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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales The Eerie Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe Remain Among The Most Brilliant And Influential Works In American Literature Some Of The Celebrated Tales Contained In This Unique Volume Include The World S First Two Detective Stories The Murders In The Rue Morgue And The Purloined Letter And Three Stories Sure To Make A Reader S Hair Stand On End The Cask Of Amontillado , The Tell Tale Heart , And The Masque Of The Red Death Includes A New Introduction By Stephen Marlowe, Author Of The Memoirs Of Christopher Columbus And The Lighthouse At The End Of The World The Signet Classic Edition Of The Fall Of The House Of Usher Has Over , Copies In Print


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    I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanityBefore reading this book, I had a misconception that Edger Allen Poe was a horror writer Oh, how wrong I was Yes, Poe might be known for his stories of macabre and gothic horror But it was his versatility that I found attractive in his writings Without much further ado, let s see what this collection holds Macabre Horror TRUE nervous very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am but why will you say that I I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanityBefore reading this book, I had a misconception that Edger Allen Poe was a horror writer Oh, how wrong I was Yes, Poe might be known for his stories of macabre and gothic horror But it was his versatility that I found attractive in his writings Without much further ado, let s see what this collection holds Macabre Horror TRUE nervous very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am but why will you say that I AM MADMost of the stories in this collection are Gothic horror I found his work on this genre not scary, but thoroughly enjoyable Poe presents some of his signature stories in a unique way Through the eyes of the killer mad man The most famous one being Tell Tale Heart which features an unreliable madman as the narrator Likewise, Poe s The Cask of Amontillado is narrated by a reliable killer Another tale, The black cat borrows its plot elements from Tell tale heart and delivers a wicked little tale The Pit and the Pendulum is about a prisoner of Spanish Inquisition and presents a unique imagery in the minds of the reader Gasps While I was reading Fall of House Usher, I understood that Poe had a thing for the burial of bodies Seriously, he was in love with that plot element.Even though all of the above were excellent stories, my favourite in this genre, no, scratch that, in this book is The Masque of Red death which oddly had something Shakespearian about it I loved the allusion and the imagery it invoked Adventure The very memorable The Descent into Maelstrom is a ride like no other It tells a tale of a man who survived a terrible maelstrom at sea with the help of reasoning skills Manuscript found in a bottle is yet another nautical adventure which tells a tale of a man who got stuck in a ghost ship I was a bit confused with the story and apparently, so is the good people of Internet The story is even analysed as a satire by certain pundits Sci Fi The Balloon HoaxEven though this story could give Jules Verne run for his money, the science is too outdated to enjoy this one Yet this story is unique because of its publication history This was written by Poe as an actual news report which was published in the newspaper in the year of 1844 People got so excited about the whole thing until it turned out to be a hoax Hence the name Detective fiction C Auguste Dupin Anyone know who that is Because I had no idea From Wikipedia Seriously, if Poe were not to write these stories, we might have ended up not having a Sherlock Holmes Holmes character resembles Poe s Dupin in terms of method and style The first story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue introduces us to this character and his methods Even though this was the pioneer detective story, it is bogged down by lengthy narrative and a well weird reveal Everything associated with this story is weird Have you listened to the song, Murders in Rue Morgue by Iron Maiden Weird The second story, The Purloined Letter featuring Dupin clearly shows that he is Sherlock Holmes The story features incriminating documents being used for blackmailing and police s struggle to retrieve it I remember reading an exact replica of this story featuring Holmes written by DoyleI can t remember the nameSatire The man who was used up is a pretty funny satire Yes, SATIRE He even writes satire.There were also two other stories Diddling and Assignation which were quite boring and forgettable Ahoy, A Novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket is the only novel written by Poe and it is a mixed bag in terms of storytelling Opening with a sea voyage that went wrong, the narrative presents some excellent chapters But it falls flat in the second half as the story changes its direction.For a detailed review of the novel Here Overall, Poe is a legend He is a pioneer and a brilliant writer Don t believe me Read these stories


