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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales

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The celebrated master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe brought his nightmare imaginings to life in his classic stories told in his signature dark and vibrant style. This volume gathers together fourteen of his richest and most influential tales, including: “The Pit and the Pendulum,” his reimagining of Inquisition tortures; “The Tell-Tale Heart,” an exploration of a murdere ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Signet (first published January 1st 1960)
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This selection of short stories reveals Edgar Allan Poe in all his moods. All the stories have been reviewed, but some have their own separate reviews and star rating. These are indicated with links at the end. This review and star rating is for the remainder of this selection.

The Fall of the House of Usher (published in 1839) is the title story of the collection. It may well be one of the stories which started the current interest in the gothic genre, although Ann Radcliffe's "The Mysteries o
Jan 06, 2011 jzhunagev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jzhunagev by: the "Voice"

Inspired Madness
A Book Review of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales

There’s no denying that much of modern horror fiction — as we know it anyway — grew out of the gloomy, chaotic depth of the 19th century when a few demented souls were churning out tales of things that go bump in the night. These were writers who were dubbed freaks during their time and, as if the patina of age hasn’t wore off, are still considered as such today. They broke taboos, infringed establ
The Balloon-Hoax - Wow. That was really boring.
Ms. Found in a Bottle - Good suspense, but the ending confused me.
A Descent into the Maelstrom - Not too memorable.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue - A rather silly Holmes-esque mystery tale.
The Purloined Letter - Not bad, but far too wordy.
The Black Cat - Deliciously disturbing.
The Fall of the House of Usher - Not as interesting as his others, but good atmosphere.
The Pit and the Pendulum - A delightful tale of suspense.
The Masque of the Red Death - Me
Melissa Jackson
Oct 12, 2009 Melissa Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite of all Poe's stories. (Which considering my love for him, was not an easy choice to make.) I have read it several times over, numerous times out-loud and in scary voices to entertain my little brother :). It's incredible how Poe can write in this helter skelter fashion so that you really don't know exactly what's going on-- and then in one final paragraph, or even the final sentence, he brings it all together and has you so thoroughly creeped out and simultaneously blown your ...more
Sep 07, 2009 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list
Hearing your name given to literary characters is a weird experience. I guess I should be thankful I don't have a more common name, like Sarah or Kate or whatever. Sharing a name with a fictional character doesn't happen to me often - the last one I can remember is The Departed, where the single female character was named Madeline but it didn't really matter because she got called by name a whopping one time - but when it does it's weird.

Especially when you're reading this story by Poe, and the
Apr 13, 2015 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The opening sequence right away sets-up the mood of the story – “the soundlessness of the autumn day, low-hanging clouds, dreariness of the countryside, waning of the day, the melancholy house itself.” The descriptions are so amazing of the inside of the Usher House which intensifies the impression of gloom and decay given by the outside. Such symbolism too! The way that Roderick’s studio is reached “through many dark and intricate passages” suggest that access to his mind is hidden and convolut ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aab-readalongs
This was my first ever collection i have read of mr. Poe and I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection. The collection was my pick for all hallow's read to read for Halloween this year. I also hosted a readalong of this collection online on facebook andat the all about books book club on goodreads. This month from october 20th through tonight we read and discussed the stories by poe that was in this collection along with the novel A narrative of A. Gordon Pym. It also included my favorit ...more
John Yelverton
Oct 07, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story will absolutely freak you out. Of course, you should expect that from the greatest suspense writer of all time.
Dark Slayer
Feb 21, 2014 Dark Slayer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Allan Poe has succeeded in creating an extremely excellent Gothic work, which contains the famous characteristics of this genre, such as terror, suspense, depressing landscape, haunted house and gloom’s metonymy.

A dearth of setting is the first and clear observation that we have in mind. In other words, when this story begins, it states just an unnamed narrator standing in front of a gloomy and frightening house on an autumnal and overcast day. Therefore, neither a location nor a precise
Eric Kneisler
This story takes place in the 1800’s. Most of the story is in a dark, old mansion. The mansion is owned by a man named Roderick Usher. He lives there with his twin sister, Madeline. The story is told by a narrator. The narrator goes to the mansion. He thinks it feels “eerie” and kind of sad.
Roderick is pale and not feeling well. He has “morbid acuteness of the senses”. All of his senses are affected. (sounds are too loud, lights are too bright, etc) His sister was very sick.
While the narrator is
Oct 27, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could rate the individual stories. Some I loved others not so much. It was fun to revisit these at Halloween.
Siyoung Yoo
Feb 05, 2014 Siyoung Yoo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling, lots of suspense. Well described and well written, loved it.

While I don't like horror stories, and a lot of Poe's endings leave me unsatisfied, the range of his writings, the influence he had on later writers and the course of literature, and the story of his life are fascinating. I had not realized that he wrote more than horror and poems.

My favorites in this book were:
Introduction by Stephen Marlowe
The Balloon-Hoax (From this you can tell Poe studied the physical sciences and mechanical technologies of his day. This is almost sci fi.)
The Murders in th
Kind of a hit or miss collection. There were a few stories that I found really dull to read, but I really enjoyed the title story, "The Fall of the House of Usher", along with "The Black Cat", and all the classic Poe tales, "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Masque of the Red Death", etc. Poe is a master at delving into the dark psychological recesses of the human mind.

