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The Pit and the Pendulum (comic book)

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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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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.

Sadism
Why do such a thing? The story’s torture chamber is not a makeshift construction slapped together; rather, with...more
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...more
Erin (Paperback Stash)
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...more
Lou
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
Leonard
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
Bonnie
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...more
Jean
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...more
Safae
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...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.

Edg...more
Steven
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Ruth
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
Sunny in Wonderland
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...more
Andrea
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.
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...more
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...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
Leonard
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
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...more
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...more
Cheryl in CC NV
I didn't read this edition. First I listened to the radio play by Vincent Price (as preserved by Smithsonian legends). Then I read some reviews here to help me understand what I'd heard. That made me more confused, so I skimmed the Gutenberg Project's e-text. That text is *very* different than the radio play, and in language much too old-fashioned for my patience. I give up. But I'm counting this as read because I surely did work hard on it and will count it as 'done.'
Holly
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.
Katy
A classic in the gothic-horror genre for a reason, this story never fails to send chills up my spine.
Tracey
This scared the living daylights out of me. I bloody loved it.
Agnese
Poe is scary and spine-tingling as always. I just LOVE him.
Mindy Butler
This is still on of my favorite horror stories-
Kristi
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William Herschel
Sometimes I think people that can enjoy stories like these are deprived of sensory input, or maybe just don't acknowledge their own. The horror of the story is mostly brought out in such sensory descriptions-- utter darkness, the feel of rat teeth, thirst, suffocating odors, the swinging motion of the pendulum above the narrator's chest.

I thought I was lacking in imagination, but is all this really that difficult to imagine on one's own? A story can't depend on these things alone. The narrator's...more
Bogdan Liviu
O lectură hipnotizantă cu ajutorul căreia cititorul reușește să devină personajul principal, fiind prezent printr-un crescendo agonizant al bătăilor inimii, în acel scenariu absolut odios narat impecabil de Edgar Allan Poe.
Harul Inchiziției: intoleranța cu aromă de tortură.

„Ce dulce trebuie să fie odihna în mormânt!"

"Leşinasem. Totuşi nu vreau să spun că-mi pierdusem cu desăvârşire conştiinţa. Nu încercam să definesc sau măcar să descriu ce-mi mai rămăsese din ea; dar nu era cu totul pierdută....more
Qian
The short story The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe is an excellent tale. The story is set at the time period of Spanish Inquisitions happen and many religious people are being persecuted. The story is about a man who is being captured and locked in a room that is total darkness. The man reveals his fear of death and darkness that he felt so helpless in a sense that he is already sensing the death approaching him. However, he have never thinking of giving up until the last minute. Punis...more
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
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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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“I call to mind flatness and dampness; and then all is madness - the madness of a memory which busies itself among forbidden things.” 31 likes
“...the agony of my soul found vent in one loud, long and final scream of despair.” 30 likes
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