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Here is the man's first sight of the house: "about the whole mansion and domain there hung an atmosphere peculiar to themselves and their immediate vicinity which had no affinity with the air of heaven, but which had reeked up from the decayed trees, and the gray wall, and the silent tarn - a pestilent and mystic vapor, dull, sluggish, faintly discernable, and leaden-hued.

Conversation is virtually absent; the only occasions being for dramatic effect, for example view spoiler [ near the end when Usher bursts forth with an impassioned speech, "Oh pity me, miserable wretch that I am - I dare not - I dare not speak. We have put her living in the tomb! Our credulity is stretched as the characters reach a point of hysteria, view spoiler [ and the surroundings themselves become increasingly sentient. The inkling about the ending which was dangled intriguingly before the reader at the start is satisfyingly proved correct.

Both family and house are by then intertwined in an almost organic sense, and their demise is powerful and surreal. Was it wholly due to a tornado, hide spoiler ] or was something more supernatural at work? In all Poe wrote 69 short stories, but this book contains just 14, including the title story just reviewed, plus a novella - The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym - a nautical adventure. The first 3 are also nautical stories: The Balloon Hoax , interestingly, was exactly that - a hoax.

Apparently Poe wrote it as fiction pretending to be a newspaper article about a European balloonist called Edward Monck Mason crossing the Atlantic in a gas balloon in three days. There are many detailed technical specifications, which means that the story itself is not very interesting, although perhaps any hoax is going to have to seem rather dry and technical to be convincing. He is building up a fiction to seem true, which is almost the reverse of the ratiocination stories such as "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" , where the reader has to take things apart to solve a problem.

Hot air balloons were still in their infancy, so it can be regarded as an early form of SF, and some think it may have been the inspiration for Jules Verne's later work, "Around the World in Eighty days. He is puzzled by the behaviour of the crew on the new ship, as they seem strangely hopeful at the prospect of being destroyed. Nearing Antarctica the ship enters a clearing in the ice, where they all plunge into a whirlpool and sink into the sea. It has been suggested that this is a satire of typical sea stories. One critic described it as, "a sustained crescendo of ever-building dread in the face of ever-stranger and ever-more-imminent catastrophe.

There is a tale within a tale. The narrator is told the story of a fishermen versus the elements off the Norwegian coast a few years earlier, and is told that view spoiler [he only appears to be old because of his experiences, watching the horror of his brothers being slowly sucked into the maelstrom. Again, the whole piece is an escalating description of a shipwreck and a whirlpool and the reader is caught up in the tension of whether there is going to be a sole survivor. Both these two stories remind the reader of Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" , and are tales of sensation which emphasise the narrator's thoughts and feelings, and his terror of being killed in the whirlpool.

Again, they have evocative powerful descriptions of storms at sea, but unless you are a fan of nautical literature, you may find that you admire them, but that leave you cold. They may not evoke the chill and dread of the true horror story we associate with Poe. Link here to my review of that collection. The Pit and the Pendulum is reviewed link here The Tell-Tale Heart is reviewed link here In most of these stories are the elements we associate with Poe as a so-called "Dark Romantic" - the human fallibility and proneness to sin, personal torment and self-destruction.

Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville also write in this Gothic sub-genre. The delusions, spectres and phantasms he conjures up are all anthropomorphised evil. Two or three of the stories here are tongue-in-cheek or humorous, but most display Poe's sinister recurring themes and motifs, thus providing a good introduction to his work.

View 1 comment. He's still not my favorite author and probably never will be , but I'm learning to appreciate his writing style and uncanny stories. View 2 comments. The Balloon-Hoax - Wow. That was really boring. Found in a Bottle - Good suspense, but the ending confused me. A Descent into the Maelstrom - Not too memorable. The Purloined Letter - Not bad, but far too wordy. The Black Cat - Deliciously disturbing.

