Make horrid scars and gashes.


Ghost Stories "2 Complete Halloween Ghost Stories" (Ball Records, CAM1313, 1963)

Representing a real throwback to glorious hucksterism, there are at least two records in this cut-rate series from Ball which combined inept storytelling on the vinyl and cheap novelty toy giveaways on the packaging. This volume featured a Free! Magic WITCHES WAND that GLOWS in the DARK attached to the front, and a slew of liner notes on the back which the content of the grooves could never live up to:

"A HALLOWE'EN HIT that puts life into your party. This 12 inch, long playing, 'SPOOKTACULAR' album gives you a 'haunting' 44 minutes of scary, spooky, Hallowe'en Stories. Mysterious things happen when a Hallowe'en party scavenger hunt ends up inside 'THE EMPTY HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL'. Even more spine tingling is the dramatization of the most famous monster story of them all 'FRANKENSTEIN'. In addition to these two exciting stories, you get a sensational series of frightening, spine-chilling sounds: weird groans, moaning winds, clanking chains, creaking stairs, were-wolf howl. . . all kinds of spooky sounds for special effects and party fun. This high fidelity album provides fun and entertainment for all ages the whole year 'round. At Hallowe'en time or at any time of the year, guests can, for example, participate in ghost-story telling using pre-selected ghostly sounds to make their story more effective. Party contests can be built around the telling of the best spooky story based on the two stories dramatized in this album. Variations of party fun from this album are endless and entertaining. Buy it now, and enjoy it all year around."

Naturally then, what you actually get is one of the most hilariously inept intros I've ever heard (they manage to tie in the "magic witches wand" though, which I thought was impressive), a poorly acted "Scooby Doo" type haunted house story with the voice actors regularly stumbling over their lines, and a barely audible transcription of a "Frankenstein" radio dramatization that must date back at least 20 years before this record was pressed.

So: cheapo crap designed to quickly rake in as much money from the kiddie market as possible? Yes! With a little dime-store "home-made feel" sprinkled on top to boot! Personally speaking, I could probably spend an hour or two just listening to "intro guy" as he tries to be menacing (as long as he has his pal make a "were-wolf howl" in the background now and then that is). Just great.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, I don't know where you keep digging up this obscure and cheap stuff but you never cease to blow my mind with it. How many copies of this thing could possibly have been pressed? What are the odds that one would find its way into your hands? Amazing.

9/21/2006 8:30 AM

Anonymous Steve said...

Jason, this is amazing. I am going to have nothing left on the wish list for Halloween stuff to add to the collection!

So, do you know the title of the other record is in this series you're aware of? I've only ever seen this one as best as I can recall.

Kudos too on all the Vincent Price records, I've had them all for some time but it's great to see others getting to know these classy but cool recordings. You are a true service to the spookophiles of the world!

9/21/2006 10:18 AM

Blogger Dave said...

I agree with Anonymous. I'd never even heard of about 90% of the Lps in your collection until I found your Spooky Scary Sounds website. I've been waiting for this one since I found Scar Stuff. I have looked on ebay, and have found several of your Lps but never this one. Too obsure I suppose. Thanks again as always!

9/21/2006 1:06 PM

Blogger Dr.Terror said...

This is great! "It has to be bwass."

9/21/2006 3:11 PM

Blogger Jason said...

Steve: here's the cover for the other volume I know about in this series, it seems likely that side one would be the same (though I don't know) but it's the idea of the sound effects filling out side two that intrigues me, especially if they're up to the standards of that "were-wolf howl".

...and thanks as always for all the kind comments from everyone else, it's really great to find out how many folks out there are enjoying this stuff.

9/21/2006 6:57 PM

Anonymous Meatcleaver63 said...

Another Awesome Find!

9/22/2006 7:14 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

please can someone post the ghst stories 2 complet halloween ghost stories again and george s irving scary stories to tell in the dark and if any more. I would Be gratful. and thanks for all the hard work too.

2/10/2007 12:33 PM

Blogger Dave said...

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2/15/2007 5:51 PM

Blogger Dave said...

I just posted both on my blog anonymous.

FYI - Freuds-toys has one of the Part 2 LPs on sale on ebay right now. $80.00 though so it's out of my reach.

2/15/2007 6:01 PM

Anonymous wich2 said...

Jason, the FRANKENSTEIN is a beat, edited version of FAVORITE STORY's from 1947.


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