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A chilling compilation of some of Edgar Allen Poe's best-loved stories, edited by Vincent Price and Chandler Brossard and with an introduction by Vincent Price, including:
"The Black Cat - The Fall of the House of Usher - The Masque of the Red Death - The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar - The Premature Burial - Ms. Found in a Bottle - A Tale of the Ragged Mountains - The Sphinx - The Murders in the Rue Morgue - The Tell-Tale Heart - The Gold-Bug - The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether - The Man That Was Used Up - The Balloon Hoax - A Descent Into the Maelstrom - The Purloined Letter - The Pit and The Pendulum - The Cask of Amontillado

About the Author

Author, poet, and literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe is credited with pioneering the short story genre, inventing detective fiction, and contributing to the development of science fiction. However, Poe is best known for his works of the macabre, including such infamous titles as The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Lenore, and The Fall of the House of Usher. Part of the American Romantic Movement, Poe was one of the first writers to make his living exclusively through his writing, working for literary journals and becoming known as a literary critic. His works have been widely adapted in film. Edgar Allan Poe died of a mysterious illness in 1849 at the age of 40.

Vincent Price's film career included such classics as Tower of London, Laura, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tomb of Ligeia and Tales of Terror.

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  • File Size: 2713 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (July 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AE95KE
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I've read a few of Edgar Allan Poe's stories and found them very intriguing, to say the least. One of my favorites being "The Cast of Amontillado." Poe really brings out the darker side of one's personality in his stories. I think he expresses his hardship growing up through his writings. Once you pick up one of Poe's books, you would want to read more and more. His stories are mystefying and frightening. They may make you want to laugh and cry all at the same time. If you are really in the mood to get lost in darkness, mystery and intrigue, pick up one of Poe's books. You'll be glad you did.
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For decades people have read, and re-read the works of Edgar Allan Poe--each time leaving the reader to walk away with a chill in the spine, and a deep sense that there are some things in life, however imagined, that are simply terrifying. Poe speaks through the heart of his own woes, his own terror...making his characters breathe life into their stories. Perhaps one of my favorites by this master of the macabre is "The Tell-Tale Heart," a maddening and sometimes angering ride through a deranged mind. This is an historical dance through the dark, perhaps even the most pivotal root in the life and love of the horror story. Poe worked not from the concepts of traditional monsters, but rather stirred the monsters haunting his protagonists...there are few who can lay claim to this level of suspense, drama, or who have ever invoked genuine fear in their readers. Poe does it with cunning, and seeming ease. Highly recommended reading.
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This book, by Edgar Allan Poe, is made up of 18 short stories that are considered the best. Most of his stories are based on death, terror, mystery, murder, and fear. One of the stories I really like is "The Tell - Tale Heart," and it's about a mad guy who is called upon an old man for care. Later, he kills the old man because he got too scared of his eyes and he hides the corpse under the planks of the house. When the police come and search through the house, he starts hearing strange heart beats from the place where the corpse is hidden. He gets nervous and the heart beats get louder and louder until he thought that the police could hear the heart beats and thought that the police were making a mockery of his horror. So he gets angry right away and tears up the planks saying he did it and telling them to stop making a mockery of him. It's a story based on extreme fear and horror of the protagonist. The final part is pretty ironic and has lots of suspense in it. There are more stories as good as this one I wrote about. I really enjoyed reading this book and I rate this as 10 out of 10. I would strongly recommend this book. I like these stories for different reasons: I always liked these kind of stories, the author has an incredible use of language for description, and it builds up suspense throughout the story. It's hard to predict what will happen next and it contains strong irony. I could say that these stories are the ones you must read at least once and, in fact, the best ones I've read.
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This book was given to me by a friend that was trimming down her library, and a more fitting book it could not have been. Editors Vincent Price (yes, THAT Vincent Price) and Chandler Brossard (no, not THAT Chandler Brossard) have gathered together some of Poe's finest tales of horror, mystery, and fantasy, with a comedy or two thrown in for balance. Poe's horror stories were, for the most part, short and placed emphasis on the pyschological rather than the mystical. His narrators were always driven by inner demons that they recognized, but could not control, and focused on emotion rather than story. The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart are the most famous examples of these. But the author also used his sharp insight into the mind to craft brilliant tales of mystery, it is these tales that remain my favorite. The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Gold Bug are my choices for Poe's best work, the mystery The Purloined Letter is also contained within the anthology. On the fantasy end, we are offered A Tale of the Ragged Mountains and MS Found in a Bottle, which seems to be a sort of a dry run for Poe's only attempt at a novel length story - The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym. Poe also had a wicked sense of humor, and The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether, The Man That Was Used Up, and The Balloon-Hoax are excellent examples of that alomst forgotten side of a complex and talented writer. No matter what edition of Poe you get, any collection of his tales is an essential for a well read personal library. Highest recommendation.
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Poe's writing has stood the test of time. This edition, however, literally looks like a photocopy of an older, overinked edition. The type is small with a small x-height (relationship of lower case letter to capital letters), which is difficult to read, looks dirty and cluttered, and is indicative of a publisher going CHA-CHING and cashing in on a reproduction of someone else's work -- honestly, in this day and age, would it have taken so much to re-set this book? Make it a bit easier to read?!

The stories are excellent. This is a cheaply-printed edition, however, dated and difficult to read.
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