The Black Mass — Two Tales by 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 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.

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