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The Masque Of The Red Death

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  15,933 ratings  ·  419 reviews
Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has ...more
Published April 1st 1997 by Creative Education (first published 1842)
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Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽

I don't know how I overlooked "The Masque of the Red Death" when I was in my Poe phase a few months ago, but someone's review yesterday reminded me of it (Thanks, random Goodreads friend!). So I found a copy of it online here and gave it another read to refresh my memory.

This story is both less and more than I recalled. It's long on setting and mood and short on plot. The plot could probably be described in about two sentences. Let's give it a try:
A deadly plague is ravaging the land, and the u
Glenn Russell
I’ve always felt a strong connection to Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, perhaps because I listen to loads of medieval music, perhaps because I enjoy the art and history and philosophy of that period, or, perhaps because I’ve always been drawn to literature dealing with issues of life and death. Whatever the reason, I love this tale. Here are my reflections on several themes:

The Reality – The tale’s Red Death sounds like the Black Death of 1349 where a family member could be perfectly healthy
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
In one of my Literature textbooks, this is the story the book chose to best set the example of how important setting can be to a story.

Poe's incredible talent in setting mood through the most miniscule of details is powerful as he establishes dread, irony, and a hefty infusion of Gothic feel by detailing the colors of a series of rooms and what they represent to the audience and characters. The symbolism of the clock is musical and alluring; the ominous clang and the dancers reactions, with its
The Masque of the Red Death, written in 1842 by Edgar Allan Poe, is a surprisingly short story, which is generally regarded to be allegorical. In it, Prince Prospero is so terrified of the pestilential "Red Death", that he walls himself and a thousand wealthy nobles up in his castellated abbey, where they have a masquerade ball, moving from room to room. Obviously they are going to come to a sticky end. At the time of writing Poe's wife was suffering from tuberculosis, and there was an epidemic ...more
I love the premise- fearing a horrible sickness that has seized his lands, a hedonistic prince locks himself and hundreds of his friends away in a castle, with an enormous wall running the length of it so nothing can get in or out. But soon the prince's fanciful denial is shattered in a very... strange way.

Basically, what my dislike of this comes down to is the length. It's only four pages, which (for me at least) simply is not enough time to become invested in a story and care about its ending.
Not even within the deep seclusion and iron gate security of Prince Prospero's Abbey (view spoiler)

Am loving reading POE!

I'm kind of embarrassed to admit this but Poe scares the hell out of me. His prose sinks into your mind, setting the soul on a fire of fear. Man, the personification of a plague, stylized Zorro-like. Disturbing!
This short story is hands down one of my favorite Poe stories! I love the symbolism and imagery in this tale. Basically, the "Red Death" is a plague that is wreaking havoc on the town in the story and Prince Prospero decides to lock himself, and many of his friends, away in his home. He ultimately ends up hosting a very grand masquerade party and while him and his people are lavishly partying it up within the confines of his sanctuary, everyone else is dying a terrible death. There are seven uni ...more
A good short story with a fascinating setting. You have to read it a few times to ascertain any deeper meaning, though one read through would provide enjoyment too. Great for Halloween, and picking up the symbolism behind the deeper colors, the inclusion of sickness, various social classes, etc. made it fun to dissect in short story club. If you're searching for a scary yet thought-provoking piece, I'd highly recommend Masque of the Red Death.
Vane J.
Okay, I read this quite a long time ago, but when I read it, I honestly had no idea about what to write for a review, besides, it's too short, and it's always really difficult for me to write reviews for short stories.

Well, anyway, this story starts telling us there's a plague spreading and a prince locks himself and some other people in a castle while everyone else is left outside to die. In there, he throws parties and whatnot. There's a particular one that is a masquerade party. Where the par
Without a doubt, this is my FAVORITE, FAVORITE, FAVORITE EAP short story. Oh my goodness all the symbolism, the creepy feelings, the gothic horror. Oh my! Do yourself a favor and read this! I found that I liked it even more because we read this in my freshman English class and so we broke it down to the most basic level and I was able to appreciate the writing so much more.
Ahmed Ibrahim
من افضل القصص القصيره اللى قرأتها واللى ممكن اقرأها
المعنى الحقيقى للعبقريه
Deliciously creepy and atmospheric - Poe is an absolute master at creating an impending sense of doom right from the start; only to leave you feeling highly unsettled long after you've finished reading it.

I hope Bethany Griffin's Masque of Red Death will be as good!
I heard about this story while reading about The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers. I don’t remember reading any Poe (I think I read a condensed version of The Fall of the House of Usher when I was younger), and even after learning of the climax, I decided to sit down and read it for myself. Fortunately I have my brother's hardcover mystery collection, and Masque of the Red Death is included in the Poe volume.

At some point in history (or the future, or some other world), a terrible dis
The "Red Death" had a long devestated the country. No pestilence had ever neen so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal - the redness and the horror of blood.

