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Not for those of a nervous disposition, this chilling collection contains some of Edgar Allan Poe's best known stories, including The Fall of the House of Usher and The Masque of the Red Death. Themes of guilt, fear and revenge abound as the master of gothic horror transports readers into mysterious worlds, carries them on dangerous sea voyages, and investigates gruesome mu Not for those of a nervous disposition, this chilling collection contains some of Edgar Allan Poe's best known stories, including The Fall of the House of Usher and The Masque of the Red Death. Themes of guilt, fear and revenge abound as the master of gothic horror transports readers into mysterious worlds, carries them on dangerous sea voyages, and investigates gruesome murders in tales such as The Black Cat, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Cask of Amontillado. Exploring the hidden depths of the human mind, these are tales full of thrills and intrigue.


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Not for those of a nervous disposition, this chilling collection contains some of Edgar Allan Poe's best known stories, including The Fall of the House of Usher and The Masque of the Red Death. Themes of guilt, fear and revenge abound as the master of gothic horror transports readers into mysterious worlds, carries them on dangerous sea voyages, and investigates gruesome mu Not for those of a nervous disposition, this chilling collection contains some of Edgar Allan Poe's best known stories, including The Fall of the House of Usher and The Masque of the Red Death. Themes of guilt, fear and revenge abound as the master of gothic horror transports readers into mysterious worlds, carries them on dangerous sea voyages, and investigates gruesome murders in tales such as The Black Cat, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Cask of Amontillado. Exploring the hidden depths of the human mind, these are tales full of thrills and intrigue.

30 review for Classic Tales of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    I read a couple Poe stories in high school and college as I'm sure most everyone has but this is the first time I really delve into his work. I'm sad to say that I am a bit disappointed. I know this collection is just a fraction of his complete works and I'm sure there are many gems that weren't in this particular collection. I only really enjoyed three stories from this one which normally would merit less than three stars. But the three stories that I did enjoy, I REALLY enjoyed. Actually, I di I read a couple Poe stories in high school and college as I'm sure most everyone has but this is the first time I really delve into his work. I'm sad to say that I am a bit disappointed. I know this collection is just a fraction of his complete works and I'm sure there are many gems that weren't in this particular collection. I only really enjoyed three stories from this one which normally would merit less than three stars. But the three stories that I did enjoy, I REALLY enjoyed. Actually, I didn't just enjoy them, I LOVED them. Those three stars were The Oval Portrait, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Tell-Tale Heart. I was so engrossed by each of them, all for very different reasons.

  2. 5 out of 5

    M.K. Rhodes

    Since the contents of this book are listed seemingly nowhere online, here they are, transcribed from the Table of Contents: Introduction - ix EDGAR ALLAN POE The Black Cat - 1 The Masque of the Red Death - 9 The Fall of the House of Usher - 14 J. SHERIDAN LE FANU The Watcher - 30 Schalken the Painter - 61 AMBROSE BIERCE The Middle Toe of the Right Foot - 78 An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - 86 HENRY JAMES The Ghostly Rental - 94 The Jolly Corner - 122 BRAM STOKER The Judge's House - 150 The Squaw - 165 GUY DE M Since the contents of this book are listed seemingly nowhere online, here they are, transcribed from the Table of Contents: Introduction - ix EDGAR ALLAN POE The Black Cat - 1 The Masque of the Red Death - 9 The Fall of the House of Usher - 14 J. SHERIDAN LE FANU The Watcher - 30 Schalken the Painter - 61 AMBROSE BIERCE The Middle Toe of the Right Foot - 78 An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - 86 HENRY JAMES The Ghostly Rental - 94 The Jolly Corner - 122 BRAM STOKER The Judge's House - 150 The Squaw - 165 GUY DE MAUPASSANT Was It a Dream? - 175 The Horla - 179 ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON The Body-Snatcher - 200 MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN The Wind in the Rose-Bush - 216 The Shadows on the Wall - 232 F. MARION CRAWFORD The Upper Berth - 246 E. NESBIT Man-Size in Marble - 264 ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE Lot No. 249 - 276 The Horror of the Heights - 304 EDITH WHARTON The Eyes - 317 Afterward - 333 M.R. JAMES "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" - 358 Count Magnus - 375 ARTHUR MACHEN The Great God Pan - 386 Novel of the White Powder - 430 W.W. JACOBS The Monkey's Paw - 444 ROBERT W. CHAMBERS The Yellow Sign - 454 E.F. BENSON Caterpillars - 470 Negotium Perambulans - 478 ALGERNON BLACKWOOD The Wendigo - 491 The Willows - 530 OLIVER ONIONS The Beckoning Fair One - 571 WILLIAM HOPE HODGSON The Derelict - 627 The Voice in the Night - 649 HENRY S. WHITEHEAD Passing of a God - 660 Cassius - 676 WILLIAM FRYER HARVEY August Heat - 705 The Ankardyne Pew - 710 H.P. LOVECRAFT The Colour Out of Space - 720 The Dunwich Horror - 744 BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES - 781 SOURCES - 786

