Episode 29: Shampe at Midnight / The Ghost of Zelda Fitzgerald

Our LIVE show from Wetumpka Depot Theater! Patrice and Marleah drink Tropical Storms and talk terrifying cryptid sightings, signs you’re not a Southerner, mental hospital hauntings, and the size of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s dick!


Shampe at Midnight //

The shampe is an ogre-like monster – a hairy man or a giant man not unlike Bigfoot, with a stench like the skunk ape. In Chickasaw folk tales the shampe likes to eat men and steal women. In this story, the shampe is a terrifying picture of an intelligent creature that knows how to wait to get what it wants.



The Ghost of Zelda Fitzgerald //

On March 10, 1948, a fire broke out at Highland Hospital in Asheville, NC, a high-end treatment facility for “mental and nervous disorders.” Nine women died in the blaze, including writer, painter and Montgomery socialite Zelda Fitzgerald. Stories quickly began springing up about how the fire started, why the nine women couldn’t escape, and, before long, whether their apparitions were appearing on the streets around the burnt-out hospital grounds.

The Tragic Death of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Marla Hardee Milling, Ray Hardee 

Behind the Bars: The Legend That Lurks at Highland Hospital by Larisa Karr

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum (Montgomery)



Tropical Storm

Originally from Bon Appetit,
made Strange by Bartender Courtney

On our way to The Strange South Live Show at the Wetumpka Depot Community Theater, Hurricane Barry was approaching landfall in New Orleans and south Alabama, we were getting the effects of the outer bands with large, scary, Voldemort clouds, and since I had already made Hurricanes for Mardi Gras, I decided to see if there was a cocktail named a tropical storm, so here is what I found.

  • 2 cups white rum
  • 1 1/2 cups spiced rum
  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 4 table spoons Campari

(The ABC store in Wetumpka did not have Campari, also it costs $30 a bottle and doesn’t seem worth it for only a few tablespoons so I decided a light pour of dry red wine and some orange zest to cut the sweetness of the juices would be a similar alternative.)

  1. Pour all ingredients in a large pitcher. If you are at an Air BnB that does not have a pitcher, use a big pot to mix it up. (Just do what you gotta do to get the job done).
  2. Add ice cubes to preferably a hurricane glass, but we had stemless mimosa glasses.
  3. Pour drink from pot into the glass, spill a good amount all over the counter and floor in the process.
  4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry with stem and a small orange slice.Cheers to a successful live show!
    Makes approximately 10 drinks


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