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The Black Mass

dark tales featuring adaptions by Virginia Woolf, Edgar Allen Poe, HP Lovecraft, and Gogol.

30 old time radio show recordings
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13 Audio CDs


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"All Hallows"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Horror

Edgard Allen Poe WoodcarvingThe Black Mass is one of those strange treasures of Old Time Radio. The program came at the very end of the golden age of radio era, produced between 1963 and 1964. Most of the OTR programs we are used to hearing from OTR were from the commercial networks, and their ultimate purpose was to make money for the networks and the sponsors. The Black Mass was a production of KPFA Berkley and the Pacifica Network. Pacifica was the first "Listener Supported" radio network in the US.

Because the Pacifica Network is listener funded, the staff feels obligated to provide the best programing possible for the audience without commercial consideration. Often this leads to very artful programing. (Pacifica was founded in 1946 by pacifist Lewis Hill, dedicated to the preservation of Free Speech and the advocacy controversial programming. It should be pointed out that the network is a lot more notorious for its liberal political stance than note worthy for its quality programing.)

KFPA Drama & Literature Director Jack Nessel came up with the concept for The Black Mass and suggested it to Erik Bauersfeld, professor of aesthetics and philosophy at the California School of Fine Arts. Bauesrsfeld was already reading classic and modern literature over the air and was not immediately enthusiastic about The Black Mass concept. The idea of seeking out tales of the supernatural from authors who were not widely known for writing in that genre eventually won him over.

Nicholai GogolThe production was exceptionally well done with relatively primitive, for the time, technology. Bauersfeld first adapted the stories as radio plays; adapting them to a workable length and creating dialog in a dramatic form. KPFA Production Director John Whiting would record Bauersfeld, sometime, assisted by other actors, reading the scripts, and Bauersfeld then took the tapes for editing. After editing, the pair would secure what studio time they could, painstakingly adding music and effects to the voice track. Because they did not have access to multitrack recording equipment, this process could run late into the night.

The result deserves a place among the best of late-night horror radio shows like Quiet, Please, Hall of Fantasy, Mysterious Traveler, The Whistler, Lights Out, or Suspense.

The Black Mass featured adaptations of "Bartleby the Scrivener", Virginia Woolf's "Haunted House", Edgar Allen Poe's "Imp of the Perverse" and "The Tell Tale Heart", "The Outsider" and "The Rats in the Walls" by H.P. Lovecraft, and Gogol's "Diary of a Madman", among others.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    30 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 13 hours, 11 min
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      30 shows - total playtime 13 hours 11 minutes
      1. Black Mass 630900 All Hallows.mp3
      2. Black Mass 631218 Ash Tree.mp3
      3. Black Mass 640118 Nightmare.mp3
      4. Black Mass 640124 Squaw.mp3
      5. Black Mass 640212 Boarded Window.mp3
      6. Black Mass 640212 O Mirror Mirror.mp3
      7. Black Mass 640304 Oil of Dog.mp3
      8. Black Mass 640520 Death of Halpin Fraser.mp3
      9. Black Mass 640603 Proof Positive.mp3
      10. Black Mass 640620 A Predicament Tell Tale Heart.mp3
      11. Black Mass 640700 Rats In Walls.mp3
      12. Black Mass 640701 Disillusionment.mp3
      13. Black Mass 640701 Feeder.mp3
      14. Black Mass 640729 Imp Of Perverse Ms Found In A Bottle.mp3
      15. Black Mass 640814 A Country Doctor.mp3
      16. Black Mass 640900 Esmé.mp3
      17. Black Mass 641010 Atrophy.mp3
      18. Black Mass 641031 An Evenings Entertainment.mp3
      19. Black Mass 641100 Jolly Corner.mp3
      20. Black Mass 641216 Diary of a Madman.mp3
      21. Black Mass 651000 Outsider.mp3
      22. Black Mass 651100 Moonlit Road.mp3
      23. Black Mass 691024 Fliespoor Quality.mp3
      24. Black Mass 691030 Evening Primrose -Pr Quality.mp3
      25. Black Mass Bartleby Scrivener.mp3
      26. Black Mass Haunted House.mp3
      27. Black Mass Judgement.mp3
      28. Black Mass Man In Crowd.mp3
      29. Black Mass Shidah And Kuziba.mp3
      30. Black Mass Tales By Lord Dunsany.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    30 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 13 hours, 11 min
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    Click here to see disc contents


