As I mentioned last time, it may come as a surprise to younger readers, but once upon a time radio meant more than Top 40 and Golden Oldies (aka last week’s Top 40). It meant drama, comedy, westerns, science fiction, soap operas and quiz shows — just like today’s television, only with better writing.
One of the programs which began broadcasting during radio’s heyday was called, Suspense. It was an anthology of horror, sci-fi-, mystery, and other macabre subjects, and lasted well into the television age, finally going off the air in 1960.
Now that Halloween is again upon us, and in response to a number of requests, I’ve decided to resurrect another of those shows. Three Skeleton Key tells the story of three lighthouse keepers on an island besieged by a horde of hungry rats. This version was broadcast on October 15, 1958 and stars Vincent Price.
Listen to this with the lights out, and a word to the wise. Preview it before you allow any children to hear it.