Going into production this week: Volume 3 of the AudioBookCase audiobook series: "Into That Darkness Peering: Nightmarish Tales of the Macabre by Edgar Allan Poe". Volume three includes "The Haunted Palace", "The Pit and the Pendulum", and "Berenice."
Of The Haunted Palace, Poe remarked, " ...by the Haunted Palace I mean to imply a mind haunted by phantoms -- a disordered brain.'' The poem is a phantasmic success in illustrating a manifestation of mental disturbance, with truly amazing intuitive insight into the inner man; the psyche, the soul, the self ...as "Haunted Palace".
From "The Pit & the Pendulum"... for my seared and writhing body there was no longer an inch of foothold on the firm floor of the prison. I struggled no more, but the agony of my soul found vent in one loud, long, and final scream of despair.
Poe's own words: "...In relation to Berenice: The subject is by far too horrible, and I confess that I hesitated in sending it you... (the) nature consists ...in the ludicrous heightened into the grotesque: the fearful coloured into the horrible: the singular wrought out into the strange and mystical. ...I allow that it approaches the very verge of bad taste -- but I will not sin quite so egregiously again."
It'll be available on the AudioBookCase website by Oct 1st. That's here: http://www.audiobookcase.com