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    This selection of short stories reveals Edgar Allan Poe in all his moods All the stories have been reviewed, but some have their own separate reviews and star rating These are indicated with links at the end This review and star rating is for the remainder of this selection The Fall of the House of Usher published in 1839 is the title story of the collection It may well be one of the stories which started the current interest in the gothic genre, although Ann Radcliffe sThe Mysteries o This selection of short stories reveals Edgar Allan Poe in all his moods All the stories have been reviewed, but some have their own separate reviews and star rating These are indicated with links at the end This review and star rating is for the remainder of this selection The Fall of the House of Usher published in 1839 is the title story of the collection It may well be one of the stories which started the current interest in the gothic genre, although Ann Radcliffe sThe Mysteries of Udolpho , for instance, had been published much earlier in 1794 Apart from its parody in Jane Austen sNorthanger Abbey , Radcliffe s work has now largely been forgotten along with other great gothic works from the time Yet The Fall of the House of Usher remains perennially popular and influential Poe regarded it as his most successful example oftotality , in that every detail and event in the story is relevant to the plot.The viewpoint character has been invited to the house of a childhood friend, Roderick Usher, in order to cheer him as he is weak, ill and depressed view spoiler Once there, Usher is found to be a hypochondriac, suffering greatly with nervous agitation He and his sister Madeline, who also has the similar ghastly affliction, are the last of the line hide spoiler Very early on in this story we are encouraged to empathise with the narrator, as his surroundings become increasingly grotesque, sinister and threatening TheHouse of Usher , we are told, describes both the family and the mansion itself, and on learning this snippet of information the ending to this story is neatly telegraphed, albeit on an almost subconscious level.Poe is at the height of his powers of description in this tale Here is the man s first sight of the houseabout 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 And here s another atmospheric depiction, of his room this timethe bewildering influence of the gloomy furniture of the room of the dark and tattered draperies which, tortured into motion by the breath of a rising tempest, swayed fitfully to and fro upon the walls, and rustled uneasily about the decorations about my bed Or what about this evocative description of super natural phenomenathe under surfaces of the huge masses of agitated vapor, as well as all terrestrial objects immediately around us, were glowing in the unnatural light of a faintly luminous and distinctly visible gaseous exhalation which hung about and enshrouded the mansion The whole tale is superbly imbued with a sense of forboding and impending doom 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 Indeed this speech goes on so long that the reader is thrilled by a suspicion that Usher is now completely insane and gabbling nonsense hide spoiler The culmination of this story is a masterpiece of gothic description 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 somethingsupernatural 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 1844 , 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 asThe 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 Manuscript Found in a Bottle 1833 The narrator here is a traveller who has been shipwrecked along with one other old man, after a violent sandstorm and hurricane has killed the captain and crew of his ship view spoiler They then collide with a gigantic black galleon heading to the South Pole, and the traveller begins to write an account of his harrowing experiences and the disasters which have occurred 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 hide spoiler The reader can appreciate the beautiful powerful but haunting descriptions of Nature in this story, and marvel at the narrator s isolation and the increasingly spectral quality of the crew 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 everimminent catastropheA Descent into Maelstrom 1841 is a very similar tale, with Poe s extraordinary take on the nautical story with his extravagant and atmospheric use of language 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 hide spoiler A Descent into Maelstrom has been credited as an example of an early SF story Both these two stories remind the reader of Coleridge sThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner1798 , 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.Here follow some links to my reviews of the other stories in this collection The Assignation is reviewed link hereThe Black Cat is reviewed link hereThe Cask of Amontillado is reviewed link here Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences is reviewed link hereThe Man that Was Used Up A Tale of the Late Bugaboo and Kickapoo Campaign is reviewed link hereThe Masque of the Red Death is reviewed link hereThe Murders in the Rue Morgue 1841 and The Purloined Letter 1844 are both reviewed in the collection which contains 5 short stories about the detective Auguste Dupin Link here to my review of that collection The Pit and the Pendulum is reviewed link hereThe Tell Tale Heart is reviewed link hereIn 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


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    The Balloon Hoax Wow That was really boring.Ms Found in a Bottle Good suspense, but the ending confused me.A Descent into the Maelstrom Not too memorable.The Murders in the Rue Morgue A rather silly Holmes esque mystery tale.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 Me The Balloon Hoax Wow That was really boring.Ms Found in a Bottle Good suspense, but the ending confused me.A Descent into the Maelstrom Not too memorable.The Murders in the Rue Morgue A rather silly Holmes esque mystery tale.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 The Tell Tale Heart Funnier than I d remembered One of my all time favorites.Diddling A random essay on swindling.The Man That was Used Up Silly, amusing, but ends a bit too abruptly.Narrative of A Gordon Pym Some good bits, but I think I just don t like maritime fiction


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    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 There were many standout stories in this collection, but I did especially enjoy The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Premature Burial, The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tell tale Heart and T 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 There were many standout stories in this collection, but I did especially enjoy The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Premature Burial, The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tell tale Heart and The Spectacles which was a rather funny story 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 readPoe soon


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    This was my first ever collection i have read of mr Poe and I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection 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 Poe and I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection 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 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 Go to the all about books book club on goodreads to see my comments on these stories at this link and enjoy


