I’ve seen Halloween stuff on the shelves, people. Ready for Fall? Well, if it’s something spooky to listen to, how about some old-school scary? Macabre Mansion has three haunting titles they’re just dying to get you to listen to. Bwahahaha!
They’ve got CD’s and audio downloads, depending on your preference. Me? I’m a digital download girl. (That, and my car’s CD player is busted.) What better way to while away the hours on a dark evening’s road trip than listening to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (with Daniel Roebuck from Grimm and Lost)? Or maybe getting ready for visiting the fam by cranking up The Fall of the House of Usher (with Kevin Sorbo!) (Just me?) They’ve even got my favorite ghost story here; A Christmas Carol (with John de Lancie!)
Read on for the full 411!
Macabre Mansion Releases Collection of Three Classic Audio Dramas Voiced by Well-known Hollywood Actors
BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Macabre Mansion, an online destination for evocative dramatizations of great literature, is on a quest to resurrect the spirit of the old-time radio drama. With Macabre Mansion Presents, the company offers three beloved and family-friendly examples of classic literature, each with an appropriate “spooky” factor befitting the collection’s title.
Available individually or as a set, Macabre Mansion Presents includes “A Christmas Carol,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” The CDs can be purchased from major retailers like Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon and Walmart; alternatively, shoppers can download the audio dramas from iTunes, Audible or Downpour. Leading audiobook publisher Blackstone Audio is managing the distribution of Macabre Mansion Presents.
“These are no ordinary audiobooks,” explains Kevin Herren, the creative force behind Macabre Mansion. “We’ve created a ‘Theater for the Mind’ that’s fully immersive and unlike any other entertainment product today. Our goal is to bring the drama to life in a way that audiobooks cannot match, and recruiting great voice talent has helped us be successful in that regard.”
Some of Hollywood’s most distinctive voices are featured on Macabre Mansion Presents, including Kevin Sorbo, John de Lancie, Daniel Roebuck, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Virginia Hey, Kyle Hebert, Bonita Friedericy, John Billingsley and Reggie Bannister.
Reviewers of Macabre Mansion Presents have taken note of the high production values. “Herren should be applauded for the talent that has been assembled here in order to provide an auditory experience that will make any fan of those classic shows very happy,” remarks Matt Boiselle of Dread Central.
Nic Brown, writing for B Movie Man, latches onto the unique approach that Macabre Mansion has taken to the art of telling a great story: “‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ is an excellent example of an often-overlooked story telling media. Unlike a normal audio book where the words are simply read to the listener, the audio drama harkens back to the days before television when radio created productions for listeners to ‘see’ the words in their mind, with sound effects and multiple voice actors handling the different roles.”