“And madness is no comfortable feeling…”

One of my favorite stories by Edgar A. Poe. It is finely articulate, a shade humorous, and a very even bit of story telling. All this with a horrific ending. Jane has done a wonderful job, keeping the tenor of the text. Do give a listen.


  • Adapted from the story Hop-Frog
  • Written by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Performed by Jane Aker
  • Recorded by Warren Smith

“Hop-Frog” (originally “Hop-Frog; Or, the Eight Chained Ourangoutangs”) is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1849. The title character, a person with dwarfism taken from his homeland, becomes the jester of a king particularly fond of practical jokes. Taking revenge on the king and his cabinet for the king’s striking his friend and fellow dwarf Trippetta, he dresses the king and his cabinet as orangutans for a masquerade. In front of the king’s guests, Hop-Frog murders them all by setting their costumes on fire before escaping with Trippetta. Wikipedia

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