The Turn Of The Screw: A Return To Audio Horror From Sole Twin Audios

Tonight of Castle Talk, Jason chats with Rachel Pulliam, the creator of Sole Twin Audios, an audio drama company founded in 2021. Her tagline, "Stories created solely with the vintage soul in mind" would seem to indicate she only produces recreations from Old Time Radio series. However, the "vintage soul" is more a vibe captured within every episode she releases—regardless of the series.

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Pulliam's most recent release is an audio version of The Turn of the Screw, the trailer for which is included at the start of the chat. The story, about a governess who fears for the souls and safety of two children who may have been corrupted by a pair of suspicious characters previously at the family's great house, has been told and retold many times, and Pulliam wrote the script with an eye towards the book and one of its most important adaptations, the 1960s film The Innocents.

Pulliam talks about the audition process—Sole Twin Audio productions employs actors around the globe—and the production process, which involves splicing many different audio recordings and original music and sound effects. All told, it's a return to the lost art of audio drama of the sort Pulliam says she listened to in college, classic shows like Suspense and The Whistler. The company has also recently produced an adaptation of Rope, soon to be released. One of the challenges, the producer says, is in finding stories that can be adapted and are in the public domain.

Find Sole Twin Audio's main page at Anchor from Spotify.

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Jason Henderson hosts the Castle of Horror and Castle Talk Podcasts, the "Castle of Horror Anthology" series editor. The newest volume is Castle of Horror Anthology Volume 8: Thinly Veiled 80s. He is the author of The Serpent's Nest: Young Captain Nemo from Macmillan Children's Books. His most recent book is 18 Miles from Town: a Midlife Crisis Thriller.

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About Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson, author of the Young Captain Nemo (Macmillan Children's) and Alex Van Helsing (HarperTeen) series, earned his BA from University of Dallas in 1993 and his JD from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1996. His popular podcasts “Castle Talk” and “Castle of Horror” feature interviews and discussion panels made up of best-selling writers and artists from all genres. Henderson lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.
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