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    A great collection of Edgar Allen Poe short stories. It totally got me in the spooky mood for October. Poe can be hard to get through sometimes, but I still enjoyed reading it. Poe was a pioneer of horror and psychological thriller, and it shows in his works. Last time I read Poe was in grammar school/high school, so I forgot how good he is at horror. My top 5 stories in this book are: 1. A Tell Tale Heart (obviously) 2. The Pit and the Pendulum 3. Berenice 4. The Black Cat 5. The Assignation (The V A great collection of Edgar Allen Poe short stories. It totally got me in the spooky mood for October. Poe can be hard to get through sometimes, but I still enjoyed reading it. Poe was a pioneer of horror and psychological thriller, and it shows in his works. Last time I read Poe was in grammar school/high school, so I forgot how good he is at horror. My top 5 stories in this book are: 1. A Tell Tale Heart (obviously) 2. The Pit and the Pendulum 3. Berenice 4. The Black Cat 5. The Assignation (The Visionary)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cori Reed

    To be honest, I expected to like this a lot more than I did. By the end I just wanted the stories to stop. There are 21 stories in this collection and I enjoyed maybe half. Poe is very flowery. I think, in the future, if I look for more of his work I won't devour almost two dozen stories in three days. Poe might be a one story here and there kind of guy for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    a horror story with a happy ending? shouldn't exist my friend

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    It's been a long time since I've read any Poe stories, and I'm sure I've never enjoyed them more. They're dense and erudite, but not too archaic, and the abyssal depths of despair and madness, explored here with vigor, are as compelling now as ever. Not all of the stories are masterpieces, but I'd list Ligeia, Masque of the Red Death, and The Pit and the Pendulum as favorites. The Imp of the Perverse deserves special mention for its amazing title, and for artfully describing Freud's "Death Drive It's been a long time since I've read any Poe stories, and I'm sure I've never enjoyed them more. They're dense and erudite, but not too archaic, and the abyssal depths of despair and madness, explored here with vigor, are as compelling now as ever. Not all of the stories are masterpieces, but I'd list Ligeia, Masque of the Red Death, and The Pit and the Pendulum as favorites. The Imp of the Perverse deserves special mention for its amazing title, and for artfully describing Freud's "Death Drive" in 1845.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Evan Harte

    One of the most boring, depressing, and laborious chores I've ever forced myself to complete. Poe's use of excessive amounts of language spanning multiple paragraphs and sometimes multiple pages when the same can be said in a few sentences makes me sick to my brain. Maybe I "just don't get it". Or maybe I do and just don't care.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Madison Thorburn

    I find Gothic horror hard to be weirded out by due to its superfluous language

  9. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Long, tough read. Some of the more classic tales (The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Hop Frog) were magnificent but the majority of the others were hard to follow and understand in Poe's old-timey dialect. I'm definitely up to give this a re-read in the future. Advice for anyone picking this up for the first time: It's a read best saved for when you can give it your full attention and focus (ie. not on the rush hour bus to work).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    I like Poe's writing but his longer stories usually take at least half the story before they feel like they have become actual horror stories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Allison

    Poe likes to talk about mental/physical illness, drinking, mean dudes and tragic dead wives. Wonder why... Liked The Cask of Amontillado, The Red Death, The Black Cat(animal abuse warning) and The Tell Tale Heart. The Raven wasn't in this book though....

