Ron's Amazing Stories
Ron's Amazing stories is a weekly podcast which presents truly amazing tales. These will range from dramatic readings to old time radio. We also have interviews with authors, radio personalities and even sports legends. So tune in each week to find out what are Ron's Amazing Stories.

As promised we tunnel under the world to produce another science fiction week here at Ron’s Amazing Stories. On today’s program it is all about Frederik Pohl. We have two short stories by him titled, Tunnel Under the World and Pythias. We also have a reading of his very first published work, that he wrote in 1937. It is a poem called, Elegy to a Dead Planet: Luna. So, please click the link and be dazzled!

Our OTR Story - Tunnel Under the World

On the morning of June 15th, Guy Burckhardt woke up screaming!

That is how our OTR story begins today. It is classic tale which first was published under the title, The Tunnel Under the World, in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine, January of 1955. Its author was none other than Frederik Pohl. One of history's greatest science fiction authors. The story itself is a Groundhog Day meets The Truman Show meets The Matrix. One thing is for sure is that all of it leads to one mind-bending plot. The tale comes from the series X-Minus One and is called the Tunnel Under the World. It was taken from the Hugo winning short-story by Frederik Pohl.  It first aired on April 14, 1956.

Direct download: RAS273-TunnelUnderWorld-011917.mp3
Category:Sci Fi -- posted at: 9:27am PST

Did you hear the word? To The Future we go! Ron’s Amazing Stories is doing another science fiction week! Yep, another episode chalked full of great stories from the future. We have a freaky story a listener from Nevada sent in who says he will never return to New Mexico, then we will hear a story about a couple who escape the future by going into the past, and we end it with an instructional piece on the pitfalls of greater than light speed. So relax, grab a drink and press that play button!

Our OTR Story - To The Future By Ray Bradbury

Our OTR story comes to us from Dimension X, which was effective series in showing of what could be done with science fiction on the radio. Our story was written by Ray Bradbury and is titled, Into the Future. It tells of dark time coming, and what would happen if the people then used advanced technology to escape to the now. It first aired on May 27, 1950.

The Horror Express Update

Jason and I have got everything ready for Horror Express #14. The topic this time will be Bigfoot! We have the studio booked for January 20th, 2017 and the podcast should release the week after.  We are excited about the show and hope you guys are as well.

Direct download: RAS272-ToTheFuture-011217.mp3
Category:Sci Fi -- posted at: 9:40am PST

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this week you will find Science Fiction everywhere. So, pack your space suit and your blaster be ready for it. We have an episode of X-Minus one, followed up by a strange story about a man who hold the fates of two worlds in his hands.  So, press that play button and listen to this special Sci-Fi podcast.

OTR Story - The Seventh Victim

Our story is about a post holocaust society in which war has been eradicated. The human need for violence is satisfied by legally sanctioned 'hunts', in which volunteers take on the roles of hunters or victims. It is based on a short story first published in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine, in April 1953.  The Story is titled The Seventh Victim and first aired on X-Minus One on March 20, 1957.

Direct download: RAS271-The7thVictim-010517.mp3
Category:Sci Fi -- posted at: 9:34am PST

On Ron’s Amazing Stories  this week we take a look back at the year that was 2016. Our OTR story has an estranged woman who hates yellow wallpaper, a short bit about a lazy woman who meets ten fairies and of course another five minute mystery.

OTR Story - The Yellow Wallpaper

We have  a very strange, unsettling episode of Suspense. It is based on a short-story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and was first published in The New England Magazine, in January of 1892. It is about a woman suffering from depression and is confined by her doctor, who also happens to be her husband. She is left to her bedroom in a rented house, where she starts to believe that the patterns in the wallpaper contain dark, disturbing secrets. The tale is called THE YELLOW WALLPAPER and stars radio hall of famer, AGNES MOOREHEAD. It originally aired on July 29, 1948.

Direct download: RAS270-YellowWallpaper-122916.mp3
Category:Suspense -- posted at: 10:01am PST

Happy Holidays! It is that time of year again where we come together and celebrate as a family. One tradition that has held up over the years here at Ron's Amazing Stories is the annual playing of the radio classic, It's a Wonderful Life. While every bit as Christmas as its it big brother the film masterpiece, it is a bit shorter, but still stars that lovable character George Bailey portrayed by Jimmy Stewart.  So Sit back relax and enjoy! After all it is a wonderful life!

Merry Christmas!

-Ron

Our OTR Story

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1945. The film is now among the most popular in American cinema and because of numerous television showings in the 1980s has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.

Direct download: RAS_Christmas-2016.mp3
Category:Drama -- posted at: 9:13am PST

On Ron’s Amazing Stories we will travel with the Brothers Grimm from the German countryside of the 1800s to the bloody battlefields of Gettysburg, with JDR Hawkins author of the Civil War Novel, A Rebel Among Us!

A Rebel Among Us - by J.D.R. Hawkins

David Summers never expected any of this…not in a million years. He thought for sure he was a goner.After leaving Alabama and enlisting with the cavalry, his delusion of chivalry was suddenly quashed when he saw for himself the horrors of battle. Now, after being shot and ending up at a strange farmhouse, he’s found himself being nursed back to health by four beautiful girls, and has learned that his Confederate brethren have deserted him in Pennsylvania after fighting at Gettysburg. It’s more than he can fathom.

