Audiobooks, Halloween

Review: The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection

3.5 Stars

I’ve read a few of Poe’s stories and poems and I’ve attempted to read others only to come to the conclusion that they, like the plays of William Shakespeare, are most enjoyable when performed. In this case performed by two great dramatic actors – Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price.  I don’t often listen to audiobooks but their interpretations of Poe’s tales and poems were thoroughly enjoyable and thrilling – a perfect addition to my Halloween reading.

comedy of terrors

If you enjoy listening to or reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe, you may also enjoy the over-the-top campy film adaptations starring Vincent Price.  And if you enjoy those movies, do watch Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone (along with Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and comedy icon Joe E. Brown) in The Comedy of Terrors and have a wicked Halloween.


Spooky Reads

Happy Halloween!  In celebration of the holiday, I thought I share a few of my favorite Halloween reads.  As a rule, I do not read many horror or thriller novels.  I’m just too much of a wimp.  But during the month of October, I do enjoy a seasonal read.  One of my go-to books for Halloween is Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree, which I discovered thanks to the animated version shown on television in the 1990s.  While I still enjoy watching that movie version, the book transports you to small town America on that most haunting of nights thanks to Bradbury’s powers of description.  My favorite phrase from the book is a perspiration of boys”.  How wonderful is that?

For a scarier read, I enjoy reading the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.  “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a particular favorite of mine.  An audio version presented during class in middle school still haunts me with the palpable beating of the heart through the floorboards.

And Halloween isn’t just for fiction.  Though I scare easily, I do enjoy a good ghost story.  Especially if they occur in places I can recognize.  In high school, I read Ghosts Along the Bayou by Christine K. Word and particularly enjoyed the stories of places near my own hometown in South Louisiana.  It is the perfect read on a dark, stormy Louisiana Halloween night.