The Fall of the House of Usher - Not as interesting as his others, but good atmosphere. The Pit and the Pendulum - A delightful tale of suspense. The Masque of the Red Death - Meh. Weird for no reason and kind of boring. The Cask of Amontillado - I think makes Poe so memorable is his vivid first-person accounts from the point of view of a killer. The Assignation - I couldn't follow this one. What did the drowning child and the art aficionado have to do with one another? One of my all-time favorites. Diddling - A random essay on swindling.

Narrative of A. Gordon Pym - Some good bits, but I think I just don't like maritime fiction. This was my first ever collection i have read of mr. Poe and I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection.


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The collection was my pick for all hallow's read to read for Halloween this year. I also hosted a readalong of this collection online on facebook andat the all about books book club on goodreads.

This month from october 20th through tonight we read and discussed the stories by poe that was in this collection along with the novel A narrative of A. Gordon Pym. It also included my favorit This was my first ever collection i have read of mr. It also included my favorite poe story The Masque of the Red Death which I first read in middle school. It is still a favorite to this day.

The only stories I did not enjoy were diddling and the man that was used up. I would definitely reccomend this colle ction to others. Oct 24, Kerri Duff rated it it was amazing. I've been slowly working my way through this over the past six months, reading a story here and there. Initially I was quite daunted by the idea of Edgar Allan Poe, but as I progressed through the collection I found myself relaxing into it and just enjoying the writing.

The Domain of Arnheim and Landor's Cottage, were the only two stories that I found myself having to make an effort to maintain my focus- they were beautifully written though, and not too long. I'm glad I read this and intend to read more Poe soon. I don't like these kind of genres, that much.

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But Poe is a beautiful exception. He is brilliant at creating weird atmospheres, although sometimes it seems those descriptions are too long, with women dying all over the place. However, it is not difficult to get into the stories and feel real emotion. I really liked William Wilson, I liked "Ms. Found in a Bottle", "The Oval Portrait", the art of losing a wife by gaining a painting.

That one and others are creepily fine.

Death, terror, murders, madness, vulnerability, loneliness. A nice journey in a truly interesting writing style. I need some Seinfeld now. I did not read or listen to all of the books in this collection so this review is for the books listed below I will periodically update as I listen to more of the stories : "The Pit and the Pendulum" 2. A good, solid story but not the "classic" I was hoping for. A short, well-written and powerful story about guilt.

Mar 23, Joseph rated it it was amazing. Such symbolism too! The crafting of the tone is brilliant. Shelves: thriller , action , suspense , classics , mystery , adventure , story-collection , horror. They broke taboos, infringed established rules, attacked the sensibilities of their era, and twisted genres to the breaking point.

Thus, in my exploration and bid to become the most annoying know-it-all in matters concerning the horror genre, I looked back and was lead on this dark alleyway, in the hall of one of the most venerable Old Masters of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe. He was a poet at heart, aching for personal losses and hopping from job to job in the publishing world while he tried to find something fulfilling amid alcoholism and depression.

To help pay the bills, like so many writers before and after him, he turned to sensationalism. Lucky for us, he was good at it, and the results were among the most vivid and chilling horror tales ever written. All of these stories are important to the genre. Many of them are flat out revolutionary, and have been imitated ever since. It speaks to the fear that we might lose control of the one thing we always thought we could manage: ourselves.

The reader of an Edgar Allan Poe story — we could also throw in his splendid poems, I presume — may expect to encounter characters in the grip of extreme experience. Murder is common, as is madness, and life at times can seem a horror. Reading his stories is a retreat from humanity into a ghastly realm where as much as possible of the human is left out, where our weaknesses became wobbling strengths and our trembling gasping cries.

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But what we forever owe to Poe is he dared to look, when others have no guts even to take peek, at the door where horror lurks opening a worm of possibilities that slithered in and out of the genre to which he may have the bloody? More than anything else, it is Poe who sculpted, with such fine craftsmanship, a form out of our very own fears and nightmares. View all 11 comments. Sep 07, Madeline rated it really liked it Shelves: the-list. Hearing your name given to literary characters is a weird experience. I guess I should be thankful I don't have a more common name, like Sarah or Kate or whatever.

