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The Fall of the House of Usher

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  46,452 ratings  ·  1,526 reviews
Roderick Usher’s fate is inextricably intertwined with that of his sister, Madeline, and that of their estate. As one falls, so do they all. “The Fall of the House of Usher” is considered Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest work, and a masterpiece of Gothic horror.

A pioneer of the short story genre, Poe’s stories typically captured themes of the macabre and included elements of the
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Kindle Edition, 25 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by HarperPerennial Classics (first published September 1st 1839)
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Kecha Brown This story made you think outside the box. The way he described objects and made them have feelings were deep. The way he describes the sister is even…moreThis story made you think outside the box. The way he described objects and made them have feelings were deep. The way he describes the sister is even better. But the part that got me was when he was reading the book during the storm and then here comes the sounds. How Roderick was ready for what was coming. And then he left like he came. (less)
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, horror
"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 pe
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Muhtasin Oyshik
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

This short story describes the last days of two survivors of a prestigious family, oppressed by the disease and the ominous legacy of their ancestors. Under the dark atmosphere of the House of Usher, Poe takes us through the darkest corners of the human mind. It's not Poe's best work, I feel. A bit harder for me to get into the story. But still, it's entertaining and has an unexpected ending.
Not hear it? --yes, I hear it, and have heard it. Lon
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Matthew
Perhaps the perfect story for the COVID-19 quarantine! I say this for two reasons.

First: The length

This story can be consumed in one sitting. At a time when I am struggling to focus on reading, getting in and getting out of a story quickly is perfect for my current attention span. Also, I decided to listen to this one. As part of keeping myself healthy during this time of isolation at home, I have been trying to get some fresh air by going for a walk at lunch. I was able to start and finish this
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Michael
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" is 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 wafts past the two men once without regarding them, s
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J.L.   Sutton
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Along with the unnamed narrator, we as readers are summoned into the macabre to witness the fall of the House of Usher. Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher is a nearly perfect short story. It creates tension as events unfold and the once familiar takes on the visage of the ghastly and wild. Poe successfully evokes a feeling of dread which is inescapable. And while there is closure in the story, the narrator is unnerved by the sorrow and recognizes that he will carry the terror the r ...more
James
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
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
Tom Lewis
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the creepiest, eeriest haunted house stories I’ve ever read. From the first few lines, a disquieting sense a dread begins to build, and it never lets up. The story has the narrator being summoned to a remote decaying mansion where his childhood friend – the last of a great dynasty, is near death. And just wait until something stalks the mansion’s dark halls in the dead of night. Like HP Lovecraft, Poe’s choice of words brilliantly teases the imagination with its dark terrors.
kohey
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This dark,somber and melancholic world makes my head spinning.
Exina
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 ele
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Janete
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook in Portuguese. Edgar Allan Poe was really a genius. It's a pity that in his lifetime his talent was not widely recognized and he died in strange and unknown circumstances. ...more
Meike
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read, usa
Aaaahhhhh, gothic psychological horror extraordinaire - who can resist the sinister appeal of Eddie Poe's twisted tales? Here, an enigmatic narrator (who is this unnamed dude?) receives a letter from his childhood friend Roderick Usher who begs him to come visit. The narrator obliges and rides to the crumbling mansion where Roddy and his twin sister Madeline reside. The noble members of the dynastic house of Usher have long suffered from nervous conditions and acute sensibilities, and frail Rodd ...more
Ivan
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I plan to dive into works of Poe so expect spam of short stories and poems from me in next few days.

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Quirkyreader
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an intense creeper.
Eliza
*Read for class*

In terms of Poe, I pretty much loved this. Definitely my favorite by him! The writing and scenery is absolutely lovely.
Dave 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
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A. Dawes
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5*

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.
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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.
https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com...

Another radio version from Escape October 22, 1947

https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com...
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Sara
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?)
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Justin
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of a better way to kick off the month of October. ...more
Krystal
**Re-read 11/20**

Just a quick re-read as intermission for Usher's Passing, in the hopes it will help me put some more pieces together!

I really do love this story. It's so atmospheric and gloomy, the tension is stifling and it's so strange and unusual. It really does spurn the imagination, and I think Robert R. McCammon's story is proof of just how far that imagination can take you.

The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because, like so many of Poe's tales, I wanted MORE.

**Original review 03/
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Tayler Steele
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Martin
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic about self-isolation and mental breakdown. Like an ordinary day in my family these days.

Love it.
J
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Maybe the single greatest short horror story anyone has written. Disclaimer: I haven't read all the short horror stories that have been written in the world. ...more
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Love Poe ♡ The gothic vibes did not disappoint in this creepy tale at the edge of insanity. I've expected nothing less.
Vivid. Contorted. Quiver.
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Martha
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-books

“Son coeur est un luth suspendu; dès que nous le touchons, il résonne.”
Pierre-Jean de Béranger

“His heart is a suspended lute; as soon as we touch it, it sounds.”

Ah, the prose of Edgar Allan Poe.

Mr. Poe - Mr. Ghost-Writer himself:

“Mad Trist” of Sir Launcelot Canning

“The Haunted Palace”

Within the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives- along comes Edgar Allan Poe. This is not an author you skim read. Oh, no. You read. Stop. Think. Look up words you have never seen before in your life; stop - rum
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Gloria Mundi
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tim Burton
Recommended to Gloria by: 1001 book list
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Brian
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Antonio
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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