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"The Black Cat" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most memorable stories. The tale centers around a black cat and the subsequent deterioration of a man. The story is often linked with "The Tell-Tale Heart" because of the profound psychological elements these two works share.
Paperback, BookSurge Classics, 24 pages
Published February 2nd 2004 by BookSurge (first published 1843)
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May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
كم يوم تحتاج لتفقد عقلك بالكامل؟
جنون العبقرية في اربعة و عشرين صفحة فقط
نموذجية للمعقدين من الإدمان و الخمر ...و القطط 🐱..معا
دائما ما يتسلل الجنون تدريجيا لاغلب أبطال ادجار الان بو.. و
تتجلى مهارته في استعراضه مظاهر و اسباب سلوكياتهم الغربية

بطلنا كان شابا رقيقا مرهف الحس محب لكل الحيوانات الاليفة. .و سرعان ما تمكن منه ادمان الخمر لتتبدل شخصيته
ا"افزعته حركاتي فجرحني جرحا طفيفا..فتملكني غضب الابالسة فتناولت سكينا و قبضت على القط و اقتلعت عن عمد إحدى عينيه"ا
تلك كانت أولى جرائمه. ..القصة يجب ات ي
Mohammed Arabey
بطل قصتنا هنا لا تضمن تقلبات مزاجه، قد يكن لك الحب، لكنه لا ينسي إبدا الأساءة..بل وقد يردها منتقما
بطل قصتنا له الكثير من قصص الرعب

لا، لم أقصد الراوي/بو هنا، بل بطل القصة

فإذا كان راوي قصتنا الكابوسية، التي ستبث فيك القشعريرة والمقت تجاهه، بالأخص إن كنت تربي قطة، منحرف المزاج عصبي ولا ينس الضغينة
فإن بطلها قريب شيئا ما في مزاجه...بطل قصتنا هو قط، قط الأسود

في واحدة من أبشع القصص القصيرة المرعبة ، ينقل لنا إدجار آلان بو أهم مخاوفه الحقيقية
إضطرابات وانحراف المزاج... الحالة التي يغيب فيها السكران عن ال
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, creepy, dark, crime
A morbid story of Edgar Allan Poe, probably one of his most famous ones, the black cat... about a man slowly going hysterical, madder and madder and a cat (or actually two?) playing a key part in increasing his insanity and leading up to morbid actions...
What brings a man to write such stories.... I understood Poe did not have the best of lives himself.
A great writer though, intriguing stories. Four stars, will further edit in the coming days!

Here's a bit of background from Wikipedia:
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Black Cat, Edgar Allan Poe
The Black Cat is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in the August 19, 1843. The narrator tells us that from an early age he has loved animals. He and his wife have many pets, including a large, beautiful black cat (as described by the narrator) named Pluto. This cat is especially fond of the narrator and vice versa. Their mutual friendship lasts for several years, until the narrator becomes an alcoholic. One night, after coming
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Here is another classic Poe tale of dissolution and madness. It's very similar to The Tell-Tale Heart, yet different in interesting ways. For one thing, this tale is told from a distant, calm, and indeed sane perspective. Unlike The Tell-Tale Heart, which begins with the narrator breathlessly trying to convince the reader of his sanity, here the narrator calmly states that "I neither expect nor solicit belief" in his tale, but that because he is to die tomorrow (presumably to be executed), he wi ...more
Bookdragon Sean
This depicts a man who has completely lost himself to his illness. He was once happy. He was once sane. He had a loving wife and a warm home full of pets. But, his illness took over; it sent him into fits of blind rage in which he abused that which he professed to love; he neglected his animals and beat his wife. However, for a time, he left his favourite amongst them in peace. He left his beloved black cat alone. Well, until one day where he was sent over the edge and decided to stab the poor c ...more
GOODREADS POLL QUESTIONS: What did you think of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, THE BLACK CAT?

