Edgar Allan Poe

Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (Penguin Popular Classics)

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“Selected Tales” by Edgar Allan Poe is a collection of some of the most famous and influential short stories by the American author Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is renowned for his contributions to the horror, mystery, and macabre genres. This collection typically includes a range of his most iconic and chilling tales. Some of the stories that are often included in such collections are:

  1. “The Tell-Tale Heart” – A chilling tale of a murderer who becomes increasingly tormented by his own guilt, believing he can hear the heartbeat of his victim.

  2. “The Fall of the House of Usher” – A gothic story that follows a man’s visit to a decaying mansion where he encounters a family plagued by madness and tragedy.

  3. “The Cask of Amontillado” – A dark tale of revenge set in the catacombs of an Italian carnival, where a man lures his enemy into a deadly trap.

  4. “The Masque of the Red Death” – A symbolic story about a prince and his nobles trying to escape a plague by isolating themselves in a luxurious abbey, only to be confronted by their own mortality.

  5. “The Pit and the Pendulum” – A harrowing story of a man trapped in a dungeon during the Spanish Inquisition, facing death in the form of a slowly descending, bladed pendulum.

  6. “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” – Often considered one of the first detective stories, this tale follows the analytical mind of C. Auguste Dupin as he solves a baffling murder mystery.

These stories are just a selection from Poe’s extensive body of work. Edgar Allan Poe’s writing is known for its dark and atmospheric style, its exploration of psychological and emotional depths, and its influence on the horror and mystery genres. His tales continue to captivate readers with their eerie atmospheres and complex narratives.

“Selected Tales” compilations offer a glimpse into Poe’s mastery of the short story form and his ability to evoke fear, suspense, and thought-provoking themes in a relatively small space.


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