Vincent Price presents The Price of Fear (Everest Books, 1976)
From Oxfam in Nottingham.
"For the actor these kinds of stories in radio, film or theatre are an enormous and satisfying challenge. They call upon us to make the unreal real, the sometimes unbelievable believable. They demand the exact opposite of realistic drama; they come close, often too close, to comedy - even farce - but there again is the challenge for the performer. People have asked me a thousand times if I resent being associated so closely with the drama of fright. Not at all, and I pity the questioner who doesn’t stop to consider that many - even most - of the greatest writers from the Greeks onwards have tried deliberately to frighten us for many reasons. Perhaps we are purged in this way to become better human beings; to realise that ‘there are more things in heaven and earth’ than we dream of; or perhaps just to give us a thrill, to jolt us out of our comfortable complacency to tear a hole in the cloak of our materialism.
So read these stories late at night alone, then listen to your heart. If you can’t hear it - turn the lights off and try to go to sleep!