OUCH....well I didn’t hate this anti black cat hit piece as much as the unbiased poll respondents did, but I didn’t really like it either. Of course, as a member of the GLASS Association (Get Lousy Drunk and Sing Showtunes), I will say that I found the negative portrayal of excess alcohol consumption to be both misleading and offensive and may have allowed that anger to color my opi
Araz Goran

في البدء، لم أتصور أن تحمل القصة هذا المستوى من الرعب .. غامض جداً أسلوب " بـو " في الكتابة ومحير مايحدثه للقارئ كأنك ستمر الى عالم آخر، يحملك مجراً إلى الانتقال إلى عالمه الكئيب الغائم العاصف الذي لا يمكن أن يتشكل سوى في بعض أغرب كوابيسنا، ، عندما تقرأ له تشعر بقشعريرة وخوف لا يضاهى بأي شعور بالخوف قد سبق، تشعر بالقلق لا بالخوف فحسب، قلق " بـو " يتسرب بالفعل الى عقل القارئ .. هذا النوع من الرعب هو ما أسميه بالرعب الأنيق الذي يتسرب في داخلك دون أن تسأل لماذا أشعر بذلك الإحساس الطاغي على قلبي، من
Rebecca McNutt
I loved this story when I was eight years old. My dad downloaded it for me and I would play it on CD from my bedroom stereo (I don't even remember the last time I used a CD, I prefer real books), but The Black Cat gets better with age and for a short little tale of a cruel, neurotic man and the cat he mistreats, it carries deep themes of guilt, morality, kindness (or lack thereof, who the f*ck cuts a cat's eye out with a pen knife just because they feel like it!?) and vengeance coming to bite th ...more
Saga Norén
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-a-poe
Wow. Terrible, casi tan rememorable como el Corazón Delator. Creo que tardaré mucho en olvidarlo y lo tendré presente durante largo tiempo...Poe describe tan bien las sensaciones humanas de locura y horror, que pareciera que el lector está allí presenciándolo todo en vivo y en directo.

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Ahmed  Ejaz
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, 2017
I like Edger Allan Poe's stories very much. They are so deep and give very horrifying feelings to me.
I liked this story too. While reading, I was feeling that I had experienced something like this before. But I couldn't know from where. It turned out, The Tell-tale Heart was similar to this one. That's why.
I highly recommend this story to everyone.
Mansuriah Hassan
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, favorites
I have never read Edgar Allan Poe’s writing before. So after reading this short story, I was immediately intrigued. Right after I finished reading this story I was like “Whoa… What did I just read?” This is one of the darkest tales that I have ever read. Horrifying! Gruesome! Edgar Allan Poe is literally the master of horror!

Poe gives a disturbing creepy glimpse into the mind of the narrator. The narrator begins with his kind and human younger self. In subsequent years he descended into madness
#2016-aty-reading-challenge-week-51: a short story from a well-known author.

My love for Edgar Allan Poe's short stories began in seventh grade. My language arts teacher was a very dramatic looking woman: skeletally thin with long raven black hair which was parted in the middle and tightly pulled back into a chignon, revealing razor-sharp cheekbones. No person alive could install more of a sense of horror and dread in us than she did as she read Poe's stories aloud to our class. And we loved it!
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ανατριχιαστικό, old school θριλερακι.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
از آدمی که حیوان آزاری میکنه باید ترسید، شاید تو مملکت ما از نظر خیلی ها زیاد غیرعادی به نظر نیاد (هرچند تعداد دوستداران و حامیان حیوانات شکر خدا رو به افزایش هست) ولی در کل یکی از نشانه های روان ناسالم افراد حیوان آزاری هست و باعث قساوت قلب آدمی میشه و ممکن هست کشتار حیوانات بعدها به قتل انسان تبدیل و اون شخص به راحتی کسی رو با کوچکترین خشم و کینه ای بکشه و کنترلی رو عملش نداشته باشه . درست مثل این داستان کوتاه عجیب و غریب که حکایت از این آدم های دیوانه دارد ...
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short story was an intense read. Not all of Poe's stories works for me, but this one definitely does. It deals with animal cruelty and domestic violence, and some of it was uncomfortable. But I really like it when literature makes me feel something strongly - even if its something bad. It shows both the power and the importance of literature. Cozy, funny reads are great, and sometimes they're exactly what I need. But it is stories that challenge me or make me feel something intensely that r ...more
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
Un hombre perdiendo todo rastro de su temperamento apacible a manos del alcoholismo, violencia, suspenso, horror, soberbia, gatos sin ojos, gatos negros, gatos que tal vez son brujas... Todo en un mismo relato.

