Narrated by Ian Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present Edgar Allan Poe’s classic, The Tell-Tale Heart. Edgar Allan Poe needs little introduction. He was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. Born in January 1809, he was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story. His works influenced literature around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography.

Though best remembered for horror, Poe also wrote satires, humor tales, and hoaxes. For comic effect, he used irony and ludicrous extravagance, often in an attempt to liberate the reader from cultural conformity. Poe also dabbled in science fiction, responding in his writing to emerging technologies such as hot air balloons in The Balloon-Hoax.

He died at age 40 in October 1849. The cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, amongst other things.

Your narrator for this iconic story is the fabulous Ian Stuart. Ian is a writer-performer living and working in York in the UK. In the past he has worked for BBC local radio in Manchester, the Isle of Man and York. As well as providing voice tracks for hotels, businesses and foreign language courses, he is a tourist guide for The Ghost Trail of York. He is has been a resident voice artist for Pseudopod for some years. You can read more about his poetry and his dog, Digby, on his blog, The Top Banana, or follow him on Twitter.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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