As regular readers know, I review a fair bit of audio for SciFiPulse. My love for “theater for the ears” predates modern productions, however. Old-Time Radio has been a hobby of mine for years.
Wishing everyone a happy Halloween, I present this retro gothic tale. “The Werewolf” is the 37th episode of The Weird Circle. Airing in 1944, it’s an adaptation of “The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains” by Captain Frederick Marryat.
Marryat was a friend of Charles Dickens and an inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft. He originally included the story in his full-length novel The Phantom Ship in 1839. The titular white wolf is the first example of a female werewolf in Western literature.
The Weird Circle adaptation is a less violent and visceral take on the story. That said, the tone is still quite dark and wonderfully atmospheric. I felt I was listening to a Brothers’ Grimm tale throughout.
Enjoy the episode embedded below.
The downside of the adaptation, however, is the abrupt ending. For those interested in more context and the ultimate fate of Hermann, I’ve included a link to the original text here.
Thank you for listening and reading. On behalf of all of us here at SciFiPulse, enjoy the spooky evening.