29 October 2014

Dr. Frankenstein's Monster - Airs Oct 29th

The Frankenstein Family Crypt from The American Forces Network
In 1952, announcer Carl Nelson's producers sent him to the Frankenstein Castle near Darmstadt, Germany to explore the family crypt. Little did he know, they had set up a prank which was waiting for him. Despite the rising fear in his voice, Nelson dutifully reports everything as it happens, even going so far as to examine a grotesque statue he thinks he saw moving. Panic and terror rightfully ensue.

Frankenstein from The Witch's Tale
The Witch's Tale was the first horror radio serial. The series ran from 1931-1943 and was created, written, and directed by St. Paul's own Alonzo Deen Cole. The stories were hosted by an old Salem witch and her black cat, Satan. In this episode, a young scientist named Victor conducts experiments into human anatomy, physiology, and electro-chemistry; intent on improving the human race. Eventually he succeeds in creating life but is instantly repulsed by his creation. Upon his return, after fleeing his laboratory in horror, Dr. Frankenstein realizes his monster ...has escaped.


"Douse out them lights, settin' in the spooky shadows is the way to hear our pretty tales."

22 October 2014

Claustrophobic Calliope - Airs Oct 22nd

Introduction by Alfred Hitchcock
Are the lights out? Good.

The Murder Ship from The Strange Dr. Weird
The S.S. Arctic Star gropes its way through a thick all-enveloping fog when tragedy strikes. Rammed and taking on water, the ship speedily submerges below the surface. With hopes of a pending rescue, a lucky pair of lovers are the only survivors aboard the sinking vessel. Will the couple be able to survive... each other?

The Book by Hans H. Anderson
Despite repeated, excessive applications of WD-40, a spooky pantry door still creepily squeaked for years - perhaps generations. Eventually, one very brave, determined, and foolish man decides to finally fix it for good.

15 October 2014

War of the Welles - Airs Oct 15th

War of the Welles by R.H. Greene & John Rabe
George Takei primes us for a KPCC radio documentary that goes behind the scenes of the famous Halloween Eve broadcast of Orson Welles' and the Mercury Theatre's "War of the Worlds" in 1938 on CBS. It truly was a radio production so realistic, so convincing that it panicked listeners who believed the Martians really were invading our East Coast. Contrary to some accounts that only a few hundred or thousand were spooked by the broadcast, it can be figured that many more than one and a half million listeners felt an invasion was imminent. We'll hear the back-story of this stunning production, correcting many of these myths, and why exactly it worked so well and continues to captivate us today.

08 October 2014

The Black Cat - Airs Oct 8th

The Black Cat from Mystery in the Air
In the late 40s, Peter Lorre, the infamous silver screen star, was briefly featured on a radio serial which brought us great, exciting stories both strange and unusual - dark and compelling masterpieces culled from the four corners of world literature. In this episode, which originally aired on September 18, 1947, we hear the final confession of man about to hang for murdering his wife. It's an audio adaption of Edgar Allan Poe's immortal American classic, The Black Cat; a psychological thriller concerning the slow mental deterioration of a man, followed quickly by his complete moral disintegration. The tale was first published some one hundred years earlier in The Saturday Evening Post on August 19, 1843. Not surprisingly, Poe himself owned a black cat.

01 October 2014

Bloody Fingers - Airs Oct 1st

Bloody Fingers from Love + Radio
To ease-into our month-long string of spooky episodes, we're starting nicely with a dark story that took place in one of the finest art galleries in Cambridge, MA. It's the tale of a horrible accident and a complicated friendship. A gripping nude showdown and dazed detective story. A hunt for a missing finger... or more importantly, a lost pack of smokes. This pair of graphic, horrific stories were woven together by the brilliantly twisted Nick van der Kolk for your listening pleasure as only Love + Radio can do. If you'd like to hear more in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews ranging from seedy to sublime, you can find more at loveandradio.org.