Unspeakable terror, nameless fear and indescribable horror. Today we give names to fear and try to describe the horror. We hope we can creep you out this Hallowe'en. And apparently some of our listeners have indeed felt the cold hand of dread and we'll share some Eldritch tales.
Prepare to prance about idol-capped monoliths in lonely places. Where what has risen may sink, what has sunk may rise, and where decay spreads over the tottering cities of men
We started this segment with a story from one of our listeners, Elizabeth Bardawill in London, Ontario with her real life tale of the uncanny and a possessed computer.
Tonight the ghosts, the ghouls and the goblins prowl the streets in search of empty calories. But even when we're too old for a handful of candy corn, Hallowe'en retains an appeal.
A day to confront the irrational and immaterial. A day to wonder why there's something strangely pleasurable in supernatural dread.
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To help us understand the allure of terror, we convened a panel of three people:
- Dave Alexander is the Editor-in-Chief of Rue Morgue, the world's most-read horror magazine. He was in Toronto.
- Paul J. Patterson is an assistant professor of English and co-director of Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies at Saint Joseph's University. He teaches a course on horror. He was in Philadelphia.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.
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