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The Tell-Tale Heart

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Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has ...more
Hardcover, 31 pages
Published October 1st 1980 by Creative Education (first published 1843)
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Sara I believe he is insane trying to convince us he is sane.
Many times he mentions that he isn't crazy because of one reason or another.
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I believe he is insane trying to convince us he is sane.
Many times he mentions that he isn't crazy because of one reason or another.
"TRUE! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses --not destroyed --not dulled them. ... How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story."(less)
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Glenn Russell
Dec 04, 2014 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Published in 1850, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart is one of the best known and most memorable short stories ever written. Since there are dozens of commentaries and reviews here and elsewhere on the internet, in the spirit of freshness, I will take a particular focus –- obsession with an eye or eyes – and compare Poe’s tale with a few others.

In ‘The Painter of Eyes’ by Jean Richepin, we encounter an obscure artist who sells his soul to the Devil in order to paint at least one masterpiece
Bookworm Sean
This is quite possibly my favourite short story of all time as it makes me laugh so much. The narrator tries so hard to convince you of his sanity, but in doing so reveals more about his insanity than his dark deed does itself. It's kind of ironic really. I mean he mistakes the pounding of his own heart with that of the old man’s and uses it as a prompt to murder him because, after-all, the neighbours might hear the beating of his heart though the walls. And lo and behold his evil eye that is so ...more
Jason Koivu
Oct 02, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
A short story classic!

Poe had excellent timing in the pace for The Tell-Tale Heart, setting it to the quickening beat of a increasingly nervous heart. (Don't you dare comment below about how "the heart" mentioned in the story is the victim's, not the narrator's!)

Countless future writers, especially tv writers needing to tie things up within a half hour, would use this story as a framework for how to wring a confession out of a perpetrator.

Unfortunately, this story might not capture the terrifie
Dec 30, 2015 Claudia rated it it was amazing
:) Midnight. You are lying in bed, sleeping. Suddenly there is a noise.
Your sitting up, around you there is darkness. Your heart starts beating.
You know, something evil is in the room and you can`t escape it......

Have a good night, friends :-)
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*

p, is for Poe

4 Stars

Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded –with what caution –with what foresight –with what dissimulation I went to work!

I have read A Tell-Tale Heart half a dozen times in my life and at every re-reading I am struck anew with Poe’s genius, he is one of the few writers I have ever come across who can entirely foreshadow a novel (or in this case short story) and yet still evoke emo
The Tell-tale Heart, written in 1842, is one of Poe's best known short stories, despite its brevity. It is a study of the psychology of guilt, madness and paranoia, which are themes present in many of Poe's other works. The author uses a favourite claustrophobic device of his - (view spoiler) ...more
Sarah Churchill
Dec 30, 2015 Sarah Churchill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Well... shit.

Loved it. Short and sweet but not lacking in suspense and downright creepiness. I'll hold my hands up and admit that this English Lit lover first heard of this story through The Simpsons. Sacrilege I know, but I guess it never made it on to the syllabus at my school. So I sort of knew how it would turn out, but still there's so much to consider here, I can see why it's a popular choice for study.
The Tell-Tale Heart is a story about an unnamed person who insists on their sanity after murdering an old man with an evil eye. The murder was cold, calculated and well executed, the body disposed; but the guilt slowly eats away at the person.

The story uses an unreliable narrator very effectively; driving the story without giving too much away, to keep it tense. The narrator is genderless though most people assume he’s a man, it could just as easily been a woman. The way the story is written, y
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
"... it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye."

This is one of Edgar Allen Poe's most famous short stories, from 1843. An unreliable narrator tells about how he was undone by an old man's clouded, "vulture-like" eye and beating heart ... or was he?


