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Chetter's Tales from the Morgue is a series of short stories as told by an old
obliging morgue attendant, licensed embalmer and resident story teller named
Chet Chetter to a passing stranger of the night played by you the listener. The
stories Chet relates to us are all quite fanciful. They deal with topics that
would be classified supernatural and science fiction. They border on outrageous
but that is how they are meant to be. Roughly half of the shows feature a nice,
likeable, rural southern manure hauler by the name of Elmer Korn who always
finds himself involved in some inane predicament. The creators of the series
themselves admit the show is rather off-beat but, you will find, not without
it’s own charm which lies within the humorous writing and the recurring
This series was created and produced by M&J Audio Theater. The M stands for Mark
Sawyer and the J is for Jay Reel. Two childhood friends who met in the 6th grade
in 1977 with a tape recorder that had a mutual interest in radio drama as
influenced by old time radio shows such as X Minus One, Lum and Abner, and
Gunsmoke. One can hear these influences in every story from the subject matter
and the character voices, to the plots. The creaking door opening, the host’s
oddly humorous manner and the “pleasant dreams” ending are an undeniable salute
to The Inner Sanctum and Himan Brown. Between the two of them, Mark and Jay
collaborate to do over 20 characters in these stories. Jay is the voice of Chet
Chetter, Elmer Corn, the Sherrif, Roland, and Gale Headrush Taylor. Mark only
admits to being the voice of Cecil Farris and incidental characters.
Mark and Jay produced the first Chet Chetter story, "The Highway of Death" in
1989. It was born from a series of 95 episodes which they did over a period of
years from 1980 to 1995. They call it "The Conofrof Saga". They submitted "The
Highway of Death" to National Public Radio and were amazed when NPR responded
with an order for 3 more stories. The 4 episodes were accepted and broadcast on
NPR Playhouse in 1990. The following year NPR ordered 9 more installments of
Tales From the Morgue to be broadcast as a complete 13 show series in 1992.
There were a total of 19 shows produced but 6 were rejected by NPR. M and J are
quick to point out that rejection by NPR has no bearing on the quality of the
show. The rejections merely reflect the stringent guidelines NPR had for
broadcast content at the time.
During the 90’s Tales From the Morgue proved so popular that it aired
internationally in Australia and England. Some episodes were featured three
times on Sue Zizza’s Radio Works including one non-morgue show The Spirit of 76
Marina Hootin’ Nanny.
Mark and Jay developed a new series called M&J Presents due largely to feeling
creatively stifled by NPR’s rigid standards. With their new series there were no
rules, no restrictions. Anything could be done and was.
The shows varied in content and story lines. For them it was more like a
miscellaneous collection from the M&J archives. Unfortunately M&J Audio Theater
has not produced any new material in over 10 years at the time of this writing
but don’t count them out. They have the same love for theater of the mind as we
do and both Mark and Jay would fervently like to return to it at some point. At
present Mark and Jay are co-directing, producing, writing and editing a movie
based on the first episode of Chet Chetter, "The Highway of Death".
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Tales From The Morgue Big
Bang Pt 1
Tales From The Morgue Big Bang Pt 2
Tales From The Morgue Elmer And The Book Of Absolute Truth
Tales From The Morgue Elmer Meets Death
Tales From The Morgue Elmer Versus The Invaders
Tales From The Morgue Elmer Versus The Mutant Mole Rats
Tales From The Morgue Escape From The Mysterious Island 1
Tales From The Morgue Escape From The Mysterious Island 2
Tales From The Morgue Excursions In Fear
Tales From The Morgue Fall And Rise Of The Master
Tales From The Morgue If You Cant Stand The Heat
Tales From The Morgue Interface To Terror
Tales From The Morgue It Came From Video
Tales From The Morgue Peace To The Frifalites
Tales From The Morgue Return Of The Master Constipator
Tales From The Morgue The Highway Of Death
Tales From The Morgue The Bitter Pill
Tales From The Morgue The Bogus Beavers Of Barnakver 1
Tales From The Morgue The Bogus Beavers Of Barnakver 2
The Conquest Of The Master Constipator
The Mand J Variety Show
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 26 October, 2011.