Back in 1997, Hal Willner recorded, Closed On Account of Rabies, an audio compilation featuring well-known artists reading macabre stories by Edgar Allan Poe. 15 years later, the album has gone out of circulation. A handful of “out-of-print” CDs can be bought on Amazon. But they’ll run you anywhere from $30 for a used copy, to $250 for a mint copy in its original packaging. That puts the audio collection out of reach for most.
Once again Open Culture comes in handy. Above, we’re featuring a YouTube clip with Christopher Walken reading Poe’s classic poem, “The Raven.” Below, we have assembled a few more highlights from Closed On Account of Rabies — readings by Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull and Jeff Buckley. And if you want to get resourceful, you can always rummage through YouTube for more tracks listed out here. Meanwhile, the major works of Edgar Allan Poe can be found in our collections of Free Audio Books and Free eBooks.
Iggy Pop Reads “The Tell-Tale Heart”
Marianne Faithfull Reads “Annabel Lee”
Jeff Buckley Reads “Ulalume”