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Gayle House Records "The Haunting" (Gayle House, GH-101, 1971)

October 13th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

You know, the last year of my life has been absolutely amazing in terms of fulfilling my childhood comic-book dreams. Nearly everything I’d ever lusted for in those (already) out of date pages has fallen into my lap. Abstract art paintings done by a chimpanzee? Check! That Super-Cool “Giant ‘Life Size’ Moon Monster Poster” I’d dreamt of for so long? Check! With all of this good fortune sailing my way, what could be left?

Well truth be told, there was only one more “top of the list” type thing I could think of. One more thing that (casually but persistently) still preyed on my comic-book-ad-loving imagination. That’s right — the record described in the ubiquitous early 1970’s ad with the cloaked ghoul commanding the reader to “Invite Your Friends Over For A Haunting”. Sooooo rad looking; it just HAD to be great. I mean — how could it not deliver the goods? Just look at that fantastic copy:

“Just imagine how scared your friends will be when you flip out the light and they start hearing creepy sounds like the howl of a wolf, a creaking door, chains rattling, and then a man’s voice telling them that the house is haunted and they are to die — one by one. They’ll be scared stiff when they hear footsteps coming across the floor, the sound of people fighting, glass breaking, hideous laughter, terrible shrieks and screams, eerie moaning and then more footsteps, more screams… Each person in the room will think that he is going to be the next victim.”

Man. How fucking awesome was this record going to be? Why, completely and utterly off the scale of awesomity, naturally. So yeah; I’d poked around for this one pretty frequently over the years, but the few people I could find who’d actually heard it assured me that it was both “pretty bad”, and that it was “basically the same as the Johnson Smith Novelty Company ‘Horror Record’“. Naturally the first statement made me want it all the more, but the second statement actually gave me pause. In fact the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me that a single company might well have churned out just one 7″ 33 RPM record’s worth of spookiness in the early ’70’s, and then licensed it off to a few mail order companies simultaneously. Yeah, that’s probably what happened. Oh well, it was still a cool ad.

Well as it turns out that’s not what happened at all. In fact as you’ll soon be able to discover, not only are the sounds on the Gayle House single unique, the record has a freakishly lame and astoundingly perfect charm all its own. It even manages to scrupulously follow the rules of the mighty Rip-Off Halloween Record genre (those being: a totally half-assed “story telling” side, and a banded “sound effects” side using most of the same audio library just without the narration), while still happily amplifying both their cheapest AND most exploitive qualities! Yeah! I honestly don’t want to spoil it for you too much (Threadbare plot! Terrible narrator! One sound effect repeated ad nauseam! Children in peril!), but believe me, as far as I’m concerned it was more than worth the 30+ year wait. And hey, it even works just like the ad said it would!

Oh, and one more side note, here’s a link to the current owner of the PO Box featured in the ads. My guess is that they probably don’t have a lot of leftover “Haunting” records laying around but hey — you never know.

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Gayle House Records “The Haunting” (192 kbps)

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  1. Mike
    October 24th, 2007 at 15:20 | #1

    Like everyone else, I also have been trying to find the “Invite Your Friends Over For A Haunting” record for several years. I have had search requests in several specialty record shops and at least twice a month would try several combinations of search criteria on the web. No dice. I received the record in ’74 or ’75 and errantly left it in my desk the last day of school (Jr. High). I ran back to school the same day to fetch it and found that all the stuff left behind by the kids were donated to Goodwill. It was gone. Even back in those days I thought the record was kind of corny but still scary. Absolute fun. During those years, I would race home from school with anticipation of receiving my mail away goodies. Of all the junk I sent away for, the image of the ghoul (er, blood banshee) in the comic ad, along with the eerie moaning on the record represents a time in my life when things were innocent and simpler. Sincere thanks to those who unselfishly are sharing these gems and to the site builder for facilitating all this. Listening to the recording over 30 years later was interesting as the recall was instant. Real time travel. I made a CD out of the supplied sound files and graphics. The face of the CD has the paper insert of the record and the front and back inserts of the jewel case contain the large ad and small ad respectively. So now I’m walking around with this inner smugness of having my record again. Secretly playing it here and there, back and forth to work. I have the CD case on my desk hoping someone will recognize it; however, comic book ad fans are a small lot.
    Thanks again fellas! You guys are real pals.


  2. Dave
    October 24th, 2007 at 23:09 | #2


    Not to take you away from Jason’s great blog, but I just re-shared that Disney LP and some others at my blog HERE.

    I know exactly what you mean about finally finding this record. I just learned about it recently, but still hunted it down like I’d been looking for it for 30 years. If it wasn’t for Jason’s great blog here, there is about 30 or 40 great Halloween LPs I would have totally missed out on.

