This December, comic legend Ernie Colón makes his NBM Publishing debut with his graphic novel, Inner Sanctum: Tales of Mystery, Horror, & Suspense, inspired by the classic radio series, Inner Sanctum Mysteries.
Inner Sanctum Mysteries was created by radio producer Himan Brown and ran from 1941 through 1952, with a total of 526 broadcast episodes.
This anthology took it’s name from a popular series of mystery novels and according to the Radio Hall of Fame, “featured one of the most memorable and atmospheric openings in radio history: an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknob turned and the famous “creaking door” slowly began to open.”
The first four years of the series opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, “Your host, Raymond,” delivered morbid jokes and playful puns over a spooky, melodramatic score.
The Inner Sanctum Mysteries specialized in stories revolving around ghosts, lunatics and murderers.
Among the memorable guest stars who appeared throughout the series included such stars as Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Mary Astor, Helen Hayes, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, Richard Widmark, Burgess Meredith, and Agnes Moorehead.
Radio Horror Hosts reveals even more about Himan Brown’s methodology, “I use sound unashamedly,” Brown told The New York Times in 1948. “In a program like Inner Sanctum, where mood is of the essence, I believe in a minimum of writing. The sound really gives the picture. So let the sound carry it.” Brown then gave an example of the type of story telling that Inner Sanctum delivered without words. “A car pulls up. Car door opens. Footsteps on gravel, with background of wind and owl sounds. Footsteps stop. Clank of handle of iron door (obviously of mausoleum). Door opens. Footsteps resume, this time on stone, and outdoor effects of wind and owl fade out. Door clanks shut. Then the actor can scream out in terror.”
Starting tomorrow, we’ll be posting one page a day of the story, “Death of a Doll” on our Facebook page. In addition, you’ll also find a recent interview that we conducted with Ernie.
As for today, check out the original broadcast of “Death of a Doll” from October 18, 1948 as it originally was broadcast on Inner Sanctum Mysteries starring Mason Adams and Ted Osborne.