About The Audio

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) was an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe’s full-blooded Gothic style influenced generations of writers, filmmakers and musicians, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Baudelaire to Roger Corman and Lou Reed.

The five tales collected here range from the famous to the obscure, but each displays Poe’s unique sense of the macabre and his love for the baroque. A victim of the Inquisition finds himself in a nightmarish torture chamber, a castle is besieged by plague, a man becomes obsessed by the evil eye of his fellow lodger, a mesmerist suspends a man’s life at the point of death and a jester takes his revenge on his cruel employers.


Further Details


The Pit And The Pendulum
The Masque Of The Red Death
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar

‘Sick Unto Death’, ‘Prospero’s Masque’ and ‘My Last Jest’
(three incidental music suites by Howard Carter)



Edgar Allan Poe is part of the National Curriculum and is a recommended author for all three main examination boards:
English Literature GCSE, AS & A2 (AQA)
English Literature GCSE & GCE A-Level (OCR)
English Literature GCSE & GCE A-Level (EdExcel)



Works by Edgar Allan Poe:
Selected Tales, ed. David Van Leer (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings, ed. David Galloway (Penguin, 2003)
The Other Poe, ed. David Galloway (Penguin, 1983)

Studies of Edgar Allan Poe:
Nigel Barnes, Edgar Allan Poe: A Dream Within A Dream: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe(Peter Owen Publishers, 2008)
Benjamin F Fisher, The Cambridge Introduction to Edgar Allan Poe (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Kevin J Hayes (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
Harry Levin, The Power Of Blackness: Hawthorne, Poe, Melville (Random House, 1958)
Arthur Hobson Quinn, Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997)





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David Soul


Barnaby Edwards


Howard Carter

Recorded At

Moat Studios

Cover Art

Simon Holub




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