Tales of Mystery and Terror, Paperback Book
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Thirteen stories of horror, suspense and the supernatural. 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Black Cat' are just three of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous tales in this chilling collection.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780140367201

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Terror and mystery. The title words reveal the grotesque imaginations of a genius writer. A lot of the tales have a storyteller who are on the brink of insanity, if he has not altogether lost it. A murderer haunted by the heartbeat of his victim. Another driven to madness by a black cat. One in a dungeon facing severe torture that but from what source?, a haunted house in "Usher", a ship heading for a horrible sci-fi-like fate - and even a rather humorous tale with the title "Words with a Mummy". This selection has 13 of his best known tales. The variety is refreshing. Pit and the Pendulum - The House of Usher - A Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat are among them. Missing are his three detective stories (fx the famous The Murders in the Rue Morgue) - I will read them later in a separate collection. OK, it's not my favorite genre - (and definitely not my favorite cover) but Poe has an ability to describe the sense of madness and horror when people are facing death or the fate of their foul deeds. It's just brilliant writing. And also seemingly normal incidents are suddenly turned upside down with fantasy and the grotesque. This is a good selection that will give you a good idea whether to pursue more Poe or not. But do give him a chance.