Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® - Bad Medicine

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® - Bad Medicine

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"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®The CD edition also includes a free MP3 download of the show.

You can get the cover art on shirts, notebooks, and other fun items in our Redbubble store!

Everything else you ever wanted to know about Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® is right here.

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 39 reviews
Roger Schumacher
Very entertaining

This is another of the anthology episodes. The props add to the overall experience of listening to the tales. Enjoyed each story and as compared to their originals, (Lovecraft and Poe) the troop added atmosphere and coherent well rounded endings to each. With every one of these I buy, I find myself enjoying each one more and more. A great investment in entertainment.


These three tales aren’t really medical stories at all, as what actually connects them is a concern with unnatural longevity, and the horrific consequences of such prolongation. In reworking them for this DART anthology, each has been considerably expanded, and fully reframed, from their originals, yet these adaptations and additions work only to sharpen the focus and impressiveness of the presentation. “Cool Air” was a tale that took me years to track down, as oddly few in-print Lovecraft collections in the 1980s and early 1990s seemed to contain it. Here, it’s further refreshed by a new framework, and an extra late twist. Poe’s “Valdemar” is also available as a variant free download from the HPLHS, and that probably should be listened to first, to benefit from the different framing and twist given it here. “Picture in the House” always seemed to me to have an uncomfortably abrupt and improbable ending. Now though, a continuation of the end segment both heightens the story’s power, and provides a more satisfactory conclusion, again within a suitable surrounding sub-story to lift it away from a narrator’s monologue. “Picture” also reuses “Valdemar’s” hypnotic aspect to good effect, something the lengthy, period “Hypnotism” prop leaflet with the CD version reinforces, while the other props, as always, also add to the overall experience. Another dose of this quality please!

Aragorn Johnson
Wonderful Radio Play

Great fun as always. Great voice acting and effects too. Highly recommended.

Jeremy L
These are three great stories!

I love the adaptation of Poe's M. Valdemar, then Cool Air and it had a cool twist to it! And finally The Picture was awesome and a great adaptation!

Saul Luna

Love it