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    I don t like these kind of genres, that much 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 Ligeia , I don t quite get it yet, but it has a frightening beauty I don t like these kind of genres, that much 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 Ligeia , I don t quite get it yet, but it has a frightening beauty 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.July 17, 13 Also on my blog


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    3.5 stars 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 toof the stories The Pit and the Pendulum 2.5 to 3.0 stars The best way I can think of to describe Poe s writing is atmospheric and he certainly does a good job creating atmosphere in this short story A good, solid story but not the classic I was hoping for The Tell Tale Heart 4.0 stars My favorite Poe story Of th 3.5 stars 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 toof the stories The Pit and the Pendulum 2.5 to 3.0 stars The best way I can think of to describe Poe s writing is atmospheric and he certainly does a good job creating atmosphere in this short story A good, solid story but not the classic I was hoping for The Tell Tale Heart 4.0 stars My favorite Poe story Of the ones listed here A short, well written and powerful story about guilt The Masque of the Red Death 3.0 stars Another good, solid short story by Poe and one that I think I liked better for not having overly high expectatons for it going in


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    Inspired MadnessA Book Review of Edgar Allan Poe s The Fall of the House of Usher and Other TalesThere s no denying that much of modern horror fiction as we know it anyway grew out of the gloomy, chaotic depth of the 19th century when a few demented souls were churning out tales of things that go bump in the night These were writers who were dubbed freaks during their time and, as if the patina of age hasn t wore off, are still considered as such today They broke taboos, infringed establis Inspired MadnessA Book Review of Edgar Allan Poe s The Fall of the House of Usher and Other TalesThere s no denying that much of modern horror fiction as we know it anyway grew out of the gloomy, chaotic depth of the 19th century when a few demented souls were churning out tales of things that go bump in the night These were writers who were dubbed freaks during their time and, as if the patina of age hasn t wore off, are still considered as such today They broke taboos, infringed established rules, attacked the sensibilities of their era, and twisted genres to the breaking point Sure thing, they died broke, scorned or both, yet in the process gave birth to some of the great works of literature, became a pioneer and initiated many of the conventions that are now considered commonplace in much of today s horror fiction.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.Looking at Poe s life, one gets a fair idea that the man led a tragic, if not a horrific life 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 You ve got your buried alive tale The Premature Burial , your revenge tale The Cask of Amontillado , your torture tale The Pit and the Pendulum , your plague tale The Masque of the Red Death , your haunted house tale The Fall of the House of Usher and perhaps the most vivid of all, the internalized ghost story The Tell Tale Heart It is the last of these that always struck me as the most effective, at least among Poe s work All of these stories are important to the genre Many of them are flat out revolutionary, and have been imitated ever since.But there s something about The Tell Tale Heart, on the relentless psychological hell it seems to hurl into the reader s head, that makes it stand out as a masterwork among masterworks It speaks to the fear that we might lose control of the one thing we always thought we could manage ourselves We all have our own little bodies under the floorboards, and even if we re not murderers, it s a story that suggests we could be which, in my opinion, might be among the scariest feelings of all Poe was a master at conveying this kind of internal torture, and for all the unapologetic sensationalism of his work, it s that internalized agony that makes it all too real for us.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 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 hand of creating More than anything else, it is Poe who sculpted, with such fine craftsmanship, a form out of our very own fears and nightmares._________________________Book Details Published by Signet Classics Mass Market Paperback, 1980 Edition 383 pagesStarted October 6, 2010Finished October 23, 2010My Rating


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    The opening sequence right away sets up the mood of the story the soundlessness of the autumn day, low hanging clouds, dreariness of the countryside, waning of the day, the melancholy house itself The descriptions are so amazing of the inside of the Usher House which intensifies the impression of gloom and decay given by the outside Such symbolism too The way that Roderick s studio is reached through many dark and intricate passages suggest that access to his mind is hidden and convolut The opening sequence right away sets up the mood of the story the soundlessness of the autumn day, low hanging clouds, dreariness of the countryside, waning of the day, the melancholy house itself The descriptions are so amazing of the inside of the Usher House which intensifies the impression of gloom and decay given by the outside Such symbolism too The way that Roderick s studio is reached through many dark and intricate passages suggest that access to his mind is hidden and convoluted as well The crafting of the tone is brilliant


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    Hearing your name given to literary characters is a weird experience I guess I should be thankful I don t have acommon 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 I guess I should be thankful I don t have acommon 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 girl in the coffin is named Madeline It made the story even creepier than it already was