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  • Edd Mcnair

    This is a collection of 12 creepy stories by that master of creepiness, Poe. The Black Cat; The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven; The Tell Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, the Premature Burial and six others that are a shuddering delight to read and listen to. Turn off the lights, settle down and hear these stories read to you as only LibriVox readers can perform them. (Summary by Phil...read more

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Love. What is love?The question is asked by each of us but the answer remains elusive. Dictionaries summon up many words but none fulfill. Love itself is often ethereal, felt but only seen in a glance, a look, a fleeting touch. Part of Love’s beauty is perhaps in the fact that the question never can be adequately answered; its ephemeral, a chimera of the heart and only felt. Our own experiences are unique and personal to ourselves and of little help defining it for another.Love is perhaps best expressed through poetry. As Plato said 2500 years ago “At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet”. Writing a love poem for ones’ partner is seen as the most romantic of gestures....read more

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The American literary tradition has, in a far shorter span of time than others throughout history, achieved a glowing and glittering reputation.From its transatlantic roots it has absorbed the sons and daughters of other cultures, other lands and made them part of her own.America prides itself on liberty, on justice for all and, if you are a wealthy white man, that is essentially true. Sadly, many other segments of society find it difficult to feel or become part of this endeavour.Within this chronological history of the American short story, that prejudice has helped shape the borders of those two endless questions about any anthology. Why that story? Why that Author?We made some hard...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    A classic short story by Edgar Allan...read more

  • M.R. James

    Art. The greatest standard bearer of what the human condition really is? Or Emperor's Clothes, cheap gimmicks displayed as all-knowing?When it comes to writing we have our favourite authors. But what of the authors themselves. What are they keen to write of?For our classic authors; from Poe to Lovecraft, from Woolf to Fitzgerald art in their words, is something to be admired. From many angles, many views, their stories, their characters interact with art and the consequences fall as they...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    B.J. Harrison visits Edgar Allan Poe's grim horror story, 'The Cask of Amontillado'. Montresor is a man who has been insulted, and he does not take this lightly. Seeking revenge on the person who slighted him, Fortunato, he sets out on a terrible mission to even the score. Yet what follows is far from fair, and Fortunato is far from prepared. 'The Cask of Amontillado' is a dark short story by Edgar Allan Poe dating back to the 19th century. It has been covered extensively in popular culture, and the story was turned into a British film in 1998 by the same name, starring Anton Blake. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    The Edgar Allan Poe Collection features a selection of works from the pioneering 19th-century poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe. Poe's works include the dramatic short story 'The Tell-Tale Heart' to his perhaps most famous poem 'The Raven'. This collection promises some of the finest from the master of mystery, horror and the imagination. With the riveting B.J. Harrison as the reader, these words and tales are not to be missed by fans of gothic settings and eerie atmospheres. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    One of the most haunting short horror stories to date is told to us by B.J. Harrison. Our narrator is invited to visit his acquaintance Roderick, who lives in a remote house with his sister when strange things begin to happen. Neither of the siblings appears to be healthy, and the house itself also seems to have a life of its own. What exactly is taking place, and how much worse can it get? The short story by Edgar Allan Poe from the 19th century is a true gothic horror story and not for the faintest of hearts. The story was turned into the 1960 movie House of Usher, starring Vincent Price. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    A prisoner arrives at a trial before the Spanish Inquisition and is condemned to death. Upon his conviction, he faints and finds himself in a horrendous cell to fight off death. Still, this prisoner is not giving up that easily and describes his horrendous circumstances to the last detail. 'The Pit and the Pendulum' by Edgar Allan Poe is nothing short of grim until the very end. The short story from the 19th century has inspired countless film and television adaptations, including Guillermo del Toro's narrated version in the animated anthology Extraordinary Tales (2015). B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    Is there anyone more associated with a raven than the writer Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the macabre? His famous poem 'The Raven', published in 1845, presents us with a speaking bird and numerous mythological references. Edgar Allan Poe's poetry is known for its dark romanticism, gothic tones and anti-heroes. A selection of these classics is now brought to life for the listener's enjoyment by the versatile sounds of B.J. Harrison. A fair warning: not for the faint hearted or seekers of happy endings. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    In 'The System of Doctor Tarr and Pofessor Fether' from the 19th century nothing is quite what it seems. During his tour of southern France, our narrator visits a local mental institution, of which he has heard a great deal. Upon arriving at the institution, which is run by an acquaintance of his travelling companion, the narrator quickly finds that something is off. He learns that the previous system used with the patients is no longer in use and has been replaced with something much more radical. The short story spiced with dark humor by Edgar Allan Poe is brought to us by the voice of B.J. Harrison. It has inspired film versions, such as Stonehearst Asylum (2014) featuring Michael Kaine,...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    B.J. Harrison tells Edgar Allan Poe's story 'The Tell-Tale Heart', where our narrator has committed the crime of murdering an older man. He does not consider himself a madman, and he describes the murder up to the smallest detail. Yet he has killed a man whom he loved and had never wronged him, for the sake of the mans' 'evil eye'. The novella from the 19th century is one of Edgar Allan Poe's best-known short stories and has been transformed into theatre, film and television adaptations alike. One of the most recent ones is the film The Tell-Tale Heart from 2016, starring Rose McGowan. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    Egaeus is a man who can get lost in matters with 'nervous intensity of interest'. He is about to marry his cousin Berenice, whose health is deteriorating until the only part the disease has not touched are her teeth. It is those teeth, which fill Egaeus' mind and continue to haunt him to a terrifying degree. 'Berenice' by Edgar Allan Poe dates back to the 19th century and was considered shocking upon its publication. The horror short story has been adapted onto film, including the 1954 short film Bérénice. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    In 'MS. Found in a Bottle', one harrowing event seems to take place after another. Our narrator is a man who has become alienated from others and his country. He steps aboard a cargo ship from Batavia, which crashes into stormy conditions that send most passengers into the water. Surprisingly, the narrator stays on board, only to find himself face to face with a new disaster. During his struggles, he logs his experiences into a journal, which he casts off to sea. Edgar Allan Poe's short story from the 19th century explores the human mind, as it finds itself in extreme conditions, this time accompanied by the voice of B.J. Harrison. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    B.J. Harrison reads one of Edgar Allan Poe's classic short stories 'The Masque of the Red Death'. Prince Prospero and 1,000 other nobles have taken refuge at a castle-like abbey to escape the Red Death, a horrifying plague that has taken over the land at large. Yet horror finds them one night when Prospero holds a masquerade ball and a guest dressed up as the Red Death itself shows up. The chilling story by Edgar Allan Poe dating back to the 19th century is a Gothic horror tale to its very core, providing frights of the most unimaginable type. The story has resulted in numerous adaptations on film, including the 1964 version starring Vincent Price, carrying the same name. B. J. Harrison...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    B.J. Harrison reads 'The Purloined Letter' by Edgar Allan Poe, which is a story of an unusual mystery that needs to be solved. A sensitive letter has been stolen from the queen's boudoir, and the famous amateur detective C. Auguste Dupin has been called to the rescue. The guilty one is the lover himself, Minister D-. What ensues is a match between the detective and the thief, two equally brilliant minds. Who will win, and at what cost? The story is the third in a series of Edgar Allan Poe's three stories featuring Dupin, which have been considered significant forerunners in the category of the modern detective story. It has been adapted into television and theater versions alike. B. J....read more

