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Weird Circle

(update) with sound quality improvements: The Weird Circle presented 30 minute tales of horror, frequently inspired by classic horror or ghost stories.

78 old time radio show recordings
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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Robert Louis Stevenson
Mystery / Horror (1943 - 47)

In this cave by the restless sea, we are met to call from out of past, stories strange and weird.
Bell keeper, toll the bell, so that all may know that we are gathered again in the Weird Circle!

Along with Mercury Theatre on the Air, Columbia Workshop, Great Scenes From Great Plays, Screen Guild Theater, and Lux Radio Theater, The Weird Circle brought to life the works of great authors in the history of letters in the English language.

Weird CircleThe program adapted several Edgar Allan Poe works, as well as great treasures from Robert Louis Stevenson,  Guy de Maupassant, Hans Christian Anderson, and Charles Dickens.  However, The Weird Circle had a particular niche, the adaptation of horror stories or other chilling tales of the paranormal or supernatural.

For this reason, it is more-commonly linked to programs in this genre, such as Suspense, Inner Sanctum, and Lights Out.

The Weird Circle took the air in July of 1943, where it would live (by telling stories of the dead and un-dead) until 1945, airing 78 episodes.

Weird Circle AdIts maiden episode adapted Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher" and began with the ominous words, "Can the dead return to life?  Listen to The Weird Circle."

Often, programs begin with sounds of howling winds or creepy moans.  The announcer's voice was often augmented with plenty of reverb. The stories get started right away, without mention of sponsorship or any superfluous buildup.  The actors just get into it.

While we don't have as complete a list of the actors that contributed to this cult classic, they do include Lawson Zerbe, Gladys Thornton, Walter Vaughn, and Arnold Moss.

What sets The Weird Circle apart from other programs airing horror and ghost stories, or similar sci-fi fare, is that it focused so heavily on the works of classic, highly-revered authors.  Ghost stories were not just the province of the modern-day, even if many young radio writers were interested in them.  The producers did a great job of culling the repertoires of authors one would not necessarily expect, finding creepy tales that together would make a coherent and consistent line of programming.

The stories sometimes involve a character's life veering onto an uncharted path when he or she is visited by an apparition or monster of some sort.  Sometimes, the everyday is affected by the supernatural, and many of the episodes involve murder.  For some examples, in "The Knightsbridge Mystery," a person who seems to be in two places at once commits (or doesn't commit) double murder; in "The House and the Brain," a family is haunted by an ancient spirit; in "The Strange Judgment," an evil son terrorizes his parents; in "The Shadow," a man is threatened by his shadow, which has come to life; in "The Doll," a doll comes to life and has a murderous appetite for jewels.  

Many of the stories are intended to relate to people's fears of the unknown, of a past coming back to haunt one, of misdeeds being repaid in unexpected ways.  They are about dark parts of our psyches, brought to life in the form of ghosts, and brought-to-life objects, and other spectres.  These themes would be explored throughout the twentieth century, and still are today.

This is a collection not to be missed, since the show is not as well-known or well-remembered as many of its counterparts.  It is of high-quality, though, in no small part due to the greatness of the works on which it bases the episodes.

See also Dark Fantasy, Escape, Inner Sanctum, Lights Out, Mysterious Traveler, Mystery in the Air, Suspense, and The Whistler.

