29 October 2013

The Seance - Airs Oct 30th

The Seance by Bob Carlson
On a summer night in the early 1990's, a small group of friends gather for a dinner party in Los Angeles. Just for fun, someone suggests having a seance with a homemade, makeshift Ouija board. The glass begins to move and by the end of the evening, perceptions of reality have been altered, relationships have been damaged, and the guests are forever changed. Three people who were there return to tell us the shocking, funny, and hauntingly tragic story of The Seance.

17 October 2013

The Pit and the Pendulum - Airs Oct 23rd

The Pit and the Pendulum from Suspense
We had such fun with Mr. Vincent Price on the program last week that we're inviting him back again! This time, he'll give us a stunning performance in an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's 1842 tale "The Pit and the Pendulum" from the legendary radio program, Suspense. As are many of Poe's tales, it is told through the eyes of the main character. Price stars as the delirious victim of a most cruel and inhuman punishment sentenced by the Spanish Inquisition. John Dickson Carr adapted the story for radio and it co-stars Ellen Morgan as the hallucinated voice of his wife, with Jay Novello, Ben Wright and John Hoyt. A staple in American radio drama, Suspense ran from 1942-1962 on CBS. Our episode originally aired on November 10, 1957.

"Suspense -- Stories from the world’s great literature of pure excitement. A new series frankly dedicated to your horrification and entertainment. Week by week from the pick of new material, from the pages of best-selling novels, from the theatres of Broadway and London, and the sound stages of Hollywood will parade the most remarkable figures ever known”

09 October 2013

Poe Pourri - Airs Oct 9th

The Death of Poe from The Truth
This audio drama depicting Poe's last day on earth was inspired by a story from Matthew Mercier. Matthew was once the caretaker of The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage and lived in its basement. We'll hear that one day he was visited by mysterious devotee who was raving about how Poe spent his final hours. Performed by Christian Paluck, Ed Herbstman, Chet Siegel, and Louis Kornfeld. It was produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

The Imp of the Perverse read by Vincent Price
Do you think you might be "one of the many uncounted victims of the Imp Of The Perverse?" Well, we will learn how the budding field of phrenology has overlooked one very major portion of the mind -- the natural human tendency to do wrong for wrong's sake. Procrastination, greed, overeating, envy, and even murder are all examples... but to confess? Could that possibly be wrong? Could that be the "imp" at play? Written in 1845, recorded by Price in 1975, and released on Caedmon Records.

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“Could I have torn out my tongue, I would have done it”

02 October 2013

La Llorona - Airs Oct 2nd

La Llorona: An Evolving Myth by Beth Hoffman
A good myth can stand the test of time. It can find itself being told hundreds maybe even thousands of years later; La Llorona is one such myth. The tale of "the weeping woman" continues to resound with those who tell it, hear it, and retell it, all these years later. Since the time of the Spanish conquest, from Mexico to the American Southwest, those who hear the wails of the crying woman, or who are touched by the hem of her gown, are marked for death. In this program, we'll hear about this tragic mother and her story -- and how its meaning has grown and changed over time. We will know that as the myth spreads, La Llorona will go on haunting our children for generations.