The Black Mass — “The Death of Halpyn Fraser” by Ambrose Bierce

Today at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00 UK time), please join us for the lat­est in our con­tin­u­ing series of chill­ing land­mark radio dra­mas by some of lit­er­a­ture’s most famous authors.

The Black Mass was pro­duced by Erik Bauers­feld and John Whit­ing at KPFA in Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia between 1963 and 1970, and is pre­sent­ed by kind per­mis­sion of Erik Bauers­feld and Bay Area Radio Dra­ma.

Our tale today is The Death of Halpyn Fras­er, by Ambrose Bierce, which in many sens­es extends the bound­aries of the tra­di­tion­al Goth­ic tale. “One dark night in mid­sum­mer a man wak­ing from a dream­less sleep in a for­est lift­ed his head from the earth, and star­ing a few moments into the black­ness, said: “Cather­ine Larue.” He said noth­ing more; no rea­son was known to him why he should have said so much…”

In con­junc­tion with the broad­cast, for lis­ten­ers who are res­i­dent of Sec­ond Life, there will be an in-world lis­ten­ing par­ty for the 7pm Pacif­ic per­for­mance, at the Buck­et of Blood Pub­lic House in New Bab­bage:

Next week at the same time: An Evening’s Enter­tain­ment, by M R James.

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.

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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