with me. It’s truly an honor. And I feel very special to be able to bring you guys this content in a format that I love. I hope that with time, the research just keeps getting better and the episodes grow in length.

EERIE OKIE definitely got its inception a long time ago.

I’ve had several experiences that I just can’t reconcile. Experiences that could  be completely explainable, but also might not be.

I think it’s the idea that they might not be that keeps me coming back to this stuff. I think that most of us really want to believe that there’s something else out there. That there’s more to the world than what we see every day. And that magic is absolutely real and possible.

And I think that’s what you guys like about the podcast.

There’s a part of all of us that wants to believe in the things we thought were possible when we were kids. It would make the world we live in a lot more interesting, that’s for sure. And I know that seeing a Bigfoot would absolutely make my year. Hell, it would make my decade.

But it makes my day when you guys enjoy the podcast, and that’s almost better than seeing a Bigfoot.

That being said, I guess it’s time to stop blogging and get to work on the next episode’s outline.

Stay spooky, y’all.

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