In 1842, Edgar Allan Poe published the short story “The Mask of the Red Death”. It’s a chilling story that follows Prince Prospero and his attempts to avoid a scourge, the “red death”. With 1,000 rich nobles, the prince retired to his abbey where no one was allowed to enter or leave.
Listen to: “The Mask of the Red Death”
A few months later, the prince throws a big party and during the festivities, a mysterious stranger shows up.
While Poe is best known for his poems “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee”, as well as the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Masque of the Red Death” has new relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic .
With Halloween on Sunday, we bring you a Saint Louis on the air exclusive: a recitation of the short story by historical performer and local actress Anne Williams, with production and sound design by Aaron Doerr.
Williams is also the voice behind the annual holiday tradition of our local favorite “A Christmas Carol” show. ” Saint Louis on the air”Brings you the stories of Saint-Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah fenske and produced by Alex heuer, Emily woodbury, Evie hemphill and Lara hamdan. Jane Mather-Glass is our production assistant. The sound engineer is Aaron Doerr.