Thrillers and Chillers (1973)

Date: September 10, 2012  Posted in: Stories  Comments: 0

 

Four great writers and four great stories: From the pens of Edgar Allan Poe, W. W. Jacobs, Lafcadio Hearm, and H. H. Munro (Saki) come tales very different from each other but all bearing the mark of genius and calculated to chill the listener to the very marrow of his bones.

Murder leads to madness and confession is the result – or is it a heart that just won’t stop beating? Magic is sometimes coincidence – or is it? Pictures can ‘t come to life – or can they?

Four terror-ridden tales laced with wind and somber tones that chill and thrill at the same time.

SIDE 1

THE TELLTALE HEART
Edgar Allan Poe knew the rhythm of terror. His words, recorded, ring with the truth of fear and inner horror. The murderer-narrator of this tale “hears” the heartbeat of his victim – or is it his own? Adapted by Cherney Berg.

THE MONKEY’S PAW
W. W. Jacobs’ masterpiece has been told and retold for many years. The magic paw with its power to grant three wishes, the granting of which can only lead to tragedy, is a story that winds to a compelling and inexorable end. The simple first wish leads to tragedy – or is it coincidental death by accident? The second wish comes from a mother’s tragic, yearning desire for her son’s return from the dead, and the last wish stems from a father’s total despair. Adapted by Jessica Robinson.

SIDE 2

THE BOY WHO DREW CATS
“Avoid large places at night – keep to the small!” is a warning that is not heeded – at first. This adaptation of an ancient Japanese tale by Lafcadio Hearn tells of a gifted boy whose own paintings save him from a horrible death. Adapted by James Shreib.

THE OPEN WINDOW
H. H. Munro, whose pen name was Saki, wrote The Open Window near the turn of the century. This is a quiet tale of an imaginative child who fabricates lies instantaneously and drives her gullible guest from the house in terror. Adapted by Arthur Writ.