Music & Scary Tales for Hallowe’en

Moua­ha­ha­ha­hah­h­h­h­hh! It’s All Hal­lows’ Eve, when the veil between the worlds is thin­ner than usu­al… and today on Radio Riel’s Main Stream, it’s eerie music — with scary tales every even-num­bered hour*. Today we present a sea­son­al col­lec­tion of music and a col­lec­tion of tales of mys­tery and imag­i­na­tion.

We’re pre­sent­ing 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 we will be broad­cast­ing the lat­est tale in our series The Black Mass (see sep­a­rate entry) at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic (18:00 and 02:00 UK time — note the hour dif­fer­ence).

But in addi­tion, be sure to tune in at the top of every even-num­bered hour* (2am, 4am, 6am etc Pacif­ic Time) 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, how could we not! — some pre­sen­ta­tions from that mas­ter of the macabre, Vin­cent Price, and E F Ben­son ghost sto­ries. 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 in 1957.

*If you are in the US, there will be a scary tale start­ing on every even-num­bered hour. How­ev­er, if you’re in Britain and the rest of Europe where the hour went back last week­end, they’ll be on odd-num­bered hours. Con­fused yet? We are!

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

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