Ronni Thomas - Series Creator
“Daddy, why did your friend do that? Why did she ‘knock on wood’ after telling you that her business is doing great?” While I tried to muddle my way through an explanation, I soon realized that I had no fucking clue... And so I determined to dig in. Though intensely rational, I've always been a superstitious person. But I never asked “WHY?”.... So a quick call to my good friend Mitch and we were on the journey... We decided to do this series to shed just a bit of light on some of these enduring superstitions... Funny thing, however, worth noting: Even though we see that most of these superstitions have a very practical origin, I still shudder to think what might happen if I did take a slingshot to a mirror. We hope to expand the series beyond superstitions and explore the origins of the odd but all-too common. Stay tuned to see what happens! Visit antixnyc.com to see more!
Mitch Horowitz - Writer/Host
Mitch Horowitz was raised in a world of Bigfoot stories, UFO sightings, and Carlos Castaneda books. He grew determined to find the truth behind it all – and today Mitch is a PEN Award-winning historian and the author of Occult America and One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life. Mitch has written on everything from the war on witches to the secret life of Ronald Reagan for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Politico, and Salon. He has discussed esoteric spirituality and little-known history on CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, NPR’s All Things Considered, and other national shows. Mitch is vice-president and editor-in-chief at Tarcher/Penguin, the division of Penguin books dedicated to metaphysical literature. He is also the voice of popular audio books including The Jefferson Bible and Alcoholics Anonymous. Visit him at www.MitchHorowitz.com, @MitchHorowitz, and on Facebook at Mitch. Horowitz.1
PAUL BERGEL - COMPOSER
Paul Bergel started his compositional career re-scoring classic silent horror films for Alpha Video and touring in various punk bands. He then studied composition with the illustrious opera composer Conrad Susa at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where his passion for supernatural horror was cultivated. He has since become the music director for the Coney Island based horrorshow Phantom Creep Theatre (http://www.phantomcreep.com) where he performs as his undead alter-ego d'Composer. He can be reached at dComposer@PhantomCreep.com