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?

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

5 thoughts on ““The Raven” Read Off”
  1. I liked each for different reasons, but my favorite was James’. Hands down, his voice is dark magic.

  2. 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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