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Tales of Mystery and Imagination

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  7,408 ratings  ·  317 reviews
This gorgeous anthology features 29 of Edgar Allan Poe's tales of the fantastic and the macabre. It combines some of his most popular stories — including "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" — with lesser-known gems. Illustrated with 8 full-color plates and 24 full-page drawings filled with brooding eroticism by Harry Clarke, a brilliant Edw ...more
Hardcover, 413 pages
Published September 25th 2008 by Dover Publications
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I remember visiting the Edgar Allan Poe museum the last time I was in Richmond, Virginia. At the time I don't think I had read any of his work, except perhaps The Raven. The museum was a creepy place, as you might imagine, with a lot of dark wood and eerie pictures and a strange garden that seemed to be in permanent shadow. It was a strange place and he was a strange man – a hard writer to pin down: distinctly American, but hugely influential in European letters; not technically a very brilliant
Apr 11, 2013 Dolors rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of disturbing stories
Recommended to Dolors by: Emilie
Shelves: read-in-2013
"An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day." D.H. Lawrence.

Burying people alive, ghosts, macabre deaths of usually delicate and young women, dark magic, effects of inebriation and hallucination, torture, whirlpools sucking people out of their time, fatal plagues, abnormal psychological states, obsessional behaviors... William Blake in prose.
If D.H. Lawrence was any close to right about his predicament I wouldn't have liked to be in Mr.Poe'
Jan 25, 2013 Kyle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crazy people who think they aren't crazy
Poe is now a household name. An American institution. Everyone knows Poe, though few have really delved into more than one or two of his short stories. I'm also pretty sure he was completely insane. Which means he was brilliant, and everyone should read his work.

As the title of the book says, there are many different stories in here, and admittedly, they are not all of the same caliber. It seems that Poe generally became a better writer as he wrote more and more stuff, and I think his later work
I had never read much Poe, and I bought Tales of Mystery and Imagination mostly because of the illustrations, but once I started reading I couldn't put it down. The edition I have - and you should have it too - features the original illustrations by the Irish artist (and genius Harry Clarke). His drawings are dark and slightly chilling and enhance the text without distracting from it. Other, more famous artists have tackled Poe (Manet, the father of modern art, was one), but no one has done it a ...more
Carmo Santos
Há que lhe tirar o chapéu; Edgar Aleen Poe é mesmo o mestre do terror. Dono de uma prosa expressiva que retrata de forma eximia cenários de horror e suspense, não descura pormenores a criar ambientes grotescos.
Obcecado pela morte, como se esta fosse o único sentido da vida; não o final de tudo mas sim a última passagem para a eternidade.
Sete contos fantásticos: Ligeia, A Queda da Casa de Usher, A Máscara da Morte Vermelha, O Coração Revelador, O Gato Negro, O Barril de Amontillado. Gostei de tod
Ana Luisa
Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a great compilation of short stories by Egdar Allan Poe, including some of his most appraised works, like "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat", and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"; and quite a few of lesser known - and also great - works, such as "The Colloquy of Monos and Una" and "Berenice". This collection was a good mixture of horror and mystery, and I highly recommend checking out Poe's works if you haven't already!
Yiota Misiou
Τρείς ιστορίες μυστηρίου του Πόε, σε μια υπέροχη έκδοση. Σκληρό εξώφυλλο και ιλουστρασιόν σελίδες με υπέροχη και απόλυτα ταιριαστή εικονογράφηση.
Πέρασα όμορφα διαβάζοντάς το και πίνοντας τον καφέ μου.
Maria João Fernandes
Este livro reúne um conjunto de contos que, acima de tudo, se debruça sobre o sobrenatural - os fantasmas, a morte - que provoca distúrbios em vidas que podiam ser a nossa.

A primeira história é sobre uma mulher chamada Ligeia. Uma mulher bonita e inteligente, amada por um homem, que deixou viúvo. Este homem sente a dor da perda, mas segue o seu caminho, encontrando outra pessoa. Nesta história de amor e sofrimento, os fantasmas não são assustadores, antes pelo contrário, são bem vindos.

