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"The Sound of Horror" or "How did I become a genre fan in the first place?"

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Posted 12th April 2009 at 08:25 PM by Peter Neal

As the blog is intended to also feature themes of personal interest, which don't seem to fit in the usual threads, I decided to dedicate a few minutes to the media, which turned me into a genre fan in late 70's/early 80's Germany, which wasn't books or movies.....but scary radio plays, which could be purchased on vinyl and cassettes quite cheaply.
While radiio plays in most countries never broke loose from the radio, they had a lasting effect on my generation, as not only horror, but also all sorts of detective stories, scifi, westerns etc ended up on vinyl and tape.
With all the "violent videos" craze in the mid 80's, it only was a matter of time until the horror radio plays would also have to vanish from the shelves....they ultimately made a strong return in the late 90's, as the original vinyls and cassettes had become beloved collectors items and many fans have since turned into more or less professional producers and manufactors of horror/crime/etc radio plays themselves, directly catering to the fans' demands...which has led to an "overdose" in semi- but also professional horror-radio-plays.

Occasionally, I'm writing radio plays in German, some of them got already produced, with a few potential projects on the horizon.

I'll probably drop a few lines about my own stuff later on, for now I just wanted to show you the lurid cover art-work, which inspired the craving for scares in a whole generation of German youngsters:

BTW: This is a fan page, I used to write articles for. It's dedicated to a particularly influential series of scary radio plays, which offered everything from mummies over vampires and werewolves to zombies and aliens! Perfect pre-teen fodder for the ears!
Unfortunately, I can't post a direct link to the covers, but if you click at "Folgenübersicht" you'll get the covers in question.
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