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3.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,243 ratings  ·  107 reviews
The story takes place in Hungary, between two rival families: the Metzengersteins and the Berlifitzings. The bitter enmity between the two families is so old that no one knows how far back it dates. The narrator states that its origin appears to rely on an old prophecy: "A lofty name shall have a fearful fall when, as the rider over his horse, the mortality of Metzengerste ...more
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Sean Barrs
"Horror and fatality have been stalking abroad in all ages. Why then give a date to this story I have to tell?"

With just two sentences Poe gripped me in completely, as ever. His words carry such weight that I find myself enthralled at their delivery. His stories just take away my mind and provide true escapism. He makes the mundane seem exquisitely dark and twisted, beautifully so. Perhaps I’ve read too many of his short stories of late because I’m starting to find that I want to read nothing
Bill Kerwin

Printed in the Philadelphia Saturday Courier (January 14, 1832), this is the first tale Poe published under his own name, and it marks a propitious start to the twenty-three-year-old prose writer’s career. It is no masterpiece, but still, it is a fine exciting tale, filled with Germanic atmosphere, gothic imagery, and romantic rhetoric, continually teetering atop the precipice of parody, but never falling over the edge.

It tells the story of the reckless young Baron Frederick Metzengerstein and h
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
A short story by Edgar Allan Poe which didn't please me much. I've read and listened to other stories of him that were far superior to this one. The writing style is exaggerated and hyperbolic. An audiobook in Portuguese. ...more
The Bibliophile Doctor
The thing about reading Poe's short stories is you are able to finish them quite quickly but they leave such an impression on you that you can not take your mind off them for a long time.

Metzengerstein might look a simple gothic story but there's so much more in this story that it made my mind numb. The story is about feud between two families-the Metzengersteins and the Berlifitzings—which is so old that no one knows how far back it dates. At the start an ancient prophecy is mentioned which co
Amanna Nawshin
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
The origin of this enmity seems to be found in the words of an ancient prophecy--- "A lofty name shall have a fearfull fall when, as the rider over his horse, the mortality of Metzengerstein shall triumph over the immortality of Berlifitzing." ❤❤ ...more
A. Dawes
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
4* A gothic tale on a hyperbolic scale. This one is devoid of subtlety and is rather heavy handed with regards to both the gothic tropes along with its overt symbolism. In this tale, Frederick, the sole living member of the Metzengerstein family line, has a long standing vendetta with the Berlifitzing clan. When a fire destroys the Berlifitzing patriarch, Frederick is suspected. Frederick, however, is obsessed with a wild horse, which has eerily gone unobserved. Metzengerstein's own home is the ...more
Michael Sorbello
A very underrated Poe tale, fully encapsulating the classic elements of gothic literature and Victorian ghost stories. The vivid depiction of the infernal horse rising from the plumes of the burning castle was magnificent.
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Hatfields & McCoys meets Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton's movie, not the awful book or TV show).

Metzengerstein is Poe’s first published short story, and it was not good. Seven pages of confusing, and almost nonsensical, Hatfields and McCoys tale of two feuding families.

Why give it two stars instead of one? Wikipedia. Yeah, I shouldn’t have to resort to another source in order to understand the story, but I identified the important pieces but didn’t know how to put them together. Once I did, i
Tristram Shandy
Tall in the Saddle

Metzengerstein, which was first published in 1832, was indeed Edgar Allan Poe’s first short story, and the author sent it, along with some other tales, to the Saturday Courier as an entry to a writing competition. Poe did not win the competition with any of his contributions, but the editors of the Courier must have taken a fancy to the story for they published it in one of their later editions.

