Quiet, Please! was a fantasy/horror radio program created by Wyllis Cooper. He also created the show Lights Out.
“The Thing on the Fourble Board” is regarded as one of the scariest episodes of Quiet, Please! and, to some critics, in all of radio history.
The episode is narrated to us by Porky(Ernest Chappell) an oil-field worker who encounters a bizarre creature dragged up from the earth’s depths hiding high up on the “fourble board” of an oil derrick . This is a bit of oil worker jargon: the “fourble board” is a narrow catwalk that is as high up as four lengths of drilling pipe placed vertically (two lengths of pipe are a “double”, three are a “thribble” and four are a “fourble.”)
Cecil Roy’s vocal performance as the creature was said to be especially chilling, managing to sound barely human yet strangely sympathy-inducing. Roy was a radio actress who was well known in radio broadcasting of the 1930s and 1940s as “The Girl of a Thousand Voices”.
“And, believe me, I didn’t want to see its body — I can see that in my nightmares. But its face… I can’t help wanting to see that pathetic, little girl face.”–Porky
Click HERE to listen to this chilling episode.