Listen to Tove’s books, read by herself in Spotify, Storytel and Apple music!
Tove Jansson’s books, both Moomin books and some of her other novels, are now available on Spotify, Storytel and Apple Music. Listen them in the car on the way to work, on a vacation or with the kids on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Tove Jansson herself reads the stories in Swedish. The audio recordings were made during the 1980s for the radio serial for the Radio theatre of the Finnish public service broadcaster YLE.
I love how many people get confused about Reimi’s murder story because it seems really familiar and that’s cause it is! You’ve probably heard it before many times (it used to be one of my all-time faves to tell)
Which stereotypical horror movie characters would the Axis and/or Allies be? (Ex. Person who dies first, the derp who somehow lasts the longest, the teens who hide in stupid places, etc...)
EDIT: fixed some typos and Russia’s tense change.)
America: The Person Whose Arrogance Gets Him Killed. Whenever someone says they hear or see something, he’s the first to put their fears to bed, but to his own disadvantage. He’d be in that typical 50s muscle car, up on Lover’s Lookout, when the radio announcement of a serial killer on the loose sparks his date’s fears.
“There’s nothing to be scared of,” He’d laugh, amused by the other character’s fright. “You seriously freaking out about that?” Despite his date’s protests, he’d open the car door, stepping out into the night’s cold and unwelcoming air. “See, nothin’!” He’d victoriously claim. However, his moment of triumph would let his guard down. He would not spy the killer in the shadows, allowing them to claim their first victim.
England: The Person Who Doesn’t Believe the Others. There’s plenty of things he does believe in, but he believes them all benevolent. When the children he cared for told him of something in their closet, or under their bed, he’d likely brush it off as ‘nonsense’ the first time.
However, when the children’s fright became more and more prevalent, and they made their complaints more and more, he’d rolls his eyes and smile. “There’s no such thing as monsters,” He’d tell them, but they’d tell him they knew that - it wasn’t a monster. Sighing at the creativity only a child could have, he’d follow them to their room, first checking under the bed - finding nothing - and then heading over to the closet. The children would beg him not to open it, but with a reassuring smile, he’d do so anyway. His cooing statement of, “there, nothing to be afraid of” would be cut off by whatever was in there taking him as its second victim.
France: The Person Who Screams at Every Noise. Easily spooked, France would most likely be quite the drain on the rest of the characters. Every little creak or whisper of the wind would set his heart racing and his mouth screaming. No matter how many times he was shushed, the surprise would set him off again.
In a situation akin to the boy who cried wolf, it would be France’s undoing. As the rest of the group turned a corner in the darkened hallway they found themselves in, he’d yelp again. They’d continue, sick of his false alarms, as he protested. “I did hear something this time!” He’d cry, to no reply. Creeping around the corner, he’d find his group gone. Frightened and ready to leave, France would whirl round, only to find the killer stood in front of him. The next scream that escaped his mouth would be his last, as the murder took their third victim.
Russia: The Person Who Owns the Creepy Dolls. Unsure of why he had them - sentimentality or aesthetic reasons - Russia would still never be able to get rid of the dolls. The little matryoshkas, lining shelves and desks, would sit happily each and every day. People had always told him to get rid of them. He never would.
Then, one night, he’d have wished he had. Sat at his desk, Russia would notice something out of the corner of his eye. The body of one of his dolls - it would split apart, the top segment to crashing down on the lower segment only milliseconds later. The same cracking noise it made would occur again, but on a different shelf, with a different doll. Slowly, each and every doll would begin to do the same. Over and over, all at different speeds and times, they’d create the cacophonous clacking. Then, simultaneously, they’d stop. There’d be one final crack from behind Russia. He wouldn’t dare turn round. However, whatever was there didn’t need him to for it to claim its fourth victim.
China: The Wary Villager/Mystic. He’d be aware of the supernatural and spooky things that went on near his home, and he’d warn people from getting involved with them. Whenever a reckless teenager or drunken adult thought themselves brave, he’d be the one they’d come to for advice, and his advice was always no.
His cautiousness couldn’t save him, though. For where he had knowledge and wits, others did not. Eventually, someone would release whatever he had warned them against tampering with. He and they would have expected it to go straight for its liberators, but no. It wanted the one who kept it from being freed. When the idiots who allowed it back into the world returned to China for advice on stopping the force again, they’d find it had already claimed its fifth victim.
Italy: The Person Who Always Trips Over. Though he’s an expert runner, his fears can tangle his footwork. Italy would be tripping over all throughout his escape from whatever or whoever was hunting him. His speed would be the only thing keeping him alive.
His tripping would be that which sent him to his death. Even when the others were still alive, he’d have been tripping and falling. Some might have even sacrificed themselves helping him up. Hopeless and tired of running, it wouldn’t be long before Italy’s feet failed him again. This time, he’d topple over, and he wouldn’t get up. The hunter would have its prey, and its sixth victim.
Germany: The Person Who Checks Out the Noise. Being brave as he is, Germany would not fear having to investigate noises, even if alone. One night, when alone and working at his desk, he’d face the darkness without fear. The lights cutting out would be of no worry, and the creaking floorboards down the hallway would illicit no reaction either.
