Our newest PoeForevermore Radio Theater production, THE BLACK CAT, starring Caroline Munro, dropped on 8 July, 2015 and you can listen to it and download it to your favorite device for free HERE !
Written and directed by Mark Redfield, THE BLACK CAT is set in swinging 60s London! Said Redfield about his choice to set it in that time period, “...it was just a collision of a couple of happy occurrences, really. I knew that I would be working with Caroline Munro. We had been trying to get a project off the ground for years. And “The Black Cat” was coming up next for production, and, well, Caroline shares Rita’s background, as Caroline started as a model.” (The character in the audio play is Rita). “And so I just added a couple of fun references to Hammer Films, and those are the only changes I made to the script to accommodate Caroline. She was fabulous to work with. A complete pleasure!”
Redfield and Munro will be working together again on some exciting upcoming Audio Novellas in the near future, including a sequel to Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, and an original Sinbad adventure.
Caroline Munro, known to her adoring fans around the world as The First Lady of Fantasy, as many major film credits including THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977), AT THE EARTH’S CORE (1976), DRACULA AD 1972 (1972), CAPTAIN KRONOS, VAMPIRE HUNTER (1974) and others. She has worked with Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price. Her career in entertainment includes music and television.
Follow Caroline Munro at her official fan club and website here: http://www.carolinemunro.org/
“The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe was first published in the August 19, 1843, edition of The Saturday Evening Post. One of Poe's darkest tales, "The Black Cat" includes his strongest denunciation of alcohol. The narrator's perverse actions are brought on by his alcoholism, a "disease" and "fiend" which also destroys his personality.The use of the black cat evokes various superstitions, including the idea voiced by the narrator's wife that they are all witches in disguise. Poe owned a black cat. In his "Instinct vs Reason -- A Black Cat" he stated: The writer of this article is the owner of one of the most remarkable black cats in the world - and this is saying much; for it will be remembered that black cats are all of them witches. In Scottish and Irish mythology, the Cat Sìth is described as being a black cat with a white spot on its chest, not unlike the cat the narrator finds in the tavern. The titular cat is named Pluto after the Roman god of the Underworld.
This adaptation of “The Black Cat”, written and directed by Mark Redfield, takes Poe’s story beats and themes and transplants the action very specifically out of the 19th century and firmly into the 1960s. An oft used device, of having the mad narrator tell his story as a confession in court, launches the story of Alf and Rita and a cat called Pluto. Very similar in structure to Poe’s previous tale of a nameless killer narrator, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Redfield’s adaptation creates a woman character where Poe had none. (Poe didn't write “woman characters”). Redfield’s audio play THE BLACK CAT was recorded in May of 2015 and post-production happened in July of 2015.
HAMMER GIRLS CD NOW AVAILABLE!
Marc and Theron Statler have released their fun new album HAMMER GIRLS. Featuring Caroline Munroe, Martine Beswick, Veronica Carlson, with special guests Yvonne Monlaur and Suzanna Leigh, Mark Statler and His Creepy Classic Chiller Band rock out their love to all things Hammer, and especially Hammer’s lovely ladies!
Songs on the album include a clutch of rock-a-billy originals like “Hammer Girls”, “Let's Go Let's Dance” and classics like “Blue Moon”, sung by Statler and Caroline Munro. The album was produced by Theron Statler, and Mark Redfield provided the opening introduction.
You can purchase your CD here: www.theronstatlermusic.com
WHAT’S COMING FROM POEFOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER
It looks like we’ll see the mega audio biography of Poe ALONE:THE LIFE OF POE debut in a 10 CD set around his birthday, in January, 2016. Nearly five years in the making, this dramatized life of Edgar Allan Poe features a cast of over 100, original music, and spans the great American writer’s life from birth to his mysterious death.
Production is just getting underway this summer of our first Audio Novella, THE ADVENTURES OF TOM MIX. This ninety-minute action-adventure follows America’s first big movie cowboy, the beloved Tom Mix, as he balances making western movies in early Hollywood with using his old Texas Ranger skills in bringing a gang of baddies to justice in the old west of the early 20th century!
Production is on-going on our first audio series, VAMPIRE HUNTERS INCORPORATED. Premiering this fall, this contemporary horror series featuring vampire hunter Bertram Welles is set in New York. Tough, gritty and designed for mature adult listeners, parts of this series were actually recorded in New York City. Look for the first episodes to land in late autumn, 2015.
And while we’re getting ready to release more Poe adaptations, like HOP-FROG and VALDEMAR, we’re gearing up for two more Audio Novellas that we’re very excited about…
HARKER AND THE SHADOW OF DRACULA is expected to debut around Christmas, and stars Caroline Munro and Mark Redfield as Mina and Jonathan Harker. Set in 1905 London, this adventure-horror tale picks up were Stoker’s DRACULA left off! And joining Caroline Munro is Martine Beswick, in our original adventure SINBAD AND THE PIRATE PRINCESS, which premieres in 2016.
Other new and different things you can expect from PoeForevermore Radio Theater through-out the year is our new series of hour-long biographies, “Great Storytellers”. The first up, this November, 2015, is GREAT STORYTELLERS: BRAM STOKER.
We hope you are as excited as we are about our upcoming slate of shows, and listen in and tell your friends who love audio drama!
“Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story…”
-Edgar Allan Poe
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