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This Will Kill You
('Montague R. James story 'Casting the Runes'')
Negative reviews can get you into trouble - especially if the book under review is written by a demon-worshipper! A journalist finds this out to his own cost as the inflamed writer puts a death curse on him. He can only be rid of the curse if he passes it on to another.
Air Dates:
First Run - March 4, 1974
Repeat - May 26, 1974
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9 Responses to Episode 0050

This is indeed a modern reworking of "Casting the Runes," and, unless I missed it, the source material was uncredited in the episode (unusual for The CBS Radio Mystery Theater), so kudos to this website for observing this. Very satisfying ending. Thriller, questioned supernatural elements.

A man is incensed that his book on witchcraft and the occult is panned by a critic. How vows that he will bring the very forces that are ridiculed by the reviewer, to exact his revenge.

A demon expert vs. a reviewer who turns tough, smart and the tables. Great characterizations and acting.

A demonologist puts a curse on a newspaper writer who gives his book a bad review. The only way he can get rid of his death curse is to pass it along to someone else. 30 minutes of story in 40 minutes of script.

A skeptical reporter writes a scathing review of a book about the occult and incurs the wrath of the author. Worth a listen.

Not one of my favorites. Convoluted. I found myself having an impossible time paying attention. 1 star.

Another radio version of "Casting the Runes" by M.R. James. Better than the perfunctory Red Room Ghost Stories version... Not quite as good as the Escape episode. Interestingly enough the finale mirrors that of the film "Curse of the Demon" in which the demonologist Karswell is also... hit by a train. The film is the best adaptation of this story to date. The film version is "Curse of the Demon" anybody has missed this film, Halloween is just around the corner and that's a good excuse to add it to your collection. In fact this adaptation is very much a combination of the film and the original story. I can understand some of the changes but not the almost complete lack of anything to support the supposed stalking of the protagonist by a supernatural force. He says he feels like he's being stalked but it never comes across with any force. Maybe the sound effect used in The Horla was a bit weak but it was better than nothing to suggest the presence of something unseen. A lot of characters are brought in to help solve the problem. A psychiatrist... No help there. An occult scholar... Aha! Single handedly unravels the whole business. An insider... A character who combines aspects of Karswell's mother and Joanna Harrington from the film version. A professional makeup expert... Good thinking. Very nice bit of practicality here.

Not a whole lot going on, but well-paced and enjoyable. A nice variety of vocal performances.

An enjoyable supernatural tale. I never read the original story it was based upon, but I am interested in doing so now.

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