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The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
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Never have I encountered such uncanny description of acute insanity from the inside out. [Case in point, the opening lines: "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. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. 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."]

The tension mounts but along the way you'll surely identify with psychosis, sometimes unwittingly. A beautiful embodiment of the power of short story. Art truly mimics life.
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