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The Hermit's Cave
1940s radio horror series: "Ghost stories! Weird stories. And murders, too!"

The Hermit's Cave was a syndicated radio horror series. The syndication was done via scripts, so that stations could broadcast the program with their own casts.

The program began in September 1937 and continued into the mid-1940s on WJR AM in Detroit, Michigan. In 1942, WJR's broadcasts of the show were recorded and broadcast a week later on WBBM in Chicago, Illinois. By 1943, transcriptions of the WJR version of the program were also being broadcast in eight additional cities. KMPC AM in Los Angeles, California, broadcast it from 1940 to 1944, with William Conrad as producer. Over 800 episodes were produced[citation needed] but fewer than 40 are currently available.

Show sponsors included the Carter Coal Company which advertised its home-heating coal product, Olga Coal, and the Simoniz Company which promoted its various automotive care products like Simoniz Cleaner.

The Hermit's Cave was narrated by the character, the Hermit, with a majority of episodes beginning with the following dialogue: "Ghost stories! Weird stories. And murders, too! The Hermit knows of them all! Turn out your lights. Turn them out, and listen while the Hermit tells you ..."

Throughout the years, the voice of the Hermit was provided by various actors beginning with John Kent and later by Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, Klock Ryder, Mel Johnson, and John Dehner. In January 1950, The Hermit's Cave returned to WJR.

  1. Notebook on Murder (5.5Mb)
  2. Without Ending (10.5Mb)
  3. Reflected Image (5.8Mb)
  4. Blackness of Terror (5.6Mb)
  5. House of Murder (5.5Mb)
  6. House on Lost Man's Bluff (5.5Mb)
  7. Mystery of the Thing (5.4Mb)
  8. The Search for Life (5.5Mb)
  9. Spirit Vengeance (5.6Mb)
  10. It Happened on Sunday (5.1Mb)
  11. The Vampire's Desire (5.7Mb)
  12. The Black Band (5.5Mb)
  13. The House of Purple Shadows (5.4Mb)
  14. Author of Murder (6Mb)
  15. The Nameless (5.6Mb)
  16. Buried Alive (5.4Mb)
  17. The House with a Past (5.5Mb)
  18. Hanson's Ghost (6.7Mb)
  19. Crimson Hand (6.7Mb)
  20. Lost Black Crow Mine (6.6Mb)
  21. Man With White Hair (6.9Mb)

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