Thursday, October 11, 2012

Old-Time Radio Theme Month, Day 11: "Pollock and the Poorah Man"

Today's Halloween-theme program brings us to one of my favourite authors, H.G. Wells, via his 1895 story "Pollock and the Poorah Man," which you can read online here. It's a tale of African curses, murderous revenge and a descent into madness; it was presented on Escape October 29, 1947.

It's taken me years to realize it, but this story is set within Sierra Leone! Some of you may recall I visited Sierra Leone in April, 2012 and consequently, I have a better idea now of what Wells was trying to establish in this story. I don't know if Wells ever visited Sierra Leone, however. If you'd like to read an authentic account of mysticism in Sierra Leone, I recommend Tim Butcher's Chasing the Devil: the Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit (Chatto & Windus, 2010).

You can download a copy of this radio show from here.

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