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Tales of Mystery and Imagination

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  8,333 ratings  ·  461 reviews
Extraordinary artwork recreates three classic Poe tales.
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Creative Editions (first published 1842)
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Mohammed Arabey
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's unfair to just burying Poe in the "Horror" tomb, with a Raven & a Black Cat..

Reading this volume I really see how HUGE his imagination was, how it was ahead of his times.

From traveling over the ocean by a air transportation... or to the moon..

Or inventing the first Detective story ever..

Or his delving into the matter, death, soul, mind and even God and free well by hypothesis.

Or of course, the delving into the man's Conscience, guilt and self-destruction..

There's even kind of Romance, Fanta
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A. Dawes
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
This will be another ongoing review, as I've been doing with collections and anthologies. Poe has always mesmerised me in terms of his influence on writers and the short story genre at large; his poetry is also both haunting and relatively accessible. This collection was given to me in hardback, 31 years ago. Its pages are now yellow and aged, but the contents within are better than I remember. If you're patient with Poe, I think you'll find he's very rewarding in return. If you rush through and ...more
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
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Dolors
Apr 04, 2013 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'
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Percy
May 25, 2018 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: . . .
TOP PICKS:
-The Gold-Bug
-The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
-The Black Cat
-The Masque of the Red Death
-The Cask of Amontillado
-The Imp of the Perverse
-The Oval Portrait
-The Tell-Tale Heart
-Berenice
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Tales of Mystery & Imagination
Since I've written mini reviews for each of the stories I will have them here slightly edited along with an overall rating and review for the collection as a whole.

1) The Gold Bug
A treasure hunt story involving cryptography, directions, clues, skulls, and a lot of digging. It felt like watching Dora the Little Explorer but in a much darker atmosphere. 4 main characters, the narrator, his friend Mr Legrand, Legrand's dog and Legrand's servant, a nigger, yes another s
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bookish_nessie
[PORTUGUÊS | ENGLISH]
Estes foram os meus contos favoritos | These were my favourite tales:

"A descent into the Maelstrom" 4⭐
"The black cat" 5⭐
"The pit and the pendulum" 5⭐
"The premature burial" 4⭐
"The masque of the Red Death" 5⭐
"The oval portrait" 4⭐
"The murders in the Rue Morgue" 5⭐
"The purloined letter"4⭐
"A tale of the Ragged Mountains" 4⭐
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Kyle
Dec 27, 2012 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
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Sam
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
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! ...more
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! ...more
Dimitrije Srebric
Some stories in this collection are better than others. For example, Edgar Allan Poe's detective stories such as "The Murders in Rue Morgue" or "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt" were inferior in quality in comparison with "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Pit and the Pendulum", and my absolute favorite, "The Black Cat". This story is, to my mind, the pinnacle of Poe's macabre genius (as far as his prose goes), as it shows vividly the gradual mental breakdown from first person perspective. Not to ...more
Blair
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this compendium of Poe's stories while still at high-school.
Loved it then and love it now.
Poe was a trailblazer in the mystery, suspense and horror genres and his writing has been hugely influential, changing the world of literature.
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue", considered the first modern detective story, is a short masterpiece. Grisly and gory by the standards of its day, this tale is well worth a read today, as are all the other wonderful tales in this collection of Poe's works. I
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Cynthia
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First who reads Poe to their kiddies though I suppose it's no worse than some of the fairy stories the kids like. Speaking of fairy tales, though I know it's not his best, I couldn't help wishing 'The Island of the Fay' was included not because it's his best story but because I think it would make for an evocative illustration. Obviously not all of Poe's stories are included in this volume though probably two-thirds are. I think every story has a picture though not all have a color illustration. ...more
Chaity
IT WAS ALMOST SCARY.
Imke
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personally, his hort stories did not entice me that much. Poe Seems to save the weirdest things he could came up with for the shortest ones. I think he shines brighter in his works that contain 10+ pages. I especially enjoyed the detective stories: they are just dripping with gruesome details, which for me, makes it oh so much more enjoyable. This edition of his collected works is just beautiful. The gorgeous drawings and lay-out take the experience of reading this work to another level.
Diana Iozzia
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tales of Mystery and Imagination"

Written by Edgar Allan Poe

Review written by Diana Iozzia

The collection of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, known as "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" is a wonderful classic in the horror and mystery genres. I have been a reader of Edgar Allan Poe for years, for at least most of my childhood and adulthood. Due to this, I had read a few of the stories in the collection, but I was relatively impressed by the other ones I had not yet heard of.

"The Gold Bug" is a m
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carlageek
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I came to understand, while reading this collection, that Poe is remembered for his ideas, rather than his writing. He is often credited as the origin of such innovations as the unreliable narrator and the modern detective story, and such inventiveness is amply on display in these stories. But it’s blended with object lessons for any beginning writer struggling with such technical matters as the importance of selecting the right point of view for a story, or the value of showing over telling.

In
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John Mccullough
Poe is the pioneer of American literature in several genres. Detective fiction, Gothic horror, perhaps even science fiction? Included in this collection are some of Poe’s best stories, including “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” The Gold Bug,” “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt,” “The Purloined Letter,” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” I enjoyed them all. As a freshman at Penn State, Poe’s stories were required reading the second semester and I enjoyed them just as much t ...more
Nostalgia Reader
Averages out to 3.6 stars, rounding up to 4 because the good ones are SO GOOD they make up for the really, really, really dull ones.

Buddy read reading list based off of this list of stories for ToMaI, plus some additional ones. See my status updates below for short reviews.

Metzengerstein: 3.5 stars
Berenice: 2.5 stars
The Fall of the House of Usher: 4 stars
William Wilson: 1.5 stars
The Murders in the Rue Morgue: 3.5 stars
A Descent into the Maelström: 3 stars
The Oval Portrait: 3.5 stars
The Masque of
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Saf
Jan 04, 2010 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.
Horace Derwent
tried to tidy up my book stash, i really can't read this. how can i preserve this antique? damn, it's older than god! ...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
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Anna Maria Ballester Bohn
The edition I've read is actually a Spanish translation (in a wonderful 80's edition for children that would certainly not be possible today), but what I love most about it are Arthur Rackham's absolutely terrifying illustrations, accompanied by some equally gruesome ones by Harry Clarke. The stories about people buried alive fascinated me to no end when I was a child, but I think my favorite story now is The Black Cat, because it packs so much sheer evil in so few pages. The stories about adven ...more
Regitze
I gave each of the 22 stories a rating upon finishing them and averaged out on 3,3 stars. It feel very right, while there were a few 5 star stories and a lot of really good 4 star stories, there were also some that just didn’t work for me at all.

I loved “The Purloined Letter”, “The Black Cat”, “The Case of M. Valdemar”, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” most, three of which I had previously read. I am definitely not opposed to reading more Poe and looking forward to it.
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this collection of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. My favorite story was probably The Raven - I just love that one being from Baltimore...I also liked the Rue Morgue and the Tell-Tale Heart. Great collection and quick read.
Harry Doble
An anthology of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. Obsessed with the macabre, he typically wrote horror but also in a variety of genres such as dark fantasy, adventure, and detective fiction. Three things are characteristic to all of his stories for me. The first is a lofty writing style that is as concise as it is erudite. Poe was an educated man and his stories frequently reference themes in esoteric philosophy. It is in this sense I can see his influence on another one of my favourite writers, ...more
James
Aug 11, 2015 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
Pam
Dec 15, 2011 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
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Stuart
Jun 21, 2015 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
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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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