The Pit and the Pendulum : The Essential Poe, Paperback

The Pit and the Pendulum : The Essential Poe Paperback

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This selection of Poe's critical writings, short fiction and poetry demonstrates an intense interest in aesthetic issues and the astonishing power and imagination with which he probed the darkest corners of the human mind. "The Fall of the House of Usher" describes the final hours of a family tormented by tragedy and the legacy of the past.

In "The Tell Tale Heart", a murderer's insane delusions threaten to betray him, while stories such as "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Cask of Amontillado" explore extreme states of decadence, fear and hate.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780141190624



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I love Edgar Allan Poe. I think he is one of the best horror writers ever.A man is sentenced to death by a jury. He is thrown into a dark dungeon where he begins being tortured. No gore is described in this tale, it's more of a psychological suspense where the narrator frees himself from one destruction only to find himself in another. The dungeon is dark at first, and he narrowly escapes plummeting to his death in a well, only to awake tied to a cot, with enough illumination to see a sharp pendulum slowly lowering from the ceiling right to his heart. My heart was beating quickly while reading this, great suspense, great horror. A definite reread.

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A man who is hoped to die was closing his eyes and lying on his back. Then unknown blacks appeared and took him to the place like under the grave. In that terrible situation, he went through some crisis with his wiseness. Could he manage to survive or died ? I don't like this type of story, so it's too boring to me. But as the mysterious black and large rats show, there are very unique character in this, and they make srory more fantastic. This book also have other short stories concerning about horror, then you would be able to enjoy!