Make horrid scars and gashes.


Boris Karloff "Tales of the Frightened Volume 1" (Mercury, MG 20815, 1963), "Tales of the Frightened Volume 2" (Mercury, MG 20816, 1963)

Here are a pair of cool albums released in the early '60's that were spun out of some other projects with the same name. To quote some of the info I found around the internet:

(The) magazine was a tie-in to a syndicated radio feature. "The Frightened" was one of several proposed radio features that were packaged by Lyle Kenyon Engel. The project never really got off the ground and it is not clear how many, if any, were actually aired. The vignettes in this series were written by Michael Avallone and read by Boris Karloff. Each issue of the magazine contains one of the vignettes, neither individually titled or bylined. Several years later Karloff's readings were released as a phonograph record and the texts were published as a book by Avallone.


The music that runs underneath Boris's voice slowed down and twisted about is Tom Dissvelt and Kid Baltan's masterpiece recording of "Song of The Second Moon", reissued as "The Elektrosonics-Electronic Music" (Philips)

There's more data out there (Google it on up), but that's the long & the short of it. Containing some nice creepy stories read by one of the most soothingly spooky voices ever to work in the realm of horror, these were ripped off of a pair of very clean copies that a pal of mine graciously loaned me. Enjoy!

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Blogger Jamdin said...

Thank you for posting these wonderful records. I have always enjoyed Boris Karloff's voice.

2/17/2006 9:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic!!! Thanks so much for VOL 2!!!
I can't wait to see whats next.

Looking over the list of stuff over at SSS and can't help but drool over them..especially,
"Monster Rally"
"Dinner With Drac!" (1976)
"Monster Dance Party"
"The Vampire Speaks"

I hope these pop up...wink, wink.

Witches' Brew: Pot Full of Songs for Oral Language Development , Is this the song that went "Witch's Brew, Alaca-zama-kazoo"??? If so I remember singing it in music class in grade school.

I think I got a bunch of your stuff from Tiki Tim last year. You made my Hallowe'en.


2/18/2006 12:47 AM

Blogger Jason said...

Cool, thanks! I'm sure all the titles you mentioned will make their way up soon enough too.

It's true; last Halloween I gave both Tiki Tim & Keith from Old Haunts (as well as a few other fine folks) access to a lot of my files so that they could post them on their blogs, so you might've run across a few of my rips already. Hopefully I'll have enough new stuff here to keep it interesting for a while though.

2/18/2006 10:23 AM

Blogger PopCereal said...

It just keeps getting better every time I come here. You're like the spooky uncle who lives in a haunted old house -- always a surprise every visit!

Mr. Miller

2/20/2006 8:31 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for these! Couple of weeks ago I brought out his version of "Peter & The Wolf".........he was under-rated for sure. Grateful & Cheers!

2/21/2006 11:02 AM

Blogger fredoluv said...

this is great, but what about *this* week's post?!?

2/22/2006 12:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

He could tell you, but then he'd have to kill you. Right Steve?

2/22/2006 12:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

These two are way in the tip-top tier of spooky halloween records. I love them all but these are darn near perfect combos of music, writing, voice work, and effects. I have a copy of the book as well, and there are about another 10 stories that don't appear on either of the two record volumes. I've always wondered if Mercury doesn't have an unreleased set of "Volume 3" tapes sitting on a shelf somewhere, wouldn't that be the holy grail of Halloween finds?

3/02/2006 7:55 AM

Blogger HarveyMidnight said...

Hello-- I did a little work & put together a musical soundtrack for the Frightened series. I took the tracks from a share I d/l'ed of that album "Electronic Music- The Elektrosonics", and I edited the songs to the match the speed they play on the Frightened album; I posted it on my own blog, here:

Now you can hear that strange creepy music without the narration.

8/26/2006 11:22 PM

Blogger Big Wop said...

Excellent albums from a top horror icon.I seem to remember some Caedmon(?)spoken word releases with both Boris Karloff and Vincent Price?I picked up a cassette years ago with one side dedicated to each.You'd certainly be King of the Gods if you posted any of the Vincent Price albums from the late 60's or 70's.Thanks for the great post!

Yours Cruelly,

9/10/2006 9:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

can some one please upload bori karloff tales, I seem to get here to late file not found. pleasesssssssssssss. and thank you for all the hard work too. tigger

11/03/2006 11:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou very much.....always loved these....especially at this time of year!!

10/09/2007 9:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou very much!!!!!!! LOVE THEM

10/09/2007 9:31 PM

Blogger Thomas said...

Thanks for posting these wonderful recordings. Boris Karloff is one of the greatest actors ever. If you want to hear another take on "The Hand of Fate" - watch the movie Targets (P. Bogdanovich) in which Karloff plays "Byron Orlock", a character partly based on himself. The version is shorter but maybe even better, and there's an added poignancy in that it was Karloff's last film.

12/18/2007 11:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting these two great LP's. I love these stories and Karloff's delivery. I think "The Hand of Fate" is my personal favorite.

3/24/2008 10:47 PM

Blogger Cail said...

If there's anyway these could get reposted for enjoyment on various travels, I would be eternally grateful.

7/16/2008 12:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. Reposting would be nice. I have Vol. 1 but have never found a copy of Vol. 2

7/17/2008 7:38 PM

Blogger markg said...

how do I go about downloading these

9/24/2009 2:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mystery writer Michael Avallone has authored a series of short horror tales to appear as pocketbooks soon from Belmont books. A number of these have been packaged into a moving series for records with narration in the hair-raising style of Boris Karloff. The scripting bears strongly Hitchcockian touches, as the master horror storyteller reads six tales on each disk, with suitable sound effects and musical accompaniment. A professional job all the way and horror story fans will find plenty of excitement.
- Billboard (Sept. 21, 1963)

9/30/2009 12:47 AM

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9/30/2009 12:48 AM

Blogger Remmic said...

The link does not appear to work. Can you help? Loved these as a kid!

10/08/2010 4:36 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I thought you might be interested: I'm Michael Avallone's son, David, and I've produced a new version of Tales of the Frightened, available now on iTunes:

This time out, I've enlisted cult icon Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior, Commando, Power Rangers, Innerspace, etc.) to read dad's stories, with great new music by Eban Schletter (Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Sponge Bob, Mr. Show, etc.) There are eight of Dad's stories from the original records, and eight instrumental pieces including a brand new theme for Tales of the Frightened. Give it a listen, and if enough people like it we'll do a Volume Two...

10/20/2010 6:35 PM

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3/05/2011 1:39 PM

Anonymous Ryan D. said...

They also use Dissvelt & Baltan's "Piano Forte" (included on the "Song of the Second Moon"'s LP) backing Karloff on the track entitled "Nightmare", my favorite cut.

7/10/2011 4:26 PM


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