IMHO CBC’s 80s radio anthology series The Vanishing Point is the number three Spec-Fic Media Anthology series after the original 60s Twilight Zone and Showtime’s Outer Limits 90s reboot. Thankfully these episodes are now online for all of us to enjoy!
Azure Blue by Lawrence Jeffrey
Listen to it here
“Love is strange. Lovers stand in adjoining rooms, glimpsing one another through a partially open door. Marriage only confirms the mutuality of this experience. Will the crack in the doorway widen, or will it dwindle away?”
Ah, relationship horror, something that this anthology series is so very good at. What starts as a display of deep marital frustration between a Anne and Steven her doctor husband. However, when Anne suffers an aneurysm and falls into an uncommunicative state, Steve gradually becomes more and more unhinged. This shows that emotional horror can be just has effective as any other kind, possibly even more so, given the way the medium of audio drama can exploit its strengths.
Hardee Lineham captures Steven’s emotional descent perfectly as the negligent husband turned emotionally needy husband of a now comatose wife.
Closing Monologue (hidden because spoilers)he door shuts with a resounding slam. Anne is trapped inside, trapped by dilating arterial walls, cornered in a small pulsating compartment in her head. Steven is shut outside in the darkened room. Perhaps now, they can really begin to communicate. Stranger things have happened at… The Vanishing Point.”