Torch in hand, Germany would investigate, wondering what exactly had resulted in the power failure. The noises would be the first thing on his mind, however. He’d call out to the blackness surrounding him, wondering who or what exactly was there. The noise would reoccur - only this time, behind him. Wondering how he’d passed it, Germany would turn to make sweeping motions with his light. That would be his fatal error, however, as it would give the killer the split second he needed to claim his seventh victim.
Japan: The Person Who Survives but is Killed at the Last Moment. Being tactical and wise as he is, Japan would know how to keep himself alive. He’d avoid anything that could get him into any amount of trouble. No cockiness, no stubbornness, no screaming, no dolls or supernatural goings-on, no falling, and most certainly no investigating. He’d find the most sensible solution and then faultlessly enact it.
And so it would be him, alone at the end of the movie, in a brightly-lit office. He would be finishing the last of his memoirs about the strange occurrences that he and his friends experienced, and what they led to. He’d sit back, reminiscing on the events, how they seemed to be disjointed, yet had an over-arching theme. He would not figure it out, unfortunately, as a shadow passed behind him. The monstrous killer could leave no one alive, and so, when all seemed well and the narrative over, claimed his eighth and final victim.
The film would cut to black. You, the viewer, would sit there, utterly confused.
Seventy-five years ago today, The Adventures of Superman premiered on radio. On February 12, 1940, the Man of Steel flew from the pages of the comics to the airwaves in a series that aired until 1951.
Radio introduced several key characters and elements of the Superman mythos, including Daily Planet editor Perry White and cub reporter Jimmy Olsen, Superman’s Achilles heel of Kryptonite, and his first team-up with Batman and Robin. For nearly the entire run, Superman and Clark Kent were played by Clayton “Bud” Collyer. Collyer used two distinct voices to make Supermand and Clark two unique characters. He reprised the role in the cartoons from Max Fleischer and in Filmation cartoons in the 1960s.
In honor of his anniversary, I’ll post Superman’s first radio adventure, a serialized story pitting him against a mysterious saboteur known as “The Wolf.” For more from the Golden Age of Radio, click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.
Buck Rogers Solar System Map - Created as a free promotional give-away to listeners of the radio
serial Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Cocomalt, made in Hoboken by
Davis, was the sponsor at this time of the enormously popular show. (1933) Click for a larger image.
I still haven’t watched Mad Men (please imagine me saying this in the voice of a guy that’s like, ‘I don’t own a television. I only read non fiction, and listen to old radio serials when I’m not busy yelling at children to age and saying the word selfie disdainfully in the mirror’), so I actually thought it had ended a while ago. Now that I’ve found out that it’s in its final season, though, here’s my favorite episodes that have aired since I last made this list in 2012.
- Don’s suit finally achieves sentience and interrupts him in every pitch meeting, suggesting the slogan 'Or am I wearing you?’
- The Mads become concerned when Roger starts eating worms and small insects by the handful, until, with relief, they discover the baby birds living inside his skull.
- What appears to be yet another ad olympics episode takes an epic, emotional turn when Betty reveals her ability to believe she is a motorcycle by having 'motorcycle thoughts.’
- Dog Draper solves the mystery of JFK’s assassination, but being a dog, and now, a ghost, he is unable to communicate his findings to anyone.
- Pete gets his necktie surgically implanted leading to jealousy and increasingly extreme medical procedures in the office.
- In an episode mostly made up of the best .gifs from past shows, the alien race that governs all Mad Men in the universe puts Don Draper on trial for his crimes.
- The Mads go see 2001: A Space Odyssey, leading Roger to have a dream where he travels to the future of a highly-evolved, almost unrecognizable humanity and reads their thinkpieces about this episode.
- After finding his birth certificate, Joan gets Don to admit that he was born Donkey Draper, and that he has many of the powers of an average donkey.
I’ve really enjoyed putting together this blog over the last few years – despite it being a time-intensive endeavor (the comics and newspaper strips weren’t so bad, but even the shortest radio serial arc clocks in at two hours, nevermind the ones which ran 25 installments over five weeks). As a die-hard Superman fan, it was enlightening and enjoyable to read, watch and listen to his adventures in what effectively constituted a day-by-day catalog of his appearances.
The remit of this blog was to cover Superman’s appearances from 1938 through the end of 1949, which was accomplished as of yesterday. So, what’s next? To start with, I’m collecting, editing, rewriting and expanding the existing entries, which I’ll eventually collect into a series of digital ‘zines which you’ll be able to download (I’ll make an announcement in this blog).
On a personal level, I’ve enjoyed reading Superman’s adventures year-by-year, so my current plan is to switch the blog over to a format which examines years-at-a-glance, rather than appearance-by-appearance. Once or twice a month, I’ll post a summary of a year’s worth of Superman appearances, and then follow up with highlights from that year. I’ve already written the 1950 and 1951 summaries, and I’ll start posting those next week.
That means I should catch up with what will be the modern-day Superman around 2020! (Bonus points if you know why that’s a significant date for Superman)
If there’s anything else you’d like to see me cover on the blog, specifically, I’d be happy to consider it. I haven’t been including Super-errata like ads, toys, apparel and other novelties, for the most part. I may start documenting those going forward, if I can definitively place the years.
Thanks for sticking around, folks, I appreciate it!