Sirius XM Offers Two Nights of Suspense Starting this Week
Starting this week, fans of the radio anthology series Suspense will be able to hear new versions of their favorite classics broadcast on Sirius XM BookRadio 80 two nights a week.
The updated Suspense airs Wednesdays (7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT) and Sundays (11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT), and Episode #1 is an adaptation of Lovecraft's 'Cool Air,' starring Adrienne Wilkinson and Daamen Krall.
The original Suspense, which ran from 1942-1962, was known as “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” and featured a virtual 'who’s who' of Hollywood stars, including horror legends Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and Peter Lorre. Though many of its episodes were murder mysteries, the original Suspense made many forays into pure horror, such as its adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror and Curt Siodmak’s Donovan’s Brain.
As for the new Suspense, it goes in a somewhat different direction. As Blue Hour Productions' John C. Alsedek told us previously, “While we’ll still be doing mystery stories, we’re also going for some bone-chilling horror... real pulp-era stuff!” Other stories adapted for this initial batch of episodes are: ‘The Fire of Asshurbanipal’ (by Robert E. Howard), ‘The Graveyard Rats’ (by Henry Kuttner), ‘The Return of the Sorcerer’ (by Clark Ashton Smith), and ‘The Horla’ (by Guy de Maupassant). There's also the original 'Essence,' starring Skyler Caleb, Elizabeth Gracen, Dana Perry-Hayes, Steve Moulton, and Adrienne Wilkinson.
Alsedek and his partner Perry-Hayes will be drawing heavily on their highly experienced core group of voice talent, including Wilkinson (‘Xena’, ‘The Clone Wars’), Gracen (‘Highlander’), Daamen Krall (‘The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari’), and Tucker Smallwood (‘Star Trek: Enterprise’). “We’re very fortunate to have such marvelous actors and actresses to work with, along with some great guest stars; they allow us to really bring these amazing tales to life!”
Don't have Sirius? Complete episodes are also available for MP3 download on the Suspense website.
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