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

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.

Read more about The Black Mass on the Bay Area Radio Dra­ma web site.
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