Main: The Black Mass — All Hallows by Walter de la Mare

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by rieladmin on Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

Today at 11am and 7pm Pacific Time (19:00 and 03:00 UK time), please join us for the first of our new series of chilling landmark radio dramas by some of literature’s most famous authors — The Black Mass - produced by Erik Bauersfeld and John Whiting at KPFA in Berkeley, California and presented by kind permission of Erik Bauersfeld and Bay Area Radio Drama.

We lead off today with the first of the series: a dramatisation of Walter de la Mare’s All Hallows, which concerns the haunted restoration of an ancient cathedral — but not by Godly forces.

In conjunction with the broadcasts, for listeners who are resident of Second Life, there will be in‐world listening parties at the Bucket of Blood Public House in New Babbage:

The Black Mass series was produced between 1963 and 1970. Erik Bauersfeld writes:

This was the first series of radio dramas I produced for KPFA, Pacifica’s radio station in Berkeley and its associated stations in Los Angeles and New York City. …John Whiting, production Director for the station, worked with me during those years… He was the dramaturge for the Black Mass series, selecting many of the authors and was already experienced in producing dramatic presentations at the station before I came along. So it was a lucky collaboration for me in pursuit of my return after so many years, to a first ambition, making radio drama. John designed the opening format for the Black Mass series, adding homage to early radio’s The Witches Tale, from which I was transformed into an ominous storyteller with his “circle of empathy”. For a time thereafter I was confined to the “monstrous and abhorred” world of the Necronomicon and its legendary Black Mass…

“Originally, the series was designed for a broadcast starting at eleven thirty PM and ending around midnight. It was to be a collection of horror tales, selected by Whiting and the department director. Their suggestions led me on to material of similar caliber, stories I believed to be worth bringing to listeners. Eventually I did most of the selecting and all of the adapting, much of the acting. The talents already at KPFA and in other Bay Area theatre work were always interested in radio drama, even on a voluntary basis. Soon I would discover the fine art of funding from national and other sources with provisions for our talents, but the Black Mass remained a non‐profit entertainment.”

Read more about The Black Mass on the Bay Area Radio Drama web site.
Our logo for the series was designed specially by Terry Lightfoot of To A T Designs.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme in‐world now at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:

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