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This volume contains a collection of some of the best short stories ever written by Edgar Allan Poe. A master of the macabre, Poe exhibits his literary prowess in these classic short stories. Contained within this volume are the following: The Gold-Bug, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Balloon-Hoax, The Purloined Letter, A Descent into the Maelstrom, The Black Cat, The FThis volume contains a collection of some of the best short stories ever written by Edgar Allan Poe. A master of the macabre, Poe exhibits his literary prowess in these classic short stories. Contained within this volume are the following: The Gold-Bug, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Balloon-Hoax, The Purloined Letter, A Descent into the Maelstrom, The Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart."...

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  • Hache
    2019-02-26 00:06

    The original EMO ha ha

  • Mauritz
    2019-02-24 18:00

    Great stories. I loved "The Black Cat", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Tell-Tale Heart" the most.

  • Haley
    2019-02-25 18:01

    Edgar Allan Poe is definitely depressing. I was really interested in the quotes starting each story. Fortunately, I was able to translate some of it; however, it was pretty confusing, so I had to research the rest. In the end, I found that the quote before The Pit and the Pendulum says, “Here an unholy mob of torturers, with an unquenchable thirst for human blood, once fed their long frenzy. Our homeland is safe now, the baneful pit destroyed, and what was once a place of savage death is now a scene of life and health.”What a happy start to the story!Poe does give a lot of detail. What’s interesting, though, is that in almost all if not all his stories, Edgar Allan Poe seems to start right in the action. He doesn’t explain what in the world is going on until later, which is when the details come in.In the beginning of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, there was that sinister feeling, knowing absolutely nothing about the characters, Roderick Usher and narrator, other than the fact that they were close friends as young boys. He left a really eerie feeling with his vagueness. I kept wondering, who was this Roderick Usher? The narrator obviously knew him, yet somehow happened to know basically nothing about him. Something else I thought was interesting was that Edgar Allan Poe took quite a while at the start of his story merely to explain the creepy aura of the old house.Poe’s writing was definitely freaky. For some reason, I always read books like they’re a movie, sometimes with some sort of dramatic music in the background. Yet, this time, I pictured it with utter silence, which is often way more terrifying. For a moment, I was there, walking towards this house, known for it’s terrifying history. With a rustling of the leaves and the wind pushing me forward, I felt like I was at the house of Usher.However, although Poe is vague and eerie as many people say, his writing style is very intriguing to me. He tells me just enough to leave on the edge of my seat, wondering what’s next.So, although he is slightly creepy, as he is well known for, I did enjoy his writing.

  • Macy
    2019-03-07 20:59

    The Tell Tale Heart is a story from this collection that would work well in an 8th grade classroom. It involves a speaker justifying his recent murder of a man with an unusual eye. It could work in tandem with The Landlady in an investigation of the horror literary genre. Instead of using The Tell Tale Heart as a model text for student work, students could do a Text Reformulation of the story. Most effectively, students could do an illustration or a graphic novel type reformulation to imagine how different elements of the story might look in real life. The illustration aspect would highlight the imagery in the story and help readers to discern what is real for the narrator and what is imagined. In a classroom focusing on the concept of interdependence, this can help students investigate how the narrator depends on both what is real in his world and what is imagined, and how those distinctions are debatable based on the readers' interpretation of the text. If each student is tasked to make a representation of the story individually before discussing the content with peers and the full class, their own interpretation will shine through. This will uncover the interdependence not only between what is real and imagined in the world of The Tell Tale Heart, but also how a reader and a text depend on one another to communicate a main idea, message, and content. This activity would be multi-faceted and stretch students' imaginations while also helping them to understand the reliance within and between text and reader.

  • LauraJade
    2019-03-06 01:44

    The Gold-Bug - read 17th-18th April 2012This is such an effortless, fluent, fantastically formed short story. A curious story about a hunt for treasure, and a code-breaking pirate map. Great detail has gone into the execution of the tale, and I have just read that it was the apparent inspiration of R. L. Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' which I had no idea about, but is easy to see why!The Murders In The Rue Morgue read 7th May'The first detective story' Truly fascinating, this short story is clearly the inspiration for Conan Doyle's Study In Scarlet - "As the first true detective in fiction, the Dupin character established many literary devices which would be used in future fictional detectives including Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. Many later characters, for example, follow Poe's model of the brilliant detective, his personal friend who serves as narrator, and the final revelation being presented before the reasoning that leads up to it." (wikipedia) - In fact Dr Watson even compares Sherlock to Dupin in 'Scarlet', ("You remind me of Edgar Allen Poe's Dupin. I had no idea that such individuals did exist outside of stories...") to which, as you would expect, Holmes replies with chagrin that Dupin was inferior, showy and superficial...But really 'Rue Morgue' is very similar to 'Scarlet', the eccentric detective, the baffled inspector, and the companion as narrator, in awe of it all. Loved this (but glad that Conan Doyle didn't resort to a Orang-Utan...!)

