“In the dream, you are falling… Lost, in the listing distance, as dark locks in…”
Collecting radio broadcasts became a little bit of a hobby for me a couple years ago, and over that time I’ve become familiar with several shows that used to run back in the day that were famous for their thriller/horror/sci-fi genre stories. Here, I’ve compiled some of my favorite episodes (that I’ve found so far), for anyone else who wants to enjoy them. Some of them are a little hard to hear, especially the ones from the earlier years of the 1940’s because the sound quality is a bit warped, but those have got their own distinct character to them so I included them as well. These are great for car or bus rides, long walks, or even when you’re bored and want to listen to something other than music. I just wouldn’t advise listening to them in the dark, alone. They can get creepier than you would expect.
Shows featured in this compilation: Nightfall, The Mysterious Traveler, Suspense, X Minus One, Lights Out, Quiet Please, Escape.
- “The Whole Town’s Sleeping”- in this short story by Ray Bradbury, presented by Suspense, a woman goes to see a show with a friend and then takes a shortcut through the ravine to get home- despite the warnings of a serial killer called ‘The Lonely One’ prowling through her quiet Southern town.
- “Welcome To Homerville”- this unnerving tale from Nightfall will make you unwilling to take long drives late at night, as a long-haul trucker headed for the ominious “Homerville” begins to hear things that could just be his imagination- or something entirely different.
- “The Veldt”- one of Bradbury’s best short stories is presented by X Minus One, in which a couple living in a futuristic smart home begins to notice the effects that the home’s enchanting nursery is having on their children.
- “All-Nighter”- this Nightfall broadcast tells the story of an aspiring actress working at a laundromat who discovers something very unsettling in one of the dryers, and then enlists her best friend to stay up all night with her to find out what’s going on. One of the spookier episodes on this list.
- “Thing on the Fourbleboard”- often picked as the scariest episode of old-time radio, this Quiet, Please broadcast is narrated by a man working on an oil derrick, and the sinister events of one night where something, maybe, was spotted up on the fourbleboard.
- “The Porch Light”- undeniably creepy, this Nightfall story follows typical scary story structure: a massive snowstorm hits the night that a young couple living in an old, isolated house spots a man waving to them from under the porch light- and things get stranger from there.
- “And The Moon Be Still As Bright”- a classic of both Ray Bradbury and the sci-fi genre, this short story presented by X Minus One uses an expedition to Mars to reflect on what it really means to be the alien race invading the home of another.
- “SOS”- in this Mysterious Traveler broadcast, a trio of criminals attempt to steal a shipment of diamonds on a liner, but they run into a bit of trouble… this one’s got an excellent ending.
- “After Sunset”- another Nightfall and just as creepy as the rest, this story’s set in a small town fifty years after it suffered a grisly series of murders, and now that the killings have begun again, the town elders have their suspicions about what kind of evil may be behind them.
- “Ghost Hunt”- often cited as one of the scarier episodes of old radio archives, this Suspense story follows the excursion of a radio personality and paranormal investigator as they take a tour of a haunted house, and discover eerie things.
- “Hands Off”- Nightfall stories aren’t known for being gruesome, but this one is the exception; a gory tale of murder and science gone very, very wrong.
- “Marionettes, Inc”- this Bradbury short story, presented again by X Minus One, is disturbing because of it’s implications, and the fact that replacing people with creations out of science-fiction does not bring all the benefits that are expected.
- “The House in Cypress Canyon”- With a reputation as being one of the superior horror stories of radio’s Golden Age, this tale of a mysterious manuscript was broadcasted by Suspense as it’s chilling idea of a Christmas story.
- “Death Robbery”- presented by Lights Out and starring the radio-famous Boris Karloff as a scientist who brings his wife back from the dead- and realizes that his experiment has led to really bad results.
- “Three Skeleton Key”- another tale heralded as being classic in the radio horror genre, this radio-play about rats on the coast of French Guiana was broadcasted on several different shows after it’s first appearance on Escape.
- “Behind The Locked Door”- Presented by Mysterious Traveler, an archaeological expedition to the Vermillion Cliffs of Arizona seeks to uncover ancient Aztec artifacts… but, instead, finds a cave with a bizarre and deadly legacy.
- “Baby Doll”- When a husband makes a gift to his childless wife of an antique doll, this Nightfall story follows the transformation of her initial anger at his “sick joke” into something along the lines of- obsession.
- “There Will Come Soft Rains/Zero Hour”- This X Minus One double-feature presentation showcases two Ray Bradbury sci-fi shorts, the first of which is considered one of his most famous and important works. Both will leave you thinking, and more than a little unsettled.
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TO BE GAY
I WON’T MIND
IF YOU LIKE YOUR KIND
TO BE GAY
I’D STILL LOVE YOU
AND OTHERS WILL TOO
people are fine by me.
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I really love the amount of rainbows in this post.
SO MANY BEAUTIFUL RAINBOWS
This guy at my school shows up every day with like a fake wolf tail clipped to his back belt loop, and I always see him running from class to class and jumping over things and he looks so happy to exist and sometimes he brings a lil wolf puppet with him and he makes it run along next to him on the strings
I’m just like u go wolf kid live ur dreams