12 Creepy Tales

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.5 stars; 172 reviews)

This is a collection of 12 creepy stories by that master of creepiness, Poe. The Black Cat; The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven; The Tell Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, the Premature Burial and six others that are a shuddering delight to read and listen to. Turn off the lights, settle down and hear these stories read to you as only LibriVox readers can perform them. (Summary by Phil Chenevert) (5 hr 8 min)


01 - THE TELL-TALE HEART. 13:49 Read by Ann Boulais
02 - THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR 25:45 Read by Pamela Krantz
03 - THE BLACK CAT. 22:19 Read by Debra
04 - THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER 44:21 Read by Eden Rea-Hedrick
05 - THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. 18:09 Read by Rhonda Federman
06 - THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO. 16:28 Read by Elizabeth Klett
07 - THE PREMATURE BURIAL 39:57 Read by Peter Yearsley
08 - BERENICE 16:36 Read by Blake Curran
09 - LIGEIA 41:11 Read by Novella Serena
10 - HOP-FROG 24:47 Read by nkneer
11 - THE RAVEN 9:02 Read by Piotr Nater
12 - THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM 36:26 Read by Eden Rea-Hedrick


lots of critics not ti many wonderful voluntees

(5 stars)

well this lady did volunteer her time and I for one enjoyed it alot and I appreciate her time and effort. so from an appreciative listening audience thank you.


(5 stars)

I feel like most people are just being quite rude about the readers. If you don't like it, don't listen to it! Better yet, volunteer yourself. stop being rude just because it makes you feel better about yourself.


(5 stars)

These tiny few who hatchet the narrator are to be pitied. One can "critique" without such awful and self revealing vitriol. These comments say far more about the extreme non-security of the reviewers than about the lady who read the material well and volunteered to do so. It may be that you expected a "strong" male voice and were disappointed. PR maybe you disagree with the approach of sounding like the narrator is reading to a small group. MAYBE. I have been a narrator / actor / broadcast journalist for 45 years. Won awards in all those fields. I would not read this in the same way as this lady. BUT... RULE ONE in doing books aloud is..? Know your voice strength and weakness for the project. Know the author intent and fit your reading delivery to each. This lady did just that. If you would prefer Charles Laughton or Alexander Scour by, go find such a recording and buy it.

Could be worse

(3 stars)

The lady who read the pit and the pendulum was not that bad. She wasn't great, but she wasn't horrible.

creepy tales

(5 stars)

fantastic readings I thank them Mr poe I think would be pleased to know that in the year 2013 we still read the publication. T

wrong persona

(2 stars)

I normally love Librivox but in this case the female narrator is simply wrong. All of Poe's works are written from a male point of view. In THE HOUSE OF USHER for example the narration is of a man visiting a childhood school friend. A female voice just does not work. Can you get a male version done for serious fans of Poe ? Thanks for your fine service! (a big fan am I )

Just plain awful!

(1 stars)

The lady that is narrating is just plain awful! Sounds like she is a constant message at an international airport saying "the white zone is for loading only"

Stars for book only

(3 stars)

I don't think anyone should volunteer to read. A reader should speak English properly (at most mispronouncing 1 or 2 English words), with no accent or just a hint of one (accents make it harder to understand), & should use an appropriate tone & pace. The reader some have complained about fit except that she should've slowed down some & shouldn't have used odd pauses. To compensate I turned up the volume & paid close attention. I think she spoke well using an appropriate dramatic tone that fit the material. Obviously, some reviewers are being well beyond critical & haven't heard a poor reader. I've heard some people that were truly impossible to understand. Also, I find it funny that 1 person wants someone who is not a Yankee & can speak English yet this reviewer can't write using correct English! As far as the stories go I could only enjoy a few, I'm sorry to say. I usually like old horror stories but couldn't get into some of these.