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Edgar Allan Poe Stories

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  7,403 ratings  ·  245 reviews
Twenty-seven thrilling tales by the Master of Suspense: Edgar Allan Poe - with an added selection of his best poems!

The Telltale Heart; The Masque of the Red Death; The Cask of Amontillado; Metzengerstein; The Pit and the Pendulum; The Fall of the House of Usher; The Black Cat; A Tale of the Ragged Mountains; The oblong Box; The Murders in the Rue Morgue; The Purloined Let
Hardcover, 510 pages
Published 1961 by Platt & Munk (first published 1845)
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Diana | Book of Secrets
A motley collection of short stories from Poe (the complete collection!) – horror, suspense, comedy, detective, general life observations, even science fiction. At times the stories are too wordy, but Poe always entertains with his grand imagination. I greatly enjoyed Bob Thomley's narration of the audiobook. ♥

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Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
How many times does one need to read a single book to deem it 'completed'... I don't think I'll ever get enough of Poe, I've read this so many times.. and I'm sure I will read it so many more. ...more
Chris Gager
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Started this last night. recently rescued I think. Needed something else to read. From now on I think I'll keep a book of short stories going. Or maybe poetry. This book has both.

The Telltale Heart - Amusingly creepy and funny. I think Michael Richards might have learned from this one!

The Masque of the Red Death - brief and morbid. Roger Corman somehow made a full-length movie out of this starring Vincent Price(of course) as Prince Prospero.

The Cask of Amontillado - already read a couple of year
This guy. THIS guy.
Linette Marie Allen
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous and disturbing! A master's hand a work, traipsing the cellars of the mind. ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This collection was really hit or miss for me. Many of Poe's most famous works are fun to read, but there was little here that changed my life. I've had many friends say they found Poe when they were in their angsty teens and that he was a breath of fresh air for the, so maybe I just came to explore him too late. I can totally appreciate his influence on modern literature, but many of his stories were too simplistic. In most cases, they were little more than anecdotes.

A few of them stood out to
Aurélie Knit & Read
*Listened to Audiobook*
I remember loving Poe's novellas when I read a few of them separately as a teenager. They were dark and twisted and it was right up my alley.

I could not finish this. Either I've grown into a snob, or these novellas, once read back to back in an anthology, all sound the same and lose their collective - and individual - magic.

Same kind of narrator (story told at the first person, a male who leaves a journal or a letter claiming he hasn't lost his mind, etc), same kind of st
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
You know how some days you go to Target/Marshall’s/TJMaxx/Hobby Lobby and you have to sneak in the shopping bags, a few at a time, because there are so (too) many; then other times you come home with a pumpkin flavored candle, only? Well reading a compilation of short stories, even from a master like Poe will sometimes only yield a few shopping bags.

Some stories I flat out hated and couldn’t wait for them to end. God awful (in my humble opinion). Others I rather enjoyed. Others I loved so much I
Carlos Olivo-Valverde
I didn't read the whole volume with the complete stories, but only a handulf of these. More specifically, those who I had previously included in my reading list for 2021.

The stories read were:

1. The facts in the case of M. Valdemar (page 829);
2. The pit and the pendul (page 590);
3. The fall of the House of Usher (page 365);
4. The murders in the Rue Morgue (page 473);
5. The Mistery of Marie Rogêt (page 543); and
6. The Purloined Letter (page 684).

Of these, I would rate the first with 5 stars, the
Morgan Mcbride
The purpose for writing this book was to entertain readers. Since Edgar Allan Poe wrote during the Romanticism era he focused on the Gothic part. This means that he would speak about the known and the unknowns of the world. He also focused on the imagination of the Romantics. For example; he had a bird that talked, a heart beat only heard by one man, and a devil in disguise as an ordinary man. His use of Romanticism helped entertain people with its ominous, suspicious, and chimera writing.

Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the entire book, it is clear why Edgar Allan Poe is still so widely read and respected today, even though all of his writing was done in the late 1800's. There are those stories everyone knows-The Pit and The Pendulum, The Telltale Heart, Ms in a bottle (his first published work), The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death. There are other, equally macabre as well, like The Oval Portrait, and Elenora, Berniece and Morella, that are pe ...more
Timothy Hicks
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been curious about Mr. Poe ever since having visited the historical town of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. It was there you could find all sorts of reverence and references to his works. You could go to the dimly lit restaurant of Poe’s Tavern and grab yourself an “Annabelle Lee” or “Gold Bug” for lunch. Go to the restroom and read his stories papered on the wall, while an eerie old sounding voice recites his work over the radio. Or mosey on down Raven Street.

In any case, long story sho
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Ignore the start date, that is incorrect by at least several months.

