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Old-time radio horror shows (because I need another nerdy hobby)

So I’ve discovered a fun and easily accessible treatment for insomnia, and it’s also an interesting diversion for a horror fan looking for a change of pace.  There are no small number of horror and suspense radio shows from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s on Youtube.  (They actually do have a significant online fandom.)

The programs are typically 30 to 40 minutes long, and the audio-only stories make you feel like you’re reading a book before bedtime (which for many people is a perfect treatment for sleeplessness).

The horror is a bit mild compared with modern films or TV shows, of course.  But it’s still fun hearing what people found spooky before the days of television.  It’s even better if the recording contains the original radio ads, which are even weirder than you might expect.

I started one last night that was narrated by the legendary Peter Lorre, and I know that Vincent Price starred in a slew of them.