"My venerable colleague went to extraordinary lengths and used archaic processes to prolong my life."
Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: Bad Medicine brings three classic tales of horror and medicine to life in a 1930s-style radio drama. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" and H.P. Lovecraft's stories "Cool Air" and "The Picture in the House" are brought to life by a talented cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Reber Clark. Click here for more information about our other Lovecraft stories in the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre series. They're like movies you can enjoy with your eyes closed.
This special anthology episode brings together three tales of unusual physicians and their even more unusual treatments. Can an aged physician stave off the grasp of death in “Cool Air”? Will a determined mesmerist unlock the mystery of mortality in “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”? And can an alienist free a young man crippled by horrifying memories in “The Picture in the House”?
The CD edition will feature the 77-minute audio show plus a collection of props to enhance your listening experience. They include:
- a page from Regnum Congo, Pigafetta's ancient account of travels in Africa complete with an illustration of the disturbing practices of the Anzique tribe
- a newspaper clipping from the New York Amsterdam News describing odd social outings of New York doctors and socialites
- a page from a medical manual on the use of hypnotism
- the notes of a healer contemplating extreme treatments for diphtheria
All of these great extras are complemented by the fantastic artwork of illustrator Darrell Tutchton in the style you've come to know and love from other episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre.
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If you're wondering if "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" part of the episode is the same story we offer for free download elsewhere on our site, the answer is yes and no. We have made substantial adjustments to the story for the Bad Medicine version and re-wrote and re-recorded some scenes. It's the same story, told in a slightly different manner which we thought more compatible with this episode.