Narrator and voiceover artist Xe Sands is both an innovator and entertainer. She’ll live-tweet read-throughs of novels she’s preparing to narrate (no spoilers, but plenty of entertaining thoughts) and most recently has begun an initiative called Going Public. Of the initiative, Xe writes:
“Every Friday, I produce a short piece of audio from a work in the public domain/shared via Creative Commons licensing. All are welcome to join in the celebration of such work – simply find a piece of artistic work that is in the public domain and share it (on your blog, via a sound clip, etc.), then tweet the link using the hashtag #GoingPublic. And for those looking for written works in the public domain, you really can’t do better than Project Gutenberg“
Source: Going Public – XeSands.com
In honor of Halloween, Xe Sands is featuring two Edgar Allan Poe pieces: his classic poem The Raven and his short story The Tell-Tale Heart. I encourage you to listen to both.
Xe takes a slightly different route with The Raven than you might be accustomed to, approaching it first as a story and allowing her interpretation to break the expected rhyming rhythm with which the poem is typically recited (and read). And The Tell-Tale Heart? Well, that’s a personal favorite of mine. It was one of the first horror stories I read when I was younger and introduced me to the world of psychological horror stories that were more complex and entertaining than anything else I had read before.
So give them a listen tonight with the lights turned low as the wind picks up outside. Happy Halloween!
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Xe Sands
The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe (read by Xe Sands) by Xe Sands
You can find Xe Sands on Twitter at @XeSands