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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  207,452 ratings  ·  1,178 reviews
Edgar Allan Poe remains the unsurpassed master of works of mystery and madness in this outstanding collection of Poe's prose and poetry are sixteen of his finest tales, including "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "William Wilson," "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "Eleonora". ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Bantam Classics (first published 1843)
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Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, horror
“I had always felt aversion to my uncourtly patronymic, and its very common, if not plebeian praenomen.”

“It was night, and the rain fell; and falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was blood. And I stood in the morass among the tall and the rain fell upon my head—and the lilies sighed one unto the other in the solemnity of their desolation.”

Say what?? Is it rain or is it blood, or is it a plebeian praenomen? And WTF is a praenomen anyway?

Edgar Allan Poe is not the easiest author to get on
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
My first time to read and finish a collection by Edgar Allan Poe and I was just blown away. This was one of my two Halloween reads this year and it made my long Halloween weekend truly worth remembering.

Here are my reactions to each of the 32 writings included in the book by Edgar Allan Poe.

1) The Tell-Tale Heart. 3 STARS
Quite scary. The narrator murders his or her (there is no pronoun used) master who has a "vulture-like" eyes. The narrator admits the crime at the beginning of his n
David Schaafsma
Once a year, if you observe the horror holiday Halloween, you should read one or more of Poe’s chilling stories. Why not “The Tell Tale Heart”? I just this evening heard my neighbor Ann read it aloud before a gathering of block party neighbors in my street.

“True, nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, but why will say that I am mad?! The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute.”

The incomparable Vincent Price re
Nicholas Armstrong
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
You know, I'm pretty sure most people like this (and Poe) for the kind of creepy slightly Gothic effect, but I think that is a very superficial and silly way to read it. The beating of the heart has absolutely nothing to do with redemption, nothing to do with guilt or anything, it has to do with the futility of existence. Read the story again and think of the mentions of heartbeat and pulse and think of the unreliability of the narrator.

It's not the pulse of the man he kills and it isn't the be
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No other writer evokes horror in its rawest, most human form like Edgar Allan Poe. Sometimes his stories are a blunt force trauma while others are drilled into the mind using precision instruments of terror. His themes and depictions of people's greatest fears are very diverse and uniquely constructed, more visceral in some aspects but also cerebral in execution for a select few. This anthology The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings is comprised of his finest works in short story and poetry form ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Poor Edgar, always so sad, but he sure can write a terrifying story. I wonder if it was the drugs he was on, of if this state of mind made him turn to the drugs. Either way he was a master of the macabre, and he always caught your attention.
I think this is where my fascination with this type of literature began.
No one wrote like Poe. No one left you hanging, literally, walled in, literally,and figuratively, like Poe. He could tap into our basest fear, anger and regret.make victims, beg for mer
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of classic/gothic horror and suspense
I've read this story, not the whole book. In my opinion, this is a masterpiece of suspense, and a powerful story about how a person's guilt will betray them in the end. I love the way Poe builds up the tension slowly but surely until the end, with a careful use of narrative. I believe this is the story that made me a Poe fan.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it liked it
A collection of work by the illustrious deviant with the charming monogram E.A.P.

Let me begin by trying to be helpful for anyone out there looking to pick up a copy of Poe’s work: do NOT settle for this edition, for a few more bucks you can get the Complete Poe (several available editions). If you’d rather settle for this half-assed collection and a KFC Meal Deal instead of Poe’s unabridged output, be my guest, odds are I’ll be the guy behind you in line getting the Extra Spicy Chicken Sandwich
I have read this for the 3rd time and finished 10/08/12.

Very good! I like Poe. This collection wasn't the best, though. For example, I wish Hop Frog was in it. I like that short story. I like Marie Roget, too, but I can see the editing of that from this book since we have two detective stories already.

The last story I finished in this book was The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. Aside from the racism in the story (and Poe is now dead and he wrote in the 1800's, so nothing can now be done about t
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
"No, no, don't fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. You should have seen me."

I read this one story after hearing a lot of appreciation for it. Lately I have been reading Edgar Allan Poe's one work at a time and my gosh!, the genius keeps on getting better.

