setting for our story is Los Angeles, and the year is 1937. At present, it is
the Golden Age of Radio; however, a majority of Hollywood studios are currently
having a substantive problem shaking out the challenges of the so called Great Depression, a term coined and most
frequently attributed to British economist Lionel Robbins.
(the Rensselaer Theatrical Orpheum) Studios is the largest and most successful
movie studio in Hollywood; and it has recently embarked on a couple of projects
that will hopefully keep it out of a looming bankruptcy. First of all, the
studio is doing a high budget, horror movie project titled, “The Nightmare
Castle of Horror.” This is an epic work based a great deal on the life of the
controversial magician and studio consultant, Horace D. Bildeburg. In fact, it
appears that the studio is quite intent on exploiting Dr. Bildeburg’s enigmatic
reputation in several productions that are underway at the studio, and is even
investigating retail products for which they could attach his name.
entering the literary stage is a young boy of 14 (Norman Yakovich Felskin), who
has recently been chosen to be one of the leads in the radio show, “The Valley
Sleuths.” Norman, along with his female lead (Betsy Poldosky), are now engaged
in making their radio show pilots; and the interest has in the show has
immediately skyrocketed. Incredible offers are coming in from all over to the
two young stars, and to the studio as well.
all is going well until Norman meets a mysterious boy at the studio cafeteria
by the name of Julio Velasquez. Julio informs Norman that his uncle has been
missing for a few weeks, and he is very concerned about his welfare. Julio
convinces Norman (and eventually Betsy) to go out to the Old European Backlot
to look for clues to the uncle’s whereabouts. He also wants to investigate as
to why there are so many unexplained incidents going on near the horror set
that is presently under construction in this part of the studio complex.
the boys go out to the backlot, Norman and Julio stumble across a grave bit of
information, and are now confused over what they should do next. In fact, it
appears that a mysterious organization has some kind of surreptitious interest
in the forested area near the studio and even down in the LaBraea Caverns.
There is also a mystifying reference to something called, the Moradhaku.
boys theorize that all of this; in fact, may possibly be contributing to the
strange events going on here at RTO (but they really aren’t sure of anything).
story is an intellective, gripping, and fast paced narrative; written in the
classic suspense style of Hitchcock and Hollywood’s Golden Age. If you are
looking for something exciting and different… this is for you.