Por outro
Thomas Strömquist
Partly, but quite sufficiently different selection of Poe's stories compared to Selected Tales, which I also have and re-read from time to time. Absorbing, suspenseful, chilling and very very good!
Really good. The principles of science methodology and the challenge of moral's limits appears clearly. Strange characters, sarcasm, violence, addiction and fear get together to get you into an atmosphere of the "beyond".
María Clara
Club de Lectura, Libro #5 Agosto 2015

Yo como siempre no me siento capaz de juzgar a los clásicos pero bueno, estas reseñas me servirán para cuando ya haya estudiado literatura y me haga autobullying.

Gracias a mi profesora Vivi de literatura yo ya amaba a Poe desde séptimo, así que ya estaba preparada para leerlo. Pero con un autor como él cada cuento fue una sorpresa, tanto que ni leía de noche... Sólo por si acaso ;)

Lo único que no me gustó, que no tiene nada que ver con la escritura ni muc
γκοθικ τελείως.
Lugubrious. I always wanted to use that word, and here, finally, I have a fitting place for it. There is no doubt that literature owes a great debt to Poe. An innovator of and/or inventor of many elements of American gothic suspense; precursor to the detective fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle and simply a good weaver of tales. However, taken collectively in a giant volume, it was too much downward spiral for me. His themes of sadness, revenge, madness, and sardonic bitterness wear one down. Also, h ...more
Este é o segundo livro que leio do autor. Li As Extraordinárias Aventuras de Gordon Pym" e agora li este, que é um livro de contos. Ao todo, este livro apresenta dez contos de Poe, todos com uma temática obscura em que o medo, o terror e a estranheza são presenças constantes.

Como são contos, vou fazer uma pequena opinião de cada um, uma vez que o livro não é todo sobre a mesma história.

A esfinge da caveira

Este conto é muito breve e retrata a estadia de dois indivíduos que partem da cidade de N
Gláucia Renata
De preferência sozinho, noite fria ou tempestuosa, música sóbria ao fundo. Está criado um ambiente que irá exacerbar o efeito dos contos góticos de Poe. Aqui estão presentes alguns de seus melhores contos, outros não achei grande coisa. Mas O Poço e o Pêndulo me aflige sempre que leio e O Gato me faz gelar o sangue. Sinistro...
Edgar Allan Poe writing style might be a bit archaic but he is able to write some really great writing. His Gothic horror stories are masterful,unbeatable when its about sheer terror,atmosphere.

C.Augustine Dupin stories are great crime stories. Timeless character,stories.
Contains the best of Poe; all 3 Dupin detective stories as well as the mystery/suspense stuff which he does so well. The introduction is worth a read too.
It's almost impossible to review this book, because - now - it's impossible to get the feeling of how it would have been when it first came out one and three-quarter centuries ago. By modern standards, it seems tame, long on atmosphere and short on plot, and above all horrendously pedantic. Many of the stories are twice the length they perhaps should be, by today's standards, filled with asides and unnecessary details. In "The Gold-bug", for example, Poe spends pages explaining how to unravel a ...more
Acabei! Muito muito bom!
This book spent three years in my "currently reading" pile, but now I've finished it. Ha!

The short stories in this collection fall in three main categories. 1) The horrific and/or freaky, 2) the puzzles and detective stories, and 3) the stories about losing loved ones, particular of the romantic kind.

That last one would make anyone wonder whether Poe had lost someone -- he did, his wife of 11 years. (She was 13 when he married her, but let's not go there). The stories, to me, border on the obses
Jari Van den bossche
Outside, the sky started to grow dark and purple, as a bruise. I closed the curtains and lit the candles. I opened the thick, old book covered by a thin layer of dust that had just lain in front of me...
And then ...

Then, I got lost. For a couple of hours, I lost all my senses and disappeared from the place that humans call earth. For this period, while I was reading, I wasn't attainable ...
It felt like I was in another place. A place, where the 19th century Master of horror had transported me.
We did it! Jess and I have been reading this one out loud together for over three years, nearly the whole time that we have been in Ohio. We weren't terribly consistent over the latter part of that time, but we made a big push in the past week to get through the last hundred pages or so.

