I love my horror radio plays. They go from exquisite to terrible, but the medium is amazing and tends to force writers into efficiency.
But some are bad, and some return to the same tired themes. Below are some of my favorite terrible ones. In all of them the story is based weakly on the idea that women are naturally associated with our favorite selfish house pet, the cat.
I’m sure someone with more writing talent than I could write an entire paper on the topic. I’m content to roll my eyes and laugh.
Cat Woman – The Creaking Door
Queen of the Cats – The Mysterious Traveler
The Weekend – Macabre
Alley Cat – Lights Out
They are a bit late, but I am finally updating with more radio plays. All scary and all related to winter and cold weather.
I love this one, but beware. The sound quality isn’t too great.
The Horn – Fear on Four
His Last Card – Fear on Four
The Snowman Killing – Fear on Four
Sometimes I miss eating turkey…sometimes I don’t.
Gobble Gobble – Fear on Four
This series is an older one. The sound quality is very…hollow.
The Werewolf – Weird Circle
I hope you enjoy them. I of course don’t own any of this. They are free to download or play in a new window. You can also find more at the Internet Audio Archive.
If I was good at writing I’d spend a lot of space here talking about how movies and drama have treated the artist as a madman(rather than woman) similarly to the mad scientist of many a horror film and book. The below examples don’t necessarily match that concept, but they are creepy stories featuring artists and art.
Trilby, pictured above and played by Marian Marsh, is a story by George Du Maurier and published in the early 20th century. Trilby, the protagonist, is a young English girl living in Paris and earning a living as a figure model. She is hypnotized by the evil Svengali, a brilliant but villainess musician…
I believe you can watch the movie version of Trilby on Netflix under the title Svengali. Better yet, read it for free through Google books. You can download a pdf of it. I’m honestly only halfway through it and have been reading it on my nook.
Trilby by George Du Maurier
Bluebeard, a story about a man who … ya know, kills his wives, was made into a movie. The villain’s role was changed into that of an artist. He paints portraits of women then murders them. Freaky puppets are also involved. Watch the 1944 version of Bluebeard on Hulu.
I also collect radio horror plays. The two linked below are on topic! The First is a story about two French art students who roam the countryside in search of inspiration. The second play is about a ceramicist searching for a perfect ingredient in order to achieve an unusual glaze to his work. You can download the plays or listen to them online.
Fear on Four’s By the River Fountainebleau
Nightfall’s Glaze of Perfect Beauty
There are many other examples of creepy stories where either the art or artist is menacing, like Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray or just about any movie that involves ventriloquists and dummies.