  • Amanda Jane
    2019-03-12 00:58

    I read all the stories in one night...What fun Mr.Poe and I have! It is 2:45 am and time for me to turn out the light...I guess I will find out just how much fun it truly was or how frightening.I have a feeling it will be the latter!As long as I don't think about the cat I should survive the night.....fingers crossed!

  • Arcadia
    2019-03-06 01:06

    ummmmmmm, i guess i just got into the emo mood with the two last stories. the narrative lost me sometimes. i really really liked 'the tell-tale heart'. review to be revised upon studying in class :)

  • Avishek Das
    2019-02-22 20:52

    As usual it was short but not w=sweet...there is an amazing balance of pain & pleasure!

  • Ron
    2019-03-21 19:44

    So, many, commas.

  • Douglas Fugate
    2019-02-23 23:55

    We all have our favorites.

  • Readinftw
    2019-03-13 18:47

    *shrug*My favourite stories were "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Masque of the Red Death". Overall it was eh. The characters never really had much substance except for "The Tell-Tale Heart". Plots were kind of boring. Just seemed like he throws a bunch of puzzle pieces at the reader and then just decides to solve it himself. The solutions to the mystery short stories always fell short (heh) and some of them a bit far-fetched in the endings that made me go "waht. Really, this is what we're working with? Alrite cool cool."

  • Maartje Volder
    2019-03-07 20:12

    some of these stories are so lovable. I like the ones with riddles in it, they require a sherlock type of mind. And like almost anybody the Telltale Heart is splendid.However, some of the stories were so though to get through. the only reason I could was because I knew they would be short. so averaging out the ratings of all stories it is a 3 out of 5

  • Bethan
    2019-03-21 18:48

    This took me ages to read, the language is just so different from now, it's hard to get into. I have to say a lot of the stories seemed pointless to me, without any central meaning. But I did enjoy 'the black cat' that was by far my favourite. My least favourite was most definitely 'the gold-bug' which began my long struggle to finish this collection.

  • Nalini Sharma
    2019-02-28 21:10

    A short and satisfying read this was. With Poe's obsession with the subject of death, this never seemed dull. There is also a lot about premature burials. The characters are, let's just say, 'unusual'. Unlike some of the most memorable characters, who are dead, this book has a pulse.

  • Georgie Laird
    2019-02-26 00:48

    I just love all of his works.

  • Erika
    2019-03-21 19:58

    I didn't enjoy all of them but overall a pretty good collection. Poe is a great author. I'm glad I read this.Contents/thoughts:The Gold-Bug, (NOV 19/2009): An interesting story to begin with. It has great promise with an actual gold bug and this crazy lunatic looking for gold. But halfway through it pretty much just turns into an instruction booklet for deciphering codes.The Murders in the Rue Morgue, (OCT 23/2009): This is my favourite by far. The manner in which the main character comes to his conclusion is a fascinating look into a person's thought process and the outcome is just classic.The Balloon-Hoax, (AUG 2/ 2009): It doesn't seem plausible to me (despite all the detail!), but I think I'd still be angry at the newspaper for publishing a story as news!The Purloined Letter, (AUG 1/2009): A lot of pointless blabber and then an ending that makes no sense?A Descent into the Maelström, (OCT 23/2009): I found the first half of this one a little dull with extensive description of what the maelstrom was but the last few pages were really interesting and I thought, worth it.The Black Cat, (AUG 1/2009): Definitely decided I can't bring myself to read this one. Sounds just too horrible.The Fall of the House of Usher, (OCT 22/2009): Their shock at the end of the story was surprising. It seemed from earlier on with the mention of "the experiment" that they knew what they were doing. I think the two of them were NUTS!The Masque of the Red Death, (OCT 22/2009): Something about this one seemed different than the rest. Less deceitful at the ending I think. There wasn't any really big reveal at the end that got to me.The Cask of Amontillado, (JULY 3/2009): It was a good story. I didn't quite get the ending though. I had to look it up to see if what I thought it meant was really what it meant (would have helped if I knew Latin I guess). The Pit and the Pendulum, (JULY 8/2009): Parts of it were interesting, but overall not as good as the previous two I read.and The Tell-Tale Heart (JULY 1/2009): Very intense! Must watch episode of Simpsons with Lisa and her little display now.