The unnamed narrator is talking to another person (presumably a psychiatrist or policeman), trying his best to convince the listener -- not that he didn't commit the crime, but that he is not insane. And the more he explains how his sanity
Huda Yahya

القلب الواشي هي أول قصة أدرسها في حياتي على الإطلاق
كنت في عامي الأول بالكلية حينما تعرفت للمرة الأولى على هذا الإسم
إدجار آلان بو

ومن يومها صار إدمانا لا أريد له علاجا ولا دواء


بو سحرني من السطر الأول
فتنني قدرته العجيبة على ابتداع مواقف كابوسية كلها جدة وتفرد
استخدامه للغة كان غريبا
لم أكن قد قرأت بالإنجليزية وقتها الكثير
فلم أدرسها بتمعن قبل الجامعة

وبرغم تجربتي القاصرة وقتها
إلا أنني لفتني أسلوب بو في صياغة العبارة بشدة

بهرت كل شيء
اللغة وتقطيع العبارة وطريق السرد وقدرة بو المبهرة
على التوغل في
Oct 12, 2015 Kimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
I listened to the audiobook for this one and it made the experience so much more intense. Listen to it here

If you're looking for a creepy read, give this one a go!
Dec 04, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this classic Poe short story!

I reread it on 12/3 as a BOTM.

Listened to the story which provided an extra "creep" factor! Liked the audio on YouTube which showed the words along with the audio.

I always wonder what exactly it was about the old man's eye that incited the narrator's wrath...

Everyone should read this!!! 15 minutes if you listen.
Sep 03, 2015 Yani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muchas cosas oí en el infierno.

Mi corazón lector (perdón por el chiste malo) ya estaba dando saltitos en las frases iniciales. Es un cuento para leer en voz alta. Eso es lo primero que se me vino a la cabeza en cuanto lo empecé. Un actor o una actriz lo haría de mil maravillas, pero de todas formas lo intenté (y sí, hay que animarse). Tiene un ritmo tremendo y parece un monólogo, más que una sucesión de hechos. Creo que es el primer cuento (subrayo “creo”, ya que debería releer y leer muchos m
Mar 22, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No point going into a long review, it's Poe he's excellent, so go read some. Go on quick, don't waste time on my paltry words go and read the great master of the macabre
Tayler Boswell
Dec 19, 2015 Tayler Boswell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
That might be the creepiest, most grotesquely fascinating thing I've ever read.

The juxtaposition of the narrator's concept of self and his actions was really well done. "I'm not crazy, not at all, I'm perfectly logical and unfeeling in my murder of this poor old man. See, I even dismembered him and caught all the blood in a tub! Would a madman do that?" Uh, YES. Yes he would, sir.
Sep 05, 2015 Ale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
Apoyé la mano sobre el corazón y la mantuve así largo tiempo. No se sentía el menor latido. El viejo estaba bien muerto. Su ojo no volvería a molestarme.
Jim Ef
Nov 16, 2015 Jim Ef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Μπορείς να πεις ψέματα σε όλους τους άλλους, αλλά όχι στον εαυτό σου.
Τι μπορεί να σε προδώσει όταν έχεις διαπράξει τον τέλειο φόνο? Μα φυσικά οι ενοχές. Η μαρτυριάρα καρδιά μοιάζει αρκετά με την μαύρη γάτα, ταυτόχρονα όμως είναι εντελώς διαφορετική. Ενώ στην μαύρη γάτα ο πρωταγωνιστής πληρώνει την αλαζονεία του, εδώ είναι οι ενοχές του αυτές που τον οδηγούν στην τρέλα, και εντέλει στην ομολογία του φόνου
Dec 13, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Before today, the last time I read this story I hadn't read much else from the 19th century. It was a better story than I remembered. It's always impressive to see an author accomplish so much in just a few pages. I was a little shocked by how gory it is. It's nothing compared to a lot of contemporary horror, but it's pretty vivid in its violence for the era.
Nov 29, 2015 Henz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a chilling story of a man proving his sanity. An unreliable narrator insist to tell us he’s not mad and proceeded with his story on why he murdered an old man because of his “evil eye”. Not once did the old man wronged him but he fussed about how the old man’s eyes like “vulture” haunted him.


“He had the eye of a vulture- a pale blue eye, with film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees very gradually I made up my mind to take the life of the old man and
Apr 29, 2012 Prashant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
"No, no, don't fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. You should have seen me."

