Once upon a midnight dreary: Christopher Walken Reads Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”


by Niall McArdle

Although this might sound like an imitation of the distinct voice and unusual speech pattern of Christopher Walken, it is the voice of the man himself reading Edgar Allen Poe‘s classic The Raven.

source: Amazon
source: Amazon

Walken was recorded in 1997 by Hal Willner as part of Closed on Account of Rabies, an audio compilation of Poe’s works read by celebrities, including Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Marianne Faithfull, and Jeff Buckley.

Edgar Allen Poe source: poemuseum.org
Edgar Allen Poe. source: poemuseum.org

The CD is out of circulation, but copies can be found on Amazon,and Open Culture has links to several clips from the CD

Nevermore! Christopher Walken. Source: burrent.com
Nevermore! Christopher Walken. Source: burrent.com
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One thought on “Once upon a midnight dreary: Christopher Walken Reads Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”

  1. I normally love to hear Walken’s unusual tones. I sat through the full 8.44 minutes, but for some reason, I didn’t like it at all. It didn’t seem to work. He is better wisecracking and swearing, no doubt.
    Cheers Niall. Pete.

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