  • Laurent
    2019-03-03 21:09

    "The Best Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" is a fairly self-explanatorially titled compendium of the celebrated author's greatest works. Ranging from treasure hunts for buried pirate gold, to the brilliant, crime-resolving assertions of a Holmes-like Frenchman, to Poe's universally known tales of the macabre, this collection of short stories is horrifyingly riveting and alarmingly thought-provoking. Though I cannot, in earnest, begin to explain Poe's striking brilliance, his cleverly-devised prose or his blood-curling depiction of murders too haunting to mention, I can say, in all certainty, that any reader will thoroughly enjoy his work. The sheer variety with which this collection is filled is, in itself, astounding. Poe's characteristic gothic literature is accompanied, on the one hand, by detailed recountings of an aeronautical fraud and quasi-mythical tales of the Norwegian Maelström; on the other, by surprisingly adventurous quests for hidden treasure and mind-twisting Doylian mockeries of the Parisian Gendarmes by a certain, almost bewilderingly perceptive Monsieur Dupin (notice Poe's clever play on words here). To conclude, I must say that "The Best Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" is one of the most surprising collections I have had the pleasure of reading. Expecting but gruesome tales of clandestinely committed murders, I was immediately enchanted by Poe's seductive style and blatantly powerful intellect. I often say this, but Poe is an author who must, without fault, be read.

  • Naji Tawk
    2019-03-19 19:00

    When you read these investigative short stories, your analytical soul will thrive.

  • Marina
    2019-02-27 19:02

    I have to admit, I only read five of the ten short stories in this book, because I have no motivation to read the others anymore. I bet there is NO short story by Edgar Allan Poe that does not contain the word 'mad'. And very often I found myself thinking "What.Am.I.reading?". There are some parallels to the stories, like e.g. very often one of the characters goes mad or is believed to be mad, very often a riddle is somehow to be solved AND the reader gets a fully detailed explanation of this riddle, and in almost every story I read someone gets murdered.I read the Gold-Bug which was really interesting (4/5), The Black Cat (5/5) which was really insane, The Masque of the Red Death (3/5) which I just didn't get, The Cask of Amontillado (2/5) and The Tell-Tale Heart (5/5) which I found similar to The Black Cat.I got halfway through The Murders in the Rue Morgue but just couldn't keep on reading.And I got more than halfway through The Balloon-Hoax which really might be the most boring short story I've ever read.Someday I hope I'll read the other short stories that are left.Edgar Allan Poe is a mystery to me, I surely would love to know what went on in his head while he was writing!

  • James
    2019-02-21 17:43

    The works of Edgar Allan Poe are every bit as enigmatic as their author. Poe’s talent for writing short stories is outstanding, but when you include his poetry you start to scratch the surface of the complexities of the man. A man that perhaps needed to always be on the edge of madness to write the stories he wrote. A contemporary of Dicken’s, though they never met the did exchange correspondence and gave praise to one another’s work publicly.Poe still is and has for nearly 200 years, been the sort of Marilyn Manson of literature, with his obsessive and unrelenting pursuit of the macabre and phantasmagoric. And Poe is to be thought of as no early day horror writer, no, Poe’s ability to make you uncomfortable after the very fist sentence, is as a result of his verbose, grandiloquent, tumescent style; evil is made to feel more sinister when expressed by the erudite. Poe quite often writes his stories as 1st person narratives, thus placing the voice of the story within reach of his latest neurotic manifestation of evil, and a slow death.You don’t read Poe, you wrestle with him, through a variety of settings, but always along the razors edge of sanity. You don’t really ever enjoy Poe, but more endure him.

  • April
    2019-03-04 23:10

    I haven't read Poe since junior high and so I decided to read his "best" short stories in keeping with my eerie October reads. Overall, I loved the collection. I was able to see just why Poe is such an icon. His work was chilling, but not graphic or scary enough to keep me, a total wuss, from reading it.The Gold-Bug - *** stars, good introduction to Poe's work because only the very last lines were creepy.The Murders in the Rue Morgue - ** stars, pretty gory, ridiculous plot. It did introduce me to Dupin, who would become my favorite character.The Purloined Letter - *** stars, the plot was better than Rue Morgue (though nothing fantastic) and it involved Dupin again, which helped me to enjoy it.The Black Cat - ***** stars, creepy and wonderful. I remember reading this one in childhood.The Fall of the House of Usher - *** stars, very good though it didn't live up to the hype.The Masque of the Red Death - ***** stars, fantastic, loved the symbolism.The Cask of Amontillado - **** stars, very creepy and sad.The Pit and the Pendulum - *** stars, again, didn't live up to the hype.The Tell-Tale Heart - **** stars, a classic of course!

