".... ERGENCY RADIO NETWORK. NORMAL BROADCAST FACILITIES HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED. STAY TUNED TO THE NETWORK FOR EMERGENCY INFORMATION. YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES URGE YOU TO REMAIN IN YOUR HOMES. KEEP ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS LOCKED OR BOARDED SHUT. USA ALL FOOD, WATER, AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES SPARINGLY. DEFENCE FORCES ARE ATTEMPTING TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE SITUATION. STAY NEAR YOUR RADIO, AND REMAIN TUNED TO THIS FREQUENCY. DO NOT USE YOUR AUTOMOBILE. REMAIN IN YOUR HOMES. KEEP ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS LOCKED." - John Russo - Night of the Living Dead, July 1983.
" ... and a man described as a homicidal maniac has escaped from the Middleton hospital for the criminally insane. He is described as being six feet three inches tall, two hundred and ten pounds, dark eyes, long black hair, and he may be wearing a Santa Claus costume stolen from a shop in Burley." Jack Oleck - And All Around the House. Tales from the Crypt, 1972.
"Owing to the exceptional nature of the emergency, there will be no further transmission from any broadcasting station until 7a.m. tomorrow." - Daphne du Maurier - The Birds: (Kiss Me Again, Stranger, 1952: Whit & Hallie Burnett (eds.) Things With Claws, 1961).
".....Three people were killed in the crash. A convict has escaped from Her Majesty's Prison Cornhill, in Shepton Mallet. A police spokesman described Walter Trubnall as dangerous and under no circumstances should he be approached. Members of the public should contact the police if they see him. Industrial action. A further strike has been called ..." Charles Black - The Con. A Taste For The Macabre, 2018.
"All forms of communication appear to have broken down. Although there has been no official statement, the light flashes and the resulting cloud formation lead to the inevitable conclusion that Los Angeles has been attacked by nuclear bombs or missiles. This is radio station KWAR using auxiliary power. In order to conserve this power we will broadcast bulletins at two-hour intervals. Next broadcast will be at nine o'clock." Dean Owen - End of the World, 1962.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.