Episode 1 – The Thing: An Original Read-Along Record Book

When I was a kid, they made record books of everything I loved – the Star Wars trilogy, Gremlins, Batman and Robin, Spider-Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and even The Last Starfighter! But now that I’m an adult, I look at that time period (circa 1975 – 1989) and think, “Man, there are some really classic films that didn’t get the record book treatment!” Then again, back in the day, movies like Nightmare on Elm Street, Total Recall, and Robocop were R-rated bloodfests made for adults, instead of the neutered, PG-13, slapfights made for middle schoolers that we know today.

Inspired by this notion, I decided to start creating my own condensed, audio versions of these too-hot-for-record-book films. And I could think of no better movie to start with than John Carpenter’s 1982 cult classic The Thing.

Be sure to stop by the show notes at spacemonkeyx.net to download the retro-inspired record book in PDF format, so you can get the entire experience.

In addition, because this project has a visual component, I created a simple slideshow YouTube video for the Space Monkey X Audio Workshop channel.

PARENTAL WARNING: This is The Thing we’re talking about here, so there are a few words, as well as description and images of gruesomeness that might not be appropriate for all ages and sensibilities.



  1. Jeff Curtiss says:

    Loved it. It did bring back memories. Long overdue format for an amazing movie that holds up over time. Thanks!

    • Rob says:

      Thanks, Jeff! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Tell your friends to stop by and check it out!

  2. Chuck says:

    As a die hard Thing fan, you’ve made Christmas appear months in advance, thank you!!

    • Rob says:

      Merry Christmas, my good man! I’m glad I could bring good tidings a few months early.

    • Rob says:

      Very cool! The Shining was on my short list, but it looks like it’s already being taken care of. Nice work!

  3. sheldon says:

    That was fantastic, really enjoyed it. Lunch, coffee and a read-along-record of The Thing. Nice. A long lost pleasure. Which reminds me, my fave read-along record was The Lost World.

    • Rob says:

      Thanks for listening, Sheldon. I’m glad I could help fill your lunch hour with a little nostalgic shot in the arm.

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