history of the horror
show genre on radio. Radio was born in the
1920s, boomed in the Thirties, was golden in the Forties, and busted by
a monster called television in the late Fifties.
supreme, the "Theater of the Mind" took listeners into a world made
real by their own imaginations, a world of sound rather than sight, a
world where the voices of actors and the ingenuity of sound effects
artists gave everything plausible, sometimes terrifying life.
It was on an episode of the radio anthology series Escape that Vincent Price first made his indelible mark. "Tired of the every day grind? Ever dreamed of a life of romantic adventure?" Every week would ask the deep, powerful, menacing voice of William Conrad or Paul Frees. "Want to get away from it all? We offer you… ESCAPE!" And a few bars from Moussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," to set the proper mood.
On this show we'll hear excerpts from "The Witch's Tale," "Quiet Please," "Mysterious Traveler," "I Love a Mystery," and "Lights Out."
Many other horror shows entertained listeners; A partial list: