“The Raven” Read Off

I found readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s infamous poem “The Raven” by Christopher Walken, Vincent Price and James Earl Jones. I have read this poem hundreds of time, but have never heard it like this!

My opinion: Walken’s version is the most expressive. Vincent Price is essential, classic horror voice. James Earl Jones makes “The Raven” sound sexy.

Note 5/27/2018: One of the moments I live for. Waking up the morning after I posted this to find that Vincent Price’s family had shared this post on Facebook.


Walken vs. Jones vs. Price. Who wins?

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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5 Responses to “The Raven” Read Off

  1. Marge Simon says:

    I liked each for different reasons, but my favorite was James’. Hands down, his voice is dark magic.

  2. Jim Batcheller says:

    I especially like Vincent’s version. Did you get to see John Astin’s 1-man show some years ago? The Raven was the centerpiece of the work and, in Astin’s treatment, highlighted Poe’s decent into madness. Much more powerful in context and on stage but here it is: https://youtu.be/ACUxJ6fq2IY

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