Here he tells a story of a young person(gender is not mentioned) who kills an old man in a cold and calculated manner. The way in which the story is told is simply magical. I could not peel my eyes away even for a moment. There is a new emotion
Amanda L
Never have I encountered such uncanny description of acute insanity from the inside out. [Case in point, the opening lines: "TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why WILL you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How then am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily, how calmly, I can tell you th ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
“A wrong is unredressed when the retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.” With this cruel vengeance Montresor, with malicious patience and deceptive friendliness, lured Fortunato into the vault and buried him alive in a niche. The reader knows the target to be doomed and watched the drunken man step deeper into the snare.
As usual, Poe was able to portray the criminal mind, with its unrepent
Mel Vincent
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Edgar Allan Poe is a unique and prolific writer. he delves into his writings in a way that it reflects his emotion and understanding of life. we all know he lived a very sorrowful life from start to end and by choosing a genre such a mystery and sorrow as his recurring motives he has defined and made it one of the best works since Shakespeare. I praise and admire his poetry and his stories which tell the readers that life isn't all pretty. and I'd like to think that E.A.P was the father of the d ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The stories are creepy and well-written, the illustrations are amazing, and this book itself is so beautiful that I just had to buy it. I also have the Barnes and Noble leather bound book of Poe's stories and poems, so when I finally sit down with that, it'll be to read the poems, and any stories that weren't featured in this edition. I love his style, his poetry is definitely my preference to his stories, but they're so iconic for the horror genre and referenced all the time in modern works.

I w
Ricks Eric
May 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Once a reader understands Poe's obsession with trying to evoke the sublime (uncontrolable emotion, such as horror or love) in his writing, a reader of a Tell-tale will see how masterfully Poe evokes these emotions. The art in Poe's writing is how deeply he connects inevitable emotion of the human experience to the meaning of words through the pacing and rhythm of his writing.

This short story is a must read. If once can let go of there attachments to the world around them and be swept into the em
Angela Wallace
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another author whom I had the great pleasure to discover, while at University. Edgar Allan Poe's stories are so dark, but impossible to put down. He cleverly weaves his tales, and leaves his readers in a state of disbelief.
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Pit and the Pendulum
William Wilson
The Black Cat
The Cask of Amontillado
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, classics
One of my favorite childhood books.
Yes, I had one weird childhood.
Βασίλειος Μέγας
One of my favourite authors, one of my favourites tales.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Fear of being buried alive is the fear of being placed in a grave while still alive as a result of being incorrectly pronounced dead. The abnormal, psychopathological version of this fear is referred to as taphophobia (from Greek τάφος - taphos, "grave, tomb" and φόβος - phobos, "fear"), which is translated as "fear of graves".

Before the advent of modern medicine, the fear was not entirely irrational. Throughout history, there have been numerous cases of people being buried alive by accident. I
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Having not read Poe since high school, I figured that I would read a collection of his works. Boy did some of them bring back memories.
I must say that Poe holds up for me these years later. What I really noticed this go around was the depth of Poe's writing ability to go deep in the mind's inner recesses.
Many say that he is also the father of the English language detective (Murders in the Rue Morgue) story, which I tend to agree with dating before Wilkie Collins' Woman in White and The Moonston
Dec 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
VERY creepy! We were forced to read it in English... AHH!!!
M. Nicolas
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The human psyche and the weight of guilt.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, stories
"The Cask Of Amontillado.” A man takes cold, calculated revenge on a noble whom he perceives has insults him, walling the poor guy up in a catacomb. Very creepy, especially the part where he echoes the noble’s screams. [read three times]

"The Tell-Tale Heart.” A elderly man with a cloudy eye is murdered by (presumably) his caretaker. This reading really brought home how bat-shit insane the murderer is: he takes a full hour to put his head in the door. The themes of guilt and paranoia run deep her
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this short story, it does things to me as most of Poe's works seem to, to strike something exciting inside my mind. I think this is one of the better known of Poe's works, something like The Raven or The Pit and the Pendulum. Poe does a very good job of making you invested in the characters and the plot in a very short amount of time, as always, and gets your heart rising at the apex, which quickly falls to a satisfying insanity.
The man from whose perspective the story is told
Ben Fuchs
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vengeful wine connoisseurs, maniacs, animal abusers
This collection had three tales: The Telltale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Black Cat.

If you are unfamiliar with these classics, you should really read them. They are old-school horror, served chilled.

They're all creepy as hell - Poe depicted narrators going completely mad better than just about anyone else, including florid ol' Lovecraft. This would be fine listening on a dark Halloween night.
Colleen Houck
Jan 28, 2010 added it
Shelves: horror
I listened to this story on a record in high school as an actor read it in a creepy voice and I screamed when he described the heart beating under the floorboards. I wasn't the only one either. Fantastic story.
Bree Garcia
The Tell-Tale Heart was always one of those stories that stuck out to me because of the absolute guilt that the narrator felt. Sadly, it always made me think twice before pulling a prank on my brother or doing something else I shouldn't have been doing. I guess I was a dark kid!
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Some of the stories and poems were really interesting and unique, but others just bored me completely. Overall I think it's a book worth reading, but it definitely isn't a quick read.
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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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“True, nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, but why will say that I am mad?! The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute.” 218 likes
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