Edgar Allen Poe

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    78 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 33 hours, 37 min
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 16 hours 58 minutes
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    1. Weird Circle 01 Fall Of House Of Usher.mp3
    2. Weird Circle 02 House And Brain.mp3
    3. Weird Circle 03 Vendetta.mp3
    4. Weird Circle 04 Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym.mp3
    5. Weird Circle 05 Declared Insane.mp3
    6. Weird Circle 06 Terribly Strange Bed.mp3
    7. Weird Circle 07 What Was It.mp3
    8. Weird Circle 08 Knights Bridge Mystery.mp3
    9. Weird Circle 09 Horla.mp3
    10. Weird Circle 10 William Wilson.mp3
    11. Weird Circle 11 Passion In Desert.mp3
    12. Weird Circle 12 Mateo Falcone.mp3
    13. Weird Circle 13 Man Without Country.mp3
    14. Weird Circle 14 Dr Manettes Manuscript.mp3
    15. Weird Circle 15 Great Plague.mp3
    16. Weird Circle 16 Expectations Of An Heir.mp3
    17. Weird Circle 17 Hand.mp3
    18. Weird Circle 18 Jane Eyre.mp3
    19. Weird Circle 19 Murders In Rue Morgue.mp3
    20. Weird Circle 20 Lifted Veil.mp3
    21. Weird Circle 21 415 Express.mp3
    22. Weird Circle 22 Terrible Night.mp3
    23. Weird Circle 23 Telltale Heart.mp3
    24. Weird Circle 24 Niche Of Doom.mp3
    25. Weird Circle 25 Heart Of Ethan Brand.mp3
    26. Weird Circle 26 Frankenstein.mp3
    27. Weird Circle 27 Feast Of Redgauntlet.mp3
    28. Weird Circle 28 Murder Of Little Pig.mp3
    29. Weird Circle 29 Spectre Of Tappington.mp3
    30. Weird Circle 30 Strange Judgment.mp3
    31. Weird Circle 31 Wuthering Heights.mp3
    32. Weird Circle 32 Curse Of Mantle.mp3
    33. Weird Circle 33the Cask Of Amontillado.mp3
    34. Weird Circle 34 Rope Of Hair.mp3
    35. Weird Circle 35 Falkland.mp3
    36. Weird Circle 36 Trial For Murder.mp3
    37. Weird Circle 37 Werewolf.mp3
    38. Weird Circle 38 Old Nurses Story.mp3
    39. Weird Circle 39 Middle Toe Of Right Foot.mp3
    Volume 2 - 39 shows - total playtime 16 hours 38 minutes
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    1. Weird Circle 40 Dream Woman.mp3
    2. Weird Circle 41 Phantom Picture.mp3
    3. Weird Circle 42 Ghost Touch.mp3
    4. Weird Circle 43 Bell Tower.mp3
    5. Weird Circle 44 Evil Eye.mp3
    6. Weird Circle 45 Mark Of Plague.mp3
    7. Weird Circle 46 Queer Client.mp3
    8. Weird Circle 47 Burial Of Roger Malvin.mp3
    9. Weird Circle 48 Love Potion.mp3
    10. Weird Circle 49 Mad Monkton.mp3
    11. Weird Circle 50 Returned.mp3
    12. Weird Circle 51 Executioner.mp3
    13. Weird Circle 52 Rappaccinis Daughter.mp3
    14. Weird Circle 53 Wooden Ghost.mp3
    15. Weird Circle 54 Last Days Of Condemned Man.mp3
    16. Weird Circle 55 Warning.mp3
    17. Weird Circle 56 Doll.mp3
    18. Weird Circle 57 Diamond Lens.mp3
    19. Weird Circle 58 History Of Dr John Faust.mp3
    20. Weird Circle 59 Duel Without Honor.mp3
    21. Weird Circle 60 Spectre Bride.mp3
    22. Weird Circle 61 Tapestry Horse.mp3
    23. Weird Circle 62 River Man.mp3
    24. Weird Circle 63 Ancient Mariner.mp3
    25. Weird Circle 64 The Oblong Box.mp3
    26. Weird Circle 65 Mysterious Bride.mp3
    27. Weird Circle 66 Thing In Tunnel.mp3
    28. Weird Circle 67 Moonstone.mp3
    29. Weird Circle 68 Pistol Shot.mp3
    30. Weird Circle 69 Possessive Dead.mp3
    31. Weird Circle 70 Goblet.mp3
    32. Weird Circle 71 Case Of Monsieur Valdemar.mp3
    33. Weird Circle 72 Shadow.mp3
    34. Weird Circle 73 Bride Of Death.mp3
    35. Weird Circle 74 Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde.mp3
    36. Weird Circle 75 Red Hand.mp3
    37. Weird Circle 76 Haunted Hotel.mp3
    38. Weird Circle 77 Markheim.mp3
    39. Weird Circle 78 Black Parchment.mp3
