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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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Glenn Russell
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Published in 1850, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart is one of the best known and most memorable short stories ever written. Since there are dozens of commentaries and reviews here and elsewhere on the internet, in the spirit of freshness, I will take a particular focus: obsession with an eye or eyes and compare Poe’s tale with a few others.

In The Painter of Eyes by Jean Richepin, we encounter an obscure artist who sells his soul to the Devil in order to paint at least one masterpiece. Ther
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
David Putnam
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
These are great stories and scared the heck out of me when I was a kid. The title story especially, The Tell-Tale Heart. Later, when I was older I had the LP with the story told by Vincent Price. He had the voice that could make Mary had a little Lamb sound scary. One Halloween I dressed like a vampire (makeup the whole shebang) and and built a coffin, set it out in the front yard to scare the little trick or treaters. I played that LP with Vincent Price's voice over and over again. Lots of kids ...more
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
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
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
You might think you’re Marilyn Manson gothic…

But are you Edgar Allan Poe gothic. I don’t think so!

I'm going with 5 STARS for this compilation.
Edgar Allan Poe has influenced so many writers along with culture that it's hard not to give him all the stars.

He's a master of the topics of greed, lust and power. You can’t get more dark, twisted and deep than this cat.
Not even six feet deep in a cozy coffin deep.

So glad to finally read most of his stories and poems. A few short stories were a bit long w
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have only this one to say:

Come and see the master of gothic horror novel at work!!!
If you dare..

Simple The Best!!!!

Great stories..
By the very master itself..
And by the way, a very good choosen collection indeed!!

Poes life and literary work is a mystery to me:
Nobody does it better and you have to experience it for yourself..

Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
I listened to the audiobook for this one and it made the experience so much more intense. Listen to it here

If you're looking for a creepy read, give this one a go!
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
Selkie ✦ Queen
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
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
How Poe Wrote the Tell-Tale Heart

It was All Hollow’s Eve and Poe was at his writing desk with a pen in hand. No, it must be a typewriter even though they were not invented at this time. So, he was sitting at his desk typing on his typewriter, typing out a story of a man who had given another man the evil eye. “I will kill this man who gives the evil eye,” he thought, but first I need to set the stage.

He realized that he was having problems writing on this dark and stormy night, so he went into
Michael Sorbello
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Tell-Tale Heart is the scariest of Poe's horror stories in my opinion. Poe effectively showcases the classic symptoms and behaviors of paranoia-induced insanity, a symptom that many violent serial killers display. Poe also shows an impressive knowledge and understanding of a deranged criminal's mind in a time when not too much was known about human psychology.

The disturbed protagonist shows psychotic symptoms including fixation, obsessiveness, dehumanization and paranoia, leading him to do s
 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.
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
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 Sandwic
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
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
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
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
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 10, 2020 rated it liked it
"And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave. The thought came gently and stealthily, and it seemed long before it attained full appreciation"
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Dec 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
VERY creepy! We were forced to read it in English... AHH!!!
Jun 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, classics
One of my favorite childhood books.
Yes, I had one weird childhood.
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