For me, it’s just not Halloween without Edgar Allan Poe. Every year when October 31st rolls around, I like to read what has become one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite authors of all time: Poe’s “The Raven.”
“The Raven” is laden with rich imagery and has a driving, chanting meter that lends it its chilly tone, especially when read aloud.
For Halloween, I thought I’d share a particularly skillful reading of the poem by actor John de Lancie of Star Trek fame. If you peruse Youtube, you can find many readings of this famous poem, including versions by James Earl Jones, Christopher Lee, and Vincent Price. All are creepy and worthy of the text in their own right, but I feel that de Lancie captures the low intensity and mounting madness in the voice of the speaker of the poem.
Have a listen and enjoy! Happy Halloween!
Very nice, Jack! There are so many Poe parodies out there that it’s quite fun finding the best ones- I still remember the episode of The Simpsons that features “The Raven.” 🙂