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Oct 23, 2017

Added (4) new reviews and (2) new plotlines for various CBS Radio Mystery Theater and BBC episodes, courtesy of Jeff Dickson.

CBS Radio Mystery Theater
BBC

Oct 20, 2017

Added (1) new review for a Nightfall episode, courtesy of Raymond.



Oct 18, 2017

Listener Denny Lien has come through again! Denny confirms that the original publication date for the Black Mass episode "Nightmare" is 1959.

"This was first published in England in The [First] Pan Book of Horror in 1959. Most of the contents of the anthology were reprints (and are credited as such with previous publication info and copyright info etc. in my copy), but this one was apparently an original. (Mike Ashley's Supernatural Index also has it as an original in that 1959 anthology.)

"Incidentally, The [First] Pan Book of Horror also contained reprints of 'The Squaw' and of 'Flies', so I suspect the radio people had a copy of it (there was a US as well as a UK edition). Stoker's 'The Squaw' of course has been reprinted several times, but 'Flies' had apparently appeared before only in two scarce UK hardback anthologies ed. C.C. Thompson: Grim Death in 1932 (where it was an original) and the reprint Not at Night Omnibus in 1937. After the Pan reprint, it also appeared in a common 1969 US pb, 11 Great Horror Stories, ed. Betty Owen, from Scholastic.

Anyway, 1959 is the date for the print version of Wykes' 'Nightmare'. " --- Denny Lien



Oct 16, 2017

Added (11) new CD covers created by Tom Tucker. These, and others, can be found on the CD Artwork page. Thanks Tom!



Oct 15, 2016

Added (3) new shows to the Listening Booth:

"Apple" - Mindwebs (1979)

In a time when miners tunnel into giant apples to collect the creamy, ripe flesh, others seek to keep the miners safe by destroying the moths that hide within. Story by John Baxter. "Amazing descriptive imagery. I keep washing my hands to rid myself of the sticky-sweet juice stuck between my fingers and under my nails; I tread lightly to avoid sinking to my knees in a brown bog of decaying apple pulp. Yech. Concludes with some nice fighting-moth action. [8/10]" --- zM

"Saint Louis Blues" - Columbia Workshop (1937)

During a broadcast of W. C. Handy's classic blues, simultaneous dramatic vignettes are heard consecutively. Story by Irving Reis. "This ingenious, oft-broadcast Irving Reis play isn't exactly supernatural, but the repetition of the title tune (in an arrangement that borrows the clarinet opening of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue") has an eerie, hypnotic quality which, combined with the script's various efforts at dark irony, might make it of interest to those who visit the Plot Spot." --- Anonymous

"The Silver Sky" - BBC (1980) ** By Request **

Two time travellers from separate worlds are drawn to the same location—a beach on a strange unknown planet with no way back home and stalked by deadly predators. Story by Tanith Lee. Multiple story threads come together in this complicated tale of betrayal and love... bitterness and hope... and of lost pasts and receding futures. This story is involved and can be very confusing (several characters with similar voices talking at the same time... sound effects drowning out voices... dialogue in foreign languages...), so it's really not suitable for listening while driving. Listen at home where you can rewind and replay as needed. This story presents a view of time travel I have not heard before. That novelty bumped up my rating one notch. Solid acting. Engaging story. Good sound effects and music. [9/10] --- zM



Oct 13, 2017

Listener Denny Lien has a copy of the June 1961 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and has confirmed that the Black Mass episode "Atrophy" is based on the John Anthony West short story "George".



Oct 11, 2017

Added (12) new CD covers created by Tom Tucker. These, and others, can be found on the CD Artwork page. Thanks Tom!



Oct 09, 2017

Added (3) new reviews and (3) new plotlines for various SF 68 episodes, courtesy of zM.



Oct 06, 2017

Added (10) new CD covers created by Tom Tucker. These, and others, can be found on the CD Artwork page. Thanks Tom!



Oct 04, 2017

Added (12) new reviews and (11) new plotlines for various Lux Radio Theatre, Romance, Dark Fantasy, Lights Out, and Mollé Mystery Theatre episodes, courtesy of Anonymous.

