I got an MP3 player almost a year ago. I know they've been around for a while now. I could have gotten one years ago. In marketing terms, I believe I'm known as a "late adopter". Anyway, while searching the internet for music, I stumbled upon some old time radio shows. I not sure how. I was just clicking along and suddenly, I was listening to an old Superman show. And that was my gateway into a whole new world. The world of old time radio programs. A world I was aware of but had never personally experienced. I became addicted. My MP3 player began to fill up with as many radio shows as songs. I was running out of storage capacity on my desktop. And my collection grew and grew. But what does this have to do with Halloween?
Well . . . some of the most popular old radio programs were in the suspense and horror genres. Programs like Inner Sanctum, Lights Out, Quiet Please . . . as well as radio adaptations of classics like Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Sometimes cheesy but often creepy, made even more so because the images were created in your mind. The good news is that most of these programs are now in the public domain and are easily accessible through the magic of the Internet.
As I discovered, The Monster Club is a fabulous site for anyone looking for an introduction to old time radio horror and suspense. Free registration will allow you to listen to episodes from a variety of horror-themed programs. The site is also a good source of background information about old time radio horror. Just the thing to carry you through the weeks leading up to Halloween. So sit back, close your eyes and listen. . . and if it leaves you searching for more, there are many, many more old time radio programs available for free download right here.