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    78 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 33 hours, 37 min
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 16 hours 58 minutes
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    1. Weird Circle 01 Fall Of House Of Usher.mp3
    2. Weird Circle 02 House And Brain.mp3
    3. Weird Circle 03 Vendetta.mp3
    4. Weird Circle 04 Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym.mp3
    5. Weird Circle 05 Declared Insane.mp3
    6. Weird Circle 06 Terribly Strange Bed.mp3
    7. Weird Circle 07 What Was It.mp3
    8. Weird Circle 08 Knights Bridge Mystery.mp3
    9. Weird Circle 09 Horla.mp3
    10. Weird Circle 10 William Wilson.mp3
    11. Weird Circle 11 Passion In Desert.mp3
    12. Weird Circle 12 Mateo Falcone.mp3
    13. Weird Circle 13 Man Without Country.mp3
    14. Weird Circle 14 Dr Manettes Manuscript.mp3
    15. Weird Circle 15 Great Plague.mp3
    16. Weird Circle 16 Expectations Of An Heir.mp3
    17. Weird Circle 17 Hand.mp3
    18. Weird Circle 18 Jane Eyre.mp3
    19. Weird Circle 19 Murders In Rue Morgue.mp3
    20. Weird Circle 20 Lifted Veil.mp3
    21. Weird Circle 21 415 Express.mp3
    22. Weird Circle 22 Terrible Night.mp3
    23. Weird Circle 23 Telltale Heart.mp3
    24. Weird Circle 24 Niche Of Doom.mp3
    25. Weird Circle 25 Heart Of Ethan Brand.mp3
    26. Weird Circle 26 Frankenstein.mp3
    27. Weird Circle 27 Feast Of Redgauntlet.mp3
    28. Weird Circle 28 Murder Of Little Pig.mp3
    29. Weird Circle 29 Spectre Of Tappington.mp3
    30. Weird Circle 30 Strange Judgment.mp3
    31. Weird Circle 31 Wuthering Heights.mp3
    32. Weird Circle 32 Curse Of Mantle.mp3
    33. Weird Circle 33the Cask Of Amontillado.mp3
    34. Weird Circle 34 Rope Of Hair.mp3
    35. Weird Circle 35 Falkland.mp3
    36. Weird Circle 36 Trial For Murder.mp3
    37. Weird Circle 37 Werewolf.mp3
    38. Weird Circle 38 Old Nurses Story.mp3
    39. Weird Circle 39 Middle Toe Of Right Foot.mp3
    Volume 2 - 39 shows - total playtime 16 hours 38 minutes
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    1. Weird Circle 40 Dream Woman.mp3
    2. Weird Circle 41 Phantom Picture.mp3
    3. Weird Circle 42 Ghost Touch.mp3
    4. Weird Circle 43 Bell Tower.mp3
    5. Weird Circle 44 Evil Eye.mp3
    6. Weird Circle 45 Mark Of Plague.mp3
    7. Weird Circle 46 Queer Client.mp3
    8. Weird Circle 47 Burial Of Roger Malvin.mp3
    9. Weird Circle 48 Love Potion.mp3
    10. Weird Circle 49 Mad Monkton.mp3
    11. Weird Circle 50 Returned.mp3
    12. Weird Circle 51 Executioner.mp3
    13. Weird Circle 52 Rappaccinis Daughter.mp3
    14. Weird Circle 53 Wooden Ghost.mp3
    15. Weird Circle 54 Last Days Of Condemned Man.mp3
    16. Weird Circle 55 Warning.mp3
    17. Weird Circle 56 Doll.mp3
    18. Weird Circle 57 Diamond Lens.mp3
    19. Weird Circle 58 History Of Dr John Faust.mp3
    20. Weird Circle 59 Duel Without Honor.mp3
    21. Weird Circle 60 Spectre Bride.mp3
    22. Weird Circle 61 Tapestry Horse.mp3
    23. Weird Circle 62 River Man.mp3
    24. Weird Circle 63 Ancient Mariner.mp3
    25. Weird Circle 64 The Oblong Box.mp3
    26. Weird Circle 65 Mysterious Bride.mp3
    27. Weird Circle 66 Thing In Tunnel.mp3
    28. Weird Circle 67 Moonstone.mp3
    29. Weird Circle 68 Pistol Shot.mp3
    30. Weird Circle 69 Possessive Dead.mp3
    31. Weird Circle 70 Goblet.mp3
    32. Weird Circle 71 Case Of Monsieur Valdemar.mp3
    33. Weird Circle 72 Shadow.mp3
    34. Weird Circle 73 Bride Of Death.mp3
    35. Weird Circle 74 Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde.mp3
    36. Weird Circle 75 Red Hand.mp3
    37. Weird Circle 76 Haunted Hotel.mp3
    38. Weird Circle 77 Markheim.mp3
    39. Weird Circle 78 Black Parchment.mp3
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    78 recordings on 39 Audio CDs
    total playtime 33 hours, 37 min

