RAS #304 – August Heat

On Ron’s Amazing Stories the podcast we have a supernatural tale from Suspense that you will take you to the limit. Also, we have something special the involves both Baseball and Shakespeare. Add a short skit, a Five Minute Mystery and there you have, A podcast.

Our OTR Story – August Heat

Now that we are in the month of November I thought we would warm things up a bit by playing one from old-time radio’s masters of suspense, Suspense! Our story stars academy award winning actor, Ronald Colman, and comes from a hot summer’s day. An artist experiences a strange series of events that appears to signal a decidedly dark fate. It is based on a short story by W. F. Harvey, is called August Heat and first aired on May 31, 1945.

Program Note: You might want to stick around to the very end.  I’m just saying!

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True or False with Ron’s Amazing Stories

Help WantedI have received a number of questions and comments and the most of you want to know two things: How are you doing? and How Can I help?.  I thought I would answer that question in a fun and exciting way (at least for me). Let’s play True or False with Ron’s Amazing Stories.

Q1 – Ron is down in bed suffering from Sciatica and is not able to walk.

False – I am up and around suffering sciatica. I don’t walk well, but the only way to get the offending nerve back into place is to stretch and walk a bit every day. I am getting better and little things like getting up in the morning is not a traumatic event. Thanks for all your comments and warm thoughts. They mean a lot.

Q2 – There is nothing you can do to help Ron’s Amazing Stories!

False – Very false, untrue even! You can help out the show by sending me your stories! Lately, I have seen a fall off in submitted tales. So if you have a story, I want to read it on the show, or better yet have you come on and tell it yourself. You can find out more about how I deal with your stories on a blog I wrote called Telling Our Stories.

Q3 –  I should submit reviews and comments about the shows I hear.

True – Yes you should! Reviews and comments on Ron’s Amazing Stories go a long way to get new listeners. You can do this in many ways: First, you can head to our Facebook Fan Page and make comments there. Also, leave reviews on the service you use to listen to the show. For example, if you use iTunes it takes just a second to click on the stars and leave a quick comment. Most services make it just as easy and it gets the job done. So, please consider doing a review today. It is very much appreciated.

Q4 – Ron’s does not take donations!

False – Heck ya I take donations to the show! All of the money donated goes directly into the support costs. These include server, website, software, and hardware costs. I currently pay these myself and any help would never be turned down. Ron’s Amazing Stories makes no profit. If I did I could not bring you some of the content that I do.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the show, we have a supernatural tale from Suspense that you will not see the end coming. Also, we have something special that involves baseball and Shakespeare. So come check it out! You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen to it on your radio Saturday night at 6pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

November 02 – David Larsen’s Marionette (HE #19)
November 09 – Old Rambling House (RAS #303)
November 16 – Suspense Week – (RAS #304)
November 23 – Thanksgiving Podcast Replay
November 30 – (RAS #305)

RAS #303 – Old Rambling House

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this week we have four astounding tales. A short-story from Frank Herbert, the author of the Dune Series of novels. We travel to Scotland Yard for a true crime story, and a listener tells us about his ghostly foster-grandmother. Add to that a Five Minute Mystery and you have what we call a podcast.

Our OTR Story – The Absent-Minded Professor

We have a true crime story all the way from England and Scotland Yard. It tells us of the intrigue surrounding secrets held by the British during the war.  It comes from the series The Secrets of Scotland Yard and is one of their early broadcasts.

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood
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Spotlight – Frank Herbert Jr.

Without change, something sleeps inside us and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken. – Frank Herbert

I remember as a senior in high school my English teacher, Mr. Mitchell, had us read the science fiction novel, Dune, by Frank Patrick Herbert, Jr.  When the teacher handed me my copy of the book my first reaction to it was how thick the darn thing was and we only had three weeks to read it!  I could have done in three days! It was that enthralling.

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides. In the year 10191, a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source is the desert planet Arrakis. A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides displacing his sworn enemies, The Harkonnens. They take back their kingdom by force and, it is up to Paul to lead the natives of Arrakis in a battle for control of the planet and its spice. It is classic science fiction and won a Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Frank Herbert Jr. - Author of DuneDune’s author, Frank Herbert, is another story. Though he became famous for science fiction, he was also a newspaper journalist, photographer, short-story writer, book reviewer, ecological consultant, and lecturer. Because of a poor home environment, he ran away in 1938 to live with an aunt and uncle in Salem, Oregon. In 1939 he lied about his age to get his first newspaper job at the Glendale Star. Herbert then returned to Salem in 1940 where he worked for the Oregon Statesman newspaper (now The Statesman Journal).  He began writing short-stories for science pulp magazines in 1952 and never looked back.  

Herbert began researching Dune in 1959.  The novel originated while writing a magazine article on the Dunes of Florence, Oregon. He became too involved and ended up with more raw material than he needed. Also, the article was never written but did plant the seed that led to Dune. In all, Dune took six years of research and writing to complete. The book was much longer than any commercial science fiction of the time and, it was rejected by nearly twenty book publishers. One editor prophetically wrote, “I might be making the mistake of the decade, but …”

The Chilton Book Company (known mainly for its auto-repair manuals) offered a $7,500.00 advance plus future royalties for the rights to publish the book. The rest is history. Frank went on to pen five total books based on Dune and each was a classic in its own right. Frank passed away in Madison Wisconsin in 1986.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we have three classic tales. A short story from the author of the Dune Series of novels, A true-crime tale from Scotland Yard and a listener’s tale about his foster grandmother. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen to it on your radio Saturday night at 6pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

November 02 – David Larsen’s Marionette (HE #19)
November 09 – Old Rambling House (RAS #303)
November 16 – Suspense Week – (RAS #304)
November 23 – Thanksgiving Podcast Replay
November 30 – (RAS #305)

HE #19 – David Larsen’s Marionette

Show:

Three EVPs Captured:

On the nineteenth episode of The Horror Express, Jason and Ron are back together. We share the real-life story about a marionette’s hold on Horror Express listener, David Larsen. Also, we have a scary tale about pipe organs as told by Vincent Price. We will finish the show with questions and comments from you guys.  So, find your seat, turn in your ticket and enjoy this special episode.

DLs-MarionetteTopic – David Larsen’s Marionette

The topic of this train ride was first presented to Jason and Ron from listener David Larsen. He told the story of a strange marionette sent to him as a gift from his uncle in Afghanistan (pictured-right). He never knew why, but the little puppet gave David troubles and bad dreams. Ten years later the doll is sent to Jason and the investigation begins. This podcast tells that story!

OTR Story – Fugue in C-minor

Our OTR story comes from the series Suspense and was suggested by a listener, James Thompson of New Mexico. It stars two great actors Ida Lupino and Vincent Price. The story was written by the accomplished screenwriter Lucille Fletcher and tells a tale of pipe organs and murder.  It is called Fugue in C-minor and first aired on June 1, 1944.

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood
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