Sunday, February 25, 2018

A Catch in Time, The Third Reich Still Haunts

It has been several decades since we seemingly rid ourselves of Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich. But have we? The horror of that madness still permeates our horror fiction and films. Though the 1930s and 1940s, in some ways, weren't long ago, it is important to remember that how we communicated was completely different. Both Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt utilized radio to calm and inform a frightened citizenry. Entertainment was used the same way. The biggest stars enthralled Americans and the English with radio comedies, westerns, mysteries, and thrillers. Hence, it is only appropriate that a horror story depicting the greatest terrors of World War 2 be delivered in that same format. Christopher Alan Broadstone's A Catch in Time can now be enjoyed in that same format.
Most of us never connect Colombia to World War 2, or to the madness that swept Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. Sure the Nazis had an "outreach" in South America, fortunately for the free world, they were never able to exploit it. Tatiana is a beautiful young lady that may as well be European. Her glamour and allure seems more out of Paris than Colombia. Her life is not going in a direction she can accept and her future, to her, seems hopeless. She has no clue. Tatiana is about to get a lesson on the true meaning of hopelessness as realized by the European victims of the Nazi horror. Arriving at the same luxury hotel she is staying are Rudolf Hess and many SS cohorts. But why? Hess looks at this sizzling Colombian vixen and wants her...now Tatiana no longer belongs to herself.
The fiercely independent young lady will now fight for her independence. No more of the plot, but it will quickly cascade down a whirlpool of horror and lurid surrealism. As opposed to the films mentioned above, Mr. Broadstone has crafted a horror story of the Nazis as seen through a young woman. What happens to Tatiana is a metaphor for what was happening in Europe at the same time. Staying above the fray, or minding your own business are strategies that Tatiana has no option for. Hess may just be a man, and Tatiana may be a woman of superior IQ and determination, but the Nazi movement is a monster, a seemingly invincible specter.
The serious and sweetly menacing voice that delivers this story is so appropriate to the seriousness and horror of what is taking place at this Colombian hotel. I'm reminded of E.G. Marshall introducing and hosting the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. Mr. Broadstone's voice, like Mr. Marshall's conveyed the terror and suspense that the story promises. Our storyteller exudes the same dread and concern that the nubile Tatiana endured at the hands of her Nazi tormentors. For an old school experience, enjoy Christopher Broadstone as your host as he takes you through a portion of his remarkable horror story of Nazi evils plaguing a beautiful damsel.
To hear Mr. Broadstone deliver his horror story, click on this link A Catch in Time

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the great review of the novella and related film. :D

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