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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,386 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Nine gripping tales of psychological terror and the supernatural, by the undisputed master of the American Gothic horror story: *Ligeia
*The Fall of the House of Usher
*The Murders in the Rue Morgue
*The Masque of the Red Death
*The Pit and the Pendulum
*The Tell-Tale Heart
*The Gold-Bug
*The Black Cat
*The Cask of Amontillado
Paperback, 121 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Dover Publications (first published 1843)
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Pamela Colin
En esta edición que compré vienen 4 relatos:s
El escarabajo de oro: / 3 de 5 estrellas.
La máscara de la Muerte Roja / 2 de 5 estrellas.
El barril de amontillado / Mi favorita y la más perturbadora - 4 de 5 estrellas.

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El retrato oval / 3 de 5 estrellas.
Jeni
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Poe as a teen, and still find him utterly perfect in his genre.
Libby
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it
There's suspense but it's not too scary, perfect for a scaredy cat like me, old school psychological terror and the supernatural.
Amber McCarter
100%: "The Cask of Amontillado"
Jenny Clark
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Poe is great at suspense and horror. Some of these were extremly short, but all are well written.
Omaira
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gotiquillos

3.0

"Las características de la inteligencia que suelen calificarse de analíticas son en sí mismas poco susceptibles de análisis. Sólo las apreciamos a través de sus resultados. Entre otras cosas sabemos que, para aquel que las posee en alto grado, son fuente del más vivo goce"

El escarabajo de oro 3/5
Los crímenes en la calle Morgue 4/5
El asesinato de Mary Rôget 3/5
La carta robada 2/5



Hace unos días me planteé volver a probar a Poe, esta vez con un traductor distinto. Y aunque la traducción es muc
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Yuki Black
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 povestiri cu final neaşteptat scrise chiar de clasicul E.A.Poe.

,,Aventura fără egal a unui oarecare Hans Pfaall” -totul începe cu o călători fără egal, o călătorie de domeniul sf-ului în care nu existau rachete, iar un ,,oarecare” Hans Pfaall, un om fără condiţie socială şi avere se hotărăşte să facă ceva nemaiîntâlnit după ce citeşte nenumărate cărţi de astronomie: să meargă pe lună cu balonul.

,,Gândacul de aur”- totul se poate chimba când găseşti ceva ce-ţi captează atenţia pentru totdeauna
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Elena
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
... La fel ca în Inima care-și spune taina (care, din păcate, lipsește din acest volum), și în cazul povestirii Pisica neagră (The Black Cat) avem de-a face cu un narator probabil nebun, lipsit de credibilitate, care își dezvăluie singur crima. Aici, naratorul-personaj dă vina pe alcool pentru decăderea morală și acțiunile lui. Toată povestea e o confesiune, nu știm în fața cui, în care nu putem afla cu siguranță cât e adevăr și cât e fantezie. Imaginea pisicii negre este simbolul central, exist ...more
Harry Casey-Woodward
Mr Poe was one sick puppy. Nevertheless these stories were far more entertaining than I thought they'd be. The mystery ones were a bit hard going when the narrator gave lectures on logic and occasionally the stories were so gothic they were laughable. At other times though, they were so unexpectedly violent and depraved they were disturbing (animal lovers best not read 'the black cat'). He's also good at building suspense and capturing narrative voice, mostly of unhinged people (see 'telltale he ...more
Ale Rivero
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi edición es un poco distinta a esta, posee cuatro relatos: El escarabajo de oro, El gato negro, Los crímenes de la calle Morgue, La verdad sobre el caso del señor Valdemar y el poema El cuervo.
Todos los tenía ya leídos, menos El Cuervo, y compré el libro exclusivamente por eso. Poe es uno de mis autores favoritos y sus relatos siempre me han encantado, y esta recopilación no ha sido la diferencia. Muy recomendable
Brianne
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-2015
This was for school so we didn't read all of the stories.

Short review for this one because I think most people have read some Poe. I like Poe and I've got another book with his poems, so I think I'll look into those too!

Recommend it!
Meredith
Dark depressing genius.
Cori DeTurk
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Liangeca
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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GEMMA
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOTA: 4

Como podéis ver mi ejemplar pertenece a una colección de varios títulos que podías hacer con el periódico, pero me ha ido perfecto para un primer contacto con el autor. Me han gustado mucho los cuentos de Poe. De hecho, me ha gustado tanto que estoy pensando en hacerme con una edición decente que recoja todas sus obras.
Leí los dos primeros relatos en verano y a principios de año los otros dos. No voy a hablaros de cada uno de ellos en particular, sino que intentaré hacer una reflexión de
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Hannah Morris
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the book The Gold-Bug and Other Tales, a collection of short stories written by Edgar Allen Poe. Poe writes his stories for entertainment, and yes they really entertained me. The short stories include; Ligeia (1838), The Fall of the House of Usher (1839), The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841), The Masque of the Red Death (1842), The Pit and the Pendulum (1842), The Tell-Tale Heart (1843), The Gold-Bug (1843), The Black Cat (1843), and The Cask of Amontillado (1846). Throughout all of Poe’s ...more
Matthew
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read any Poe since high school (where we studied him heavily) so I am glancing back at him in this season.

Poe tends to be painfully florid, often ponderous, and possesses a comical obsession with brittle women, as well as an apparent fetish for entombing people in walls.

All of this I already knew, but I did not fully appreciate his gruesome humor, undoubtedly his greatest attribute.

