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The world isn’t kind to dreamers.

Like any boy of the radio era, Leonard Allen dreamed of hitting big in New York and Hollywood; to write or host that one big show that would make everyone notice. Even after he had his chance at both, that dream still burns inside him. He’s always been able to spark the divine somewhere in his work. And he’s been noticed.

He doesn’t know the lengths people will go to take advantage of such gifts. So when the mysterious David Lewis asked him finish his classic radio drama “After Dark” after a half-century from a pirate radio station in a New England lighthouse, Len didn’t realize it wasn’t as simple as that. The truth is that Lewis served a more powerful entity than even public opinion: the goddess Inanna, Sumerian patron of love and war both.

Sometimes, a god wants a sacrifice. Sometimes, a god wants praise and devotion. But the most fickle, and the most dangerous, are those who demand a show.

Journey into the creative mind of award-winning author Alicia Goranson, as she explores the nature of power and those who covet it in a genre-busting work that blends classic fifties radio drama, tense, paranoia-fueled thrillers, and the intimate knowledge born of a career working behind-the-scenes in the performing arts. Marvel at a stunning collection of award-winning stage actors, the Post-Meridian Players, as they provide the voice and heart to a cast of over thirty. Follow Allen and Lewis as their ideological conflict threatens to consume their friends and family, a battle neither can yield.

Is magic simply a tool, or a living thing to be respected? Does man have a right to make demands of the gods? What lengths would you go to for the power to protect what you love? Whatever you believe, don’t get caught out After Dark, in THE MASK OF INANNA.

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  • In which down-and-out 1950′s radio host Leonard Allen is given a second chance in 2008, and the mystery of his horror show "After Dark" begins anew.

  • In which the island’s guardians are revealed, and Leonard Allen makes a most peculiar deal for his life. This episode’s After Dark tale is “The Heart-Shaped Box”.

  • In which we follow Allen’s amazing adventures in 1950′s Hollywood after leaving “After Dark”, while in the present day, the contractors arrive to repair the lighthouse. This episode’s After Dark tale is “His Mother’s Voice”.

  • In which Allen is rescued from certain danger, twice – in 1950′s Hollywood and again in 2008, on the island. This episode’s After Dark tale is “I Was A Communist for the CIA”, in which Mike Svelte saves us all from the horrors of Godless Communism in Alaska!

  • In which the Speed Bump starts to destroy everything and the secret of After Dark is revealed. This episode’s “After Dark” tale is “They Called Me Devil.”

  • In which Leonard Allen’s longtime girlfriend Gwen returns, and the Prayer is revealed to be a Very Bad Thing. This episode’s “After Dark” tale is “The Never People.”

  • In which Leonard Allen quits the show. This episode’s “After Dark” tale: Why would there be one? Leonard Allen quits the show!

  • In which Bob Stroud returns. This episode’s “After Dark” tale is “The Shivers on Highway 61".

  • In Part 1 of this final episode, Leonard Allen turns against his benefactors to deliver the final show, while horrific events conspire to stop him.

  • In Part 2 of this final episode, Leonard Allen and David Lewis collide in an apocalyptic showdown. This episode’s “After Dark” tale is “The Golden Rescue of Sinbad”. That's all folks - thanks for listening!

Production: This is an audio drama that’s split between audio formats and time periods. Part of the production, the “real” story is as crisp as you could ask for. The parts that are “broadcast” over the radio have the sorts of artifacts you’d expect. It really is quite clever and ...
In my opinion one of the best books on podiobooks. Strongly recommend to everybody. Engaging plot, interesting characters and foremost AWESOME production!!!
“Don’t be caught out After Dark.” These words are the end of an early radio show that is brought in to the future in the most interesting way, as a prayer to the goddess Inanna, for soldiers’ safety in Iraq. It is told in a way that takes you to ...
This story really drew me in and held my attention! The Post-Meridian Players were all fabulous. :) I'm really looking forward to anything they or Alicia E. Gronsen do aftet this.
I listened to this story on its original feed. I was very impressed from the beginning; I'd say this is easily one of the 10 best audio dramas on Podiobooks. I especially like the story-with-a-story-within-a-story format. The modern story is a frame for the historical story, and the historical story ...
Interesting piece of creativity! I enjoyed the production and the audio drama. Thanks for sharing this work with podiobooks.
Everyone, please give a major shout of praise and gratitude to Neil Marsh and The Post-Meridian Radio Players (PMRP) for their significant efforts in making this production a reality. The original concept for The Mask of Inanna was a treatment long-time nurtured by the prolific and supportive Artistic Director of ...

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