When I read that first paragraph, I get chills, every time. I love this story. It's the only Poe short story that I have sought out and read several times. It is my favorite.

I've found that it's easier to write reviews for stories I dislike. It's very easy for me to identify elements that bother me, but much harder to iden
Cassandra Lê
A brilliant short story >. Nothing much happen here but I love the allegory, how the 7 rooms represent the seven stages of life, though in my imagination, I love to interpret it as the seven circles of hell, and the black room is the worst one. The aristocrats represent humans who live in a pretentious, dream like world, afraid of dealing with reality, death, and the big ebony black clock which chimes each time reminds of the passage of Time - the end of which our life will eventually end ho ...more
So damn eerie and beautiful! On one hand, it's a simple story where guests at a party meet their ultimate demise but nothing's so simple when it comes to Poe.

His stories are painted so vividly and if you look past the simple plot, you'll notice the subtleties; you'll see the exquisite imagery and the symbolism. It's a powerful story with a bleak message: you can't hide from death. No matter how hard you try. It will creep upon you like a thief in the night. Ready to take the one thing we have l
Kim Vargas
"Valar morghulis", diría George RR Martin. Cuento corto, pero maravilloso. Me encantó la descripción, lo siniestro y el simbolismo en la historia. Solo hay una cosa segura en el mundo: La muerte. No se puede huir de ella, es inevitable.

Muy bueno :)
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Death- the ultimate equalizer of all. You can't cheat it no matter what your stature. This is what the story tells too.. Prince Prospero arranges a huge party for his near ones when a plague called 'red death' kills multitudes outside. He engages in all sort of luxuries to make himself and the people inside unaware of what's going on outside the walls. But in this party enters a man who is dressed in all the horrors of red death. In the end everyone falls dead. I loved the story for its message- ...more
Makes hair stand on the back of your neck :D
If you want some slow sneaking horror, by reading this book, you'll be generously served :D
As always, awesome work by the master..
Robbie  Gallifrey
By far my favorite E. A. Poe story, brilliant writer was he.
Jack Gattanella
read this for high school junior class. excellent stuff then, and a lot of it still haunts me, genuinely I mean.
Si hay una palabra que creo que califica bien los cuentos de Poe es extraña. Sólo eso.
Lo que mas me gusto de este, fueron las descripciones: increíblemente hermosas, hasta me imaginé que estaba en el lugar del suceso.
Ninguna duda de que voy a seguir leyendo cuentos de este hombre.
Of all his chilling and bone rattling stories that make you see shadows in the dark, The Masque of the Red Death is the one of the most enticing of Poe's stories alone. You're drawn by the festivities of the palace, and how they all choose to ignore what is really going on in the world.

It would seem ideal to anyone in the situation. Imagine how many Jews just wished they could build a castle and have a good time until is was over. To a highschooler, a never ending kingdom of fun is so much more
Feb 06, 2015 Ricardo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ricardo by: Phylippa Nights B.
Shelves: inglês, 4-star, 2015
Li este livro pois li sobre ele num post do blog da Phylippa Nights B. e fiquei curioso. Li-o numa pausa do estudo de Ricardo Reis, e foi o suficiente para me fazer desanuviar do peso de ter de analisar poemas contra a minha vontade.

Se pudesse descrever a escrita presente neste livro por apenas uma palavra, essa mesma palavra seria "fantástica". De certa forma fez-me lembrar a escrita de Saramago, uma escrita que estou a adorar.

Não sabia ao certo sobre o que se ia tratar a história, mas arrisqu
A.K. Fielding
Okay! This was the CREEPIEST story that I have read ever, by any author!

The guy was an absolute genius!!! And still remains so.
Roy Klein
I read a different edition that's not listed on GoodReads (see here) with the purpose of practicing my Spanish.

This is the most challenging book I've read in Spanish so far, even with the English translation available for immediate reference. One reason is that so far I haven't read a book whose content is mostly intricate description of scenes, rather than rapid sequential happenings. The other reason is that the vocabulary is extremely challenging in both English and Spanish. Often enough I've
Forse il racconto di Poe che prediligo.
Elemento centrale del racconto l'euforia edonistica volta a mascherare la minaccia incombente che si trova all'esterno.
Decisamente indovinata la scelta di dividere il castello del principe Prospero (nome non casuale) in 7 stanze ognuna con un colore diverso.
Ma la parte da leone la fa senza ombra di dubbio il devastante finale con la morte rossa; finale che spegne qualunque tentativo di ricreare fittizie speranze di vita.
One can lock oneself away, but that which can hurt us really lies within.

This is a great example of literature from the American Romantic movement, moving away from the Age of Enlightenment, during which all things could be explained by reason and science, and into the realm of the imagination and unexplained. Add a Gothic voice and we have quintessential Poe.
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