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The undisputed master of terror and mystery, Edgar Allan Poe was a unique inventor in fiction.

In 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Black Cat' he wrote the first and best tales of terror; with 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and his fictional detective M. Dupin he invented the detective story; and tales such as 'MS. Found in a Bottle' and 'Von Kempelen and His Disco
Paperback, Penguin Popular Classics, 406 pages
Published June 28th 2007 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1956)
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Ana Paula Gonzalez Toledo
escalofriantes cuentos escritos en primera persona, me parece que tienen el mismo patrón de desenlace y que involucra en el clímax la locura, para hacer al lector preguntarse si lo que se relata es real, ficticio, artificio o imaginado por el narrador, en ocasiones se traslucen signos sugerentes de manía, depresivos tipo bipolar y ataques de pánico, no en balde se conoce ahora que Edgar Allan Poe sufría un trastorno afectivo
Tasniem Sami
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أجواء غريبة وشخصيات غريبة وطريقة سرد أغرب ، بس اللي أنا فعلاً حاسة اني عايزة اتكلم فيه هو طريقة السرد؛ في جملة كدة علي لسان شخصية من الشخصيات بتقول لشخصية تانية " أعذرني علي الثرثرة غير المقصودة ، ولكني احتاج الكلام حتي تعرف ما يجول في نفسي " تبدو الجملة عادية للوهلة الاولي ، لكن طريقة سرد بو بتغير معني الجملة او أثرها بمعني أصح- مقارنة بالسياق ؛ الشخصيات فعلاً محتاجة الكلام ... ثرثرة كثيرة وقد تنتهي للاشئ .. في الحقيقة مش لاقية حاجة تُشبه هذه الطريقة من الكلام غير مشهد من فيلم لبيلا تار .. أحد ...more
Oh, look, I can review this book from my computer. The ins and outs of this problem deeply, deeply confuse me...

Anyway, to actually review the book: the Penguin edition of selected tales of Edgar Allan Poe is an interesting one. His writing is interesting, reasonably absorbing most of the time, and it was quite good to read the forerunners of modern detective fiction in the form of 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', and 'The Mystery of Marie Roget', though both of them got a little tiresome by the
Jul 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know Edgar Allan Poe is credited with being a master of horror stories, pioneering the first real sci-fi tale, and inventing the detective genre; but does that really mean I have to like him?!
Firstly, good God he has an obsession with premature burial/entombment. A horror story isn't necessarily inventive if each one he writes involves some element of claustrophobic tomb and/or a question mark over death, madness, or the reliability of a narrator. Once or twice, then fine, wonderful, it's int
Sharon Bolton
We’re supposed to love and revere Poe, we writers of scary tales, but I rather struggle to do it.

I had to read him again, just recently, because I was taking part in a discussion at the Danish crime fair, Krimimessen, in Horsens, on the subject of the macabre in crime fiction. Invariably, on such occasions, Poe will raise his ashen face. I dug out my old paperback copy and re-read a few of the tales: The Fall of the House of Usher, The Black Cat, the Masque of the Red Death, The Premature Buria
Arual Gallardo
"Me ha gustado mucho volver a leer relatos de Edgnar, me ha recordado en mi época de instituto, las historias y los relatos me han encantado, aunque no todas han conseguido conquistarme, ya que muchas no me engancharon, siento que hay relatos mucho mejores de este autor, pero me ha encantado descubrir muchas de esas historias que no conocía. Un libro que recomendaría si sois amantes de Poe y de la época gótica, ya sea por la preciosa edición o por sus historias... os conquistará por completo. "

Juan Manuel Sarmiento
Una preciosa y terrorífica edición ilustrada por Meritxell Ribas, de los mejores cuentos de Edgar Allan Poe.
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Janez Hočevar
Edgar Allan Poe is the undisputable master of horror/terror/gothic genre. He goes to unsurpassable lenghts of describing the human psyche, of what a man is capable to do to another person. In addition, he knows how to create a gloomy atmosphere that suits his tales!! The only thing I disliked was his verbosity, his pseudo-sophistry and his language, which was sometimes really trying and exasperating. I thorougly enjoyed this volume, with the exception of the last two tales, namely "The Domain of ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To inspire one frightful genre may be regarded as a misfortune; to inspire two looks like malevolence.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to wrap your mind around in the 21st century, but in this one volume you can watch the drug and depression-addled mind of Edgar Allan Poe invent the horror story, the detective story, the genre of science fiction, and perhaps the cornerstone of English absurdist and manic fiction that blossomed out of the fresh corpse of post-war modernism. The real genesis of this could probably be attributed to Rabelais, whose obscene epic probably does much more than, say, the relatively terse Masqu ...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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