12 Creepy Tales

- Edgar Allan Poe
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From the master of the psychological horror genre comes this brilliant collection _12 Creepy Tales by Edgar Allan Poe_. It features some of his classics like _The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat_ and _The Cask of Amontillado_ which are supreme examples of his craft. _The Black Cat_ is a truly horrifying story of a death-row confession of guilt by a serial killer. The much loved family cat becomes the agent of his destruction and inevitable descent into crime and madness. Another superb story is _The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar._ In this chilling tale, a mesmerist uses his skill to put a man into a trance at the exact moment of death. Poe wrote this story based on a newspaper report that he read about a New York doctor who was supposed to have conducted an operation after placing the patient under hypnosis. Such was Poe's talent that the story was mistaken for a genuine scientific report when it first came out! Writers and poets like Kipling and Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote personally to Poe, congratulating him on creating such a fantastic story. For sheer suspense and Gothic horror, _The Masque of the Red Death_ is unrivaled. Set in some unnamed country, in an unnamed time, it tells of Prince Prospero who retreats into a sealed fortress with his trusted friends to escape a scourge called the Red Death, a mysterious and fatal disease that is decimating the countryside. The images of death, blood and disease linger in the mind long after you put the book down. A crumbling ruin steeped in an atmosphere of doom and decay... the last descendant of a noble family... an opium addict and his deluded fantasies&emdash;these form the elements of one of Poe's most atmospheric creepy tales _The Fall of the House of Usher_. It is also one of his most famous stories and is considered to depict Poe as being at the peak of his craftsmanship. The surreal feeling of this story has made it a perfect choice for adaptation on film and television. Another truly scary tale is _The Pit and The Pendulum_, which describes the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition in medieval Spain in the sixteenth century. The collection also features Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem _The Raven_ which is guaranteed to send a shiver down the spine of even the most skeptical of readers. Whether you're a horror story fan or not, _12 Creepy Tales by Edgar Allan Poe_ is a great addition to your bookshelf.

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