'The Black Cat' is a hilarious, perfect story, especially for those of us who have admired and subsequent
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John Millard
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
From wikipedia " Aldous Huxley wrote that Poe's writing "falls into vulgarity" by being "too poetical"—the equivalent of wearing a diamond ring on every finger.[120]". Being that Poe was seemingly always in rears and struggling (something one might expect from the first American who was trying to live solely on his earnings from writing) it would seem that a bit of "braggadocio" was in order. He made much of his earnings as a critic and his writing indicates that he was well ahead of his time in ...more
Rubi
Magistral.
De por sí me parece dificilísimo escribir un "buen" relato corto. Dar los detalles suficientes, ni más ni menos, que no se haga "corto" ni largo... En "El escarabajo de oro", destacar la fantástica imaginación de Poe y sobre todo, que al no ser lineal, la historia gana muchísimo. Primero se descubren las cosas, después te explica el porqué y te deja con la boca abierta y una sonrisa en los labios (a pesar de todo lo macabro del asunto).

La historia "El gato negro" ha conseguido dejarte
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Bruce Mohler
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm finished with this book (for now) because I only wanted to read the short story "The Gold Bug".

Why that story? On May 27 2016, on the TV game show Jeopardy, the Final Jeopardy category was "19th Century Novels" and the clue was "The Gold Bug, Edgar Allan Poe's story about the search for Captain Kidd's buried loot helped inspire this 1883 novel."

That novel was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and that is my next book to read.

I doubt that an animated scarab beetle made of solid gold m
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Quentito
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'ensemble des nouvelles de ce volume est intimement lié au développement de l'auteur à propos de "l'analyse" dans Double Assassinat dans la Rue Morgue. Il veut juste montrer que tout phénomène est explicable rationnellement, il suffit juste de penser ainsi, au lieu de se remettre à des interprétations superstitieuses ou du moins infondées. Il dresse ainsi l'apologie de l'analyse par le biais de nouvelles très courtes et très variées. Elles vous feront passer du genre policier au fantastique, en ...more
Willow Redd
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of tales by Edgar Allan Poe. They range from the more mundane yet adventurous, "The Gold-Bug," to the dark and truly twisted, "The Black Cat."

What strikes me most about the tales collected here, especially "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" is the simple lack of motivation behind the horrible deeds done. Written in first person, the main character in each has no idea why he does the awful things he does, just that he has grown "dark and twisted in his soul."

Defi
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Simon
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's been rather strange that I have had an interest in horror fiction for at least a decade, yet until a week ago I could count the Edgar Allan Poe stories I had read on one hand. That's my main motivation for reading this anthology, and the most amazing thing about it? Once the reader gets over the antiquated linguistics, not to mention certain cultural and social norms having changed radically over the last 200 years, the stories found within feel every bit as exciting and vivid as they must ...more
Daniela
The infinite Reading Challenge (2015) #12. A book of short stories.

-El escarabajo de oro: 2/5
-La carta robada: 1/5
-Los crímenes de la rue Morgue: 2/5
-Promedio: 1.66 = 2/5 estrellas.

Mi primer libro de Poe, esperaba más. Quedé decepcionada y pasé la mayor parte del tiempo luchando por no quedarme dormida, pero no lo conseguí. No me rendiré aquí, le daré otra oportunidad a Poe pero no en un futuro cercano.

Creo que merece 1 pero el promedio dictó la verdadera sentencia, así que 2 estrellas infel
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Alexander
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The stories of Poe are really interesting, with nice plots and it has the only story that in my life has provoked a nightmare. However, just like Wilde did, the use of a romantic writing style (full of complicated descriptions) and the use of XIX century vocabulary make of this book a difficult read for somebody whose native language is not english.

It is a don't miss, but if your native language is not english I will definitively (and for the first time I will) suggest to get a translation to yo
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Catherine
Not what I remembered from high school! That was very hard to read. I guess I'm too used to modern ways of writing and story-telling.

I read somewhere: "Once the reader gets over the antiquated linguistics..." So true!

I chose this book for the BR Read Harder Challenge, for the collection of short stories task. Next time I'll find something lighter/easier! At least I finally finished it.
Travis
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Nice collection of Poe stories, including a few I hadn't read before.
THe 'Red Masque' is wonderfully atmospheric and creepy.
'Murders in the Rue Morgue' is one of the very first detective stories as well as being one of the best and most bizarre.

The title story, 'The Gold bug' is ironically, the weakest story in this collection. The build up is strong, but then resolves too suddenly and the explanation feels tacked on. The story is interesting, but put together in the wrong order.
Heli Miranda ahumada
Es la segunda vez que leo a Poe y estos cuentos, la primera fue cuando tendría al rededor de 10 años y ahora a los 25. Debo decir que ahora puedo apreciar lo bien que están hechos los cuentos, lo embriagantes que pueden ser y el deseo de leerlos rápido pagina a pagina para ver que pasa, el efecto de las palabras, imaginar una linterna que no era eléctrica y como debía salir la luz de ella, una gran colección de cuentos cortos.
Linda
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked Edgar Allan Poe's short stories in grade school (at a 4-star level). I'm not as fond of them, now - probably 1/2 to 1 star less. A friend of my sister's constantly tried to add blood/gore and sex to horror/suspense stories, and that lessened my enjoyment of a good suspense story.
Brent McCulley
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Edgar Allan Poe was a literary genius - although his contemporaries certainly didn't think so! His short stories are ominous and gothic, and are certainly hit or miss. A great collection with Poe at his finest.

Brent McCulley (11/13/2013)
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