Overall a pretty good anthology that showcases most of Poe's well-known works as well as many that I had never heard of before. While I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, it is a classic and scratches a gothic
Claudia S. (Dream Memories)
Poe es un autor particular, cuyo estilo es fácilmente palpable y cuyas narraciones logran reflejar la intriga y el misterio que un buen cuento de terror debe tener. Aclaro que su estilo no está en crear criaturas de tres cabezas, o chupasangres en la oscuridad. Poe lo que hace es tomar algo de lo común pero que siempre tiene en sí algo de misterio, y llevarlo más allá: la muerte, la locura, el mar, el amor, la enfermedad, etc. Creo que esto es precisamente lo que destaca a Poe de los demás autor ...more
Daniel Rendón Flórez
Aunque con dificultad pude terminar el libro, no puedo negar que los relatos son excelentes. Me pasa como a María Clara, amo las novelas donde te enamoras de los personajes y de la historia, sin embargo, la manera de escribir de Poe y como te hace sentir miedo, angustia y hasta desesperación es genial!
Mis favoritos de siempre:
*El corazón delator
*El tonel de amontillado
*El gato negro
*El escarabajo de oro
*La caja oblonga
*El pozo y el péndulo.
Apenas había leído un par de cuentos de Poe antes de este libro. Pero ahora me ha sorprendido por su calidad literaria y variedad de temas, su estilo y la facilidad con la que desarrolla una historia motivando diferentes sensaciones que van del terror al humor más fresco. Difícilmente le pongo cinco estrellas a un libro de cuentos; es que en este libro ningún cuento es malo ni aburrido. Ahora veo que con razón es un clásico de la literatura mundial. Veintisiete cuentos de los más originales y ta ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
A very nice edition, I bought this as a reading copy from Barnes and Noble this Christmas after I had stumbled across a gorgeous original 1920s edition with all of Harry Clarke's original artwork in it. I did not want to add wear to that large volume by actually reading it from cover to cover, so I was happily surprised to find this copy. Not all of Clarke's brooding, creepy, beautiful Art Nouveau artwork is included in this edition, but it does include most of it. I am not sure why some was not ...more
Nektarios Kalogirou
Το βιβλίο (εκδόσεις Γνώση, μετάφραση Κοσμά Πολίτη) περιλαμβάνει τρεις ιστορίες.
1. Το βαρέλι του Αμοντιλλάδο
2. Ο μαύρος γάτος
3. Ο οίκος των Ωσερ

Τρεις υπέροχες, κλασσικές ιστορίες μυστηρίου και τρόμου όπως τον αντιλαμβανόντουσαν τότε που η τηλεθέαση δεν απαιτούσε ξεντεριασμένα πτώματα να πέφτουν σε σωρούς από τον ουρανό.
Sam Grove
Very good Mr Poe, very good.
Wasn't expecting too much from this as I was really only reading it as I'd never read them before. People rave about him all the time so I thought I should give him a bash. Turns out they're right! The language can sometimes be a barrier and found myself re-reading parts to understand what had been said (especially with Dupin in Murder at Rue Morgue) but the horror and dreadful excitement in all of his stories transcends the difficult language and actually grips you.
A fan of Poe's poetry since my teenage years, I thought it about time I read some of his short stories.

I found Poe's writing mechanical and stiff in a lot of the stories, which at times made it difficult to finish, whereas in others the story flowed easy and reminded me more of his poetry - the Poe I knew and loved.

One needs to stick it out with this particular collection, and perhaps not read them in their listed order, as I found a lot of the stories I didnt enjoy so much (such as 'A Descent i
Well. Those short stories really engage you in the 19th century horror fantasies, breath taking sometimes, and just an "Art" other times. You'll love it, just read as a snack.
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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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“To conceive the horror of my sensations is, I presume, utterly impossible; yet a curiosity to penetrate the mysteries of these awful regions predominates even over my despair, and will reconcile me to the most hideous aspect of death.” 7 likes
“The teeth!—the teeth!—they were here, and there, and everywhere, and visibly and palpably before me; long, narrow, and excessively white, with the pale lips writhing about them, as in the very moment of their first terrible development.” 3 likes
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