47: The Heartbeat

“…I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.” – Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart, one of Edgar Allan Poe’s best known works, was written in 1842. The tale of madness involves a number of senses, but comes to a dramatic climax with a single sound — a heart beating beneath the floor. George adapted the story into a radio drama, The Heartbeat, which was then produced by Auburn University’s Radio Flyer Theatre. Enjoy this modern re-imagining of the classic story on this episode!

Also, find out more about Edgar Allan Poe at The Poe Museum Website.

The Heartbeat was directed by Anna Claire Walker. It was produced by Taylor Dyleski, Kelly Walker as well as additional production, sound design and audio engineering from Scott Waters for Auburn University’s Radio Flyer Theatre. It was adapted by George Drake Jr.

You can listen to the full version from Scott Waters’ SoundCloud page.

This presentation featured the voice talents of:

Jordan Molineux as Detective Buckland
Marisa Pierluisi as Officer Tebbs
Benjamin Strickland as Martin Williams
Kristen Lazarchick as Ollie
Steven Hatcher as Officer Spires
and David Tourtellotte as The Old Man

If you haven’t read the original prose of ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allan Poe, you should read that first.

Sponsored by


Sound Studio for Mac: Pro audio recording without the price.


Squarespace: Everything you need to build exceptional websites!

Leave a Reply