Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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 telly.

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!

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