The Lavender Evening Dress (1974)

Good evening, dear friends. I have been left in charge of this evening’s programming here in the Retroist Vault. It would appear that my insufferable co-host and my lackey, heh, I mean assistant, Daniel XIII, have been called to aid the Retroist in some inconsequential task. Quite frankly I feel most fortunate for the elbow space for this evening…Sage is a mouth-breather.

Which means that for once you are going to truly experience Saturday Frights…for real. From the vaults I have secured an audio recording of Vincent Price, the only other soul besides myself I have crossed paths with that has survived the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. This particular long-playing record was available commercially in 1974, on the Caedmon record label.

The Caedmon label began hawking their spoken word recordings in 1952, the label being founded by Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Roney. They presented audio “books” that were narrated by legendary actors that you all know very well. Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, John Gielgud, and of course with this evening’s entertainment, Vincent Leonard Price Jr.

The Lavender Dress is a simple short story but Price as you can safely assume is able to craft a chilling image in your mind of the events he speaks of and by the end of it you will most assuredly feel the hairs upon the back of your neck begin to rise.

As this is a true story.

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