30 Mar 2019

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

From The Podcast Hour, 12:37 pm on 30 March 2019
The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward (Supplied)

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The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by the American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft is a story that only got published after his death. Now it gets a modern makeover 90-odd years after it was written.

One of the interesting things about this re-make of something written in 1927 is the way it plays around with the podcast format. There's the subject matter (it sounds like a true crime show) and there are also the formal elements like scratchy old audio, voice recordings, ads, and some clever editing and sound design.

There's also a narrative device we've seen before in shows like Serial and S-Town...the central voice of a slightly bemused, naive narrator who seems to be trying to solve the mystery at the same time as we're trying to make sense of it.

'The Case of Charles Dexter Ward' is written and directed by Julian Simpson and produced by Karen Rose with sound engineering from David Thomas, and is a Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.