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The Fall of the House of Usher

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  35,751 Ratings  ·  932 Reviews
Dive into this classic from the singular mind of Edgar Allan Poe, who is widely regarded as the master of short horror fiction. "The Fall of the House of Usher" recounts the terrible events that befall the last remaining members of the once-illustrious Usher clan before it is -- quite literally -- rent asunder. With amazing economy, Poe plunges the reader into a state of d ...more
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Published February 2nd 2004 by BookSurge Classics (first published September 1839)
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, gothic
"There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart—an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. What was it—I paused to think—what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?"

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A gothic house that instantly made me think of the House of Usher.

When our narrator has been summoned to the bedside of his sick friend Roderick Usher, he finds a household overcast with gloom. If an environment can perme
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gothic
Wow, what a fantastic story. You have all the gothic elements crammed in here: a haunted (perhaps even sentient) house, a mysterious illness, madness, death, entombment, a dungeon, a violent storm, a cursed family, hints of possible incest (?), resurrection, bizarre poetry, and a story-within-the-story about a knight slaying a dragon. And binding this all together is Poe's inimitable style and narrative drive. It's horror of the creepy, atmospheric kind (the best kind, IMHO), the kind that gets ...more
3.5 of 5 stars to The Fall of the House of Usher, a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, written in 1839. I found myself a slight bit bored the first time I read it. It seemed to only be about some guy that went to go visit an old school buddy. When he arrives, some type of curse or disastrous mood hangs over his house and looms until the man is a bit fearful. Then, his best friend is dying of some odd disease. They watch his wife die, but only when the man is about to die himself does he reveal that ...more
Araz Goran
إنهيار منزل أوشر ~ إدغار آلان بو..

يا الله كم هو عجيب ومدهش " بو " وكيف يتلاعب بالعقل البشري وينثر الرعب في الأودية السحيقة في النفس ، هذا الرجل يتقن اللعب في عالم الكآبة يدخل من الجيوب الضيقة للظلام يرعب القارئ بسكون لا منتاهي، يغريك بدخول الجو الذي يصنعه في قصصه بإتقان شديد وغرابة، قادمة من عالم آخر شرير ومفزع، كأنها الكوابيس ذاتها..

هذه القصة عجيبة فعلاً وأفزعتني لدرجة كآبتها وواقعيتها وكابوسيتها في آن واحد، في ذلك البيت الطافح بالرعب والغرابة والأناس المصورون بهيئة معتمة، مبهمة، لا تعرف أهي ك
Bionic Jean
The Fall of the House of Usher (published in 1839) may well be one of the stories which started the current interest in the gothic genre, although Ann Radcliffe's "The Mysteries of Udolpho", for instance, had been published much earlier in 1794. Apart from its parody in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey", Radcliffe's work has now largely been forgotten along with other great gothic works from the time. Yet The Fall of the House of Usher remains perennially popular and influential. Poe regarded ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This dark,somber and melancholic world makes my head spinning.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rounding out my Halloween classics reads this year with Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." One of the original haunted house tales, this story embodies old-fashioned gothic horror.

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The unnamed narrator tells of his visit to the dreary country home of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher. He notices (and describes at length) how both Roderick and his house are crumbling at the edges. Roderick is a deeply mentally disturbed person; his sister Madeline, who
Rebecca McNutt
Edgar Allan Poe sure knows his way around a great story! The Fall of the House of Usher is a mad little tale drenched in gothic undertones, a book that offers up a dark portrayal of a dysfunctional family's rapid descent into chaos and neurotic self-indulgence, but it's the narrator, a kind man who becomes involved with this family as they suffer through unnamed mental illnesses and impending death, who becomes the most interesting figure here, especially in that sudden explosion of a powerful e
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I plan to dive into works of Poe so expect spam of short stories and poems from me in next few days.

David Schaafsma
“The Fall of the House of Usher” is a classic Poe story, and helps us define just what it means to be “gothic” in nineteenth century literature. Continuous dark, stormy weather, a huge decaying gothic-style house, continuous pervasive gloom, humans infused with all this.

Roderick Usher, pale and wild-haired owner of the house. Sick, maybe from the waters seeping from the tarn into the house? The fungi on the building? Is Roderick an opium eater? Living with his also pale and wild-haired wraith tw
I know not how it was--but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart--an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. What was it--I paused to think--what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?

"The Fall of the House of Usher is considered the best example of Poe's "totality", where every eleme
A. Dawes
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Although this novelette was published in 1839, Poe is not the founder of the gothic horror genre, in fact Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho was published a good deal earlier - and thankfully is enjoying a mini-revival of late.

But "The Fall of the House of Usher" could be seen as a successful model for novelette length gothic-horror works. This is relatively slow-paced when compared to modern day Seanan McGuire stories or Ellen Datlow anthologies, but it still had me utterly gripped.
Luís C.
The Fall of the House of Usher: the narrator describes a mysterious house. A house where lives his childhood friend Roderick Usher. After several years away, he returned to his friend, only this one seems badly in his skin that has difficulty to find his old friend. He sinks into a kind of hypochondria. He explains that he no longer going well since the death of his sister. But the mystery that encompasses the Usher house in ruins arouses bitter curiosity to our dear narrator who is in the desir ...more
Tayler Steele
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
That. Was. Fantastic.

It's been so long since I've read Poe, or anything like Poe, and that was just so refreshing. It was so great to be confronted with a story that presented a challenge in so many ways: the diction, the sub-meanings, the sheer horror of the plot! After such a long YA binge, this was just wonderful and exactly what I needed to get out of my reading slump.