Sharing a name with a fictional character doesn't happen to me often - the last one I can remember is The Departed , where the single female character was named Madeline but it didn't really matter because she got called by name a whopping one time - but when it does it's weird. Especially when you're reading this story by Poe, and the Hearing your name given to literary characters is a weird experience. Especially when you're reading this story by Poe, and the girl in the coffin is named Madeline.

It made the story even creepier than it already was. View all 5 comments. Oct 12, Melissa Jackson rated it it was amazing. This is my favorite of all Poe's stories. Which considering my love for him, was not an easy choice to make. I have read it several times over, numerous times out-loud and in scary voices to entertain my little brother :. It's incredible how Poe can write in this helter skelter fashion so that you really don't know exactly what's going on-- and then in one final paragraph, or even the final sentence, he brings it all together and has you so thoroughly creeped out and simultaneously blown your This is my favorite of all Poe's stories.

It's incredible how Poe can write in this helter skelter fashion so that you really don't know exactly what's going on-- and then in one final paragraph, or even the final sentence, he brings it all together and has you so thoroughly creeped out and simultaneously blown your mind, you need to go back and re-read it immediately.

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He was an opium induced genius and no one can ever compare to his rhythmic, sing-song, and deliriously fluid writing. Apr 18, Wolfheart rated it really liked it. Sonnet To Science is quite revealing; he saw science as slowly destroying age old ideas and myths He is right of course. I feel like saying something along the lines of: "more fiction writers should read Poe.

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So what's the deal? In any case, much of this stuff is just perfect. And you know it. If you don't, you haven't read Poe, or have questionable taste. The finest? Jul 31, John Yelverton rated it it was amazing. This story will absolutely freak you out. Of course, you should expect that from the greatest suspense writer of all time. Apr 02, Rade rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed. I am not sure what rating to give to this collection of stories.

On the other hand, this book also contained the only full novel by Poe, Narrative of A. Gordon Pym which clocks in at about pages. This would not be bad if it did not contain I am not sure what rating to give to this collection of stories. This would not be bad if it did not contain the big theme of the time - men get stranded on a an island and fight to stay alive.

This went on an on and I almost wanted to give up since my book had very small letters, which made it bearable for me to read only few pages per day. I stuck with it and my review of this story is "meh". Overall a good collection but it took me a while to finish it. I remember int he past picking up this book and putting it down after reading one short story. View all 3 comments. A couple of short-storys in which all care a dark side to the human nature muder, madness and evil are all covered in these stories.

I have a feeling of uneasy and dispare that we can be so cold and mean toward each other. Jan 21, Dark Slayer rated it it was amazing. A dearth of setting is the first and clear observation that we have in mind. In other words, when this story begins, it states just an unnamed narrator standing in front of a gloomy and frightening house on an autumnal and overcast day. Therefore, neither a location nor a precise time is mentioned.

The narrator is our means of describing the house from outside and inside. We, via the narrator, can feel or get involved in a very gloomy and unappealing day, let alone the horrifying house of Usher that render the narrator, as well as us, terrified. Inside the mansion, we obviously note that the indoor objects bring again those uncanny feelings, which indicate that he has entered a world of mysteries and suspense. Furthermore, the dull day, which is inevitably considered a symbol of dark and gloom, transfers to the reader that indeed it is not a sunny day in which regular and usual events are expected.

Any house, as everybody normally knows, is considered as both building and family line. The house of Usher, however, is not merely a structural design, but it is a living thing that is part of Roderick Usher. The house is alive because it renders its inhabitants gloomy and miserable. This is what happens to the narrator when he stands before the mansion. Moreover, the uncanny sounds that both Roderick and the narrator hear evidently indicate that the house is trying to terrify them—which indeed it does succeed in doing so.

Having mentioned the narrator, we have to consider his role which amazingly contributes to the report of the whole events. Apparently, the narrator is unnamed, and it seems that his name is not important as his duty, which is primarily to narrate. Thus, we accompany him, and he guides us through the house and its weird events of which even the narrator has not been sensible. Furthermore, he does not seem to be engaged in the Usher life, for throughout the story nothing horrible happens to him. Roderick Usher suffers from an extremely bizarre and serious illness.