    I see you’ve been working hard Jason as most, if not all, of your links are active once again. Thanks again for all you do Jason.


  3. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2007 at 01:09 | #3

    Hey everybody,

    I was wondering if any of you fine folks had a copy of an album I had a while back. It’s relatively new, for all you guys who grew up in the LP era. I got it in about 96 or so. It was released in 93. It’s called “Spooky Tales and Scary Sounds”, and sadly my copy was stolen from me and I can not find another anywhere.
    If anyone has the files to post somewhere or a zip that I can download that would be great. Preferably, I’d love these files in mp3.

    E-mail me if you know anywhere I can get my hands on it:


  4. Dave
    October 25th, 2007 at 06:48 | #4

    The only place I was able to find a copy of it was on Amazon.com. No downloads of it anywhere I could find. Sorry.

  5. Kevin
    October 25th, 2007 at 13:57 | #5

    This record is AMAZING! I love it, thank you so very much for giving us all a chance to listen to it. I love to collect Halloween LPs too, and your collection is by far the best I have ever seen! Thanks again!

  6. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2007 at 19:32 | #6


    Dave’s pal.
    Stuff he finds at scarstuff he sells on ebay as eyonewt.
    Pretty cute. Cewt.
    Turn free downloads into cash.

  7. Jason
    October 25th, 2007 at 19:43 | #7

    Anonymous –> Ah, that’s okay with me; I’d like to think that most folks would search them out & find the free download files anyway.

    Heh, plus this guy might actually HAVE been one of the poor dudes who got suckered into buying one of the copies of my comps that were being sold on ebay back in 2000 (some guy made copies of my discs & was doing it w/o my involvement — he was cleaning up too! I felt pretty bad about that.)

  8. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2007 at 21:25 | #8

    Hey Jason,

    Just wondering if anyone other than Dave saw my post.
    I love all your Halloween records, and love anything to do with the holiday.

    Anybody who knows anywhere I can acquire the “Spooky Tales and Scary Sounds” plz let me know.
    Dave, thanks for the info but I already found the Amazon link. My library won’t loan me their only copy and I can’t find it anywhere else. Do any of you know where I can get it? a torrent? a download? plz help.

  9. Jon
    October 25th, 2007 at 23:11 | #9

    Great stuff!

  10. Dave
    October 25th, 2007 at 23:40 | #10

    Uh sorry anonymous. Eyeonewt is not my pal, nor does he steal from Jason and sell copies on ebay. Not to say the CD he’s selling isn’t a bootleg. As Jason said someone was selling his comp CDs a few years ago. From reading the auction it looks as if this is one of those copies. I should think by now you anonymous folks would get your facts straight before criticizing someone in a blog comment. Especially as many times as you’ve accused me of things here, and been proven totally wrong. Never learn will they Jason.


  11. Dave
    October 25th, 2007 at 23:43 | #11

    Other anonymous,

    Sorry I couldn’t help you with the Spooky Tales CD. I looked all through Google, and GoogleBlogSearch and that Amazon listing was the only thing I found. Sorry.


  12. maney7
    October 26th, 2007 at 03:06 | #12

    I have 2 cds similar to that title,
    one has a mix of Nelson Omsted,Brother Theodore and boris karloff narrating stories(taken from different records made in the 60’s),
    and the other CD has 10 tales through sounds and the rest of the remaining tracks are sound effects that are introduced with a narrator rudely blurting out the title of the sound.

  13. Anonymous
    October 26th, 2007 at 12:29 | #13

    Is there any way I can get those cd’s from you?
    Could you upload the files somewhere so I can download them? both sound really interesting and I’d love to get them from you so I can increase my Halloween collection.


  14. Chad
    October 26th, 2007 at 17:28 | #14

    Thank you thank you…THANK YOU!!! Glad to see you back! Been collecting horror soundtracks and ghost story LP’s since I was a youngin’. Last year, your site made halloween a blast for me. Awesome to hear albums I don’t have and never heard. It’s like christmas! CHEERS!!!!!

  15. Dave
    October 26th, 2007 at 18:22 | #15


    This is off-topic here, but I’m wondering if you have the Richard Taylor “Fright” LP, and if so when you will be sharing it? Also, do you know if the 5th LP mentioned on the back of the LPs “Strange” was ever released? Thanks!


  16. Anonymous
    October 26th, 2007 at 22:53 | #16

    Hello everybody,

    I have a favor to ask of you fine folks yet again.
    Somebody above said they had the Spooky Tales and Scary Sounds cd, or something like it, plus another cd.
    Could you plz get that to me? download works best 4 me, but if u dont know how to convert files, e-mail me and we can make arangements by mail.

    I have a list of Halloween cd’s that I’d like to find, but alas there’s hardly any mention of them on the web. Could you guys see if u have them? or do you know of anywhere I can get them?

