3 Short Reads by Edgar Allan Poe
7 Installments—Entirely free
In just 7 installments, you can read three of Edgar Allan Poe's best short works--The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Raven.
Enter the chilling, bizarre world of one of the original masters of horror with this "Poe-Pourri"--a collection of three of Edgar Allan Poe's spookiest (and short) reads. First is "The Tell-Tale Heart," which tells the story of one man's cruelty and guilt--or is it madness?--over the course of one fateful evening. In "The Masque of the Red Death," it is the fate of hundreds of revelers that is at stake. Dancing at a masquerade ball held in a secure castle, the party-goers think they are safe from the vicious plague that is ravaging the countryside. Not all is as it seems at this sublime party, however, and the threat of death stalks the halls at every turn. Finally, Poe's poem "The Raven" traces a man's journey from despair to madness. Beautifully musical and eerie, this poem is haunted by the Raven's famous refrain: "Nevermore." These, though, are stories you won't soon forget.
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Soon after his birth in Boston, Massachusetts, Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) lost both of his parents. The young Poe went to live with a couple from Virginia, where he went to school and eventually to college. Poe only briefly attended university before dropping out to embark on a short-lived stint in the military. While still quite young, Poe published his first book of poems, Tamerlane, and discovered that in writing, he had found direction for his life. Poe began to produce short stories and non-fiction prose for various publications in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Over the years, his work enjoyed increasing popularity. In the 1830s, Poe wrote many of his most famous works, including some of the very first examples of detective fiction, a genre that he is credited with inventing. His gothic tales of murder and mystery, among them The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Masque of the Red Death, thrilled readers in America and Europe. Poe’s poetry was also well received in his lifetime, and he published what is perhaps his most famous poem, The Raven, in 1845. Almost as if it was a strange tale of his own making, Poe’s untimely death continues to be the subject of much speculation to this day. In the middle of the night in October of 1849, Poe was found wandering the streets of Baltimore in a delirious and weakened state. Wearing clothes that did not belong to him and calling out to an unidentified person named “Reynolds,” Poe died in a Baltimore hospital a few days later. Poe’s legend lives on today, with readers all over the world delighting in his enigmatic and haunting tales and devoted fans regularly paying their respects at his gravesite in Baltimore.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
TRUE! - nervous - very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses - not destroyed - not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. ...Back to top
Reviewed by anita79 on Sep 5, 2012
Reviewed by Taijijas on Nov 15, 2011
3 short reads by Edgar Allan Poe
Whimsical on the creepy side.
Reviewed by NekoLain on Oct 7, 2011
Strange little works of horror and mystery. Good for a quick read but not very interesting in development.
Reviewed by sajdakota on Sep 30, 2011
Enjoyable - classics
Enjoyed reading, especially The Raven
Reviewed by Carole888 on Aug 25, 2010
3 different reads .....
Terribly dark ..... and I'm not sure if I liked them ..... but I intend to read more Poe.... for I find his writing quite fascinating.
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