The Black Mass — The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allen Poe

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

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 3 October, 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 have another short tale from Edgar Allen Poe:
The Man Of The Crowd

Man: Bernard Mayes
Technical Production by: John Whiting
Adapted and Produced by: Erik Bauersfeld

He exists only in crowds, as he wanders the city all hours of the day and night. “a type and genius of deep crime, ideas of vast mental power, of caution, of malice, of excessive terror, of intense, of extreme despair… He refuses to be alone, and a mercy of God is that he will never allow himself to be revealed. ”

The writer Henry James at first dismissed Poe’s work, but later his interest grew. He based several of his own stories on Poe’s originals; this one may be a source for his story The Private Life, in which an accomplished raconteur ceases to exist once he loses his listeners.

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: The Haunted House by Virginia Woolf.

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