The Black Mass — Two Tales from Edgar Allan Poe

in Radio Drama, The Black Mass, Weekly Programme

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

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.

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