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The Pit and the Pendulum (comic book)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  37,332 ratings  ·  384 reviews
by Edgar Allan Poe & Marc Lougee The Pit and the Pendulum is an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic story of condemnation, hope and redemption. The comic book version of Poe's story borrows images from the award-winning stop-motion animated film, The Pit and the Pendulum, executive produced by the legendary Ray Harryhausen!
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Published July 29th 2011 by Devil's Due Digital (first published 1842)
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Natalie If you love Poe, I'm sure you'll love this one. It seems to be one of his most popular.
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Glenn Russell
At age 12 I was given my introduction to the world of literature by my mother who read me Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum. I can still vividly recollect living through the horrors of the chamber with the unnamed narrator, wondering why Christian monks would construct such a room and why Christian monks would inflict such torture. I still wrestle with a number of the story’s themes.

Why do such a thing? The story’s torture chamber is not a makeshift construction slapped together; rather, with
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 02, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
I used to hear this short story from my history teacher in high school, Mr. Virgilio Amolar. i am not sure what was its relationship with "New Jerusalem", "Urbana and Feliza" and "Lemuria" but he mentioned all of these during our Philippine History class when I was 15. Now that I am old and starting to gray, I think Mr. Amolar is a crazy teacher who uttered all of this in our history class just to have something to say. Maybe he was fascinated by all of these.

The Pit and the Pendulum is a very s
The sentence of death with torturous fear.......

"I panted! I gasped for breath! Oh most unrelenting! Oh most demoniac of men! Oh horror! Oh! Any horror, but this!"

This short POE horror classic, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM is a first time read for me and it did not disappoint! The ending truly surprised me. Loved it!

Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
3.5 stars

In Masque of the Red Death, Poe excelled at dread through a pronounced description of setting. Here, setting is present but it's mainly dread through the creative viewpoint of the man's internal monologue and desperation.

“I call to mind flatness and dampness; and then all is madness - the madness of a memory which busies itself among forbidden things.”

Emotion is high and strong throughout during the terrible ordeal - The Inquisition has taken place, the man has been sentenced, and he
Upon waking from lethargy or sleep he plunges our protagonist into total darkness a dark chamber of death and torture. Rats and a pendulum of terror are his immediate horrors as the swing of death of the pendulum lowers and increases in speed the beads of sweat upon the characters forehead increase in the terror he is experiencing. A masterpiece of writing from Edgar Allan Poe, the creator of the dark tale and splendid writing. He really places you in the moment and you feel the air of dread and ...more
Waking up in darkness, fearing a live burial; groping in the darkness almost falling into a pit; bound to a framework under a swinging pendulum while rats rush for their midnight snack; sizzling iron walls squeezing together, but not to cook hamburgers. These could be scenes from Indiana Jones and the Dungeons of Toledo. And yet, The Pit and the Pendulum is classic Poe: heart throbbing, adrenaline rushing, spine tinkling and hair raising suspense and terror. The story triumphs not only through i ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Bonnie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bonnie by: 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
’Arousing from the most profound of slumbers, we break the gossamer web of some dream.’

Another short story by Edgar Allan Poe that tells of a man that wakes in darkness to be judged and given a death sentence. He loses consciousness and falls into somewhat of a slumber, where he is still aware, but… not.

’The blackness of eternal night encompassed me. I struggled for breath. The intensity of the darkness seemed to oppress and stifle me. The atmosphere was intolerably close.’

Thinking that the sen
It felt exactly like when I'm watching one of Saw movies, amazing, and somehow this book seemed much easier to me than the fall of the house of usher.
The beginning of the book, was a challenge for me, one of my worst nightmares is to be underground in some small hole, so reading about someone imprisoned in what at first felt like a tomb proved itself to be very challenging .
Then with the proceeding of the story I was more at ease, now that he found that his prison wasn't that small, but isn't th
The Pit and the Pendulum (published in 1842) is an unusual tale of horror for Poe, as it does not have a supernatural element. It relies on evoking fear in the reader because of its heavy emphasis on sensations, (view spoiler) It packs a punch precisely because it it feels so rooted in reality, rather than incorporating anything supernatural.

