Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore--
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
" 'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door--
Only this and nothing more."
Fall has finally fell in Texas (in theory, anyway), and my thoughts have turned,
as they often do, to Halloween. There's a lot of scary stuff out there, from
classics like Lovecraft to the more modern frights of Stephen King or Joe R.
Lansdale. But for me, nothing says Halloween quite like the work of Edgar Allan
I remember reading somewhere that only Poe could wring true beauty out of the
harshness of the English language, and he only could because of his mental troubles.
Whatever the reason for it, I do dearly love Poe's writing. But as fun as it
is to read it for myself, it is especially fun to have it read to me. The right
reader can give even the more
passages of prose a dark
That is what has me so excited about this audio collection: 5 cds or 4 cassettes
read by Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price. VINCENT PRICE, PEOPLE! Rathbone's
mellifluous English baritone caresses the words and pulls the reader into the
stories and poems. And Price, well, Price is Price, and even though I would
cheerfully listen to him read a grocery list, his voice is uniquely suited for
The collection covers a lot of ground, from poems like "Annabel Lee"
and "The Raven" to classic chillers like "The Masque of the Red
Death" and "The Cask of Amontillado". But it also has longer
works like "The Gold Bug" and "The Fall of the House of Usher",
giving you a lot of bang for your buck. There are no sound effects, which is
something of a downer given how well those can work in scary stories; but then
again, with these performers "just the voice" is not too shabby. Plus,
the price is right, with the 4 cassettes going for $25.95 and the 5 cds clocking
in at a modest $29.95.
So don't miss your chance to check out these two readers giving Mr. Poe his
due. 'Tis the season, after all.