Tales of Mystery and Imagination
This gorgeous anthology features 29 of Edgar Allan Poe's tales of the fantastic and the macabre. It combines some of his most popular stories including "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" with lesser-known gems. Illustrated with 8 full-color plates and 24 full-page drawings filled with brooding eroticism by Harry Clarke, a brilliant Edwar...more
I remember visiting the Edgar Allan Poe museum the last time I was in Richmond, Virginia. At the time I don't think I had read any of his work, except perhaps The Raven. The museum was a creepy place, as you might imagine, with a lot of dark wood and eerie pictures and a strange garden that seemed to be in permanent shadow. It was a strange place and he was a strange man – a hard writer to pin down: distinctly American, but hugely influential in European letters; not technically a very brilliant ...more
Burying people alive, ghosts, macabre deaths of usually delicate and young women, dark magic, effects of inebriation and hallucination, torture, whirlpools sucking people out of their time, fatal plagues, abnormal psychological states, obsessional behaviors... William Blake in prose.
If D.H. Lawrence was any close to right about his predicament I wouldn't have liked to be in Mr.Poe' ...more
As the title of the book says, there are many different stories in here, and admittedly, they are not all of the same caliber. It seems that Poe generally became a better writer as he wrote more and more stuff, and I think his later work ...more
Obcecado pela morte, como se esta fosse o único sentido da vida; não o final de tudo mas sim a última passagem para a eternidade.
Sete contos fantásticos: Ligeia, A Queda da Casa de Usher, A Máscara da Morte Vermelha, O Coração Revelador, O Gato Negro, O Barril de Amontillado. Gostei de tod ...more
A primeira história é sobre uma mulher chamada Ligeia. Uma mulher bonita e inteligente, amada por um homem, que deixou viúvo. Este homem sente a dor da perda, mas segue o seu caminho, encontrando outra pessoa. Nesta história de amor e sofrimento, os fantasmas não são assustadores, antes pelo contrário, são bem vindos.
Por outro ...more
Como são contos, vou fazer uma pequena opinião de cada um, uma vez que o livro não é todo sobre a mesma história.
A esfinge da caveira
Este conto é muito breve e retrata a estadia de dois indivíduos que partem da cidade de N ...more
I now recognize his brilliance in a different way. Yes, there are the wicked, macabre tales that are classic Poe. But, he also was a maestro of sci-fi, mystery, adventure and romance. And talk about humor -- The Spectacles is now one of my favorites!
C.Augustine Dupin stories are great crime stories. Timeless character,stories.
The short stories in this collection fall in three main categories. 1) The horrific and/or freaky, 2) the puzzles and detective stories, and 3) the stories about losing loved ones, particular of the romantic kind.
That last one would make anyone wonder whether Poe had lost someone -- he did, his wife of 11 years. (She was 13 when he married her, but let's not go there). The stories, to me, border on the obses ...more
And then ...
Then, I got lost. For a couple of hours, I lost all my senses and disappeared from the place that humans call earth. For this period, while I was reading, I wasn't attainable ...
It felt like I was in another place. A place, where the 19th century Master of horror had transported me. ...more
Overall a pretty good anthology that showcases most of Poe's well-known works as well as many that I had never heard of before. While I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, it is a classic and scratches a gothic ...more
Wasn't expecting too much from this as I was really only reading it as I'd never read them before. People rave about him all the time so I thought I should give him a bash. Turns out they're right! The language can sometimes be a barrier and found myself re-reading parts to understand what had been said (especially with Dupin in Murder at Rue Morgue) but the horror and dreadful excitement in all of his stories transcends the difficult language and actually grips you. ...more
I found Poe's writing mechanical and stiff in a lot of the stories, which at times made it difficult to finish, whereas in others the story flowed easy and reminded me more of his poetry - the Poe I knew and loved.
One needs to stick it out with this particular collection, and perhaps not read them in their listed order, as I found a lot of the stories I didnt enjoy so much (such as 'A Descent i ...more
-In 'Hop-Frog: or, the Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs', I was pretty pleased with the outcome of the story. Hop-Frog was very intelligent. I guessed the ending before it occurred.
-In 'Black Cat', the narrator really deserved what happened to him. How could he feel no remorse when he killed h ...more
Rackham is known for his whimsical fairytale illustrations, but he applies his signature silhouettes and linework well to Poe's tales of horror. His mastery of chiaroscuro is evident in the full-page illustration of "the Assignation," which depicts two men in a boat on a Venetian canal. It is clear that the scene occurs at nig ...more
Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down. He was brilliant and everyone should read his work.
As the title of the book says, there are many different stories in here, and admittedly, they are not all of the same caliber. It’s a collection of extraordinary stories that deal with our psychological and prejudices that cause us fear and fascinate us. The tales are all kinds of subjects, like death, and the fear that precedes it, the guilt and the conscience ...more