    Here’s the list:

    1) Screeches Clanks & Howls 1993 K-Tel
    2) Horror Movie Madness (Themes) 1994 K-Tel
    3) Elvira Monster Hits 1994 Rhino
    4) Demonic Soundscapes 1994 Orchard Lane Records
    5) Music For Your Nightmare 1989 Total Recordings
    6) Spooky Tales & Scary Sounds 1993 Holly Music
    7) Sounds of Horror 1994 The Madacy Music Group
    8) Scary Sound Effects/Nightmarish Noise 1994 Rhino
    9) Demons & Dementia 1994 Bainbridge
    10) Sounds From A Night of Terror – No info
    11) Haunted Horror Sounds 1993 Forum Novelties
    12) Halloween Horrors 1977 A&M Records
    13) Frights of The Night Tring International
    14) 101 Digital Sound Effects Sounds of Horror 1993 Delta Music
    15) the BBC horror sound tapes
    Thanks. I have a few things I’d be willing to share with you all.

    Sorry to be such a pest.

    Plz get back to me if anyone has any info on where I can get this stuff?


  17. Dave
    October 26th, 2007 at 23:48 | #17


    I have about 5 or 6 of the items from your list on my blog Mostly Ghostly. Click on my name with this comment, and you’ll find the link to it. As for the others I know I have seen many of them. One of the best ways to find them is by using “Google Blog Search”. Good luck with your search.


  18. Anonymous
    October 27th, 2007 at 01:19 | #18

    Hey maney7,

    I downloaded the stuff you put on your blog. Could you upload both the mix cd and the one with naration and sound effects?


  19. Anonymous
    October 27th, 2007 at 02:27 | #19


    It seems up until now I’ve just been asking for stuff and not expressing my joy at finding this treasure trove of great records. I’m in highschool now and I still love Halloween.
    I grew up on stuff like this, stuff my parents had and cd’s and tapes they bought me. Through this site, and Dave’s Forbidden Crypts site, I have rediscovered so much that I once thought lost, and have heard some truly great recordings.
    Thanks Jason and Dave for all that you do. I am simply in awe that you have such a love of this old stuff that you’re willing to sacrifice time and money and stuff to make all us collectors happy.

    In addition to my requests in previous posts for speciffic Halloween sound effects stuff, I’ve got 2 more for ya.

    Dave, how long until forbiddencryptsmusic.com is back up and running. I love that site. Is there anywhere else you’ve got all that stuff hoasted?

    Second, what other blogs are there like this. I know of the Yahoo Power Records, the Mostly Ghostly, the Children’s Records, and the cookie and creepy and cool blog (I think it’s something like that.).
    What other sharing blogs do you guys know of? Are there blogs that share more than just Halloween? like comedy records and old music (prefferably country and blues)? Plz let me know.

    Incidentally, I’m a bit of a history buff. Do any of you know what was the first real Halloween record to be released (excluding all the old radio shows from the 40’s and 50’s?)

    Thanks for all that you guys do.

    If you have any more cool records, plz post.


  20. Dave
    October 27th, 2007 at 06:40 | #20


    Check down the right colum of my blog in the “Links” area, and you will find several other great Halloween themed blogs. Too many to try and name here.

    As for ForbiddenCryptsMusic it should be back up by the end of the weekend. This time of year bandwidth useage is so high (sometimes as much as 160 GB per month) I can’t afford to keep up with it. In a few days the new month will automatically renew the bandwidth. Most of the music shared there and the Disney Site is pretty much on one of my blogs or the other. Good luck and Happy Hunting.


  21. maney7
    October 27th, 2007 at 14:57 | #21

    for those in search,
    since I have not yet seen:
    Spooky Tales & Scary Sounds
    Sounds From A Night of Terror –
    Scary Stories- Frightening Tales for Halloween

    in any of these linked blogs, I will be leaving links to them in my blog.

    all those other albums jppearson2010 had listed I have seen either in this blog or in daves blog,with the exception of
    Demons & Dementia
    Demonic soundscapes

    I do have Demonic soundscapes in storage ,maybe I’ll do a little search for it on monday :)

    Sounds From A Night of Terror is one long track which I am going to break up into tracks,I dislike one long sound effects track,anytime I see a cd like that in the store I usually dont pick it up assuming its got the same track as last years rip off ,mixed from the original sounds to make you shiver.FYI:Sounds From A Night of Terror might not be the best but its original material.

    as for Demons & Dementia I’ve been very interested in hearing that one since I learned about it here recently.

    Apologies to Jason for conversating here in your comment section
    …but I am sharing with you too if you don’t already have the sounds. :)

  22. Anonymous
    October 27th, 2007 at 16:56 | #22

    Hey maney7,

    Thanks for saying you’d share all that stuff. Are you going to upload all that stuff today or during the remainder of the weekend? no rush.