The story is written in the vein of a Gothic tale and set in (medieval?) Europe, and
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
When I was a kid, there was this anime Japanese cartoon that told stories from all over the world, one of them was this story. It was titled "جواد اللهب" which means "horse of flames". I remember that it fascinated me and frightened my younger brother. It was so dark and Frederick was so evil. Now, that I know it's a Poe, I wonder why they did make it into a cartoon, it's too dark for children.

link: حكايات عالمية ـ الحلقة 91 ـ جواد اللهب

Julia Sapphire
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
3.75 stars

This was so engaging and interesting. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this!!
Lee Klein
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A free short story ePub file. Lots of introductory French I half-understood, longstanding feuding houses, a meditating young heir in some remote chamber on a hill as unutterable atrocities occur, stables on fire, a supernatural horse. Overwrought syntax. Serious atmospherics. Final image of a cloud of smoke in the form of a colossal horse a plus! Read thanks to mention in Lovecraft's Supernatural Horror in Literature. ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting, the concept of metempsychosis.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Poe fans. Horror fans.
Recommended to Ashley by: Love Poe!

An ancient blood feud stretching so many decades it’s forgotten how everything started in the first place that finally brings to life the answer to a prophecy that was made years previous–old and cryptic to the point of vagueness giving the story an eerie sense of being dated yet timeless all at once.

“Metzengerstein” by Edgar Allan Poe

Genre: Short Story/Horror
Release Date: 1832
Source: Barnes & Noble – Bought
On My Shelf: Yes

This short story easily became one of my top favorites from
Rao Javed
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-story
Frankly I was not expecting that Poe's first short story will be that good but it was awesome. I loved it. The story was kinda hard to read but still not what vague. The concept was really good and well progressed. The characters were also good. What i love the most about it is the ending. MIND BLOWING.

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May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story takes place in Hungary, between two rival families: the Metzengersteins and the Berlifitzings. The bitter enmity between the two families is so old that no one knows how far back it dates.

Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still not sure what happened in this story. Maybe an old curse took affect. Maybe a horse came alive from a painting. Was too confusing to be Poe level creepy. Seriously, most of his poetry makes more sense. ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it

i loved it
Sep 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Chances are I’m just an idiot but I was so confused🤷🏽‍♀️
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Very short and sweet. Apparently this was the first Poe short story to be printed! I haven't read this before. ...more
Metzengerstein is one of Poe’s stories that had me conflicted. On the one hand, this quick read had me hooked throughout. On the other hand, I felt certain elements of the story were a bit lacking. Although I would not label this a favourite from the author, I was hooked enough to round my two-point-five-star rating up.

All in all, not the best example of Poe, but an addictive quick read.
David Wright
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the outset, there was a sense of foreboding surrounding the prophecy. The story unwinds nicely, describing the bitter resentment between the two 'houses' and expands from there. I found the progression to be somewhat predictable to a certain extent, in the way that the plot developed (up to a point). However, this did not detract from my enjoyment of this and the twist at the end was a nice touch. ...more
Eye of Sauron
A mildly interesting tale suitable for a Halloween night. Some of it is clearly tongue-in-cheek ("A Tale in Imitation of the German"), like the over-the-top German names (Metzengerstein, Wilhelm Von Berlifitzing, a la Candide).

In all, a decent, haunting story that isn't very memorable.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great story about a demon horse and the ruination of a great family as the rider tries to best the horse. It can't be done- don't play with the devil.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, novellas
the damn horse was creepy as hell
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Metzengerstein: A Tale In Imitation of the German Short Story. This tale was Poe's first to appear in print. Because this story is the earliest of the [Poe's] horror tales, critics have questioned if it is a spoof or a hoax of the very popular hair-raising German gothic thrillers that were prevalent in the magazines of the period, or a 'serious imitation of the German' as the subtitle proclaims. "Metzengerstein . . . [may have] started as an imitation of the Gothic romances but . . . gathered su ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Maybe I'm just too dumb and this isnt it for me. I stumbled across few of Poe's poems and I was intrigued by his styles of writing. It was like none other I have read.

But this specifically short stories, only cause me more and more confusing during the first half of the story. The writing style here is kind of exaggerating a bit too much for me.

I had to google the meaning behind those story and to understand what was happening and only then I understand (this just prove how slow I am ahahah) but
Poe's first short story. Haunting. Enjoyable. ...more
M. Ashraf
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edgar-allan-poe
Short story between two rival families the Metzengersteins and the Berlifitzings.
And a prophesy involving a horse :p
With it its Goth medieval atmosphere, the story and not that bad and not that great neither :/
An interesting story, did not like it that much though!
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