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Adam's Astral Self


The ability to project his spiritual self to other places while asleep annoys Adam Farr's wife to no end. When she finally leaves him, he comes up with the perfect plan to woo her.



Air Dates

  • First Run - July 23, 1974
  • Repeat - December 7, 1974





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23 Responses to Episode 0122

Adam Farr is able to project his "astral self" to other locales while asleep. This drives his wife crazy and she leaves him. But he has a plan to get her back.

Jacey Jr.

Adam Farr is able to project his "astral self" to other locales while asleep which drives his wife nuts. She leaves him; but he has a plan to get her back.

Jett Arnold

A successful actor has the ability to transport his ‘astral body’ to any place, and does so as part of his job. His wife is uncomfortable with it and leaves him. He uses his powers to try to bring her back. While she is away, she meets another ordinary man and falls in love with him, but she can’t keep it secret from her husband with his special powers. Lots of potential but the story fell flat.

John Lloyd

I'm not sure Adam was completely sane. I have a hard time judging him too harshly. I don't approve of murder, even in case of infidelity, but I'm not entirely sure he was consciously aware of what he was doing. Astral projection.


I hate Tessa. She is a selfish b@#*h! She is totally disrespectful and has no understanding in the vows she took. She leaves her son behind and was separated from her husband for short time and has already found a lover? I wish Adam fell on her.And I like her mother even less. The mother has no sense of values or how to instill them. I can't for the life of me understand why she didn't try to reunited her daughter and Adam. Or why she felt such loyalty towards her when Tessa reasoning was childish.


Wow, Bryan. I was also surprised that Tessa left her son, but maybe the hotel didn't allow kids? The story wasn't well-written; the fact that she meets another guy the very next day, weird. But Adam seems like the most tiresome, narcissistic giant baby on the face of the earth. Frankly I didn't like any of the characters in this story.

Susie Q

This one seems like an Elspeth Eric paint-by-numbers piece: take something out of the spook press (in this case, astral projection), prop it up with dubious "historical proof" ("Everybody knows about the Flying Monk!"), and build a 40 minute radio play around it. But it manages to aim a bit higher. The obvious, coarse flaws in both Adam and Tessa's characters actually make this one more interesting than it otherwise might have been. Tessa's dissatisfaction seems difficult to relate to, but so does Adam's destructive petulance. Still not good, but I'd recommend giving it a try to Eric auto-skippers.


I had many problems with this episode. The first is the sound effects at the beginning - wind sounds that continue the same amount even after a door is shut (is it blowing inside the house?), but this happened in many episodes. The second was the husband - sure he pines for his wife, but trying to make someone ill or injured to lure her back? That's not a good kind of love. Third was the wife - she's just "separated" from him and already meets someone and wants to go away with them leaving her son at home (we don't know anything about him, either, just that he exists). She's not the best wife nor mother. Finally, the mother-in-law - she is fine staying with her son-in-law to watch her grandson (which could be considered admirable), but is also fine when her daughter says in the few days she's been away she met someone and wants to leave with him (no mention of whether or not she'd take her son). Definitely not a family friendly story nor a very good one.


This has to be one of the WORST programs in the history of radio drama. The wife is the most self-absorbed, selfish people ever created. She leaves her husband and HER child because she's too pathetic to understand Adam's ability to leave his body. Then, after she goes to stay in a motel, she calls her mother and talks about a bunch of nonsense for 5 minutes before inquiring about the well-being of HER child. It's like her child is an inconvenience and an after thought. The whole episode revolves around her weakness and selfishness, but she never pays the price. This one has a really bad concept, and Elspeth Eric should've been fired for this piece of crap!


Sorry, but I'm in hysterics over all the judgement being bestowed on characters in a 40+-year-old radio play by some of the commenters here. Goodness, it seems several of you got the vapors over this episode. Did you have to recline on your fainting couch because your sensibilities were so overcome? My gosh, I wonder how some of you can possibly cope with real life. An interesting episode, I loved how sordid and naughty it was.


Some commenters like to vent. They seem angry.

Michael R Sheffield

This is just another weird episode by Elspeth Eric, where the listener isn't sure what she is trying to say in her story, and her characters are weird and almost not believable. I don't like Tessa either, lol! She is selfish and totally pathetic, as stated above, when she doesn't understand Adam's abilities and gets all scared and panicky about it, to the point of abandoning her own son! That's the worst part. The poor kid will probably grow up to have "mommy issues," and I'm sure Elspeth Eric would love to explore that, since she is a wanna-be psychologist, lol! I can understand why Tessa would want to leave Adam, the jerk, (not because of his powers, but because of his selfish attitude), but she thinks nothing of her child. This is a case where she would at least want to stay to take care of her son, and if she is so afraid of Adam, why wouldn't she want to take her son with her? WOW! (Btw, I've noticed that people's children are often mentioned in many episodes of the show, but they are often not in it, and they are treated like a mere afterthought, and they aren't important in the lives of their parents. SO why do they even write in the children if they are not going to be part of the story?) Back to the topic...Several people here expressed dislike toward Tessa's mother, but I think she is kind of a cool character. She thinks astral projection is interesting and she seems to get along with Adam much better than his own wife does, lol! Also, she knows how to put her foot down and handle him when she tried to make her ill, and the other evil stuff he does, etc. I think they would have made a better couple, despite their age difference, ha, ha! They seem to *get* each other on a deep level, so they should have been married. Tessa is so childish. As for Adam as a character, he is also a childish, self absorbed, truly selfish jerk, who loves Tessa in an obsessive, controlling sort of way. Adam and Tessa deserve each other.