    I owe you one.

    Jason, sorry for turning your comments section into a chat room.

    keep up the good work, all of ya.


  23. maney7
    October 27th, 2007 at 17:16 | #23

    there are there as of noon Saturday

    Someone with a paid account might want to repost them somewhere else for mine are a limited freebie thingy the host limits and eventually removes.

  24. Anonymous
    October 27th, 2007 at 17:19 | #24


    Hate to bother you all again, but I wanted to know if any of you had Nox Arcana albums you could get me? or places to download them?
    I’ll trade you my Midnight Syndicate collection: it’s their entire discography.


  25. Anonymous
    October 27th, 2007 at 17:41 | #25

    Hi maney7,

    How does rapidshare work?

    I clicked on Free, waited for the download ticket to say it was ready to download the file, and I’m not sure where to go from there.

  26. Anonymous
    October 27th, 2007 at 18:46 | #26


    Could you put the files up on file send, u know, the one u used to send the files on your other blog entry. I can’t get them from rapidshare or megaupload.


  27. Myers
    October 28th, 2007 at 02:18 | #27


    I’m looking for an old Halloween tape called “Chamber of Horrors”.

    It starts off with a creepy voice saying “Happy Halloween”. Then it jumps to a cover of thriller.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  28. Myers
    October 28th, 2007 at 05:24 | #28

    Sample of “Chamber of Horrors” Here:


  29. Mike
    October 30th, 2007 at 01:37 | #29

    I had another mail away experience that was interesting. I sent for the “Monster From Outer Space”, which was similar in appearance to the moon monster and peddled around the same time (see link).


    As a little kid, I recall counting out 125 pennies and putting them inside an envelope and hand delivering it to the postman. He obviously saw my excitement to send away for some “thing” and kindly fixed everything up for me, as I later received my monster. I wish I could thank him. It was a yellow balloon. Yes, a balloon. The balloon had the same graphic as seen in the link, printed on the surface in black ink. The balloon also came with a die-cut, cardboard base that looked like feet, which I think was supposed to stabilize the monster after it was blown up. The knot of the balloon went through a small hole in the cardboard base.

    As the ad reads, the monster did wobble and teeter. That thing would never stand straight up on the cardboard base. As for talking, I don’t recall receiving a “specially designed instrument” to make it talk. Perhaps it was a device that squealed as air was released through the balloon opening. My dad gave me the balloon and cardboard feet out of the package, so I’m not sure what it was mailed in or what came with it. It was popped the same day I’m sure.

    In regards to the Moon Monster referenced earlier in this string, one option for re-creating the 2-part poster is to take it to Kinkos, who have scanning devices made for reproducing large documents (architectural drawings, etc). The scans can then be reduced in size and printed, right from the scanner. The clerks will help do it all. The two smaller scans of the top and bottom of the moon monster can then be taped and scanned as a single document, which would make a one-piece poster. Kinkos will also make a file from your original scans, which can be taken to a print shop for full size reproduction. This also opens up the possibilities for coloration, etc. I work with one of the largest graphic reproduction companies in the U.S. and would be glad to assist with the effort.


  30. HarveyMidnight
    November 3rd, 2007 at 17:38 | #30

    Hello– incidentally, for those who happen across this post in years to come, & run across the same trouble I had. Yeah, looks like the Norton privacy setting mentioned above was the problem. Once I altered that I was & am able to download everything here easily.

  31. ghost
    February 20th, 2008 at 15:57 | #31

    Morning Jason , you can see again my french blog because I have buy new very rare records .
    PS: If you are interrested buy copies (cd) I’ll make you .
    Email me please .
    Thaks .jocelyn.

  32. Devil Dick
    March 4th, 2008 at 22:45 | #32

    a boyhood memory remade!

  33. Devil Dick
    March 4th, 2008 at 22:48 | #33

    most excellent spot!
    i’m gonna link ya up… maybe if you dig my tunes you’ll do the same…?

  34. Eddie
    March 25th, 2008 at 03:46 | #34

    Hey Jason any new Moon monster Pictures…I hope you had a happy holiday…

  35. Anonymous
    April 10th, 2008 at 01:32 | #35

    I bought this record when I was 10 years old. It’s great to be able to hear it again.

  36. April 8th, 2014 at 10:58 | #36

    Apparently, these old lp’s are quite rare, so I wonder if anyone has them appraised? I have the Horror Record, Neewollah, Zorcom, and a super rarity cassette of Peter and the Werewolf, each in excellent condition.
    Someone is selling the original U Control Ghost for about $17, 000 on eBay now and the last auction I saw for the Horror Record sold for $50 and that was in 2009.
    Not sure if I want to part with them, but it is good to know they are becoming valuable.

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