    Disc A001

    1. Weird Circle 01 Fall Of House Of Usher
    2. Weird Circle 02 House And Brain

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    Disc A002

    1. Weird Circle 03 Vendetta
    2. Weird Circle 04 Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym

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    Disc A003

    1. Weird Circle 05 Declared Insane
    2. Weird Circle 06 Terribly Strange Bed

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    Disc A004

    1. Weird Circle 07 What Was It
    2. Weird Circle 08 Knights Bridge Mystery

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    Disc A005

    1. Weird Circle 09 Horla
    2. Weird Circle 10 William Wilson

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    Disc A006

    1. Weird Circle 11 Passion In Desert
    2. Weird Circle 12 Mateo Falcone

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    Disc A007

    1. Weird Circle 13 Man Without Country
    2. Weird Circle 14 Dr Manettes Manuscript

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    Disc A008

    1. Weird Circle 15 Great Plague
    2. Weird Circle 16 Expectations Of An Heir

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    Disc A009

    1. Weird Circle 17 Hand
    2. Weird Circle 18 Jane Eyre

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    Disc A010

    1. Weird Circle 19 Murders In Rue Morgue
    2. Weird Circle 20 Lifted Veil

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    Disc A011

    1. Weird Circle 21 415 Express
    2. Weird Circle 22 Terrible Night

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    Disc A012

    1. Weird Circle 23 Telltale Heart
    2. Weird Circle 24 Niche Of Doom

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    Disc A013

    1. Weird Circle 25 Heart Of Ethan Brand
    2. Weird Circle 26 Frankenstein

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    Disc A014

    1. Weird Circle 27 Feast Of Redgauntlet
    2. Weird Circle 28 Murder Of Little Pig

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    Disc A015

    1. Weird Circle 29 Spectre Of Tappington
    2. Weird Circle 30 Strange Judgment

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    Disc A016

    1. Weird Circle 31 Wuthering Heights
    2. Weird Circle 32 Curse Of Mantle

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    Disc A017

    1. Weird Circle 33the Cask Of Amontillado
    2. Weird Circle 34 Rope Of Hair

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    Disc A018

    1. Weird Circle 35 Falkland
    2. Weird Circle 36 Trial For Murder

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    Disc A019

    1. Weird Circle 37 Werewolf
    2. Weird Circle 38 Old Nurses Story

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    Disc A020

    1. Weird Circle 39 Middle Toe Of Right Foot
    2. Weird Circle 40 Dream Woman

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    Disc A021

    1. Weird Circle 41 Phantom Picture
    2. Weird Circle 42 Ghost Touch

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    Disc A022

    1. Weird Circle 43 Bell Tower
    2. Weird Circle 44 Evil Eye

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    Disc A023

    1. Weird Circle 45 Mark Of Plague
    2. Weird Circle 46 Queer Client

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    Disc A024

    1. Weird Circle 47 Burial Of Roger Malvin
    2. Weird Circle 48 Love Potion

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    Disc A025

    1. Weird Circle 49 Mad Monkton
    2. Weird Circle 50 Returned

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    Disc A026

    1. Weird Circle 51 Executioner
    2. Weird Circle 52 Rappaccinis Daughter

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    Disc A027

    1. Weird Circle 53 Wooden Ghost
    2. Weird Circle 54 Last Days Of Condemned Man

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    Disc A028

    1. Weird Circle 55 Warning
    2. Weird Circle 56 Doll

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    Disc A029

    1. Weird Circle 57 Diamond Lens
    2. Weird Circle 58 History Of Dr John Faust

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    Disc A030

    1. Weird Circle 59 Duel Without Honor
    2. Weird Circle 60 Spectre Bride

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    Disc A031

    1. Weird Circle 61 Tapestry Horse
    2. Weird Circle 62 River Man

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    Disc A032

    1. Weird Circle 63 Ancient Mariner
    2. Weird Circle 64 The Oblong Box

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    Disc A033

    1. Weird Circle 65 Mysterious Bride
    2. Weird Circle 66 Thing In Tunnel

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    Disc A034

    1. Weird Circle 67 Moonstone
    2. Weird Circle 68 Pistol Shot

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    Disc A035

    1. Weird Circle 69 Possessive Dead
    2. Weird Circle 70 Goblet

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    Disc A036

    1. Weird Circle 71 Case Of Monsieur Valdemar
    2. Weird Circle 72 Shadow

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    Disc A037

    1. Weird Circle 73 Bride Of Death
    2. Weird Circle 74 Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

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    Disc A038

    1. Weird Circle 75 Red Hand
    2. Weird Circle 76 Haunted Hotel

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    Disc A039

    1. Weird Circle 77 Markheim
    2. Weird Circle 78 Black Parchment

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