Haunted Mitten Road Trip: The Ghostly Frontier

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The Steampunk Symposium 2020 Program is joined by the Haunted Mitten podcast for a look at popular ghost stories of the 19th century U.S. frontier.

Presented by Kay Gray, Crysta Coburn, & Aaron Isett.

The hosts of the new podcast Haunted Mitten, Crysta Coburn and Kay Gray, look at popular ghost stories and myths of the 19th century United States frontier. Could they be real? What is the history? Joined by Ohio-born history buff and special guest Aaron Isett.

Kay Gray got her start studying the paranormal over fifteen years ago, when she lived in a haunted house. An author, blogger, and dramaturge, Kay has devoted much of her time to helping others be aware of the paranormal. Her short story “The Little Wind-up Mermaid” appears in ‘The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales.’



Crysta Coburn has been fascinated by all things strange and unusual from a very young age, when she had her first encounter with a shadow being. For five years, she worked as a book-buyer for a metaphysical bookstore and now works part-time for a public library. She is no stranger to research or a well-constructed story. She is also a freelance journalist, author, editor, and podcaster. Two steampunk anthologies that she co-edited with Phoebe Darqueling make their debut spring 2020, “Cogs, Crowns, and Carriages” and “Gears, Ghouls, and Gauges.”

Aaron Isett, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, has loved the worlds of sci-fi and fantasy since he was in grade school. Traveling and reading are two of his greatest passions, as both have taken him to fascinating places. He studied history at Xavier University. Now residing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Aaron does his best to bring more fantastic stories to life. His short story “Odyssey?” appears in ‘The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales.’


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