Much less effective was a series created in the genre of Inner Sanctum and The Witch's Tale. The Weird Circle began life in November, 1943 as a syndicated weekly. The scripts were less intense, sometimes with horrific twists, but generally more palatable to general audiences. The series dramatized classic horror stories such as Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, The Moonstone, The Fall of the House of Usher and others. Though each episode was only 30 minutes in length, many times the scripts were well-written.
In the late forties, the creator of Lights Out, Wyllis Cooper, returned to radio with a new genre of radio horror. His new series was called Quiet, Please featuring mostly one actor, Ernest Chappell, who would relay horrific things that occurred to his character. The series was essentially stream-of-consciousness as we listened to escalating events that usually culminated in some kind of horror disaster. Some of the memorable episodes from this series include The Thing on the Fourble Board, Let the Lilies Consider, Wear the Dead Man's Coat and others. Cooper was a master at getting under the skin of the listener and usually did. The series premiered over Mutual in 1947 and moved to ABC in 1948 lasting until 1949. Cooper also directed. The haunting theme from Franck's Symphony in D Minor as adapted by Albert Berman was slowed down as the soft reassuring voice of Chappell bid us to be quiet as he prepared to tell his tale.
As the forties were coming to an end, the world was changing. The war was over and the Atomic Age was about to begin. America's interest in mystery and suspense was changing toward things scientific. For radio drama, the mystery genre was nearly at an end. Some anthology series broadcast an occasional show with a mysterious theme, but the era of series dedicated to mystery and suspense was at an end for radio drama. Eventually, it would be revived for a time by Himan Brown the creator of Inner Sanctum in a CBS series called Radio Mystery Theater. But the radio play was coming to an end as a popular force.