The Black Mass 22: Proof Positive by Graham Greene

Join us on Fri­day at a lit­tle after 12 noon or 4pm Pacif­ic time, 8pm or mid­night in the UK , for anoth­er episode in the land­mark radio dra­ma series The Black Mass, cre­at­ed by the late Erik Bauers­feld and his col­leagues at the Paci­fi­ca radio sta­tion KPFA in Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, over fifty years ago. In 30 chill­ing tales of mys­tery, imag­i­na­tion and the human mind, The Black Mass brings you some of literature’s most haunt­ing sto­ries, by mas­ters of the craft — many of whom are best-known in oth­er fields. Many thanks to John Whit­ing, co-pro­duc­er of many of these record­ings, and Erik Bauers­feld him­self, for per­mis­sion to broad­cast these clas­sic recordings.

Note that the pro­gramme will not begin until the track play­ing at the top of the hour has fin­ished, so the actu­al start time of the episode may be a few min­utes after the hour.

Gra­ham Greene

Today: “Proof Positive” by Graham Greene

Hen­ry Gra­ham Greene OM CH (2 Octo­ber 1904 – 3 April 1991) was an Eng­lish writer and jour­nal­ist regard­ed by many as one of the lead­ing Eng­lish nov­el­ists of the 20th cen­tu­ry. Com­bin­ing lit­er­ary acclaim with wide­spread pop­u­lar­i­ty, Greene acquired a rep­u­ta­tion ear­ly in his life­time as a major writer, both of seri­ous Catholic nov­els, and of thrillers (or “enter­tain­ments” as he termed them). He was short­list­ed, in 1966 and 1967, for the Nobel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture. Through 67 years of writ­ing, which includ­ed over 25 nov­els, he explored the ambiva­lent moral and polit­i­cal issues of the mod­ern world. He was award­ed the 1968 Shake­speare Prize and the 1981 Jerusalem Prize.

Proof Pos­i­tive” is a short sto­ry by Gra­ham Greene writ­ten in 1930 and first pub­lished in 1931 as the win­ner of the first prize (10 Guineas) in a news­pa­per ghost sto­ry com­pe­ti­tion. The sto­ry was col­lect­ed in Greene’s 1947 col­lec­tion Nine­teen Sto­ries. It was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short sto­ry “The Facts in the Case of M. Valde­mar” (1845) and was dra­ma­tized for The Black Mass radio series broad­cast on KPFA on June 3, 1964.

The Black Mass art­work was cre­at­ed by Ter­ry Lightfoot.