Synopses & Reviews
From the mad imagination of 19th-century gothic master of horror and suspense Edgar Allan Poe comes this deliciously gripping CD from the acclaimed Selected Shorts series that will leave listeners breathless and happily terrified. The creepy, breathtaking, and soulful classic tales include: “The Masque of the Red Death,” the terrifying and ironic story of a nobleman who attempts to seal himself and his friends away from a terrible plague raging outside, performed by Fionnula Flanagan; “The Pit and the Pendulum,” a hair-raising, first-person account of a man in a torture chamber during the Spanish Inquisition, performed to a fare-thee-well by Stephen Lang; “The Black Cat,” in which a mans dead pet comes back to haunt him, performed by Tony Award-winner Rene Auberjonois. Plus there are dreamy, mesmerizing, and haunting readings of Poes wonderfully atmospheric best-loved poems, “The Bells,” “The Raven,” and “Annabel Lee.”
"An all-star roster brings to life the haunting poetry and prose of Poe in this audio collection celebrating the American master of the macabre. In his reading of 'The Pit and the Pendulum,' Stephen Lang's measured, mellifluous voice transports listeners inside the mind of the tortured narrator. Terrence Mann is equally effective in 'The Tell-Tale Heart' he captures the guilt-ridden murderer's fear that his crime has come back to haunt him. Four narrators RenÃ© Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, Isaiah Sheffer,Â and Harris Yulin perform 'The Raven,' an unconventional choice, but one that works perfectly due to the seamless transitions between the readers. The lyricism of Poe's writing, which demands clear, measured enunciations and delivery, is well served by this talented cast. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Not much beats the pleasure of a great story read aloud. This is the inspiration behind the marvelous Selected Shorts." —O: The Oprah Magazine
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