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EC Comics Presents: THE VAULT OF HORROR! Behind the scenes…


EC Comics Presents: THE VAULT OF HORROR! It’s coming… this Halloween!

(July 15, 2019) Pocket Universe Productions, one of the leading production companies of high-impact full-cast audio dramas, announces its collaboration with legendary comics publisher EC Comics in the form of the fiction podcast EC Comics Presents: THE VAULT OF HORROR, starring Kevin Grevioux, creator of the Underworld film franchise, as “The Vault Keeper”.

The sister title to EC’s legendary comic book series (and HBO television series) Tales from the Crypt, the first season of THE VAULT OF HORROR will feature adaptations of stories from issues 12 – 17 from the original series over twelve episodes, two adaptations per episode. Adapted by Pocket Universe Co-Founder Lance Roger Axt and former MAD Magazine writer Butch D’Ambrosio, and directed by Pocket Universe Co-Founder William Dufris, each piece brings to life the over-the-top fun and fright of the original comics, updated with modern sensibilities that reflect today’s diversity.

In addition to Mr. Grevioux, an ensemble of over 60 actors is featured in the first season, including Phil Proctor (co-founder of the famed comedy team The Firesign Theatre), and the voice of MTV’s Æon Flux, Denise Poirier. And, as always, Pocket Universe’s signature soundscapes are employed through two of the finest sound design firms on the team – David Chen Sound & O’Shea Creative Media – offering listeners an immersive experience that draws them deeper into the action like never before.

“We’re so excited to crack open the Vault with Pocket Universe Productions,” remarked Corey Mifsud, grandson of EC Comics publisher William Gaines. “These audio adaptations breathe a whole new life into the classic EC horror tales. And frankly, it’s about time the Vault Keeper got his own show!”

EC Comics Presents: THE VAULT OF HORROR will premiere this Halloween with two episodes available for fans of classic horror to download through multiple podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and Overcast. New episodes will air weekly after the premiere.

About EC Comics: EC Comics, also known as ENTERTAINING COMICS, is considered one of the most celebrated publishers in comics history specializing in titles covering horror, crime fiction, suspense, and satire from the 1940s through the mid-1950s. EC’s horror titles (Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, and of course The Vault of Horror) have been cited as an influence on writers ranging from Stephen King to RL Stine to Joe Hill. In addition to EC celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020, two of the company’s properties are in development for television and film: an adaptation of the comic anthology Weird Fantasy, and a biopic about publisher William Gaines. Visit them on Instagram/Twitter at @eccomics. www.eccomics.com


Pocket Universe is on Stitcher!


One of the unfortunate realities about projects-in-progress is having to go into “radio silence”. And Pocket Universe Productions has been in a state of radio silence for some time now, which should give you an idea of the number of projects on our slate! But, as projects progress or near the finish line, we can begin making announcements. Starting today: Late last year Pocket Universe Productions entered into a series of talks with the fine folks at Stitcher, one of the biggest on-demand radio and podcast platforms, from which you can listen to over 100,000+ podcasts on your iPhone, tablet, PC, Amazon Echo, or in your Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, or Subaru.

Today (5/3/2019) is the day we move our podcast “audiothologies” MIDNIGHT MATINEES and AUDIOCOMICS REDUX from Southgate Media Group to Stitcher Premium. All 15 episodes from both shows are available on Stitcher for your binging pleasure. And with that, a favor to ask of you: if you like what you hear, share each episode with one person. Just one person is all it takes. If you know someone who will like “Titanium Rain” or “The Floodgates of Willowhill”, let them know our shows exist.

Finally, Pocket Universe Productions wishes to tip its hat to Robert Southgate of Southgate Media Group for giving us the leg up we needed with MIDNIGHT MATINEES and AUDIOCOMICS REDUX. Robert is good people, and trust us when we say that we look forward to working with him again down the road.

You can find links on the “Podcasts” page!


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