Music & Scary Tales for a Hallowe’en Weekend

Today, it’s eerie music — with scary tales every even-num­bered hour!

Moua­ha­ha­ha­hah­h­h­h­hh! This com­ing Mon­day is Hal­lowe’en, and Elrik Mer­lin is kick­ing off the pro­ceed­ings today (Sat­ur­day) to get you in the mood.

In addi­tion to a wide and some­times sur­pris­ing col­lec­tion of music dur­ing the day, vary­ing from clas­si­cal to rock and includ­ing a selec­tion of fan­ta­sy SF TV and movie themes to boot — and of course the ZBS Radio Hour at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic (7pm and 3am UK time) — be sure to tune in at the top of every even-num­bered hour (4am, 6am, 8am etc) to hear a “Scary Tale”. They include old-time radio plays — and of course we are includ­ing the famous Orson Welles 1939 War of the Worlds, in case you missed it on Thurs­day night — some pre­sen­ta­tions from that mas­ter of the macabre, Vin­cent Price, and read­ings of E F Ben­son ghost sto­ries. There’s Alfred Hitch­cock with Music to be Mur­dered By. There’s also Fred­er­ick Brad­num’s clas­sic play Pri­vate Dreams and Pub­lic Night­mares — the first BBC dra­ma to include Radio­phon­ic music, which led to the foun­da­tion of the BBC Radio­phon­ic Work­shop.

Today’s pro­gramme is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Today’s music is pre­sent­ed from the music library of Elrik Mer­lin.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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