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TALES OF THE FRIGHTENED

 Tales Of The Frightened

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Boris Karloff
1957, Syndicated by the Readers Digest

Boris KarloffBoris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt, the youngest of nine children, in 1887. He was raised mostly by his older siblings after the death of his mother. His family had Anglo-English heritage, and became important in the Diplomatic Corp. Young William suffered was bow legged and suffered from stuttering and a lisp. He would conquer his stuttering, but traces of his lisp remained throughout his career. He dropped out of school in 1909 and began work as a laborer. He travelled to Canada and began appearing on the stage. It was during this period he adopted the name Boris Karloff, in part to prevent embarrassment to his brothers in the Foreign Service (years later, after the success of Frankenstein, Karloff returned to England for a film, and the brothers jostled for the chance to be photographed with their "baby brother").  Eventually he made his way to Hollywood and appeared in a number of silent films. Work remained sporadic, and he was forced to continue his laborers jobs. The strain of manual labor led to back problems that would plague him for the rest of his life.

Boris Karloff at the microphoneKarloff's fame came with his roles in Universal monster pictures of the early 30s, including Frankenstein (1930), The Mummy (1931), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Son of Frankenstein (1939) and several others.

Karloff's spoken word work is nearly as memorable as his movie work. Even something as sweet as Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas takes on a happily sinister tone with Karloff at the microphone. Karloff recorded a number of spoken word albums for the children's market, including Mother Goose fairy tales, Kipling stories, and Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.

Tales of the Frightened began as a syndicated 5-minute spot for Reader's Digest Magazine. Karloff would relate a story for "the back files" of the magazine, and then relate it to a story in the then current issue. These radio spots were not necessarily horror stories, but with Karloff you could never be sure. The stories were written by Michael Avallone. The albums feature early electronic music originally recorded in 1957 by the Electrosoniks; the music is slowed for the album, making it very frightening and fitting the macabre setting.

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
18 recordings - total playtime 1 hours 20 minutes

Tales Of Frightened 571216Chung Ling Soo
Tales Of Frightened 571217Shakespeares Hometown
Tales Of Frightened 571218Story Of Wood
Tales Of Frightened 571220White House
Tales Of Frightened Call At Midnight
Tales Of Frightened Deadly Dress
Tales Of Frightened Dont Lose Your Head
Tales Of Frightened Dr Harvey Cushing
Tales Of Frightened Fortune Teller
Tales Of Frightened Hands Of Fate
Tales Of Frightened Just Inside Cemetery
Tales Of Frightened Ladder
Tales Of Frightened Man In Raincoat
Tales Of Frightened Mirror Of Death
Tales Of Frightened Never Kick A Black Cat
Tales Of Frightened Nightmare Incomplete
Tales Of Frightened Vampire Sleeps
Tales Of Frightened Voice From Grave

 


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