I have finally gotten through E.A Poe. There were many great short stories in this collection and I got a good laugh out of the made up names “Allamistakeo” the Egyptian Mummy.
His visions of what future life would be like was one of the most interesting to me as it showed what his main concerns of the time were. I wonder what he would say about our modern world?
Curiously, the stories he wrote involving getting married all end
Reading Poe requires a lot of things at once: patience, appreciation for nuance, the ability to not skip ahead, a smattering of French. (And Latin, for that matter.) And if you haven't read a lot of his writing consecutively, as I had not before this, you'd be forgiven for not recognizing his massive influence in the wild. Reading the non-school-required work of Poe is like listening - actually, really listening - to The Beatles: the B-sides, the "filler" songs, the less-wildly-popular albums; a ...more
Sep 12, 2013 marked it as read-part  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to expand my knowledge of Poe somewhat, and this volume was useful for that. I'm not going to read the whole thing right now (it's too long, and I have too many other things waiting), but I will talk a bit about the stories I did read.

I think what surprised me the most was how reminiscent Poe’s style in some of these was of Ambrose Bierce. Bierce was born just six years before Poe died, so obviously it was Poe that was influential on Bierce, and not the other way round, but I read Bierc
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Allan Poe is one of America’s most famous, and most misunderstood, men of letters. As this book shows, he was much more than just a horror writer.

He made his living, such as it was, with his pen, so he did all sorts of writing. He wrote satire, comedy, poetry, adventure and gothic stories. He was also one of the originators of the mystery genre, along with being an inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle. Poe was also known as a literary critic; others may have disagreed with him, but they coul
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is curious about the classics
Edgar Allan Poe is most famous for his mystery and horror stories, but he also wrote tales that were funny, satirical, or even mystical. It was wonderful to finally reread this collection and get reacquainted with his lesser-known stories. Many of Poe's stories are true classics, ranging from chilling to hilarious to wonderfully eloquent. I don't know how I forgot how creepy "William Wilson" is! Some stories are very slow and forgettable, but the great ones easily make up for the collection's l ...more
Norma Christensen
Edgar Allan Poe is certainly an interesting character and I rather enjoying reading his macabre tales. I read The Telltale Heart, which seemed to be much scarier when I was young. I had also read The Murders in the Rue Morgue when I was young, but I had always thought the Rue Morgue was a morgue and didn't realize until now it was a place. Then I read The Fall of the House of Usher, which I liked okay and finished with The Black Cat, which was absolutely horrid and very scary. Great Halloween st ...more
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We're delving into the writings of Edgar Allan Poe for our October book club and I'm glad for the chance to clear the dust from this book. His writings are haunting and not thrillers and I love that!

We get to choose our own selections so I started with his poetry (not in this edition). For short stories I began with "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and then had to follow with the other Dupin stories, "The Murder of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter". Logic and mystery make a captivating rea
Lorenzo Berardi
I am afraid that Edgar Allan Poe will never be my favourite cup of tea.

There is a genius behind some of these tales and a forerunner of many literary genres, but I just find his prose too outworn and verbal.

It's just like with Britons pouring milk in their tea. I can see how this milky addition has a point and a whole geography of culture and mannerisms in it, but I do prefer my old slice of lemon.

Edgar Allan Poe tales are like tea with too much milk: good primary ingredients but mixed up in a
Annette Jordan
short story collections can be very mixed bags and that is especially true in this case. While there are some striking and chilling stories there are many more which can only be described as dull and tedious. wading through these diminished my enjoyment of the book as a whole. Also many of the stories are very similar which feels repetitive when reading. The highlights are The Black Cat , The cask of Amontillado and of course The Tell Tale Heart.
Katie Brown
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Allen Poe was a very talented but haunted author.Everything that went wrong for him, he was able to take and mold into something inspiring for aspiring authors such as myself today. And even though his words weren't recognized until after his death,at least, he knows somehwere in heaven that his words will now live on forever. Continuing to make a difference. ...more
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My reference text for all things Poe, finally out of storage. IIRC the editors have some crazy argument that all critics of Poe are missing the fact that all his work is intended as satire - or something like that. I'll have to read this again. ...more
DeAnna Knippling
An eye opener to read ALL the stories together, as an adult. You can cut Poe' s work in a number of directions, and make him a horror writer, or a mystery writer, etc. But reading everything together--even the eye willingly bad ones--gives a greater richness to all. ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should probably give this 4 stars, as there were a few stories that I really didn't care for, but whatever, I'm a Poe fangirl, it's fine.
(Yes I know he married his 13 year old cousin, please don't remind me.)
J.A. McLachlan
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poe is a master of Horror. Read this book if you haven't already read his stories. ...more
Just won this in a giveaway from goodreads!
Tina Denbo
Love Poe already have several of his books. He was a misunderstood mystical genius.
Victoria Ruby
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Allan Poe, A sick twisted minded pleseant writter that I shall always admire.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection of Poe's work. The annotations are a perfect guidance for the reader to understand the context and get the most out of the stories. ...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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