Aural Atavism: The Witch's Tale and Gothic Horror Radio

  title={Aural Atavism: The Witch's Tale and Gothic Horror Radio},
  author={Matthew A. Killmeier},
  journal={Journal of Radio \& Audio Media},
  pages={61 - 82}
This article offers a cultural historical interpretation of The Witch's Tale (1931–38), an early U.S. horror radio drama, and argues that the program's use of the Gothic genre unified its content and form. Its plays emphasized temporality to highlight the Gothic intertwining of the past and present, and offered allegories that while often rooted in the fantastic nevertheless addressed contemporary concerns—gender, Others, and socio-economic anxieties. It used sound to complement its content… 
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