Well, we’ve definitely turned the corner into the spookiest time of year. No, I don’t mean election season: I’m talking about the lead up to Hallowe’en. This time last year – and for the past five years – I’d be stepping out into the chill winds of Autumn to go read haunting ‘Ales from the Crypt in bars all over the city. Instead, we’ll be doing weekly Thrilling Tales Podcasts all October long of vintage spooky stories, for your shivery delight.
Never mind the hackneyed jump scares and bloated CGI monstrosities bursting from forth your TV screens this October, leaving nothing to your imagination. For real spookiness, there’s nothing quite like turning down the lights, pulling up the covers, and treating yourself to a mug of something warm, and a voice coming out of the darkness, reading you a thoroughly chilling story unearthed from the mouldering past. Nobody beats those bygone Edwardian and Victorian authors for casting a strange, uncanny spell.
Get a taste of what’s in store by listening to some recent spooky Thrilling Tales, such as Edward Lucas White’s 1906 story The House of the Nightmare, which may have been the first scary story to begin with a car breaking down on a lonely highway, or Gertrude Atherton’s 1896 story The Striding Place, in which a hapless gentleman has an unexpected encounter along the banks of the deadliest river in the world – an actual place in Yorkshire called “The Strid” that has drawn countless poor victims to a watery grave. Other spooky stories from past podcasts include H. Russell Wakefield’s The Red Lodge, Edith Nesbit’s The Ebony Frame, William Hope Hodgson’s A Voice in the Night, and Bernard Capes’ A Ghost Child, all part of our popular Thrilling Tales Storytime for Grownups, delighting and affrighting listeners for over 15 years.
Coming up, more haunted houses, haunted rooms, haunted coaches, even haunted libraries! Episodes range from 30 minutes to an hour, and go live around noon on Thursdays, although you may want to wait ’til midnight to listen.
~ Posted by David W.