Monday, January 19, 2009

Quoth the Raven: "Happy Birthday!"

It has been 200 years since the birth of Edgar Allan Poe and in honor of that, there are two new books (books make great gifts by they way) out now.

The first is On a Raven's Wing, an anthology released by The Mystery Writers of America. It features new tales in honor Mr. Poe and his work. Contributors include Stuart M. Kaminsky (who also edited), Mary Higgins Clark, Thomas H. Cook, Don Winslow, John Lutz and the late Edward D. Hoch.

The other book (also from Mystery Writers of America) is a new collection of some of Poe's work titled In the Shadow of the Master. The stories are followed by essays by some of today's top writers such as Stephen King, Jeffrey Deaver, Lisa Scottoline, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly and Tess Gerritsen.

Also, in an earlier post I detailed some of the events hat would be going on in Baltimore as part of a year-long celebration of Poe called Nevermore 2009.

James Earl Jones reciting "The Raven"

Vincent Price performing "Tell-tale Heart" (Part 1)


davethemysteryguy said...

Vincent Price is a GREAT Poe interpreter. He did a whole bunch of them.

Have you heard Christopher Walken do "The Raven?" Kinda creepy.

Oh, and I'll be in Baltimore this year. I'll have to check out that Poe festival thing.

R.J. Mangahas said...

Dave ---

I agree with that. Vincent Price was great at doing Poe.

I have heard Walken read The Raven. But to be fair, he's kinda creepy anyway.

And I'm jealous that you'll be in Baltimore for Nevermore 2009. Although, I was in Baltimore last year and least got to see Poe's grave.