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 Gary Clinton  
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from 1957, "My Adventure in Norfork".
The Black Mass for 11-30 -1970, "The Moonlit Road".
Robert Sheckley short story, "Cost of Living".
Shadow - A Parable (1850) by Edgar Allan Poe.

Strange Doctor Weird, "When Killers Meet" from April the 4th of 1945.
ABC's Mystery TimeMusic:
Johnny Cash - Delia's Gone. (1993)
(This version is from his album American Recordings).
Arlo Guthrie - Coming Into Los Angeles. (First performed at Woodstock in 1969)
Marty Robbins - El Paso .(1959)
This is a weekly program airing on KSOW 106.7 FM in Cottage Grove, OR. as part of the stations commitment to sustaining the tradition great radio theater. I will post a new show by Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.

In the main, each episode consists of four approximately 30-minute long programs (not always, as
sometimes I use a longer form show, so it may be 3 or fewer) and some filler to bring them in at 120 minutes.
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As of show 21 there are 30 second musical interludes at 30,60 and 90 minutes. with the last 5 to 10 minutes or so of the show uninterrupted music that can be faded out on without too much ado. Exact timing is in the mp3 comments tag.

If you do broadcast or stream these I'd really be grateful if you dropped me a note.

This episode contains the following segments...

Segment One:


Ralph Richardson stars in an episode of ABC's Mystery Time from 1957, "My Adventure in Norfork". Based on a story written by Leslie H. Lambert ( under the pen name A. J. Allen). This story seems to be (and is) a well done take on a familiar theme. However, in a splendid demonstration of how just a few words can make a big difference... pay particular attention to the last sentence of the story.

Lambert (1883 - 1940) lived an unusual life. Part British civil servant, part writer, part cryptographer, magician, radio narrator and spy buster (he was part of the “Enigma” team at Bletchley Park).

Because of his connection to the Secret Service that A. J. Alan” was in fact Lambert was kept a closely guarded secret until after his death. A. J. Allen became quite famous when on Jan 31st 1924 he began broadcasting monologues consisting of his reading of his stories."My Adventure in Norfolk" became one of these when he broadcast it on June the 16th. of 1931. Lambert continued these performances until his last broadcast shortly before his death in 1940.
Segment Two:

Is a presentation of The Black Mass for 11-30 -1970, "The Moonlit Road". This story dates from 1907 and is based on the short story by Ambrose Bierce.

There are those who say that, "If God did not exist then we would have created him" . Some of us say, "Well, Duh!"

If Ambrose Bierce did not exist someone would have created him (some say Bierce beat us to it). He was born in Ohio in 1842 into a family with a tendency towards eccentricity (a brother ran away with the circus, a sister was allegedly consumed by cannibals). After a courageous time in the Civil War he became a successful and feared journalist on the West Coast; by all accounts he also became a thoroughly cantankerous and unpleasant individual. His end, in 1913, was as strange as his life. He went to Mexico and disappeared completely. Bierce’s ghost stories are unusualy "modern" . The Moonlit Road's approach to the supernatural was new when it was written. Not written so much to frighten or move us to the emotion of horror. Instead we are left with not fear but a despairing disquiet, (Well, I was. Maybe you're less sentimental than I).

Bierce deserves his reputation for being one of the first to take the ghost story out of the Victorian country house. Partly because of his example, the ghost story of the twentieth century took a very different path than it's antecedents .

Bierce like others (Howard, Lovecraft, ect) is generally better thought of as a writer now than during his life time. Although, still, there are many literary critics who do not regard him as a "Great Writer".

Segment Three:

Is courtesy of the Librivox project and is the Robert Sheckley short story, "Cost of Living". This is actually Sheckleys first published story appearing in Galaxy Magazine for December of 1952. It was also published in his collection Untouched by Human Hands which was published in 1954 and as far as I can tell is no longer in print (never fear, Gutenberg is here... see below).

This story is still relevent today. Its about a future when everyone is in hock past the limits of their own skin. In some future of consumerism the world is dominated by a handful of giant companies which have built a credit system that encourages people to live far above their income.

Work has been reduced to simple, deadly boreing tasks. The main character works in a laundry machine factory where his job consists of pressing buttons that initiate a self-check sequence in each of the machines. Most people have jobs which can never rise to the point of covering thier expenses.

So how does this work? Well, that's what kids are for.

Shadow - A Parable (1850) by Edgar Allan Poe.

Short, bleak and disorganized, "Shadow - A parable" is one of Edger Allen Poe's masterfully created short stories. Unique in both style and design. It is by far his shortest story, no more than thirteen hundred words in length. It's a quick read taking no longer than seven minutes of your time. It quickly creates an eerie atmosphere, conjuring with the dead, then ending with the arrival of a "multitude of beings".

Damned if I understand it.

Must be literature. .

Segment Four:

Strange Doctor Weird, "When Killers Meet" from April the 4th of 1945. Need to scare off a murderer? This is an interesting method. I'm not sure it's a good one though..

Music:

Johnny Cash - Delia's Gone. (1993)

(This version is from his album American Recordings).

Arlo Guthrie - Coming Into Los Angeles. (First performed at Woodstock in 1969)

Marty Robbins - El Paso .(1959)

These dates should not be taken as canonical.

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