The former directly informs us about his physical and psychological complication. And it is very evident that more or less any illness has a remedy, especially a physical one. Although needing help of a friend is a normal thing, it seems to add a sense of curiosity and lets us question the reason why Roderick chooses that specific time—not before—to be called on by the narrator.

Roderick invites the latter and us, as readers, in order to demonstrate either the eerie events that happen in the house or to make us fill his emptiness and solitude; both assumptions might be definitely true. According to this tale, terror leads to madness and death. The most horrible thing that Roderick fears is his own fear of death. Thus, thus, and not otherwise, shall I be lost. I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results. We might conclude that Madeline is just an embodiment of fear and that she might not even exist from the beginning, for she neglects the narrator two times: when she walks in a distant place of the house and when she falls upon her brother.

Though art, in this tale, is not very essential for some readers, it might be one of the hidden, and supreme, messages that Edgar Allan Poe wanted to transfer. Roderick Usher lives indeed an amazingly miserable life; however, we assume that the possession of different literature books and musical instruments is an ample testimony to say that he is an intellectual person in spite of his isolation from society.

And this automatically indicates that Poe implicitly claims the fact that, in this world, there are masterminds who can help, somehow, humanity, and yet they are neglected or are completely forgotten even after their death. In addition, we also learn, too, the very remarkable fact, that the previous members of Usher family died from almost the same obscure illness that Roderick and Madeline have; therefore, we witness a family that has an inheritable disease, which was also the case with Edgar Allan Poe whose wife, Virginia, died of tuberculosis as also had many members of his family.

Roderick who identically represents Poe crazily adores Madeline as his sister and incestuous companion. We clearly witness a life of a sick man in the mercy of fear and agitation. He does not know what he wants and what to do. In other words, he is not crazy, for his house is pervasively haunted, and his sister actually gets back from the after life. I readily admit that I didn't read all of the Essays and Reviews that make up the third and final portion of the book.

However I think I read enough to consider the book complete from my perspective. I was pleasantly surprised As mentioned Part 2 consisted of his short stories, a mixture of mysteries like The Murders in the Rue Morgue, which I remember watching at the movies, and The Purloined Letter which wasn't as good. Both feature sedentary detective, Monsieur Dupin.

The rest of the stories were a mixture of fiction and horror. I enjoyed many, especially the last three; The Facts in the Case of M. The classics. As mentioned I didn't read all of the essays, but did find his Philosophy of Furniture interesting as well as his review of James Fenimore Cooper's Wyandotte. All in all I'm glad I read. I find with this collection, my opinion on Poe is evolving; becoming more refined. First, this may be better named The Narrative of A.

Also, purported as a response to a Poe hoax is completes the bookends with the initial newspaper piece "Balloon-Hoax". In this realm of writing, I find there is science fiction - tales tethered to scientific facts - and science fantasy - fiction I find with this collection, my opinion on Poe is evolving; becoming more refined.

In this realm of writing, I find there is science fiction - tales tethered to scientific facts - and science fantasy - fiction with more magical, mystical premises. Popularily, Poe may be thought more in the fantasy with this "macabre" musings, but really he is more like Jules Verne in that he is tightly bound to a scientific reality, if even he relies on unproven assumptions. Much of that here is of a nautical flavor: "Ms. Found in a bottle" and "Descent into the maelstrom", etc. I find Poe loses effectiveness when he tries to bring in byzantine details and the ornate imaginings crowd out of the exposition anything that would allow a reader to solve the case or even put it together from any missed clues on a re-read as in "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined letter" where the delight in details becomes a breathless exercise in ratiocination thus being some of world's first detective stories but with deux ex machina reveations.

More to the fantasy side we have "Black cat" I recoil at the animal cruelty and maybe even the eponymous "Fall of the house of Usher". Sign In Register Help Cart. Cart items. Toggle navigation. Summary Discuss Reviews 0 Stories of terror and suspense. Master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe brings his nightmare visions to vivid, dramatic life in this definitive collection of 14 of his classic stories, including "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and his only full-length novel, "Narrative of A.

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