Lux Radio Theatre, The
Romance
Dark Fantasy
Lights Out
Mollé Mystery Theatre

Jul 10, 2017

Added (7) new reviews and (3) new plotlines for various Hermit's Cave, Seeing Ear Theatre, Fear on Four, Spine Chillers, and Appointment with Fear episodes, courtesy of Nicolle.

Hermit's Cave, The
Seeing Ear Theatre
Fear on Four
Spine Chillers
Appointment with Fear

Jun 24, 2017

Added (2) new shows to the Listening Booth:

"The Man Who Knew How" - Suspense (1944)

Mr. Pender is on a passenger train and strikes up a conversation with a stranger. He offers the man a mystery novel to read, but the stranger promptly turns him down, stating that mysteries aren't accurate to life as the murderers get caught. He instead is only interested in murderers who don't get caught and proceeds to describe ways a person can die and have it appear to be from natural causes. After this meeting, Mr. Pender begins to hear about a string of deaths that have occurred in the exact same fashion as the stranger described! Furthermore, when Mr. Pender begins to investigate, he starts seeing the stranger in places where these deaths have just happened! Is he behind these deaths? Story by Dorothy L. Sayers.

"Safe in the Arms of Jesus" - Nightfall (1983)

A couple become concerned when their young son's religious leanings take on a warped, fanatical bent. Story by Martin Kinch.



Jun 03, 2017

Added (2) new shows to the Listening Booth:

"Solaris" - BBC (2007)

Psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to a remote research station studying Solaris—a planet dominated by an ocean of living plasma—to investigate the death of a scientist and the mental disintegration of the entire research team. Despite their total isolation, they seem to have been plagued by 'visitors'. Story by Stanislaw Lem.

"Another World" - Arch Oboler's Plays (1939)

On a cold, dismal, dreary night... in a death-row cell of a southern penitentiary... a young woman kneels beside her prison cot, weeping, speaking softly to the memory of her mother, and explaining that it all started when she first heard that evil voice within her head. Story by Arch Oboler.



May 26, 2017

Added (1) new review for a CBS Radio Mystery Theater episode, courtesy of zM.



May 24, 2017

Added (3) new reviews and (3) new plotlines for various SF 68 episodes, courtesy of zM.



May 22, 2017

Added (3) new plotlines and (1) new review for various Space Patrol episodes, courtesy of zM.



May 20, 2017

Yet another tip-of-the-hat to alert listener/reader/research editor, Noelle, who offered the following corrections to the Famous Authors on Radio page. Thanks Noelle!



May 18, 2017

Added (1) new review for a Hall of Fantasy episode, courtesy of Silent Hill Radio.



May 16, 2017

Added (1) new review for a Dimension X episode, courtesy of Michael F.



May 14, 2017

Yet another tip-of-the-hat to alert listener/reader/research editor, Noelle, who offered the following corrections and comments to the Seeing Ear Theatre page: (Thanks, Noelle!):



May 12, 2017

Added (3) new reviews for various Seeing Ear Theatre episodes, courtesy of Noelle.



May 10, 2017

Added (11) new CD covers created by Nick. These, and others, can be found on the CD Artwork page. Thanks Nick!



May 05, 2017

Added (11) new CD covers created by Nick. These, and others, can be found on the CD Artwork page. Thanks Nick!



May 01, 2017

Added (9) new CD covers created by Nick. These, and others, can be found on the CD Artwork page. Thanks Nick!



Apr 08, 2017

Added (9) new CD covers created by Nick. These, and others, can be found on the CD Artwork page. Thanks Nick!



Mar 25, 2017

Added (3) new reviews and (3) new plotlines for various SF 68 episodes, courtesy of zM.



Mar 17, 2017

Another work-related deadline met. With luck, I'll be working normal hours for a while and I'll be updating this site regularly. Fingers crossed!



Jan 03, 2017

Added (10) new CD covers created by Nick. These, and others, can be found on the CD Artwork page. Thanks Nick!



Jan 01, 2017

Another year... with new hopes and new dreams.

My health is better than it has been in a long time, and I hope to be posting regularly in the coming months.

Time will tell.

Cheers.