The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection performed by Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone
"— here, here! — it is the beating of his hideous heart!"
Everyone knows about Edgar Allan Poe—writing revolutionary who wrought
stories of horror, suspense, and mystery. There’s nothing like curling up on a
dark night with a candle lit and a nice collection of his works. And if that
collection is read by horror icon Vincent Price (Who starred in the film
adaptations of E.A.P.’s House of Usher (1960), Pit and the Pendulum (1961),
and The Raven (1963)) and famous stage
and screen actor Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes in 14 movies from 1939 to 1946) it creates a
truly unparalleled Poe experience. An experience you can check out at your library, in the form of The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection!
20 classic stories are collected on five audiobooks in this
collection, with a combined time of 5 (!!) hours. All the famous names are
here, from ‘The Raven’ to ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’
to ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’. But there’s more to savor in some of my
own favorite Poe stories such as the colorful and rather satisfying ‘Masque of
the Red Death’, the resonant ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and the piece that I keep
coming back to listen to—‘The Facts of the Case of M. Valdemar’. This short
story is always a creepy read just on paper, but combined with the ominous
narration of Basil Rathbone it cranks the dread level up to eleven and might
call for turning on the lights and watching a nice tame zombie movie on the
Want to read some Poe by yourself? My favorite collection is In the Shadow of the Master, which has beautiful classic illustrations to many of his stories, as well as perspectives from popular modern writers! We also have in the young adult section Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness, featuring a smaller collection of stories with wonderful illustrations, a great way to introduce some of the Poe classics to younger folks!