Follow up....The most annoying part of the whole episode for me is when Tessa is talking to her mother about Adam leaving his body. It's annoying because the dialogue is so stilted and unreal, when she talks about how Adam's astral self is "not the flesh lying in her bed." Yikes! People don't really talk like that in everyday life! I know Elspeth Eric can do better than that. She has written some very good episodes, but when they are bad, they are VERY bad, lol!


I've been listening to these stories for nearly a year now and I love them. Haven't had my TV on at night since I found them but this one? It's 43 minutes and 45 seconds of my life I'll never get back lol.. Next!


In beginning to wonder off Elspeth Eric was from a dysfunctional family? It seems to be the general baseline of her stories. This episode was the worst I've heard so far and was so nonsensical. The characters seemed to be immature, oh wait that is how people are these days! Perhaps Elspeth was projecting herself into the future! But seriously, this was the worst and even the commercials and news would not have made this worth listening to.


Another ridiculous story from the mind of Elspeth Eric, almost like it’s written by a nine year old. All over the place and ending fell (pardon the pun) flat on its face.


I’ve listened to well over 100 of these episodes. With this one I have decided to just skip Elspeth Eric episodes in the future. I actually almost skipped it when I saw she was the writer, but gave it a chance. It isn’t the subject matter (although I chuckle at the apparent obsession with the spirit world in 1974). It is because her stories aren’t good.


She really was a bad writer! They can be fun, though, if you make a game of it. Like, count the internal inconsistencies. Or count the times she trots out a really flakey "my powers" load of garbage. (Just don't make a drinking game of it -- you'll risk alcohol poisoning.)


I was going to say, take a shot every time someone says Adam was a great actor. But yeah, maybe you shouldn't, you'd wind up under the table.

Susie Q.

I found the story very disturbing. I didn't like Tessa either, so quick to give up on her marriage. Didn't like the man either if I'm not mistaken his name was Philip. He seemed to be in awe of the celebrity of Adam the actor but didn't mind stealing his wife? And I don't know why you can love someone that quick. Both of them through work around the word love so quickly. I felt sorry for Adam and the tragedy made me cry. And because of the tears I thought about my own personal loss and I kept crying for a while. That is not to say the story was good because it wasn't.


EG in his closing comments: "Perhaps you didn't believe a single word of our story." Yep. Sums it up nicely. He has an astral self. Also, the "powers" to make another person sick. Also, telepathy. And the dingbat wife (these shows have a misogyny problem, and sadly the one frequent female writer is one of the worst offenders for writing really stupid women characters) falls in love with another man in a few days. Also, she early in the episode explains that the Adam her mother saw in her house (in the middle of the night, while for some reason she was playing piano and not surprised by her son-in-law's drop-in) was an astral self, and not him, but later she doesn't believe the love of her life (whom she just met) could have seen her husband because he's asleep upstairs. So... she forgot he astral project in addition to his other powers? Make me take one leap of faith to hear an interesting tale that illustrates a deeper truth, but too many too dumb leaps and too many internal inconsistencies and I'm just groaning. This was a groaner. The poor sap who fell in love with this flakey woman got squished by her attempting-to-fly husband! I guess his powers didn't include breaking that one law of physics (just a bunch of others because, you know, "people don't know what powers we all have if only we used our whole minds to do the physically impossible blah blah blah other dump garbage"). Squished by a flying Adam! What a stinger to a stinker of a story.


This episode seems to trigger relationship issues in some of the listeners. And it’s no wonder! We have a manipulative husband, an immature wife and an all too helpful mother in law-although it’s clear she isn’t really helping. Adam claims he can’t control leaving his astral body, but it becomes obviously clear that he can and when he does he crosses all kinds of boundaries. The son is lost in it all as mommy impulsively flits to husband #3. People claim this is the worst episode, but one has to admit that it has certainly brought out emotional responses in the listening audience and perhaps that is an accomplishment.


Jonathan calls his wife simple minded, but when she goes on a much needed break from him, he sings her praises. When she refuses to come back home, he resorts to all kinds of manipulations and stalks her with his astral body. Adam is such an adolescent. He uses his amateur astral traveling skills for his own amusement. Tessa claims her freedom for two days before hitching up with a stranger, who is no doubt another bad choice. Tessa’s son is of no importance in her sorry little life.


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