I have always been a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, since I first stumbled upon The Cask of Amontillado in my 9th grade English class some years ago. Poe has without a doubt sent shivers down the spines of many while painting gruesome and oddly amusing pictures of the macabre. He has inspired the likes of many in the literary world as has had a firm grasp on Hollywood since the dawn of the moving picture. Among the many famous titles by the late (and great, might I add) author, The Raven has been told from generation to generation and in many cases in the introduction to the literature of the late 1800’s. Naturally, (and although this is a bit older) I stumbled onto this beautiful and haunting spoken edition of the poem by Christopher Walken.
Although I hadn’t pegged this for being something I would have enjoyed so much, the background noise adds a certain ambiance which allows the listener to embark on an eerie journey to the very door in which Poe had described his semi-psychotic conversation with the infamous Raven.
Christopher Walken is undoubtedly a talented man, and I have a certain level of respect for an actor who can truly capture the essence of a man conversing with a raven who reminds him of his lost love.