The Black Mass — Two Tales from Edgar Allan Poe

Today at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00 UK time), please join us for 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.

We have two tales for you today, from Edgar Allan Poe: The Imp of the Per­verse and Man­u­script Found in a Bot­tle.

The Imp of the Per­verse

Man: Erik Bauers­feld
Tech­ni­cal Pro­duc­tion: John Whit­ing

… this cloud assumes shape far more ter­ri­ble than any demon of a tale and yet it is but a thought, although a fear­ful one, and one which chills the very mar­row of our bones with the fierce­ness of the delight of its hor­ror. Through it’s prompt­ings we act with­out com­pre­hen­si­ble object. The wrong or error of any action is often the one uncon­quer­able force that impells us. We act for the rea­son that we should not…”

Man­u­script Found in a Bot­tle

Trav­el­er: Erik Bauers­feld
Tech­ni­cal Pro­duc­tion: John Whit­ing
Adapt­ed and Pro­duced by: Erik Bauers­feld

On either side of the ghost ship there arose stu­pen­dous ram­parts of ice… look­ing like the walls of the uni­verse. The ship, named Dis­cov­ery, hur­ried onward to some excit­ing knowl­edge… secret… whose attain­ment is destruc­tion…”

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 Jol­ly Cor­ner by Hen­ry James.

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