The story take
Never read much of Poe before. Just didn't get it. However, on a recommendation I dug up my copy and started in on it. The first two pages were an interesting experience -- I found myself reading and basically taking it in but also daydreaming about something completely different at the same time. I almost stopped right there, I mean, if it can't hold my attention for two pages....Then I hit the lines "I dreaded the first glance at objects around me. It was not that I feared to look upon things ...more
Graham Worthington
Edgar Allan Poe, born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809, died October 7, 1849.

What is it that makes an author famous? I don't mean famous in the sense a news article reports that "Jack Greylea's novels sold 15 million copies last year," but in the sense that he is thought of as being profound, and seminal. That he is quoted, and scholars analyse his works, and he is looked upon as being the original voice of his style, or the font from which many imitators have drawn inspiration.

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Waking up in darkness, fearing a live burial; groping in the darkness almost falling into a pit; bound to a framework under a swinging pendulum while rats rush for their midnight snack; sizzling iron walls squeezing together, but not to cook hamburgers. These could be scenes from Indiana Jones and the Dungeons of Toledo. And yet, The Pit and the Pendulum is classic Poe: heart throbbing, adrenaline rushing, spine tinkling and hair raising suspense and terror. The story triumphs not only through i
Travelling Sunny
Poe is totally the master of dread. If I had been this guy, I would have died of a heart attack long before the actual pendulum. Just the thought of being entombed would have done me in!

This reminds me of those Saw movies - how far would you go to save yourself?

There were no supernatural elements to this story, and there was never really an introduction to the "bad guy." (It was the Spanish Inquisition, I think, but they never actually play a part in this short story.) So, I didn't like it as mu
Raeden Zen
“Was I left to perish of starvation in this subterranean world of darkness; or what fate, perhaps even more fearful awaited me?”

This is one of my favorite short stories and I'm glad I re-read it. It's terrifying and masterfully written with twists and turns only a wizard like Poe could conjure in such limited space.

“It was hope that prompted the nerve to quiver—the frame to shrink. It was hope—the hope that triumphs on the rack—that whispers to the death-condemned even in the dungeons of the In
Jan 19, 2008 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: Miriam Walker
Look up the word 'macabre' in the dictionary and you (should) find Edgar Allan Poe. This book of shorts is a delightful read... in a sort of sick and twisted way.
I was sick - sick unto death with that agony.

Every Halloween night, when I was a little girl, my brother and I would watch old horror movies on TV. One that I most passionately remember was this little gem:

Vincent Price was being, well, Vincent Price. And who could forget this lovely scene?

Up until this moment in time, that was the only experience I had with this Poe story.

I totally get that this is a Poe fave. I see people fangirling all over their reviews, but, honestly, I didn't really like
Paul Hamilton
It strikes me as weird that I have never read Edgar Allan Poe before. I mean, I think an English teacher read The Raven to us once, but I barely remember it. In my effort to correct this gap and oversight, I read The Pit And The Pendulum via a read-by-email service called DailyLit.

I guess the biggest marvel for me was that this was such an effective bit of mood evocation. Even read serially, even with the sort of obvious tense spoiler, even with the requisite stodgy and old-fashioned language, I
Sam Kent
I thought this book was awesome even though it's a dark book. Edgar Allan Poe didn't write many books with happy endings. He mostly focused on tradegies and fear. This is one of his books that actually have a happy ending. Enjoy!

