Gruselkabinett 11 - Der Untergang des Hauses Usher
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Gruselkabinett 11 - Der Untergang des Hauses Usher

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Der düstere Gruselklassiker aus der Feder von Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) in einer spannenden neuen Hörspiel-Version in prominenter Besetzung.

In der Umgebung von Baltimore 1845

Philipp Belfield reist, durch einen Brief seines Jugendfreundes Roderick alarmiert, auf den abgelegenen, inmitten von Sumpfland errichteten Stammsitz der Familie Usher.

Ein drohendes Unheil scheint üb...more
Audio CD, 1 page
Published March 17th 2006 by Titania Medien (first published 1839)
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 03, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
There are three Edgar Allan Poe books that are included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. They are: The Fall of the House of Usher, The Purloined Letter and The Pit and the Pendulum. Yesterday, I started reading The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings as my first Halloween book this year. All these three stories are there. So, reading that book is like shooting three birds with one stone.

The Fall of the House of Usher is the best horror story that I've read for a long time now. Not...more
I know not how it was--but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. 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. What was it--I paused to think--what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?

"The Fall of the House of Usher is considered the best example of Poe's "totality", where every elemen...more
This is one of Edgar Allan Poe's acclaimed short stories, made unforgettable when it was adapted to film by Roger Corman in 1960, starring Vincent Price.
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The Fall of the House of Usher was published in September 1839 and helped build Poe's credibility as a serious writer. It embodied the elements which were fast becoming Poe's macabre signature: "gloomy landscape, crumbling mansion, somber interior, sorrowful atmosphere, terrified narrator, neurasthenic hero, supernatural elements, oppressive sec...more
During one of those idle internet journeys the original purpose of which can't be remembered, I discovered that Debussy had, before his untimely death, finished 20-odd minutes of an opera based on Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. As something of a Debussy fanatic, I ordered the out-of-print 80s recording and pursued information on Poe's story. Seduced by the approachable length and its ready availability online, I settled down to a single sitting of 'Usher', Laphroaig, and Sibelius' 4th,...more
Dec 04, 2013 Bonnie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bonnie by: 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
And the award for the longest run-on sentence that still manages to somewhat make sense goes to... yes, you, Edgar. You, my friend, know how to use those punctuation's to their fullest potential and then some. You even manage to use dashes like it's nobody's business.

And now for the winning sentence...
*deep breathe*

"It was possible, I reflected, that a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the details of the picture, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilat...more
My only problem with the "antique books" is the language, it takes me longer than usual to understand whole paragraphs, if i do at all .
I must admit that i adore writings from this era, it takes me away to a world of novelty and wonderful manners, but my knowledge of English doesn't allow me to fully enjoy them.
The fall of the house of Usher begins with the invitation the narrator gets from his boyhood friend Roderick Usher, apparently his friend is sick and lonely and he needs a company that m...more
Gloria Mundi
Jun 16, 2012 Gloria Mundi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tim Burton
Recommended to Gloria by: 1001 book list
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The Fall of the House of Usher (published in 1839) may well be one of the stories which started the current interest in the gothic genre, although Ann Radcliffe's "The Mysteries of Udolpho", for instance, had been published much earlier in 1794. Apart from its parody in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey", Radcliffe's work has now largely been forgotten along with other great gothic works from the time. Yet The Fall of the House of Usher remains perennially popular and influential. Poe regarded...more
Filipe Miguel
Durante um dia inteiro de Outono, escuro, sombrio, silencioso, em que as nuvens pairavam, baixas e opressivas (...) encontrei-me diante da melancólica Casa de Usher.

Sendo Edgard Allan Poe sinónimo de "perturbador", toda e qualquer narrativa por ele escrita remete obrigatoriamente para o desconforto.

Neste longo conto, o autor coloca a nú o subconsciente profundo, utilizando o elemento "medo" e fá-lo valer através do "estranho". Com estranho ambiente, estranho tempo e estranhos acontecimentos, A...more
This atmospheric horror story is great example of how an author such as Poe gets straight to the point. He doesn't bore the reader with lots of filler, but rather only describes every detail that is important to the story. This writing style is a great example why Poe can be read over and over again. Each sentence is a diamond that shines brighter and brighter with each subsequent reading.
I love this story... I read this years (and years) ago, but when I found the audio online, I decided to listened to it. I'm not sure who the reader is, but wow... whoever he was did a fantastic job.

It was so easy just to fall right into this story. The language is so beautiful and eerie, and the tone is just one of perfect paranoia and fear...

Good stuff! Reeeeeead it.
Sarah ( Paris )

horror .. I love this story .
Good book ! Read it .

Basically it's two dudes scaring each other stoopid. But, hold on a sec: isn't Poe alluding to everything, and constantly, as an experience very much akin to an "opium-takers"? This is the equivalent of some modern author writing: "OMG. I'm so frightened, I'm paranoid, I'm doomed. It don't matter I just took one magnificent bong hit only 30 seconds ago, I'm scared!!!!"

