Before we get to today's 1940 feature presentation, let's stop off at the most excellent anthology series, Thriller, hosted by your friend and mine, Boris Karloff. This episode is based on the short story by Robert E. Howard, "Pigeons From Hell." It may sound like Bert's greatest nightmare, but it's much more sinister than that. Speaking of sinister, Karloff is so damn good you don't even care that he's obviously reading off of cue cards.
Next we have a reading of Poe's poem "Annabel Lee" by Basil Rathbone. I'm not sure where this was available...the Caedmon Poe collection (which also features Price) doesn't have a track listing on it and I couldn't lay hands upon mine without strip-mining my CD collection.