I love everything about Poe's writing. The long and winding sentences that make you sit back and think, but also grip you wit
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Este es uno de mis cuentos preferidos de Poe, básicamente, porque es perfecto. Todo está ahí, en el comienzo, cuando el narrador ve la grieta en la pared. Esa grieta es un spoiler, lo sé, es la punta del iceberg de la narración. Roderick Usher tiene todos los típicos rasgos depresivos del pre-romántico que para variar, habita una mansión demasiado gótica.
El suspense de Poe a lo largo de la trama, el desaosiego de Roderick y la maldición de Lady Madeline transforman a este lúgubre trío en uno de
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can't think of a better way to kick off the month of October.
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers or Poe, horror, or Boris Karloff
Oh come on, how is this not fun. Read on a dark night, one when the lights are out because there is a furious storm beating on your rooftop and windows, it would make you shudder indeed.

It is not my first reading, but it might be my most appreciative one. I reveled in the description, the careful choice of words, the building agitation of our narrator. I picked up on one tidbit I might have missed before. Very early on in the narrator's description of Roderick Usher (who doesn't love that name?)
Oziel Bispo
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Todos os elementos peculiares a Poe estão neste conto sinistro. ..terror , tensão , arrepios , mansão assombrada, névoas e escuridão etc . Os dois últimos sobreviventes de uma família lutam pra manter sua existência.Um conhecido chega à mansão pra ajudar...terror total.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of Poe's stories I've read. I came across an astonishing reading, as so many of my friends have early described.

Poe's style shows us how every element of a short story is meaningful. I've recently read a meta-linguistic narrative in which the author said "No useless words, all of them, the absolute totality, loaded with signification. Novel readers have time to lose; short-stories readers, don't." While reading this book, I couldn't agree more.

I adored the gothic style, just
João Barradas
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Venerando o corvo, ave anunciadora da morte, Poe entregou-se às artes macabras de escrever contos fantásticos e imaginários, ambientados numa atmosfera negra, a que o leitor se vai entregando não apenas pelas descrições exímias e vívidas como também pelo uso assaz da primeira pessoa.
Primeiramente o Homem é apresenta numa das suas facetas mais bestiais: um animal de sugestões e coincidências, com apetência para caminhar no fio da navalha, entre a lucidez e a loucura. Neste estadio de persuasão s
Vanessa J.
Ugh. I just love Poe's stories so much. Good thing he wrote many, so I still have more to go.

The narrator goes to Roderick Usher's house because he's summoned due to his friend's illness. There, he starts to notice some strange things, some of which include Usher's sister weird behaviour and subsequent death.

Even when this was so short, I found Usher to be an intriguing character. Utterly creepy but really interesting. His condition of hypochondria and axiety made him even more intriguing, and a
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read again, June 8, 2017:

When I read the last word I exhaled a breath of awe and felt like a child who had ridden his first roller coaster -- "Woe! That was so freaking awesome. Oh my God!" I said this with whispering, quivering excitement. I read this in elementary school but just now, at 39, understood the connection of the story, the slaying of the "dragon," the power of this house to turn fantasy into reality. Poe relies heavily on setting, a Gothic masterpiece in the beginning, which has a
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Otro cuento perfecto en donde la construcción de una atmósfera horrorosa es tan importante como los hechos terroríficos en sí. Fiel a la tradición, prefiero comentar los cuentos de Poe muy brevemente para sortear los golpes de efecto y los spoilers.

Sí puedo contarles que la historia empieza con un narrador sin nombre (ya me acostumbré a ese anonimato) al cual un antiguo amigo invita a su casa. O, mejor dicho, se lo pide con urgencia. Roderick Usher, el amigo en cuestión, no está pasando por un
Repellent Boy
Increíble. Llevaba mucho tiempo queriendo iniciarme con Poe. Aunque con miedo por críticas tan dispares. Y ha sido una pasada. Los pelos de punta todo el relato. Consigue más suspense en 40 páginas, que muchas novelas largas. Repetiré con el autor pronto. Se me ha abierto un mundo nuevo jajaja
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Classic horror story with a dark Gothic atmosphere.
Lör K.
Read as part of the Terrifying Tales collection.

Original Rating: 1 / 5
Original review below rewrite

Reread Rating and Review: 4 / 5 stars

I reread this helping one of my friends out with their English report on this, and pulling things out of the text in order to help analyse the sentences really allowed me to see this story in a whole different light. Poe has written in this a stunning, chilling short story that leaves goosebumps shooting up and down my spine.

With poetic sentences, beautifull
Jules ♈ ☾Bookvergent☽
A Gothic story to change the mood when you're alone in your house. Poe presents the story with an unreliable narrator who always goes back to tell moments of his childhood and always emphasizes on how uneasy and nervous he feels. There's agitation, feeling of claustrophobia and even a slight hint of incest. The Fall of the House of Usher not only tells how the house falls apart but also the end of the Usher line.
Coos Burton
De mis tesoros más preciados dentro de mi colección de Edgar Allan Poe. Un libro cuya presentación es en tapas duras, letras en plata, y unas ilustraciones tan tétricas como fantásticas. No puedo pedir más, es el libro que elegiría mil veces más para leer junto al árbol de navidad. Esta historia me remite a una atmósfera fantasmagórica y alucinante. Demasiado fascinada por mi autor favorito y uno de mis relatos predilectos. Más que recomendado a cualquier amante del horror gótico y el arte pertu ...more
classic reverie
When reading Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm, Flora compared the family dynamics to Poe's The Fall of The House of Usher, so I had to read this short and disturbing gothic read which leaves lots to imagine about the siblings and their state of mind.

OTR, The Weird Circle, August 29, 1943.
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This atmospheric horror story is great example of how an author such as Poe gets straight to the point. He doesn't bore the reader with lots of filler, but rather only describes every detail that is important to the story. This writing style is a great example why Poe can be read over and over again. Each sentence is a diamond that shines brighter and brighter with each subsequent reading.
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