Hello listeners, your intrepid producer Aimee Pavy here! I'm so excited to announce season 3 of Twelve Chimes It's Midnight and diligently working to bring you more suspenseful and spine tingling dramas to keep you on the edge of your seat!
We start the season with a drama by Eddie Muller, a man who knows the dark better than almost anyone, as he is the Czar of Noir, the host of the Noir City Film Festival and Noir Alley on TCM. We brought to life his brutal tale "A Perfectly Obvious Explanation," originally staged as part of the 2011 Thrillpeddler's Shocktoberfest 12 "Fear Over Frisco." Listen out for Eddie’s cameo appearance in the episode!
This episode features the wickedly elegant Jill Tracy as Dr. Lorrison. Jill’s music can be heard in two previous episodes (“On the Prowl” and “Ghost Crush 2”), but this is the first time we’ve heard her speak!
The cast also includes the incomparable Zelda Koznofski who appeared in the same role, Sherry, from the original Thrillpeddlers Shocktoberfest's staging of the play—she really tears it up!
The Thrillpeddlers was a huge influence of the birth of this radio drama podcast! “Sissies Stay Home!”
Alexander Cukor and Brett Stillo once again lend their captivating voices to Twelve Chimes as Lucky and Frank. Alexander has such an amazing voice of gravel and butter...so glad he was available for another role! And Brett mentioned that he is often typecast as the milquetoast, so this time out, he took great glee in playing the heavy, and he's ooooh so great!
We roped in Scott Owen, an old time radio enthusiast, a friend, and a willing voice to jump in and voice the Police Officer! And regular Twelve Chimes actor Aaron Seymour ran the audio recording, stopping the actors every time a motorcycle or plane flew overhead (quite a noisy day for recording)!
The haunting original artwork was created by Clyde J. Kell, who has created a number of pieces in tribute to old time radio!
And the closing music, added to lighten the tension, is the dark yet playful performance of the 1949 hit “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)” by the notorious San Francisco big band Lee Presson & the Nails. The choice of this song is a nod to the setting of the play (1949) and to the classic radio show “Lights Out,” whose ominous opening always included the phrase “It is later than you think.”