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Tales of Mystery and Imagination

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Horror stories, science fiction, detective stories and satirical sketches –the variety of Poe will chill and delight

Locked doors, sealed cavities, bricked-up alcoves and premature burial close in on Poe's narrators as they , like their victims, are cut off from light, air and human society. Partly, Poe's stories resonate as the disordered chambers' of the narrators' mind
Paperback, 640 pages
Published August 15th 1993 by Everyman Paperback (first published 1908)
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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 really liked it  ·  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'
I have to open with a confession, for those of you who do not know I am a self-confessed Poe obsessive so there is every possibility that this review is a tad biased. Having said that this collection of 10 tales and poems shows his genius at capturing the darker side of humanity, from the ability to torment and torture to the sometimes unbelievable determination to survive, even when pounding on death's door. This collection includes some of my absolute favourites from Poe including The Raven, w ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 16, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2015 Yiota Misiou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Nov 15, 2015 Claudia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Acabei! Muito muito bom!
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
Leonor Costa
Como em todos os livros de contos, houve uns que gostei mais de outros. Na maioria dos contos fiquei a querer mais, noutros só quis que chegassem depressa ao fim. Uns achei aborrecidos e chatos, outros empolgantes e emocionantes.
Mas no geral é um bom livro, agora só tenho que ler mais contos de Allan Poe (:
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!
Natacha Cunha
Oct 13, 2015 Natacha Cunha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Allan Poe é sem dúvida um ícone da literatura de mistério e terror, com uma extraordinária capacidade de nos transportar para os cenários mais horrendos.
O pormenor com que cada cenário e acção são relatados é de uma precisão incrível, que nos faz crer que somos parte integrante da história. Há situações e atitudes de personagens verdadeiramente sinistras, reveladoras de graves distúrbios da mente. A sua obsessão pela morte é mais que notória, mas também nos oferece alguns contos mais cent
Mar 16, 2009 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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".


"Nadie se asusta más que un niño; por eso creo que los hombres a veces necesitamos del temor para asustarnos y sentirnos niños otra vez"
-Prólogo de Narciso Ibáñez Serrador

¿Qué puedo decir de esta obra maestra?
Recuerdo haber leído algunas de estas "narraciones" en secundaria como lecturas obligatorias. Si mi memoria no me falla había leído El corazón delator, El retrato oval y La carta robada, aunque el que más me quedó grabado fue el primero, que me había parecido increíble en ese ent
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
Jan 07, 2016 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je n'ai pas aimé de façon égale chaque nouvelle mais j'ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à lire l'écriture de Poe (traduite par Baudelaire).
Mohammad Ali
داستانی نسبتا خوب: "نوشته ای که در یک بطری پیدا شده"، "گرداب مالستروم"، "آدمی کشی های کوچه ی مّرگ"، و "لیجیا"

داستان خوب: "چاه و پاندول" ( هر چند آغازش گنگی و ابهام دارد )

ادگار آلن پو در به تصویر کشیدن فضاهای تنگ و تاریک و ... مهارت ویژه ای دارد. در برخی داستان ها "راز"ها با استفاده از قدرت "تحلیل" - که پو اصرار دارد غیر از مهارت محاسبه ی ریاضی است - حل می شوند اما در برخی همچنان سر به مهر باقی می مانند.

ترجمه عموما خوب است اما در اواخر کتاب ابهام هایی - بعضا ناشی از غلط ها ی چاپی و ... - وجود دار
Jun 21, 2015 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Apr 28, 2014 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
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
Jul 15, 2014 Gláucia Renata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 17, 2010 Saf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-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.
Sep 20, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 2015 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
γκοθικ τελείως.
Dec 21, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
Los cuentos incluidos en este ejemplar presentan una muestra de la excelencia narrativa de Poe. Estas historias son una mezcla eficaz de terror, suspenso, misterio y humor. Sus personajes no son relevantes por sus características, sino por sus acciones; y es de destacar, la capacidad del autor para ilustrar de rasgos humanos a las fuerzas y elementos que intervienen.

"Los anteojos"

Esta historia, un tanto humorística, nos cuenta sobre Simpson, un hombre con problemas de visión que se resiste a usa
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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.” 9 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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