The Black Mass — Two Tales by Poe

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

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 26 September, 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 two tales for you, from Edgar Allen Poe:

The Predicament

Signora Psyche Zenobia: Pat Franklyn
Pompey: Erik Bauersfeld
Technical Production by: John Whiting
Adapted and produced by: Erik Bauersfeld

Signora Psyche Zenobia visits the grand gothic cathedral in classic Edinburgh. She is accompanied by her poodle, Diana, and her dwarf Pompey. They climb to the top where the Signora views the city through an aperture that opens out between the hands of a gigantic clock… hands as long and sharp as swords. As she takes in the wonders, time ticks away and the hands and her head move appropriately.

The Tell‐Tale Heart

Man: Erik Bauersfeld
Technical Production by: Fred Seiden
Adapted and Produced by: Erik Bauersfeld

The murderer said that it was the old man’s eye that made him do it. But it is the beating heart of the hidden corpse that gives him away.

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 Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allen Poe.

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