Edgar Allan Poe’s most celebrated stories, as heard on BBC Radio – plus bonus documentaries and two thrilling original dramas.
The master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe has inspired generations of horror writers with his chilling Gothic tales and is also credited with inventing the detective fiction genre in ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’.
This radio collection features five of his classic tales – ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, ‘The Oblong Box’, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ and ‘The Masque of the Red Death’, read by David Horovitch, Brian Gear, James Aubrey, Sean Barrett and Don Gilet. Also included is his renowned poem ‘The Raven’, read by Patrick Romer.
Here, too, are adaptations of Poe’s suspenseful story of piracy and slavery, ‘The Gold Bug’, starring Clarke Peters and Rhashan Stone, and his pioneering mystery story ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, starring James Fleet and Andrew Scott.
Radio 3’s The Essay: Loving the Raven sees Poe enthusiasts Andrew Taylor, Joanne Harris, Louise Welsh, Mark Lawson and Kim Newman discussing the author’s enduring legacy and cult status, while in Adventures in Poetry: The Raven, Peggy Reynolds explores Poe’s most iconic work.
Also included are two original dramas featuring Poe himself. Obsessed by a woman’s unsolved murder, Edgar Allan Poe is presented with a disturbing revelation on the night before his death in Peter Mackie’s The Real Mystery of Marie Roget, starring Ed Bishop. And in Christopher Cook’s The Strange Case of Edgar Allan Poe, starring Kerry Shale and John Moffatt, Poe’s famous detective C. Auguste Dupin investigates the bizarre death of his creator.
Content warning: ‘The Gold Bug’ is set in a time when slavery was still prevalent in America and contains racist language from that era.
- ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’
- ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’
- ‘The Oblong Box’
- ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’
- ‘The Masque of the Red Death’
- ‘The Raven’
- ‘The Gold Bug’
- ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’
- The Essay: Loving the Raven
- Adventures in Poetry: The Raven
- The Real Mystery of Marie Roget
- The Strange Case of Edgar Allan Poe