About author J.D.R. Hawkins - J.D.R. Hawkins is an award-winning author who has written for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, e-zines, and blogs. She is one of a few female Civil War authors, uniquely describing the front lines from a Confederate perspective.

Show Links for JDR Hawkins:  Twitter - Website - Amazon Author Page

Direct download: RAS269-ARebelAmongUs-121516.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:56am PST

On this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories titled, Gigantopithecus, a UFO crashes in a family's backyard. The story is expertly narrated by John Dehner.  Also, we tell the true story of a camping trip gone very wrong, and we have another five minute mystery. So, press that play button!

Gigantopithecus:

What is it? It is a very large fossil Asian ape of the late Miocene to early Pleistocene epochs. That is a fancy way of saying that it is probably extinct. We say that because many believe that this ancient fellow just might be the modern day bigfoot.

Our OTR Story - Heavens To Betsy

This week’s story comes from Suspense, and it could have made today. It tells the tale of an everyday suburban family who discovers a crashed UFO in their backyard. It is titled, HEAVENS TO BETSY and originally aired: October 11, 1955.

Direct download: RAS268-Gigantopithecus-120816.mp3
Category:Suspense -- posted at: 10:13am PST

Welcome to the 13th episode of the Horror Express. On this episode Jason and Ron tackle an old topic, Vampires Revisited with guest Douglas Robinson. Also, the new onboard computer takes over the show and presents a tale from Boris Karloff himself. If that wasn’t enough, Jason has collected some interesting emails from you guys! So, come join us for this horrific train ride. How? Press the play button.

Vampires Revisited:

We talked about Vampires back on Episode #3 of The Horror Express. Jason and I both thought there was something missing in that show and that was someone who knew all about them. Enter Douglas Robinson from Silently Publishing who has written a series of fictional books about the REAL Vampires that exist today. The Silently Series Storyline is about vampyric blood-drinking people. When we meet Majken she has come to the city of Trenton seeking a new life. She meets Thomas, a young college student, but Thomas does not know who or what his girlfriend really is. Another vampyric person has come to Trenton: a killer. His name is John. Thomas is exposed to blood during a fight to save his life and he becomes vampyric also. The story is about their relationship in the modern-day and also takes us back historically and reveals  Majken's life from the early eighteenth century. -Ron

Direct download: HE13-VampiresRevisted-120116.mp3
Category:The Horror Express -- posted at: 9:36am PST

Program Note: First let me say happy thanksgiving to all of you and your families. My hope is that your day is peaceful and full of fun times.  I am taking the week off to enjoy my family, but don’t think for a minute that I would leave you podcast-less.  We have a replay for you that first aired in March of 2015. I have a good feeling that you are going to enjoy this one. -Ron

The Podcast

On this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories we have a real round up for you.  Also, Mike McNeff is here to help us introduce a classic western episode of GunSmoke and talk about what western life in the 1880’s was really like.

Our OTR Story - The Indian Horse

We do have a western for our story and it comes from one of the best adult western dramas of the golden age of radio.  When is an Indian pony not an Indian pony? That’s not just rhetorical question when it comes our tale.  It is called The Indian Horse and is from the second season of Gunsmoke. It first aired on May 15, 1954.

The Co-Host  For This Episode - Mike McNeff

Mike McNeff joins us today to introduce our story and talk about the old west.  Born in San Angelo, Texas to an U.S. Air Force family, his early years saw much travel across the U.S. and the Far East. Mike attended Arizona State University and Arizona State College of Law (now Sandra Day O’Connor Law School). He began his law enforcement career in 1969 with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He has worked patrol, criminal intelligence, narcotics, and has been a SWAT team leader and commander as well as a hostage negotiator. Mike retired from law enforcement in 2009 as a Police Legal Advisor and an officer with the Chandler Police Department in Arizona. He has also been a Deputy County Attorney for Maricopa County, AZ and the Prosecuting Attorney for Okanogan County, WA. He is an experienced trial attorney in both criminal and civil cases. Mike started writing as a third career after he retired. His novels, GOTU, Necessary Retribution and Hard Justice published by Booktrope Editions, have been well received. Mike is married, has four grown children and seven grandchildren. He likes to cruise on his boat, fish, crab, bike, play guitar, shoot and of course write.

Direct download: RASreplay-IndianHorse-112416.mp3
Category:Western -- posted at: 9:13am PST

On this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories we have The Bigfoot Grafton Case. That might be enough for most shows but not the RAS. We also present a brand new segment called, In the Public domain and to round things out have a short story about a cute little shipwrecked alien.

Our OTR Story - The Bigfoot Grafton Case.

In 1945, Dick Powell portrayed Philip Marlowe in the movie, Murder My Sweet. This performance and one other as Marlowe prompted his selection for the part of Richard Diamond. Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949 with Powell in the lead. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Our story comes from this series and is called The Bigfoot Grafton Case and it first aired on August 30, 1950.

Direct download: RAS267-Bigfoot-111716.mp3
Category:Detective Drama -- posted at: 9:04am PST