The Black Mass — Oh Mirror, Mirror by Nigel Kneale

Tune in to The Black Mass today at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00 UK time), with 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.

Today we present

Oh, Mir­ror, Mir­ror
by Nigel Kneale

Aun­tie: Erik Bauers­feld
Tech­ni­cal Pro­duc­tion by: John Whit­ing
Adapt­ed and Pro­duced by: Erik Bauers­feld

Lit­tle Judith’s aged aunt spends hours each day try­ing to make her niece look pret­ty: “And when she looks into the mir­ror, she won’t seem so dif­fer­ent after all. She can pre­tend to be like me.”

The name Nigel Kneale may be unfa­mil­iar to North Amer­i­can lis­ten­ers, but to Brits he is one of the tele­vi­sion age’s most accom­plished fan­ta­sy, hor­ror and SF writ­ers for the medi­um, hav­ing penned such mas­ter­pieces as the Quater­mass series, The Stone Tape, and an eerie pre­dic­tion of “real­i­ty TV” in The Year of the Sex Olympics. Sad­ly, some of his work is lost, like The Road, which tells of 18th cen­tu­ry psy­chic researchers try­ing to find out what is behind the ghosts in the local wood — it turns out they are hear­ing future echoes of motor­way dri­vers try­ing to escape a nuclear attack…

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:

There will be no Black Mass next week.
at the same time: Shid­dah & Kuz­ibah by Isaac B Singer.

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.

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2 Responses to “The Black Mass — Oh Mirror, Mirror by Nigel Kneale”

  1. S. Sandhu says:

    Thought you or your lis­ten­ers might be inter­est­ed in this upcom­ing Kneale event —‑cathode-ray-séance/

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