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The Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
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it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, horror, mystery, paranormal-supernatural, poetry, favorites, fantasy, gothic, reviewed
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A lasting piece of written silver and obsidian, still as dark and haunting as it was over a century ago. Poe's influence is as far-reaching as that of the thematically similar Grimms or even Carroll's Alice. The ghosts and creatures of his imagination still float powerfully through the culture, and continues to earn respect for horror and poetry as literature.

His stories explore primal and preternatural fears with wit and eloquence. Being trapped, being driven to insanity and not knowing if the horror you see is real or hallucination, being face to face with the grim reaper. They are not necessarily formulaic - some begin as an average event and descend so gradually into madness. Some begin on a dark note and only get creepier.

Personal favourite is "Masque of the Red Death", about a group of influential and wealthy people sheltering themselves in a ballroom while the town below dies of plague, that is, until the plague himself arrives in person.

Some other favourites, "The Black Cat", "The Tell Tale Heart", "Fall of the House of Usher", and "The Conqueror Worm".
Most, if not all of these are in public domain, but in my opinion is well-worth having a beautiful bound copy of. I also highly recommend the illustrated editions by Gris Grimly.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Other Hardcover Edition)
Finished Reading
March 2, 2016 – Shelved (Other Hardcover Edition)
March 3, 2016 – Shelved as: gothic (Other Hardcover Edition)
March 3, 2016 – Shelved as: horror (Other Hardcover Edition)
March 3, 2016 – Shelved as: mystery (Other Hardcover Edition)
March 3, 2016 – Shelved as: classics (Other Hardcover Edition)
May 1, 2016 – Shelved as: favorites (Other Hardcover Edition)
January 12, 2017 – Shelved as: adult-and-new-adult (Other Hardcover Edition)
July 3, 2017 – Shelved
July 3, 2017 – Shelved as: classics
July 3, 2017 – Shelved as: horror
July 3, 2017 – Shelved as: mystery
July 3, 2017 – Shelved as: poetry
July 3, 2017 – Shelved as: paranormal-supernatural
July 3, 2017 – Shelved as: favorites
July 3, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 3, 2017 – Shelved as: gothic
August 2, 2017 – Shelved as: reviewed

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