I started reading Edgar Allan Poe in junior high. The creepy stories about strange deaths really appealed to me then. They still do, so I borrowed Tales of Terror performed by Jack Foreman on audio CDs. Foreman's reading is mesmerizing, and I am now struck by Poe's eloquent descriptions and drawn-out listen-to-me-for-awhile storytelling. He really knew how to build suspense.
I remembered some of the stories very well despite the decades since I last read them. I knew just what was going to happen in "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher," and they were not hurt one bit by familiarity. I had forgotten the surpring end of "The Pit and the Pendulum." I was most interested in hearing "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," having just recently read The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl. As a model for Sherlock Holmes, C. Auguste Dupin does not disappoint.
Many a fowl and retched weed met an inglorious end while I listened to Poe in the garden.
Poe, Edgar Allan. Tales of Terror. Recorded Books, 1981. 4 compact discs. ISBN 1402549113