As a child seated around a campfire I was treated to a thrilling recitation of Edgar Allen Poe’s short horror story, Fall of the House of Usher by a close family friend, Leonard Gurian. I have wanted to retell this for as long as I can remember. Now with the help of my friend and guitar mentor, Ford Giesbrecht, it finally comes off.
This tale draws on our fear of death, or being trapped between life and death. It also brings us to confront the worst of our humanity; our personal terrors, our idiosyncrasies and frailty, our sense we ultimately have no power over heaven and earth, and the sometimes conflicted world of identical twins.
As adapted by Mark T. Patterson II
Music by Ford Giesbrecht
Video Editing and Arranged by Ford Giesbrecht