I read this one story after hearing a lot of appreciation for it. Lately I have been reading Edgar Allan Poe's one work at a time and my gosh!, the genius keeps on getting better.

Here he tells a story of a young person(gender is not mentioned) who kills an old man in a cold and calculated manner. The way in which the story is told is simply magical. I could not peel my eyes away even for a moment. There is a new emotion
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe
عنوان: قلب افشاگر؛ نویسنده: ادگار آلن پو؛ مترجم: محمد حاج کریمی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کوله پشتی، 1388، در 84 ص، شابک: 9786005337716؛ موضوع: داستان کودکان از نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 19 م
ادگار آلن پو، از بنیانگذاران گونههای پلیسی، علمیتخیلی و وحشت شمرده میشود
از متن: میدانستم که با اولین صدا از خواب پریده است، و وحشتش مدام بیشتر و بیشتر میشود. مرگ پا به اتاقش گذاشته و سایه اش مردک را احاطه کرده بود. نه میتوانست مرا ببیند، نه بشنود. ولی میتوانست احساس کند که سر من دا
Andrei Tamaş
Dec 21, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing
Cea mai sumbră scriere a lui Poe citită de mine până acum. Aici descrie, la persoana I, o crimă înfăptuită din instinct (ca şi cum ai vrea să spargi ceasornicul care ticăie). Finalul covărşitor este dat nu de mustrarea de conştiinţa (după cum ne-am obişnuit), ci tocmai de motivaţia crimei: reversul instinctului.
Apr 15, 2015 Ziba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-read and still as brilliant. Oh, Poe...
Apr 19, 2016 Soplada rated it really liked it
بترعب :'O
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
An insane, motive-less, cold-blooded murder narrated in a hallucinatory haze. As the story is 160 years old, and by the original master of the macabre, I feel the urge to state the trite but obligatory phrase that "it still does not fail to horrify," to please the author's fans, but I cannot do it. I live in the era of Hannibal Lecter, who is also half-mad, dismembers his victims, and does more: he eats them. And he is not troubled by ghosts.
Sonja - Intellectual Badass
I felt that I must scream or die! and now—again! —hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!
I greatly enjoyed The Tell-Tale Heart! It's a very mysterious and intriguing story, and I enjoyed Edgar Allan Poe's writing style.

The other two short stories in this Little Black Classic (The Fall of the House of Usher and The Cask of Amontillado) were a bit disappointing. The Fall of the House of Usher was a bit slow but overall it was quite alright. However, The Cask of Amontillado was just unreadable, I d
Jul 09, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Poe you may have potentially rescued me from my book slump
Vane J.
The Tell-Tale Heart is a (very) short story about someone who murdered an old man with “an Evil Eye.” From the beginning, our narrator insists he's not mad:

“I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily—how calmly I can tell you the whole story.”

He's telling us the story of how he killed that man. How at first he felt the urge to kill him; how after he had done the deed he disposed of the body; how he did
May 12, 2016 Radwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
A crime. A heart that keeps on beating. A wonderful description of what leads to murder, and perhaps guilt (?)

The story is so short, we don't get enough information about the murderer/narrator, and the relationship between him and the old man he murdered, except the reason he murdered him, and how he did it. It's brilliant.
Mar 22, 2015 Didi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves the classics and suspenseful stories
The first time I read this short story was in middle school and again in high school. Both times I loved it! Poe has a way of telling a story that is so vivid. This was required reading for my writing course because this week we are discussing point of view. This short story is perfect for that because it is told in the first person and we feel connected to the story from the first line, even though we may find the main character unsympathetic. I love the growing tension until the very end. It's ...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 hundreds of ...more
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“I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror. It was not a groan of pain or of grief --oh, no! --it was the low stifled sound that arises from the bottom of the soul when overcharged with awe. I knew the sound well. Many a night, just at midnight, when all the world slept, it has welled up from my own bosom, deepening, with its dreadful echo, the terrors that distracted me. I say I knew it well. I knew what the old man felt, and pitied him, although I chuckled at heart.” 4 likes
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