  • Danny
    2019-03-15 00:00

    part of me wanted this to be scarer, the other part realizes this is just what i was expecting.After having experienced the most frightening experience of my life in a 'poe' themed promenade theatre evening in Battersea arts center i was determined to delve into the dark world of Edgar Allan Poe.some of the stories seem to drag however, and i witness none of that trademark bone chilling tension that has made him so popular- perhaps it because of the wide varieties of themes he tackles and the near impossibility to derive fear from them, e.g. code breaking in 'the gold bug'.although most of the stories however, were exactly what i was looking for, the best of which i believe to be 'The masque of the red death', which is original and chilling even now, many years later after the story itself was written.

  • Yukino
    2019-02-27 20:57

    - Ladder series, L3- Time= 68 mins- 7-word summary: mother-dauhter-killed-Dupin-solved-murderer-orangutan- Discussion questions1. Can you recognize some languages when you just hear them?Actually, I can recognize them a little bit. Languages have many characteristic sounds, and that makes some languages sound like themselves.2. If you heard someone screaming and if it sounded like a crime, what would you do?I would never go close to the problem because I would be afraid of watching something. Probably I would call the police.

  • Lynne Woodcock
    2019-03-10 20:47

    I read the Oxford Classics Edgar Allen Poe's selected tales. It's a great collection with an ace cover. The stories contain beautiful, compelling language and there is a lovely sense of humour exhibited in Poe's love of madness, which is a recurring theme. My favourite so far is The Tell-Tale Heart, one of his best known short stories, a tale of a madman with an obsession with an old man's dodgy eye. For an example of Poe's beautiful language seek out The Fall of the House of Usher, an atmospheric haunted house tale.

  • sastrapertala
    2019-03-09 21:43

    I bought this book not only because the cover is bright n beautiful (not this checkered boring look) but Poe is also known as a prominent horror author. Though at the time (2000) I only knew his name, not his works.. shame on me! :pThis is wonderfully written, gives you just enough creeps without going overboard, and leaves you with the chill that lasts for ever. One of my favourites is the Masque of the Red Death, when Death entered every room in the castle and casts its spell, that was just fantastic.

  • Assmaa
    2019-02-24 18:07

    This story is very interesting as is disscussed important,fruitul themes and topics.The Gothic style became popular during the Romantic time period.Edgar was a great example of authors who wrote gothic.We can see this style through the description of the mysterious setting and even characters.Poe heavily rely on symbolism through the house's sinking and the fissure or the cack which symbolize the madness and also the discussas Isaid many themes such as death, fear,madness,......All these contribute and make the reader's mind feel a kind of horror and terror.

  •  Janice
    2019-03-23 17:46

    Not a "beach read", but a "woodsy qiet alone read". No computors, phones or even the imagining of such devices to steal time away from his crafty work. Just a quiet stirring deep among beating pulses, waiting for the frantic scintillating transmission of nerves to jolt our imagination away from the cares of this world. Words, oh words of an overactive unstrung mind gone absolutely wild with visionary plots and schemes! Poe, poetic, immemorial, yet "mear man", until the end.

  • Bri
    2019-02-23 19:45

    This book swept me away to this other wonderful world. The setting was brilliantly set. I could totally see it in my mind. But the characters were definitely my favorite part. They are all so colorful, interesting, exciting, and hilarious. The main character is just perfect. The plot moved fast enough that I couldn't stop reading lest I miss something, but the author still took the time to flesh out the details. The details are what really make or break a story.

  • Helen
    2019-03-06 17:50

    As far as I'm concerned he's the ultimate writer of "thriller" type stories. These scare me but not too much and they scare me more through anticipation than gruesome acts. Got hooked on him when I was in Junior High and have always like his stories. XM radio replays many of them on Saturdays (not during election years though when POTUS 08 takes over Sonic Theatre station on Saturdays!!!GRRRR!!)

  • Ashley
    2019-03-07 18:47

    The book I have is called Great Tales of Horror, by Poe, but they don't have that copy on here. I really enjoyed reading this. It was very... interesting. Some of the stories were a little wordy, and some were very concise. I did enjoy it though. Poe is definitely an interesting, and rather disturbing man...