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The Ghost-Grey Bat
After swapping homes with a couple from Austria for a year in order for the college professor to finish his book in peace, the two young New Yorkers move into the home. Before long encounter the terrifying guardian of the Austrian home and discover its gruesome secret.
Air Dates:
First Run - March 25, 1981
Repeat - May 26, 1981
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14 Responses to Episode 1176

In my honest opinion, this is one of the scariest, if not thee scariest shows they ever did. The cozy New York apartment, the Austrian cottage, the flattened tires, the 2 shadows, the snow, winds, the frightened Betty Spraig, etc. I love this episode. Back in the day, I had it on tape, and listened to it over and over and over. I dragged my mother and grandmother into my bedroom to listen to it. They got hooked on it. Listen to this one with the lights off, with a friend, and be prepared to have nightmares. Awesome story!

I have to agree, this is one of the best I have heard and now one of my favorites. Loved the atmosphere and even though I "could see it coming" there was a good deal of suspense.

Ghost Grey Bat is my favorite.

The Ghost Grey Bat is my favorite one.

This was such a great one!! I really loved the way he told the story!

This is the best program of alllllllll the programs!

This one I remember listing to in the early 80's while I was going to sleep.

"The Ghost Gray Bat"is a great episodes!

Definitely it is the best!

love that one my favorite.

The Ghost Gray Bat was the scariest for me.

I live in west Texas at the base of the panhandle. It gets COLD here. It was winter. There was snow on the ground, and the air was a bitter chill. For some reason we had trouble with our gas heaters. So,l i rolled an ancient, portable electric heater into my bedroom. I grabbed my mother and animals, threw blankets on the floor, threw my mother on the floor (she wanted to be down there with her 2 dogs), and we listened to The Ghost Gray Bat, all settled and comfortable. We used to do that in the 80s, in Los Angeles when I had it on cassette tape.

Always one of my favorites. I wish they still had radio dramas like this produced today.

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Ian Martin’s story is one of the best horror tales I’ve heard! Not only the dialogue of the 2 lovebirds was fascinating, but the description of what went on inside the Austrian Chalet was captivating. This horror episode ranks up with #0545-THE QUEEN OF CATS, #0053-THE CREATURE FROM THE SWAMP, and #1245-THE JUDGE’S HOUSE. Sound effects of the phone ringing, plane flight, birds chirping, howling wind, bat wings flapping, storm brewing, tableware clinking, doors, footsteps, bats squeaking, the slaps, donkey carriage, phone buzzing, car engine sputtering, the creaking, bats echoing, and the explosion down in the cavern were supportive and marvelous! The music, with its horror tunes during the main character’s narrations, were very supportive and enthralling. The darker the narrations got, the better horrifying melodies to hear. In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall introduces us to where exactly this dark tale takes place: a chalet in Austria. But right after that, he did NOT mention the Title of this episode! Either the recording of this episode was edited or he just forgot to say it. In ACT-1, he quoted Lord Byron (author of Don Juan): “Whom the Gods love, die young” (which would’ve been suited for the intro of #0472-THE LOVE SONG OF DEATH). In ACT-2, he goes deep into the story about ancient legends on the Black Arts and losing shadows. In ACT-3, after defeating the antagonist, our Host finishes the story off by quoting HAMLET: “…for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” but also quoted C.S. Lewis: “We are what we believe.” In the Epilogue, there is nothing! It’s been edited out! Luckily, I found this episode from other Old Time Radio websites which gave me the missing Epilogue. And here is what E.G. Marshall said at the very end: “The problem with quotations is that they intend to be only half true. Never accept anything as the ultimate to life. It has a lovely way going on, no matter what happens or what the poets say.” And speaking of lovely, our cast: Don Scardino (as Alec Grant), Jennifer Harmon (as Moira Grant), Joan Shay (as Frau Zauber and Betty Sprig), and Robert Dryden (as Dr. Frantz Koenig). Robert Dryden is always good with the accents. Joan Shay as the villain was “wickedly” good! The acting between Jennifer Harmon & Don Scardino was a perfect combination. These 2 played the parts so well, it sounded like they were an actual couple. Both of them go together like CBSRMT performers Teri Keane & Michael Tolan (from #1377-THE NINTH COMMANDMENT) or Wesley Addy & Celeste Holm (from #0094-THE CRACK IN THE WALL). Everything in this episode was so well done, except the editing of E.G. Marshall’s epilogue and the missing Title reference. Other than that, it's a horror story to enjoy over and over and over again. Plus, it has commercials; such as Di-gel tablets, Best Western Hotels, Ricoh 35mm cameras with SLR lens, and Maxwell House coffee. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)

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