I also really liked the Dupin tales, which reminded me a lot of Sherlock Holmes-- makes sense since apparently Poe's Dupin provided the
Eric Cartier
Jul 07, 2008 Eric Cartier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read most of these stories in anthologies in middle school, but revisiting them, I found myself trapped in Poe's imaginative grip. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" "The Pit and the Pendulum" "The Masque of the Red Death" "The Tell-Tale Heart" "The Fall of the House of Usher" Don't the titles themselves plunge you into terrible remembrance?

From "The Black Cat": "Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or stupid action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not
I don't like these kind of genres, that much. But Poe is a beautiful exception. He is brilliant at creating weird atmospheres, although sometimes it seems those descriptions are too long, with women dying all over the place. However, it is not difficult to get into the stories and feel real emotion.
I really liked William Wilson, I liked "Ms. Found in a Bottle", "The Oval Portrait", the art of losing a wife by gaining a painting. "Ligeia", I don't quite get it yet, but it has a frightening beauty
Iván Bustinduy
Nov 19, 2015 Iván Bustinduy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 02, 2009 Fatima rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i don't like this book because it don't have alot of will be better if they ztick to one story and finish it.i recooened this book to the people who like scary will be also good if you read it at halloween.after i read this book i couldn't sleep.
May 04, 2014 Alondra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
2 Stars... meh.

The only thing saving this particular edition, was The Pit and the Pendulum and the Black Cat. Nice and creepy, with some crazy thrown on top.

The downside, was the full length novella of Narrative of A Gordan Pym. Utterly boring.

Aug 19, 2007 علی rated it liked it
زوال خاندان آشر یک بار توسط احمد میرعلایی ترجمه شده و بار دیگر توسط احمد گلشیری به فارسی برگردانده شده که در مجموعه ی داستان و نقد داستان به چاپ رسیده است.
I actually do like Edgar Allan Poe. His stories are interesting and dark, and they also pose intriguing psychological and moral questions. Poe's work is a welcomed break from Thoreau's long droning paragraphs and Whitman's self-important poetry. Still, The Fall of the House of Usher is probably my least favorite Poe story. It's long and wordy, lacking the interesting psychology of The Tell Tale Heart and The Black Cat or the vindictive revenge in The Cask of Amontillado. What I like about Poe i ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Josie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just adore Poe's writing style and could read it all day.
Nov 12, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
second novel ever read....Mr Graffia's follow up to the success of The Hobbit during first half of 7th grade at St. Gen's on the northwest side. the price on the cover of my original Signet Classic copy is 60c. and it's pretty beat up, but still serviceable.

Poe is outstanding....pretty heady stuff for tween in the early 70's!

ironically, the raven is not among the stories of this collection, which prohibits the use of stock nevermore quips.

the tell-tale heart, certainly a classic, one of my fave
Oct 24, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it
Good ol' creepy Poe. A classic.
Ernest Sartison
fantastic story
Nov 04, 2012 Andree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I decided Poe would be a good book on my shelf to read during the week of Halloween.

This wasn't bad. I put it in kind of three sections, myself. The first three stories seem to be in the vein of "Characters encounter some odd kind of natural disaster and then tell someone else about it - usually in a not-quite traditional way," then we move into odd/strange, more typical (or at least what I typically thought of) when it comes to Poe. This section contains some of the classic stories, a few of wh
Jul 10, 2011 D.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was a long, hard slog through a broad range of fiction, but it's finally over. And with it, I'm proud to say, I've completed my stack of classic fiction from the Great Writers Library! Thenk yew, thenk yew.
This book is probably the first time I've read Poe since high school (aside from occasionally running into The Raven). I saved it until last in this stack of books I've been reading, because I expected to really enjoy it. I was disappointed. Poe's painfully purple style and last-thr
Germano Dalcielo
Apr 16, 2012 Germano Dalcielo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un grande, superbo scandagliatore dell'animo umano e dei recessi più sordidi della mente. Racconti legati tra loro da fili conduttori "cari" (amaramente cari) alla vita e all'anima stessa di Poe - come l'ossessione di essere sepolto vivo, la Bellezza della donna inevitabilmente destinata a sfiorire vittima della malattia, l'istinto puro e atavico del male, del sadismo gongolante, della vendetta fine a se stessa - e sicuramente permeati di una visione allucinata e onirica, che non si può far a me ...more
Dec 11, 2012 S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 estrellas: Me encantooooooooooooooooo :D (SIN SPOILERS)
La caída de la casa de Usher es un libro más bien corto, que se lee en un abrir y cerrar de ojos, pero que en sus pocas páginas logra crear una ambientación lúgubre y melancólica. Sin duda ha sido un muy buen cuento y claramente quiero explicar porque.
La historia va sobre un hombre que va a visitar a su amigo de la infancia a pedido de él. Hablamos del Señor Usher, que junto a su hermana viven en una gran mansión, que al apenas verl
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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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“During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was--but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasureable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible. I looked upon the scene before me--upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain--upon the bleak walls--upon the vacant eye-like windows--upon a few rank sedges--and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees--with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium--the bitter lapse into everyday life--the hideous dropping off of the veil. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart--an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime.” 30 likes
“There seemed a deep sense of life and joy about all; and although no airs blew from out the Heavens, yet everything had motion through the gentle sweepings to and fro of innumberable butterflies, that might have been mistaken for tullips with wings.” 7 likes
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