The Black Mass — Oh Mirror, Mirror by Nigel Kneale

in Radio Drama, Radio Riel Main, The Black Mass, Weekly Programme

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 7 November, 2012

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.
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S. Sandhu November 7, 2012 at 12:44

Thought you or your listeners might be interested in this upcoming Kneale event -


Elrik Merlin November 8, 2012 at 15:30

That sounds amazing! Wish I could go! Shared the info on our Facebook page - thanks for letting us know. EM


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