      30 shows - total playtime 13 hours 11 minutes
      1. Black Mass 630900 All Hallows.mp3
      2. Black Mass 631218 Ash Tree.mp3
      3. Black Mass 640118 Nightmare.mp3
      4. Black Mass 640124 Squaw.mp3
      5. Black Mass 640212 Boarded Window.mp3
      6. Black Mass 640212 O Mirror Mirror.mp3
      7. Black Mass 640304 Oil of Dog.mp3
      8. Black Mass 640520 Death of Halpin Fraser.mp3
      9. Black Mass 640603 Proof Positive.mp3
      10. Black Mass 640620 A Predicament Tell Tale Heart.mp3
      11. Black Mass 640700 Rats In Walls.mp3
      12. Black Mass 640701 Disillusionment.mp3
      13. Black Mass 640701 Feeder.mp3
      14. Black Mass 640729 Imp Of Perverse Ms Found In A Bottle.mp3
      15. Black Mass 640814 A Country Doctor.mp3
      16. Black Mass 640900 Esmé.mp3
      17. Black Mass 641010 Atrophy.mp3
      18. Black Mass 641031 An Evenings Entertainment.mp3
      19. Black Mass 641100 Jolly Corner.mp3
      20. Black Mass 641216 Diary of a Madman.mp3
      21. Black Mass 651000 Outsider.mp3
      22. Black Mass 651100 Moonlit Road.mp3
      23. Black Mass 691024 Fliespoor Quality.mp3
      24. Black Mass 691030 Evening Primrose -Pr Quality.mp3
      25. Black Mass Bartleby Scrivener.mp3
      26. Black Mass Haunted House.mp3
      27. Black Mass Judgement.mp3
      28. Black Mass Man In Crowd.mp3
      29. Black Mass Shidah And Kuziba.mp3
      30. Black Mass Tales By Lord Dunsany.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    30 recordings on 13 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 11 min

    Disc A001

    1. Black Mass Bartleby Scrivener
    2. Black Mass Haunted House
    3. Black Mass Judgement

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    Disc A002

    1. Black Mass Man In Crowd
    2. Black Mass Shidah And Kuziba
    3. Black Mass Tales By Lord Dunsany

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    Disc A003

    1. Black Mass 630900 All Hallows
    2. Black Mass 631218 Ash Tree

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    Disc A004

    1. Black Mass 640118 Nightmare
    2. Black Mass 640124 Squaw

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    Disc A005

    1. Black Mass 640212 Boarded Window
    2. Black Mass 640212 O Mirror Mirror

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    Disc A006

    1. Black Mass 640304 Oil of Dog
    2. Black Mass 640520 Death of Halpin Fraser

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    Disc A007

    1. Black Mass 640603 Proof Positive
    2. Black Mass 640620 A Predicament Tell Tale Heart
    3. Black Mass 640700 Rats In Walls

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    Disc A008

    1. Black Mass 640701 Disillusionment
    2. Black Mass 640701 Feeder
    3. Black Mass 640729 Imp Of Perverse Ms Found In A Bottle

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    Disc A009

    1. Black Mass 640814 A Country Doctor
    2. Black Mass 640900 Esmé
    3. Black Mass 641010 Atrophy

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    Disc A010

    1. Black Mass 641031 An Evenings Entertainment
    2. Black Mass 641100 Jolly Corner

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    Disc A011

    1. Black Mass 641216 Diary of a Madman
    2. Black Mass 651000 Outsider

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    Disc A012

    1. Black Mass 651100 Moonlit Road
    2. Black Mass 691024 Fliespoor Quality

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    Disc A013

    1. Black Mass 691030 Evening Primrose -Pr Quality

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