The Pit and the Pendulum
Why do such a thing? The story’s torture chamber is not a makeshift construction slapped together; rather, with ...more
The Pit and the Pendulum is a very s ...more
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
"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!...more
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
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
The story take ...more
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.
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
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
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
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
La escritura es sencilla, directa, sobria, bien lúcida, transmite el estrés emocional y psicológico del personaje ...more
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
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
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
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