Or something. But the overstuffing of myriad Gothic elements in this, one of his sure-classics overrides, repeat after me: EVERY...more
Ken Moten
My favorite of all of Poe's writings (The Cask of Amontillado coming in a close second), this story is what made me like Poe more than The Raven, The Telltale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, or any of his other works did. I still try to read it every year around Halloween and can say that I really wish they did a faithful adaption of this book instead of the "camp" but entertaining Roger Cormen version of the '60s that had Vincent Price. I can't explain what the appeal to me is of a house that...more
1839 erschien „Der Untergang des Hauses Usher“ als Kurzgeschichte von Edgar Allan Poe in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine. Seitdem dürfte sie wohl zu einer der meistverfilmten und am öftesten umgesetzten Horrorgeschichten zählen. Jeder hat diese Geschichte in der einen oder anderen Art schon einmal gelesen, gehört oder gesehen. Mir geht es nicht anders. Ich habe diverse Hörbücher gehört und mehrere Verfilmungen gesehen und bisher konnte ich nie verstehen, warum diese Geschichte schauerlich sein sol...more
Jenn Flynn-Shon
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Alexandra Vezure
28 de pagini impecabile. Un nou scenariu de cosmar, cum numai Poe stie.
The second piece i read after Nevermore by Edgar Allan Poe.

This is a case of Flowers in the Attic gone horribly wrong.

A gothic horror story, an unidentified narrator tells us his experience about meeting a long lost friend when he was a kid.. requesting him to visit his house, called House of Usher. Even if he hasn't heard from this friend for a long time, he decides to accept the request and when he arrives, the house itself is dark, creepy, crumbling at the edges and has a quiet desperation of...more
Wowie wow wow. Intense. This was awesome. I hate to admit that, besides The Raven, this is the first Poe I've read. Perhaps all of his writing immerses the reader with a perfect amount of setting and raw emotion. I sure hope so, and I'm about to find out since I'm going to go read some more Poe right now.
David jones
Wow. This book is a lot to take in. I actually quite like this short story. I mean, I had a headache while reading it, which had me learning something; I shouldn't read a long Edgar Allan Poe story when I do have an extremely bad headache. The characters development in this story is fairly interesting, as is the narrator of the story. This is a lot to process in one sitting. This fifteen or so page story probably took me close to a half an hour to journey through, and yet, it was incredibly good...more
Why only two stars? I could say it's Poe's wordy, verbose writing. But then I need to observe how Wikipedia's review finds "every element and detail relevant and related" .... hhmmmm .... I could say it's Poe's eagerness to entertain false assumptions (see for instance, at the very beginning, how he decides that every mind usually finds even the most desolate or terrible/sternest images with half pleasurable, poetic feeling - I never liked these morbid representations myself, this is not poetry...more
This one wasn't as powerful for me as "Cask of Amontillado". I think it's because we're in the narrator's POV, outside the madness and the terror to an extent. Part of what makes "Cask" so effective is that we're following Montressor down the path of his madness. The first-person POV encourages us to identify with him even as he's bricking up his enemy in a tomb. This time, tombs are once again the motif of fear, but we as readers don't experience it. It's distanced first by the third-person POV...more
Darkness and deception can also be a form of romanticism. The short story “The Fall of the House of Usher,” by Edgar Allen Poe, illustrates how the background of the story can influence the writing. The obscurity of time and place concerning romanticism is the main point in Poe’s piece. Romanticism is Part of the gothic tale Poe creates inspires terror with the clever omission of certain details pertaining to the characters in the story that could allow for a broader picture of what the story is...more
Adam Sprague
I must say that my wife thinks that Poe, himself, had commited murder or buried someone alive at some point in his life. I can't blame her as Poe tends to write of the same topic over and over.

This story is no different.

Once again, we have a character being haunted by hearing "false sounds", which ultimatley leads to their demise. As flowery as the writing is, the story could easily be one paragraph long. I will say, that the final paragraph is quite haunting and done very well.

The story stuck...more
Deborah Mitton
Not one of my fav of Edgar Allan Poe.
Tanya Marie
The Fall of the House of Usher is a short horror story, written by Edgar Allan Poe. It was published in the September of 1839 and follows the slightly terrifying story of an unnamed narrator who goes to visit his childhood friend at the House of Usher in his friend's time of need.

It's easy to get through; I managed to finish it in the space of a mere hour and a half and it's an interesting read. I'm not sure whether it's classed as a Gothic text or not, but I definitely noticed striking glimmer...more
Just gave this one a quick read. For a story that one can read in under 30 minutes, this one paints a scene and creates a mood very quickly. It contains all of the gloom and imminent doom that you would expect from a Poe tale. While Poe's language in other tales can now be seen as overly arcane and flowery, such is not the case with "Usher." Sure, there are more than a few fifty-cent words in here, but they hardly interfere with one's understanding of the story.

The tale is true horror. A pair of...more
Erick Vega
What I especially loved was that the first six or so pages are filled with the narrator's description of the landscape and the House of Usher. The House really is the first character that's introduced, since 'The House of Usher' doesn't only mean the actual house but also the family. Through that description you immediately get into the atmosphere of the story. The story is a good example of how everything, every detail, is important. It is crucial to understand that Usher's senses are over-acti...more
Rana Ibrahim
In the greenest of our valleys,
By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace--Radiant palace--reared its head.
In the monarch Thought's dominion--It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair.

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow;
(This--all this--was in the olden
Time long ago)
And every gentle air that dallied,
In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odour went away.

Wanderers in that happy valley
Through two lu...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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“Not hear it? --yes, I hear it, and have heard it. Long --long --long --many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it --yet I dared not --oh, pity me, miserable wretch that I am! --I dared not --I dared not speak! We have put her living in the tomb!” 21 likes
“I was forced to fall back upon the unsatisfactory conclusion, that while, beyond doubt, there are combinations of very simple natural objects which have the power of thus affecting us, still the analysis of this power lies among considerations beyond our depth. It was possible, I reflected, that a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the details of the picture, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilate its capacity for sorrowful impression.” 9 likes
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