Radio horror shows and Halloween are great partners; add Vincent Price and Ida Lupino, and you have gold.

For Halloween, radio
The best of radio horror shows: Suspense

Lucille Fletcher, one of the twentieth century’s scriptwriters, wrote several episodes of the radio series, Suspense. Her most famous is “Sorry, Wrong Number,” but “Fugue in C Minor” is also an extraordinary example of radio writing. Fletcher was a music librarian for a time—her first husband was an orchestral composer—so this music-themed horror story does a lot more than simply use music as a bit of dressing; Fugue in C Minor integrates music and dialogue to create an odd but truly Halloweenish story.

Fugue in C Minor – Tales Well Calculated to Keep You in…Suspense.

This episode first aired on June 1, 1944. The audio engineering is excellent. The pipe organ in the story functions as a character. Theodore Evans is played by Vincent Price, and it’s a showcase for his broad range of storytelling. Ida Lupino plays Amanda Peabody. The Evans children’s dialogue is written in a way that blurs the line between creepy and sympathetic.

Here are a few more of my favorite suspenseful radio episodes for your all hallows’ eve enjoyment.

Boo! And Happy Halloween! As always, thanks for stopping by, and feel free to share the post.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.


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