Leí El Gato Negro por primera vez cuando estaba en el colegio y hoy, releyendo la historia, la recordaba a la perfección. Me encanta cómo Poe juega con la creencia de que los gatos negros pueden ser brujas camufladas durante todo el relato y cómo hace que su protagonista, el hombre entrega
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent short and macabre story about a human insane state.

Termine Notre Dame de Paris como a la8:00 de la noche y como estaba lloviendo casi diluviando se fue la luz, no tenia casi batería en el celular así que no lo toque porque lo ocupo para el despertador por lo tanto agarre la primera historia corta de las Obras Completas gratis para Kindle de Poe que me encontré. Y aquí estoy. :D

Muy interesante el aura de desesperación que se maneja. Muy buen relato con un gran final. Esero leer más d
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Althea Ann
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I might have to give this one the Most Unpleasant Narrator of All Time award.

It's true, animal abusers tend to be psychopaths.

Here, Poe gives us a disturbing glimpse into the mind of a man who shows no remorse for his deeds and is eager to blame outside factors for his own decisions. The story, published in 1843, still has the ability to shock, even today.
Ayman Gomaa
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
اول قراءة ل ادجار الان بو
بفضله استطاع ان يزيد كرهى للقطط

بعد بداية بريئة ل شاب محب للحيوانات و مقتنى منهم الكثير و اخيرا القط بلوتو تنقلب الى رعب نفسى بسبب تقلبات المزاج الناتجة عن ادمان الخمر التى اودت بكثير من الاحداث المرعبة لتحوله الى الشر المطلق .

القصة كانت من المستحيل ان تكون الكلب الاسود , الكلب سيسامحك الكلب وفى و لن يضمر لك الشر " بغض النظر عن ما حصل لرامزى بولتون " القط على العكس , لا تحاول ابدا اغضابه لانى لن ينسى و سيودى الى هلاكك

الملاحظ فى كتابات بو و الذى يميزها ان الرعب بها من ا
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
I love karma. The Black Cat is Poe at his best macabre, creepy self.

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Also, don't mess with cats. They're evil.

Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Πρώτη επαφή με το έργο του Πόε, 5 αστεράκια *****
نقد روز
در داستان کوتاه گربه سیاه، شخصیت گربه با نام پلوتو در ابتدا یک گربه معمولی است که مثل تمام گربه های سیاه تنبل و موذی است. در ظرف چند سال، پلوتو تغییر شخصیت می دهد و از یک گربه نازپرورده به یک هیولای حقیر تبدیل می شود. او کور می شود و در نهایت توسط صاحبش به قتل می رسد. راوی تا حدی موفق می شود خواننده را متقاعد کند که این گربه در اصل جادوگری است که خود را به شکل گربه درآورده است. از نظر راوی، جادوگر ابتدا به پلوتو و در نهایت، به یک گربه دوم تبدیل می شود که در بخش انتهایی داستان ظاهر می شود.

عده ای
Zuky the BookBum
This is one of few Poe works that I have read but I am stunned at his ability to scare his reader.

This story is dark, disturbing and horrific. Told from the perspective of a man made angry and aggressive from an alcohol addiction, this story moves through the motions of his life. From happy young animal loving boy, to wife and animal abuser.

Karma's a bitch, don't fuck with cats!
Carlos De Eguiluz
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Me resulta hermosa la manera en que Poe relata la perdida de la cordura de un hombre sano; y su macabra obsesión con las distintas formas de deshacerse de los cuerpos, divina.
Bionic Jean
The Black Cat (1842) is a truly horrible story by Edgar Allan Poe. It is horrible in an entirely literal sense, and is one of the darkest stories Poe ever wrote. It is a psychological study of guilt and madness resulting in part from alcoholism. This is an interesting stance taken by the author, since Poe himself was reputedly an alcoholic. Masterly though it is, I dislike this story intensely with its depiction of (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, horror-read, classics
Poe is a literary genius. Maybe I am just a sucker for titles dealing with cats. But, Poe is famous for a reason. As much as I say Stephen King is the master of horror....I have to say, Poe is the original horror master. Such a creative mind, beautiful words and prose.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η έκδοση που διάβασα έχει 4 ιστορίες. Ο Μαύρος Γάτος, Μετζενγκερστάιν, Σαλταπήδας και Εσύ Είσαι ο Δολοφόνος. Ο Μαύρος Γάτος κερδίζει στα σημεία!
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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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