Reading Poe, Out Loud

Last week, I did something new & a little scary – I recorded a portion of the audiobook for the double-starred, junior-library-selected His Hideous Heart, edited by Dahlia Adler (and containing retellings of classic Poe stories alongside the originals) by Kendare Blake, Lamar Giles, Rin Chupeco, Tessa Gratton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Stephanie Kuehn, Emily Lloyd-Jones, amanda lovelace, Hillary Monahan, Marieke Nijkamp, Caleb Roering, and me.

I’m not a stranger to audio recording – see Cooking the Books for proof that I’m nowhere near a pro either. And I’ve read aloud a lot – including my own work and the classics (see Bloomsday at the Rosenbach – THAT was a thing.)

Still, when reading my own retelling of Poe, “The Fall of the Bank of Usher,” a teen twin gothic hacker escapade with sentient fungi, AI, a creepy house and high stakes, I shook my head at a few the tongue twisters and difficult to say phrases… what had I been thinking. Did no one consider the audio artists?!

THEN I read the original. Ahhhh Mr. Poe, you did love your paragraph-long, multiply digressive, sonorous, sibilant, super-twisty, sentences, didn’t you! I forgave myself any slight tendency towards a baroque line after that.

WHAT a great experience. Thank you so much to Macmillan Publishers, Philly Post, and our glorious leader-editor, Dalia Adler, for making it possible!

You can read more about His Hideous Heart and pre-order your copy here:

There are a number of HHH events coming your way! Here’s a fun one if you’re in Virginia — stay tuned for more!

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