(Edgar Allan Poe)
Recorded As Performance
Without doubt, the best audio compilation of Edgar Allan Poe is Closed on Account of Rabies, which gathers several famous and creepy celebrities together to give their best readings of classic stories and poems. These are six of the album's highlights below.
1. The Raven - Christopher Walken
2. The Tell-Tale Heart - Iggy Pop
3. Annabel Lee - Marianne Faithful
4. Ulalume - Jeff Buckley
5. For Annie - Gavin Friday
6. The Conqueror Worm - Ken Nordine
Transmediated Into Film
Below, enjoy filmed versions of Edgar Allan Poe stories. The first video is Vincent Price telling several Poe stories. The 1941 Tell Tale Heart is the next video.
The videos above are great, but they do not hold a candle to the campy fun adventures of Homer, Lisa, and Bart. What am I talking about? Well, The Simpsons gives "The Raven" new life during the Tree House of Horror series in the third video. In the last, Stephen King and Poe square off in an Epic Rap Battle of History. Beware. There is profane language.
My personal favorite Poe movie happens to be the 1960 Fall of the House of Usher. YouTube no longer has the full version, but here is a trailer below. Also, the animated version with Christopher Lee looks fantastic.
If you are extra ambitious and would like to see a full length movie adaptation of Poe's short story The Masque of the Red Death (1964), then click below! Also, here is an early Tim Burton short film called Vincent (1982) that uses "The Raven."
Transmediated Into Song
Poe's "The Bells" certainly has a musical quality, but Phil Ochs takes it to another level when he uses "The Bells" as a protest song to show how innocent young men face life or death challenges during war. Below is a collection of Ochs videos, including three protest songs, I Ain't Marching Any More, Draft Dodger Rag, and When I'm Gone. Warning: there are a few graphic images in I Ain't Marching Any More, so viewer discretion is advised.