  • Various Authors

    A beastly collection of animal stories from the great storytellers of the world. •The Black Poodle by F. Anstey •Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger by Saki •Pickled Herring by W. W. Jacobs •Curried Cow by Ambrose Bierce •The She-Wolf by Saki •The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe •The Elk by Saki •The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain •Memoirs of a Yellow Dog by O. Henry •Sredni Vashtar by Saki •The Grey Parrot by W. W. Jacobs •The Mouse by Saki •The Talking Horse by F. Anstey •Laura by...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    LibriVox readers bring you 18 recordings of "The Bells." This was the Fortnightly Poetry selection for January 30 to February 13, 2011. "The Bells" is a heavily onomatopoeic poem by Edgar Allan Poe which was not published until after his death in 1849. It is perhaps best known for the diacopic repetition of the word "bells." The poem has four parts to it; each part becomes darker and darker as the poem progresses from "the jingling and the tinkling" of the bells in part 1 to the "moaning and the groaning" of the bells in part 4. (From...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    A classic short story by Edgar Allan...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    Excelente relato de Poe, que sigue la tradición de la novela gótica, que tan de moda estuvo en Europa.Egeo, el protagonista, es un joven intelectual que ha crecido en una sombría mansión junto a su prima Berenice. Sufre de una especie de manía compulsiva que le lleva a concentrar su atención en un objeto de manera obsesiva, convirtiéndose en lo que los psicólogos llaman monomanía.La otrora bellísima Berenice va a ir perdiendo su hermosura,...read more