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Christopher Lee reads Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”

Rest easy, Christopher Lee.

I honestly had no idea that the newly passed thespian had so strong a following among modern horror, fantasy and science fiction fans.  Many, many people are lamenting his loss today.

The poet Dennis Villelmi (who else?) posted this incredible performance by Lee of that old Gothic chestnut, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”

This might be the best rendition of the poem that I have ever heard.  Yes, that includes even the well loved reading by James Earl Jones and the reading by Christopher Walken (which was played straight and was quite good, despite his vocal idiosyncrasies).  Seriously, this might be my favorite.

This is a perfect example of Lee’s legendary talent.

Christopher Walken reads “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe

I’m crowding up the blogosphere this Halloween, but I can’t help sharing yet another interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” — this time, by the inimitable Christopher Walken.

Yes, he is known for having his voice made fun of, but I honestly think he does a nice job here.

See what you think:

Gustave Dore’s “The Raven.”

This was shared with me by the coolest girl in Utah, Lisa Poce — a selection from Gustave Dore’s 1884 illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”  I’m guessing the waiflike girl beside him is the specter of the lost Lenore?

See the link below at openculture.com for more info on Dore’s original steel engravings:

http://www.openculture.com/2014/04/gustave-dores-splendid-illustrations-of-edgar-allan-poes-the-raven-1884.html

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Frank Miller makes an Edgar Allan Poe reference, I get it 22 years later.

So I’m quoting classic 80’s comic books to friends yesterday, because that is precisely what a healthy, well rounded 41-year-old does.

I googled a page-shot for Bruce Wayne’s iconic “Yes, Father,” pledge, and it FINALLY occurred to me that Frank Miller’s “Batman: Year One” contains a parallel to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”

The bat flies through the window and perches on Thomas Wayne’s bust; the raven flies through the window to perch on the “pallid bust of Pallas.”

If memory serves, I first read “Year One” in 1992.  And I just got that.

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