Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® - The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

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"Who would allow you to induce a mesmeric trance just as they’re dying?"

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre®: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar brings to life Edgar Allan Poe's tale of ghastly science in a 1930s-style radio drama. Dark Adventure Radio Theatre presents the tale with a  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.

Edgar Allan Poe - America’s greatest author of tales of mystery and the imagination, presents a disturbing tale in which the boundaries of science and medicine journey to an unthinkable extreme. Can a bold doctor’s experiments in mesmerism stave off the very forces of death - or will the mortal reckoning come due in an especially ghastly manner?

Unlike our other Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® shows, this one is produced in the traditional broadcast length of genuine vintage radio shows - about 30 minutes. And unlike our other shows - this one is absolutely FREE. We hope you enjoy it!

Question: Is this show the same thing as the Valdemar part of the Bad Medicine episode?

Answer: Yes and no. We took this version of the show and rewrote and rerecorded sections to make it a better fit for Bad Medicine. The two versions are quite similar, but are not the same.

Note: some phones and tablets (we're talking to you here, Apple) make it difficult to download audio from 3rd party sites like us. We recommend (a) downloading our files to a computer and then using iTunes to sync our shows back to your portable device or (b) using the app Zip Viewer, which will let you play the audio and see the liner notes.

Customer Reviews

Based on 37 reviews

Great stuff


You’d have thought this free sample, if shorter than normal, DART episode, would have been the first one I’d have downloaded, before embarking on more. It wasn’t, as I simply forgot it! That had some advantages, as coming to it after listening to many other DART shows, I can confirm this is a valuable, if abbreviated, guide to the general level of DART excellence. It might not have been penned by Lovecraft, but it may well have influenced some of his stories, and it is a good, brief tale among the Poe canon, for all its prosaic title. The expanded version in the “Bad Medicine” DART anthology episode is probably best listened to after this one - I deliberately chose to do that, certainly. One downside is of course that there are no physical props with this production, although there are liner notes and suitably mesmeric artwork for it available on the main HPLHS website for free download, including Valdemar’s final handwritten note. The “Bad Medicine” props include a little more on mesmerism as well. A nicely fresh framing sequence adds further to the whole for those familiar with other DART adaptations, maybe paving the way for other shorter DART adventures?

Very impressed

Pleasantly surprised with the quality of the narration, voive actors, music and production overall, definitely will check the rest of the DART collection!

Nice story

For a Poe story it's not story bad one, not one of the best but it's a great rendition of a pretty good story.

The artists behind DART definitely took a 3 star story and made it a 4 star, I might have to go get the prop set for this on my next order.

C.H. Hicks

I love the quality and the sound. It really puts me in mind of the family sitting around the old radio listening to old radio shows. I'm looking forward to listening to other DART shows.