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Tales Of The Frightened

Enjoy Boris Karloff at his frightening best!

18 old time radio show recordings
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"Chung Ling Soo"



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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 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    18 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 21 min
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      18 shows - total playtime 1 hours 21 minutes
      1. Tales Of Frightened 571216Chung Ling Soo.mp3
      2. Tales Of Frightened 571217Shakespeares Hometown.mp3
      3. Tales Of Frightened 571218Story Of Wood.mp3
      4. Tales Of Frightened 571220White House.mp3
      5. Tales Of Frightened Call At Midnight.mp3
      6. Tales Of Frightened Deadly Dress.mp3
      7. Tales Of Frightened Dont Lose Your Head.mp3
      8. Tales Of Frightened Dr Harvey Cushing.mp3
      9. Tales Of Frightened Fortune Teller.mp3
      10. Tales Of Frightened Hands Of Fate.mp3
      11. Tales Of Frightened Just Inside Cemetery.mp3
      12. Tales Of Frightened Ladder.mp3
      13. Tales Of Frightened Man In Raincoat.mp3
      14. Tales Of Frightened Mirror Of Death.mp3
      15. Tales Of Frightened Never Kick A Black Cat.mp3
      16. Tales Of Frightened Nightmare Incomplete.mp3
      17. Tales Of Frightened Vampire Sleeps.mp3
      18. Tales Of Frightened Voice From Grave.mp3
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    18 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 21 min
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      18 shows - total playtime 1 hours 21 minutes
      1. Tales Of Frightened 571216Chung Ling Soo.mp3
      2. Tales Of Frightened 571217Shakespeares Hometown.mp3
      3. Tales Of Frightened 571218Story Of Wood.mp3
      4. Tales Of Frightened 571220White House.mp3
      5. Tales Of Frightened Call At Midnight.mp3
      6. Tales Of Frightened Deadly Dress.mp3
      7. Tales Of Frightened Dont Lose Your Head.mp3
      8. Tales Of Frightened Dr Harvey Cushing.mp3
      9. Tales Of Frightened Fortune Teller.mp3
      10. Tales Of Frightened Hands Of Fate.mp3
      11. Tales Of Frightened Just Inside Cemetery.mp3
      12. Tales Of Frightened Ladder.mp3
      13. Tales Of Frightened Man In Raincoat.mp3
      14. Tales Of Frightened Mirror Of Death.mp3
      15. Tales Of Frightened Never Kick A Black Cat.mp3
      16. Tales Of Frightened Nightmare Incomplete.mp3
      17. Tales Of Frightened Vampire Sleeps.mp3
      18. Tales Of Frightened Voice From Grave.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    18 recordings on 2 Audio CDs
    total playtime 1 hours, 21 min

    Disc A001

    1. Tales Of Frightened Call At Midnight
    2. Tales Of Frightened Deadly Dress
    3. Tales Of Frightened Dont Lose Your Head
    4. Tales Of Frightened Dr Harvey Cushing
    5. Tales Of Frightened Fortune Teller
    6. Tales Of Frightened Hands Of Fate
    7. Tales Of Frightened Just Inside Cemetery
    8. Tales Of Frightened Ladder
    9. Tales Of Frightened Man In Raincoat
    10. Tales Of Frightened Mirror Of Death
    11. Tales Of Frightened Never Kick A Black Cat
    12. Tales Of Frightened Nightmare Incomplete
    13. Tales Of Frightened Vampire Sleeps
    14. Tales Of Frightened Voice From Grave
    15. Tales Of Frightened 571216Chung Ling Soo

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    Disc A002

    1. Tales Of Frightened 571217Shakespeares Hometown
    2. Tales Of Frightened 571218Story Of Wood
    3. Tales Of Frightened 571220White House

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