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The Best of Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The…

The Best of Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado,…

by Edgar Allan Poe

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I've read the following Edgar Allen Poe stories and poems, all of which are in this collection:

The Tell-Tale Heart (4 stars)
The Raven (3 stars)
The Cask of Amontillado (5 stars)
The Fall of the House of Usher (can't remember)
The Masque of the Red Death (5 stars)
The Pit and the Pendulum (5 stars)
The Bells (3 stars)

Many of Edgar Allen Poe's stories are amazingly evocative. They paint pictures you never forget- particularly the ones labeled "5 stars" above. You may not realize how good they are when you first finish them, since much of their value comes from their memorability, how you feel when you think back on them, and the fact that they are sometimes referenced in modern U.S. culture.

I am impressed with Poe's range. While most of his work falls within the scope of the horror genre, "The Pit and the Pendulum" is a survival adventure story. The Cask of Amontillado is a suspense-driven, nightmarish crime story. "The Masque of the Red Death" is more like a dark fable or fairy tale. He is able to fluidly apply his signature, dark style to a range of different story types.

The stories above are short and well worth the time it takes to read them. ( )
  jrissman | Nov 4, 2012 |
i did not read all the stories of this collection but I have read tell-tale heart and the raven. These are two good spooky stories. the Raven is like a obssed man who has sorrow for his lost Lenore. Most people can tell he is writing about his diseased wife who he loved very much.

Tell-tale heart was really spooky a man going crazy from his own guilt. ( )
  kayskisses11 | Oct 10, 2009 |
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A chilling compilation of some of Edgar Allen Poe's best and most horrifying stories.

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