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This story is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most memorable ones. The tale centers on a black cat and the subsequent deterioration of a man - from one who enjoyed family life with his wife and numerous pets through his radical change for the worse. The story is often compared to "The Tell-Tale Heart" because of the profound psychological elements these two works share. "The Blac ...more
Paperback, BookSurge Classics, 24 pages
Published February 2nd 2004 by BookSurge (first published 1843)
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Eduardo Viana Gasque Poe trabalha muito a sanidade (ou falta dela). Eu realmente acredito que esse conto não tem absolutamente nada realmente sobrenatural, tudo é a perspe…morePoe trabalha muito a sanidade (ou falta dela). Eu realmente acredito que esse conto não tem absolutamente nada realmente sobrenatural, tudo é a perspectiva do narrador. Acredito também que não é uma doença, ou a bebida, acho que é quem ele é, uma essência que sempre esteve lá. Note que ele sente uma felicidade que nunca teve quando o gato não voltou e sua esposa estava morta. Talvez fosse infeliz no casamento? Algo reprimido? Só uma ideia...(less)

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Muhtasin Oyshik
The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

It is one of Poe's darkest tales focusing on brutality towards animals, murder, and crime. The story is kind of similar to "The Tell-Tale Heart." However, it's disturbing but very entertaining. And it's one of those books that hard to put down.
I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.

Amazing classic.
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
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:
'"The Blac
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poe's short stories are so similar to each other.

Sometimes I wonder why I like reading them so much.

He was a genius.
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
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Indeed, a memorable story - as it shall remain in my memory for long!

Sean Barrs
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
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook and read the original text in English and also the translated text into my mother language (Portuguese). The narrator was so great! And Edgar Allan Poe was a genius!
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
Being a fan of Poe I’m surprised that I missed reading this one! So glad that I finally read it! Poe’s writing, as we fans of his, draws you in from the first page. Definitely a good short story for the month of October. Creepy + scary = Poe! 💀👻
Bam cooks the books ;-)
#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!
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
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
Jack Heath
4 Stars. One of Poe's big ones. I believe the concept of this story is out there just beyond public awareness, in the ether of community consciousness. I've never read it, nor seen anything on TV, yet I knew what was coming. The joy was the journey. The author pulls us along so well. One wonders whether, as modern society becomes less superstitious, and that surely is happening, awareness of literature in such a vein is diminishing as the superstitions do too? Or is it just that the story is alm ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In typical Poe fashion, this story is absolutely shocking and pulls no punches. Even for today’s standards, it's a disturbing tale. I didn't enjoy it as much as the The Cask of Amontillado though, that story currently is my all-time favorite of Poe's. ...more
La Tonya  Jordan
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to La Tonya by: Old Books New Readers from Goodreads
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This is a typical Edgar Allan Poe dark and creepy. Why would one who loved animals start to drink and kill his favorite pet? His black cat Pluto. He unloads his conscious to tell of his demise before he is to be executed for killing of his wife. She tried to curb his angry to protect the cat.


There is something in the love of these animals which speaks directly to the heart of the man who has learned from experience how uncertain and changeable is the love of other men.

It seemed almost th
*Read for class*

What a strange story...
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.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This tale is super twisted.
Jim Ef
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Huge spoilers coming.

In Poe’s classic horror tale, the love a man has for his cat gradually turns into hate and ends up with murder. The strange thing is that the man, right after brutally kills the poor animal, wants to find a new one to fill the gap. Of course, as in the first time, his sympathy changes to an unexplainable hate, only that this time it’s not the animal that will become his victim, but his own wife. With criminal mind he will cover his traces, but not for long, as divine j
Clumsy Storyteller
What a disturbed, brilliant mind!!

Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yeah, very good. Poe. 4.3 stars.

Yeah, nice indeed.

2nd re-read:
Listened to the audiobook narrated by Sir Christopher Lee. Rest in peace, one of the best film actors ever.
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Having read Poe's classic in junior high school (grade eight English) when we were doing an entire term on diverse British and American mystery and thrillers (from the 19th to the middle of the 20th century), I should probably be rereading this tale thoroughly before posting a review, as I do not remember all that much except that The Black Cat is well crafted, engagingly descriptive, but also and nevertheless so horribly creepy and frightening that it actually gave me some rather major nightmar ...more
Diane S ☔
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A short story that is very representative of the darkness of Poe's writing. Drink turns a once loving and compassionate man into a monster. A story of cruelty and revenge with wonderfully descriptive writing and some very startling moments. I have not read Poe in a while but he writes some wonderful stories and it is almost Halloween. The perfect time for creepiness. ...more
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.

Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 1paper, 2fiction
I just read this particular short story on a Wiki site:
& found it truly gruesome. I can understand why some might not connect with it. Poe's tale of a descent into madness & violence is somewhat illogical for the normal person, but for the addict or alcoholic... well, he describes it perfectly - unsurprising when you consider his history of abuse. I believe he poured his soul into the telling.

The man's brief description of his prior life told me that he m
Zuky the BookBum
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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!
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.
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