Author Neil Gaiman recorded a full reading of the narrative poem recently to mark the currently ongoing fundraiser for Worldbuilders, a charity that helps deliver books and education opportunities to children all over the world, which has brought in over a million dollars now. Gaiman gave the Worldbuilders fundraisers a challenge – if they surpassed one million dollars overall – he would read The Raven in its entirety.
A video of Gaiman reading the Poe classic was been posted to the author’s own YouTube channel, where he wrote:
“The Worldbuilders charity passed its stretch goal of a million dollars, so I lit a whole bunch of candles, put on a coat once worn by a dead brother in the Stardust movie, and I read Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven by candlelight.”
Check it out below:
The video comes complete with a crackling fireplace, candle-light flickers and Gaiman’s uniquely suitable voice for reading Poe around the holidays. Gaiman has authored renowned works like American Gods, and the graphic novel series The Sandman. Delving into dark themes and mystical styling, Gaiman has garnered adoration and acclaim from fans the world over, as well as multiple awards including the Newberry and Carnegie medals, and a Hugo award.
Although it may seem a little late for ghost stories, the tradition of sitting around the fire and telling ghost stories at Christmas Eve predates the Victorian era. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens may be the most iconic of them. So consider it a holiday treat that Mr. Gaiman decided to bless us with his reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven this late in December.
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