Midnight Matinees

WINNER, 2018 GOLD OGLE AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY/HORROR AUDIO: “THE FLOODGATES OF WILLOWHILL”
WINNER, 2016 GOLD OGLE AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY/HORROR AUDIO: “THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH”

Please, take a seat. Make yourself comfortable and open your ears. You’re about to experience twisted tales of the unknown… and the unreal… from the minds of horror’s finest writers. Hosted by “The Lady in Black” and presented through the Southgate Media Group, MIDNIGHT MATINEES is Pocket Universe Productions’ premier horror anthology series, dramatizing the short stories of both classic and contemporary fiction writers from Lovecraft and Poe to Mary SanGiovanni and Rick Hautala. And this theater of the mind is presented to you in wide-SCREAM… “horrorscope”. Welcome to MIDNIGHT MATINEES.

SEASON SCHEDULE

EPISODE ONE:            

THE NEPHEWS by Rick Hautala
There’s a reason why people stay away from The Nephews Islands, and three fishermen are going to be reminded firsthand as to why!

THE CREMATION OF SAM McGEE by Robert W. Service
A piece of horror poetry narrated by William Dufris.

THE WIND by Ray Bradbury
The calls are coming more frequently, now. An explorer finds himself stalked by a sentient wind. And this wind is very, very hungry.

EPISODE TWO:            

THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO by Edgar Allan Poe
Poe’s classic tale of the ultimate revenge… and DIY masonry.

THE TELL-TALE HEART by Edgar Allan Poe
A modern re-telling of Poe’s tale of paranoia, murder, guilt, and those sounds coming from beneath the floorboards.

EPISODE THREE:

A CABIN IN THE WOODS by Clay T. Graybeal*
Shhh… the walls have ears. And more.

THE FLOODGATES OF WILLOWHILL by Mary SanGiovanni
Samantha lives in the land beyond the borders of Faulkesville, where apple blossoms fill in the air, kids still play on the tire swing near the lake, and an evil no one speaks of lives at the edge of town.

EPISODE FOUR:

DRACULER, RFD by MJ Willson
Kolchak the Night Stalker meets The Andy Griffith Show, as tonight’s feature proves that horror writers really do have a sense of humor.

EPISODE FIVE:

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Edgar Allan Poe
A decidedly different take on Poe’s allegory of privilege and the plague. This party is seen from the point of view of the evening’s entertainment.

EPISODE SIX:

THE MONKEY’S PAW by WW Jacobs
Three wishes are granted to the owner of the monkey’s paw. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.

THE TOLL HOUSE by WW Jacobs
“Of course, people have died in the house; people die in every house. As for the noises–wind in the chimney and rats in the wainscot are very convincing to a nervous man. Give me another cup of tea, Meagle.”

EPISODE SEVEN:

THE DOOR BELOW by Hugh B. Cave
A reporter and his girlfriend row to Dolphinback Island in search of clues to a grisly murder. Unfortunately, the murderer is still lurking about.

THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER by HP Lovecraft
An occultist’s search for the supernatural ends up rather badly for him, and possibly for the world.

EPISODE EIGHT:

THE DEMON OF THE GIBBET by Fitz-James O’Brien
A piece of horror poetry narrated by Paul Drinan, David LaGraffe, and Christine Marshall.

THE HORROR OF WALKER POINT by Anthony Marino*
In this play-within-a-play it’s Halloween in Portland, ME. And from the safety of a public radio studio the Rocky Coast Radio Theater is about to premiere a tribute audio drama to Stephen King only to find themselves besieged by…the undead?

EPISODE NINE:

THE DERELICT by William Hope Hodgson
A group of seamen explore a derelict ship, which turns out to be more than it appears…

RETROACTIVE ANTI-TERROR by Alex Irvine
The only thing scarier than fiction is reality. Is this the future of homeland security?

*Denotes a world premiere production.

Cast

Featuring Jayme Mattler as your host, the "Lady in Black".

The Nephews features the voices of William Dufris, JP Guimont, Dave Marshall, Thomas Power, and Jennywren Walker.

The Cremation of Sam McGee is narrated by William Dufris.

The Wind features the voices of Eileen Avery, William Dufris, Claudia Hughes, Thomas Power, and Christopher Price.

The Cask of Amontillado features the voices of William Dufris, Thomas Power, and Christopher Price.

The Tell-Tale Heart features the voices of Eileen Avery, Mark Friedlander, Claudia Hughes, David LaGraffe, and Michael Rafkin.

The Cabin in the Woods features the voices of Eileen Avery, William Dufris, Wendy Poole, and Christopher Price.

The Floodgates of Willowhill featured the voices of Joseph Bearor, Paul Haley, Maiya Koloski, Christine Marshall, Dave Marshall, Tom Power, and Christopher Price.

Draculer, RFD features the voices of Harlan Baker, Peter Berkrot, Kate Davis, William Dufris, Corey Gagne, Adam Henderson, Karen Lundh, Christopher Price, Michael Rafkin, Dennis St. Pierre, Wendy Tremont King, and Casey Turner.

The Masque of the Red Death features the voices of Harlan Baker, William Dufris, Corey Gagne, Adam Henderson, Jen Hodgson, Paul Hodgson, Michael Howard, Caroline Keller, David LaGraffe, Alison Larkin, Daniel Noel, Jay Piscopo, Donna Postel, Lisa Stathoplos, and Tony Reilly.

The Monkey’s Paw features the voices of Paul Drinan, Claudia Hughes, David LaGraffe, Dave Marshall, Tom Power, and Christopher Price.

The Toll House features the voices of William Dufris, Dave Marshall, and Michael Rafkin.

The Door Below features the voices of Eileen Avery, Dave Marshall, Wendy Poole, and Thomas Power.

The Statement of Randolph Carter featured the voices of William Dufris, Mark Friedlander, Michael Rafkin, and Thomas Power.

Demon of the Gibbet is narrated by Paul Drinan, David LaGraffe, and Christine Marshall.

The Horror of Walker Point features the voices of Eileen Avery, Paul Drinan, William Dufris, Claudia Hughes, David LaGraffe, Christine Marshall, Dave Marshall, Thomas Power, Christopher Price, and Keith Shortall.

The Derelict features the voices of Paul Drinan, William Dufris, Dave Marshall, Thomas Power, and Rick Solomon.

Retroactive Anti-Terror features the voices of Eileen Avery, William Dufris, Christine Marshall, Christopher Price, and Michael Rafkin.

Adapted for audio by WILLIAM DUFRIS, except:

A Cabin in the Woods, written for audio by CLAY T. GRAYBEAL;
The Cremation of Sam McGee, written by ROBERT W. SERVICE;
The Demon of the Gibbet, written by FITZ-JAMES O’BRIEN;
Draculer, RFD and The Masque of the Red Death, written for audio/adapted by MJ WILLSON;
The Floodgates of Willowhill, adapted for audio by Lance Roger Axt with FRED GREENHALGH;
The Horror of Walker Point, written for audio by ANTHONY MARINO;
and The Tell-Tale Heart, adapted for audio by PATRICK BRADLEY.

Director/Sound Design
WILLIAM DUFRIS

Post Production
WILLIAM DUFRIS and ANTHONY MARINO

Composers/Arrangements
BILLY BRUSH, RHONDA CARLSEN, LEAH EUGEN, and FRANK SCHULMEYER

Cover and YouTube Art
TYM STEVENS

Recorded at
MIND'S EYE PRODUCTIONS and THE STUDIO, PORTLAND, ME

Distributed through
THE SOUTHGATE MEDIA GROUP, CHICAGO, IL

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