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Histoires extraordinaires

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Voilà une femme étranglée par la force des mains, et introduite dans une cheminée, la tête en bas. Des assassins ordinaires n'emploient pas de pareils procédés pour tuer. Encore moins cachent-ils les cadavres de leurs victimes. Dans cette façon de fourrer le corps dans la cheminée, vous admettrez qu'il y a quelque chose d'excessif et de bizarre, quelque chose d'absolument...more
Mass Market Paperback, 285 pages
Published January 6th 1983 by Le Livre de Poche (first published 1840)
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Warwick



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...more
Dolors
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'...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...more
Kyle
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...more
Katie
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
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...more
Mariana
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".
Maria
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...more
Ann
Finally, after owning this book for 28 years, I worked my way through all of Poe's works -- and love him more now than ever before.

I now recognize his brilliance in a different way. Yes, there are the wicked, macabre tales that are classic Poe. But, he also was a maestro of sci-fi, mystery, adventure and romance. And talk about humor -- The Spectacles is now one of my favorites!
Mohammed
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.
Saf
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.
Sercan Çelik
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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....more
Pearl
In a Word? - Perplexing!

I am huge fan of Poe. And although I am only required to read three short stories of his in this anthology, I read the whole book. And boy, did that make my head hurt.
Originally I was only going to read:
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Pit and the Pendulum and
The Purloined Letter
So these are the stories that I will refer to in this review.

I tend to find with Poe that I can either devour his stories in one sitting, or I struggle to so much as understand what he is trying...more
Brad
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...more
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
Allison
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
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....more
Sarah
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...more
Laura
"And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave. The thought came gently and stealthily, and it seemed long before it attained full appreciation; but just as my spirit came at length properly to feel and entertain it, the figures of the judges vanished, as if magically, from before me; the tall candles sank into nothingness; their flames went out utterly; the blackness of darkness supervened; all sensations appeared swallow...more
Josh
This novel is a fantastic compilation of Poe's short stories. One thing this book does fantastically well is that the stories it contains are very well varied. From the more imaginative stories such as "The Sphinx" to the darker stories like "The Raven" Poe's writings will keep you captivated from the moment you open the book to the last time you close it. Overall I recommend this book to not only Poe fans, but also to anyone who enjoys horror and mystery novels.
Jaimie
Since I'm not a fan of Poe's writing I shall restrict my review of this book to the illustrations - they are the only reason that I picked up this book in the first place.

Rackham is known for his whimsical fairytale illustrations, but he applies his signature silhouettes and linework well to Poe's tales of horror. His mastery of chiaroscuro is evident in the full-page illustration of "the Assignation," which depicts two men in a boat on a Venetian canal. It is clear that the scene occurs at nig...more
Hiba Saade
Very good Mr. Poe, very good!
Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down. 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’s a collection of extraordinary stories that deal with our psychological and prejudices that cause us fear and fascinate us. The tales are all kinds of subjects, like death, and the fear that precedes it, the guilt and the conscience...more
Cesar Anavisca
This is a f%#@3n good book "furealziez" !!!!! I always heard about allen poe, but never really put that much effort in who he really is ,Untill i saw a raaawww film replica of one of his famous stories the raven. All his work is very confusing at first trust me but once you get the hang of his work and study up on him and the vocabulary every thing is a walk on the park well not really. You might understand it and when you do its actually not a walk on the park allen poe will have you thinking a...more
Amara
I felt that I should like this as Poe is so lauded, but it was not enjoyable to read at all, and felt more like work. Some of the stories were quite good, but others seemed to be single, half-formed ideas that are dragged on for page after page toward a completely unsatisfying end.
Leah
This is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe's scariest stories, such as The Pit and the Pendulum. They are very dark and gothic, and felt extremely eerie when I was reading them.
Tom
This is the single most fantastically twisted, dark and weird collection of tales that toys with your imagination from start to finish and it is, by far, my favorite book.
M-AY
Les nouvelles restent, pour ma part, assez anecdotiques. Peut être à cause du contenu parfois trop scientifique et de mon désintérêt pour les récits policiers.
Melanie
If Poe had stuck to tales of mystery and imagination, I probably would have given this book 4*, because those short stories which were mysteirous and imaginative were very good. There were some creepy little tales - mostly involving death, and a fair few involving bricking people into walls - including The Tell-Tale Heart which was very good but a lot shorter than I was expecting.

Unfortunately, he also turned his hand to crime-solving with a Sherlock Holmes-esque character. Only less exciting. I...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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“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.” 5 likes
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