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The Witch's Tale
The Witch's Tale

By Alonzo Deen Cole
Edited by David S. Siegel

Softcover • 253 pages • 1998
ISBN: 1-891379-0101

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(Published by Dunwich Press, an imprint of Book Hunter Press)




Discover the thrills and goose bumps that frightened a generation of listeners during radio's Golden Age.

13 hair raising original scripts from the pen of Alonzo Deen Cole, the great granddaddy of modern media horror.


Vampires • Werewolves • Ghosts • Severed heads • Devil worship
Mad scientists • Curses • Transmigration . . . and more . . .

PLUS lots more Biographical sketch of Alonzo Deen Cole: author, actor, producer, director. (The Orson Welles of his day.) Complete Program Log listing the dates, titles and broadcast time for all 332 broadcasts. Cast photographs featuring members of the ensemble cast. Special Prologue and Epilogue written by famed radio actress Miriam Wolff who played Nancy, the Witch of Salem, 1935-38. Complete Program Index

John Dunning, noted radio historian and author of On The Air and Tune In Yesterday

It's not often that we get to look back at the creation of an entire art form. The Witch's Tale is certainly that—the true inception of the radio horror show in America. That recordings for these scripts are as yet unavailable only adds to their significance.

Hellnotes Newsletter

This is a rare opportunity to venture back in time and experience horror purely through your imagination. And this is the real stuff: vampires, ghosts, werewolves, severed heads, devil worship and more. A horror fan's delight.

Rue Morgue Magazine

With a good number of genuine chills and fascinating information, this volume becomes a rich and rewarding journey into horror's past and an invaluable testimony to a lost art. The detail that Cole was the first to use a supernatural comic narrator named Nancy to introduce every tale, alone should ensure his place in the Horror Hall of Fame, and put in his debt everyone who ever got a freight from Tales from the Crypt.


Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Dunwich Press has done a good job of making a book look as good as it is...(The book) engenders a true feeling of the macabre and gives a graphic picture of what can be done with words and sound effects to scare the dickens out of you. It's an interesting book-well worth adding to your collection.

Jim Widner/Old Time Radio Discussion Board

I have a copy of this and I want to say that it is worth every penny if you are at all a fan of the macabre. Not only is the introduction informative (you can learn a lot about this series), the scripts are a great read. The book is attractive and well bound for easy reading.

BareBones Magazine

David S. Siegel and his Dunwich Press make it possible to see just how creepy this Cole guy was. Very nicely done in an affordable trade paperback.


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