Music & Scary Tales for Hallowe’en

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012

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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