Learn About “The Shadow” On Radio & In Pulp Fiction

UNION — The Union Public Library continues its special Halloween programming on Tuesday evening, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. with a presentation on “The Shadow,” the mysterious anti-hero of crime thrillers on the radio, in the movies, and in pulp fiction.

Presenting the program—which includes the playing of a complete vintage radio episode—is “The Old Time Radio Man,” Henry Morse of Edison.


“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?  The Shadow knows!”  This was the familiar opening to the radio show that began in 1930 and continued through 1954.  It became one of the most famous radio programs ever, with Orson Welles among its many stars.

The mysterious, crime-fighting main character, with his eerie laugh and ability to “cloud men’s minds,” crossed over into other media including comic books, feature films and nearly 300 published stories.  “The Shadow” is generally credited with inspiring other shadowy crime-battling characters such as Batman and The Green Hornet.

Morse’s lecture will cover the entire history of “The Shadow” and will be punctuated by audio clips from the original programs, concluding with the complete broadcast of one of the best episodes of the series.

Morse, known to his audiences as “The Old Time Radio Man,” has for many years presented his well-received programs at libraries and other venues in Middlesex, Union, Somerset, Mercer and Bergen counties.

The Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue.  For further information, call the Reference Department at 1-908-851-5452.

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