This book was about a man during the Inquisition of Spain and how he was sentenced to death. The man is thorwn into a dungeon ad blacks out. When he awakens, he wanders around his cell trying to find out what ecactly is in it. He comes to the middle and finds a deep pit
Lisa James
Short, creepy as all get pout, macabre, & insidious, it's Poe at his blackest. We never know the age or name of the young man who is sentenced to death & finds himself in a dungeon. As he feels his way around, he attempts to discover the dimensions of his prison, trips, & falls right at the edge of a pit in the center of the cell. Terrified, he retreats to the edge of the cell, where he drinks the water that's provided for him by an unknown hand. When he wakes next, it's discovered t ...more
David jones
This was another great Poe story. I love the descriptions of death that he gives in the beginning of the story, albeit they may be a bit slow at points, but that doesn't bother me too much when things drag as long as they don't drag too much. I love the story in general; and the ending kind of took me by surprise. I recognized this story from the first five or so minutes of Saw V, where a guy is lying on a bed, about to be cut by a scythe swinging from a pendulum, lower and lowering until it met ...more
برخلاف چندتا داستان کوتاه دیگهای که از پو خوندم و توضیحات بیش از حد، وحشت داستان رو از بین برده بود و حتا کسلکنندهش میکرد(!)، این یکی واقعا خوب بود؛ و وقتی تموم شد، با اینکه میدونستم آخرش بوده، چشمام دنبال ادامهش رو کاغذ میدویدن... ...more
Alexis Medina
Este cuento fue mi primer Edgar Allan Poe, y debo admitir que fue una grata sorpresa. La tensión psicológica a la que uno está sometido durante el relato es genial. Digamos que la película Saw (El juego del miedo) "presta" algunas ideas de este cuento: la habitación oscura, el péndulo, y las paredes que se contraen produciendo la sensación de claustrofobia y pánico a morir aplastado.

La escritura es sencilla, directa, sobria, bien lúcida, transmite el estrés emocional y psicológico del personaje
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Από τις πλέον τρομακτικές, καθηλωτικές και άρρωστα γοητευτικές ιστορίες του Poe. Ακόμα θυμάμαι το πως ένιωσα την πρώτη φορά που την διάβασα -πρέπει να ήμουν 14- και αυτό γιατί το συναίσθημα είναι ίδιο ακόμα και σήμερα, κι ας έχουν περάσει τόσα χρόνια, ας την έχω διαβάσει τόσες και τόσες φορές. Ο σαδισμός και η άρρωστη απόλαυση που προκαλεί στον θύτη, ο φόβος, η απόγνωση, η παράδοση αλλά και η εσωτερική σύγκρουση της επιθυμίας για ζωή που αναγκάζει σχεδόν το θύμα να παλεύει μέχρι τέλους... Απλά, ...more
Adam Sprague
What's stopping this from getting 4 stars is the end. I just don't know enough about the Inquisition perhaps. I thought the play on emotions was not problematic at all -- in fact, it was a good way for Poe to make his horror timeless. People don't like the dark, they don't like huge blades, and they tend to not like pits of fire.

But, although I read this thing in a flash and was incredibly curious what happened to him....I don't get it!
Edgar Allan Poe com este pequeno conto relata a tortura realizada pela Inquisição.
O leitor é entregue de empurrão para tudo o que vai dentro da cabeça da personagem principal, sendo sujeito a imensas sensações.
Para mim, não resultou como estava à espera. Talvez este género de literatura não seja o que mais me cativa. Espero sempre que me "assuste" de alguma forma, mas isso acaba sempre por não acontecer.
What a dark story! I loved it! I often wonder though, is this how Poe felt about his life?? Like he is stuck, imprisoned in his life.
A classic in the gothic-horror genre for a reason, this story never fails to send chills up my spine.
I read this in high school and I still remember it! I need to reread and see if I still love it.
This scared the living daylights out of me. I bloody loved it.
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The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundr ...more
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“...the agony of my soul found vent in one loud, long and final scream of despair.” 42 likes
“I call to mind flatness and dampness; and then all is madness - the madness of a memory which busies itself among forbidden things.” 38 likes
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