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April 22nd, 2016
Episode 120 of 159 episodes
In the rural countryside in France lies an obscure asylum for the insane. Here, the patients are given anything their delusions desire. But the result is anything but peaceful. Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2 is now available. Discover the end of this epic adventure now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com A few weeks ago, I was watching a film called Stonehearst Asylum. This is a relatively modern film, and I was astounded to see that it was based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, for I had never read such a story. I went back through my anthologies, and it appears that this story is rather obscure, and was not included in my “Complete Short Stories” collection – or any other collection on my shelves. After some digging, I did discover the story in question, which is the one you will hear today. I hope you enjoy it. It was 175 years ago, on April 20, that “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” first appeared in print. This story by the great Edgar Allan Poe is largely considered the first detective story. Poe invented and pioneered the detective story. It is also unlikely that you can pick up any collection of gothic horror stories without it containing at least one from Edgar Allan Poe. And so, I am creating a second edition of The Edgar Allan Poe Collection. This edition will include all of the 2007 first edition classic stories of horror, science fiction, and mystery including The Gold Bug, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Black Cat and others. But it will also include all of the other Poe stories I’ve produced through the years, such as Ligeia, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Berenice, as well as updated versions of The Cask of Amontillado, The Case of M. Valdemar and The Masque of the Red Death. It will also include several previously unreleased short stories. All in all, it’s a deluxe, curated audio collection, newly mixed and updated. And what’s more, you can save $3 and preorder you copy of the Edgar Allan Poe Collection 2016 Second Edition by going to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You’ll receive the audiobook as soon as it is released in early May. Today’s story, like so many of these classic stories, contains disparaging references to a certain group of people – this time the mentally ill. It also has some misogynist references that reflect the attitudes of the time. Please remember that the treatment of the mentally ill in Poe’s time was in an absolutely abysmal state, and psychology and the study and treatment of mental illness was still in its infancy. I do not hope to validate these ancient views, but rather I wish to hold up a mirror so that we can mark our progress in the treatment for those that suffer in this way. Isn’t it wonderful that we have come so far? And now, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, by Edgar Allan Poe.