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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection - Five Discs


It is time for me to pay homage to another celebrated horror writer. It would be impossible to imagine how literature, let alone fictional horror, would have evolved in the 20th century without the influence of Edgar Allan Poe. Much like H.P. Lovecraft, those who lived during Poe's time were unable to grasp the true nature of the genius he possessed, and the enormous influence that he would have on countless aspiring authors for decades to come. Ironically, during his lifetime Poe was widely regarded for his literary criticism, rather than for his contributions to literature and poetry. For those of us alive today, Poe is best remembered for his short stories and poetry. However, he is also credited for inventing the genre of detective-fiction, acknowledged as a major contributor to the emerging genre of science fiction, one of the first American short story authors, and the first well known American writer who attempted to make his living solely as a professional writer. Needless to say, Poe was a major catalyst for American literature in the 20th century, and undoubtedly for centuries to come.









Basil Rathbone





Vincent Price


It would be hard to imagine more fitting narrators for Poe's classic horror tales than Price and Rathbone, two superb, classically trained actors who became household names starring in movies of suspense and mystery. Poe's work is especially well-suited to audio, and these remastered, archival Caedmon recordings, originally released on phonograph records, showcase the two actors at their finest. Both Price and Rathbone perfectly convey the prototypical Poe narrator trying to come to grips with the horror he has experienced. In "Berenice," Price's voice sounds refined yet deeply troubled as he struggles to explain the insidious, neurotic obsession taking over his life. "The Cask of Amontillado" finds Rathbone chuckling with evil pleasure at the well-planned murder of one who has slighted him. Among the remaining featured tales are "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," "The Black Cat" and "The Pit and the Pendulum." I can't recommend this audio collection enough, especially for Poe enthusiasts.

Disc One - Basil Rathbone
1. To-
2. Alone
3. The City In The Sea
4. The Fall of the House of Usher
5. The Haunted Palace
6. The Pit and the Pendelum

Disc Two - Basil Rathbone
1. The Mask of the Red Death
2. The Tell-Tale Heart
3. The Black Cat

Disc Three - Basil Rathbone
1. The Raven
2. The Facts of the Case of M. Valdemar
3. The Cask of Amontillado
4. The Bells
5. Annabel Lee
6. Eldorado

Disc Four - Vincent Price
1. Ligeia
2. The Imp of the Perverse
3. Morella

Disc Five - Vincent Price
1. Berenice
2. The Gold Bug

Download: The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection - Disc One
Download: The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection - Disc Two
Download: The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection - Disc Three
Download: The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection - Disc Four
Download: The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection - Disc Five

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

i have this collection, it's wonderful! high recommendation! best, ubique

Matt said...

Oh, holy something...
I think you just made all the quivering tentacles of my own appreciation stand at attention, with this posting... And I'm thankful, and appreciative, and feeling anticipation, like a young kid that just heard about ice-cream for the first time feels anticipation...

I've got shivers.

Thank you.

David Snusgrop said...

I humbly bow to thee.

Fred said...

Cool, thanks so much!!

roy rocket said...

Hiya Zer0_ll, Spooky Greetings.
How ya doin'?

Gorgeous post. Thanks for that.
Halloween ain't too big over here in Wales; but I will join in the fun, and I have got something rather tasty to post...

Hey, I don't know whether you wish to discuss such things here, but what happened to the DM network?
Did you get fed up with it, or was it taken down?
To add to the speculation, you haven't commented...
Sinister... Lol.

Anyway, man, hope you're keeping well; and you can always contact me - if you wanna - via my blog or at r.rocket@btinternet.com
Shanti, roy

Edfray said...

A very earnest reading by good old Basil. My free Poe audiobook. Thanks.

planckzoo said...

amazing, thanks for posting this collection.

Zer0_II said...

Roy: I wasn't aware that the network was down till a few of you left comments for me. I replied to the comments that you all left for me in the "Zombies at my Network" post. Please let me know when you post your Halloween surprise. I'm going to start expanding the list on the DM blogroll of Halloween albums that have been posted on other blogs fairly soon.

I'm glad that all of you have enjoyed this collection. I may be posting some more Poe related material before Halloween if I have time, and if not I may post a few "leftovers" after Halloween is over.

AllyWonderland said...

These make me think about when I was a little girl. I haven't heard the Tell-Tale Heart in years. It makes me think of John Wayne Gacy. :D

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kristina27 said...

Just want to say this is an awesome site/blog. Esspecially the stuff you have on H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. I was just wondering, I was trying to download the 5 disc set of edgar allen poe and disc 2,4 and 5 are not on any of the file sites you offer. They all say the file has been taken down. I was wondering I you could possible put the file back up? Thanks Kristina. Abilene Ks

Anonymous said...

The Basil Rathbone readings were a major part of my childhood. I checked the LPs out of my local library many many times. I did not even know they had made it into the digital world, and I was so pleased to discover this. Thanks so much.