Christopher Lee Reads The Pit And The Pendulum

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Back in the late 1970s, Christopher Lee read several Edgar Allan Poe stories for a couple of early talking books, released on cassette tape by Listen for Pleasure, a pioneering Canadian audiobook company that was distributed by EMI in the UK.

Tales of Horror and Tales of Mystery and Horror featured cracking versions of some of Poe’s best known stories, including The Pit and the Pendulum. Unfettered by sound effects or music, these are, I would suggest, the best spoken word renditions of Poe’s work you’ll ever hear.

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Oddly, these don’t seem to have been re-released on digital formats, but you can find most of the stories online.