Campfire Radio Theater is one of the newer entrants into the world of horror-themed audio dramas and despite their newcomer status, they’ve been hitting it out of the park with their work so far.
Long before the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society started their Dark Adventure Radio Theatre series, they created some original audio drama-style sequences for one of their LARP sessions. Can you pick the one experience out of the selection offered that banishes the Hound of Tindalos and keeps your sanity intact? Speaking of H.P. Lovecraft, Blue Hours Productions has a series devoted to creating audio dramas based on his works called Cthulhu On The Air and not only is Gothik a great H.P. Lovecraft-inspired audio drama, but it also features music by Nox Arcana!
In addition to AudioFile magazine’s website offering lots of great reviews, they also have a free streaming audio book of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” as read by William Roberts!
Not only does earstage offer free snippets of their Dark Sense line of horror titles, but they also have some teasers of Poe adaptations they’ve done with the Rover Rep Theatre.
Fans of The Phantom of the Opera should be interested in this ambitious project devoted to creating a free audio book of the famous tale.
Itunes is a great source for horror audio, such as: The 13th Hour, Redline Theater, The Miller’s Ghost, The Ghost Stories of E. F. Benson, Midnight Circle and A Podcast to the Curious – The M.R. James Podcast.
Another great resource is Wikisource, which focuses on audio books. In addition to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Sheridan La Fanu and Robert Louis Stevenson, you can also find great works of fiction like “The Terrible Old Man,” “The Bottle Imp,” “A Ghost Story” and “Celephais.”
Big Finish’s SoundCloud page offers several complete adventures of the Doctor and his friends for free, in both downloadable and streaming form. On top of that, they also offer the first installment of Doctor Who: The Burning Prince for free as well! Speaking of SoundCloud, those who enjoyed my recent review of The Scarifyers: The Nazad Conspiracy should be pleased to learn that Bafflegab Productions is offering a free streaming version of it on their SoundCloud page. UPDATE: Although Bafflegab has since removed this particular audio drama from SoundCloud, it is still available on Spotify.
Although best know for his humorous songs, Tom Smith has also dabbled with the world of spoken word. “The Thing in the Crib” is one such example, which offers a hilariously horrifying look at the typical duties of a parent raising a newborn.
If you’re looking for something with more mature themes, I have two series that would definitely fit the PG-13 category. The first is the Dark Shadows-style supernatural soap opera Gypsy Cove and the second is LightningBolt Theater of the Mind.
Make sure not to mix up Midnight Radio Theater and Moonlight Audio Theatre, unless you want to potentially miss out on an entire series’ worth of great listening material. Those seeking horror serials will be sure to enjoy Hayward Sanitarium and Wormwood, while those who desire standalone episodes will be delighted by Sinister Properties.
Do you remember Gayle House Records’ The Haunting album? It’s one with the comic book ad featuring a hooded blue monster that urged you to “Invite your friends over for a haunting” and featured both sound effects and a short story of sorts utilizing said effects. John Beach Voiceguy did and decided to record an affectionate parody of the drama portion of the album.
It’s also worth noting how the official GdL16 podcast has also dabbled in the world of audio books and audio drama. For example, one episode from December 2012 featured Mike Arnzen’s reading of “Little Stocking Stuffers” and another featured a minisode of The Scarifyers called Mr. Crowley’s Christmas. Not only that, but we tried our hand at making our own audio drama in our Halloween super special.
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