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I finally got around to reading Poe. I felt somehow obligated because he's one of the most famous classic authors of America. Now that I'm no longer a student, I find myself reading fewer classics...maybe due to a deficiency in motivation or attention span? I have two complaints about this edition. The first I can blame on the publisher. Poe has a tendency to throw in Latin, French, and Greek words (especially using passages as epigraphs), and no translation is provided. This is infuriating becau I finally got around to reading Poe. I felt somehow obligated because he's one of the most famous classic authors of America. Now that I'm no longer a student, I find myself reading fewer classics...maybe due to a deficiency in motivation or attention span? I have two complaints about this edition. The first I can blame on the publisher. Poe has a tendency to throw in Latin, French, and Greek words (especially using passages as epigraphs), and no translation is provided. This is infuriating because a contemporary audience probably isn't well-versed in these languages and the onus shouldn't be on the reader to figure out what the text is saying. My second complaint is that I'm really not interested in Poe's writing. I can respect the fact that he is one of the progenitors of the horror genre, but, other than that, there is nothing admirable in his work. It is long-winded and repetitive. The stories may have a kernel of a good idea or a worthy theme, but they are a chore to read. The writing is usually bogged down with pointless description. Poe is weak at writing characters and worse at writing dialogue (there are times that the dialogue is so bad that I laughed). The plots advance at a snail's pace. I suppose this is supposed to be "suspenseful" but it is simply boring. There isn't much variety in the stories in this collection...there are so, so many instances of people being buried alive or returning from the dead. I am not sure whether I am glad that I read this book. I guess it adds a little bit to my literary "street cred," but honestly the stories are so forgettable that I may as well have not read them in the first place.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    It's been a long time since I read anything by Poe and couldn't pass up the deal on this book, especially in time for Halloween. Having read through this collection, I know it's good and part of the reason I bought it was to experience an author who's so influential and acclaimed. That said, I don't think all of these are his best. Certainly, there's famous stories like "THE BLACK CAT" and my personal favourite, "THE TELLTALE HEART," but some of the other stories just seemed to drag on for long It's been a long time since I read anything by Poe and couldn't pass up the deal on this book, especially in time for Halloween. Having read through this collection, I know it's good and part of the reason I bought it was to experience an author who's so influential and acclaimed. That said, I don't think all of these are his best. Certainly, there's famous stories like "THE BLACK CAT" and my personal favourite, "THE TELLTALE HEART," but some of the other stories just seemed to drag on for long periods of time. Times have changed since Poe wrote these books and while there was a genuine creep factor for many of the books, it took a while to get to the intense horror. That said, for people who love the genre, this is a great, short little collection to pick up, enjoy during the fall, and keep on your shelf.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    A collection of twenty stories by Edgar Allen Poe. I believe I've read a few of his stories before, I remember "The Cask Of Amontillado" from this book specifically, but this was my first serious read of Poe's (which hopefully will be rectified in the future!). "The Pit and the Pendulum" would have to be one of my favourites. It was so well written. I don't often put down a book that gives me that kind of lasting impression. You can definitely see how Poe influenced H. P. Lovecraft, and both aut A collection of twenty stories by Edgar Allen Poe. I believe I've read a few of his stories before, I remember "The Cask Of Amontillado" from this book specifically, but this was my first serious read of Poe's (which hopefully will be rectified in the future!). "The Pit and the Pendulum" would have to be one of my favourites. It was so well written. I don't often put down a book that gives me that kind of lasting impression. You can definitely see how Poe influenced H. P. Lovecraft, and both authors are now favourites of mine. 5/5 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Frost

    In my personal opinion, I am not 100% sure if I enjoyed all of these Poe tales within this particular book. I have read Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and other authors of the same time - I found them very vivid and interesting. However, with Poe's tales, I did not have the same enthusiasm that I would have otherwise enjoyed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ishita

    While some of Poe’s stories have lost their potency as our fears evolved over time, others remain timeless and creepy as ever. His characters are vivid, often sarcastic, and are highly enjoyable to watch as they wreak havoc and revenge. A solid October read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Pidhayny

    I may not have liked all the stories collected here, but all of my favourite Poe stories, as well as some of his most famous, are represented here.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella Hoff

    3.5 Stars My favorite story was The Black Cat. Some stories were a bit confusing. A lot of wtf did I just read moments.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Skyler Boudreau

    The master never fails to entertain! :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

    Some of these I really enjoyed , others I found wordy and awkward. Favorites are The Masque of the Red Death, The Oblong Box, The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Gimblett

    I really enjoyed "The Tell tale Heart", "The Black Cat" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" -really creepy! Some of the language may be difficult to follow so keep the dictionary handy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Edgar Allan Poe is a beautiful writer of truly chilling and creepy tales. Not every story here is great, but the ones that are really stand out and stick with me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matt Greening

    It was entertaining, wonderful for Halloween, but nothing to write home about.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    DNF at page 62 I just couldn't get into this collection. Maybe I'll give it another try next Halloween and maybe try only reading a couple stories at a time?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Widsith

    As a 'collected works' volume, any rating or review would apply to Edgar Allen Poe's short fiction and poetry as a whole, and given that the oeuvre has some ups and downs, this is likely to end up either deceptive or a bit vague.That said, he clearly has a knack for short fiction, and a deft hand with macabre or grotesque subject matter. His use of language is harder to judge, given that to a modern reader the simple fact that his style is centuries old is likely to give his work a distinctive, As a 'collected works' volume, any rating or review would apply to Edgar Allen Poe's short fiction and poetry as a whole, and given that the oeuvre has some ups and downs, this is likely to end up either deceptive or a bit vague.That said, he clearly has a knack for short fiction, and a deft hand with macabre or grotesque subject matter. His use of language is harder to judge, given that to a modern reader the simple fact that his style is centuries old is likely to give his work a distinctive, formal quality, but clearly the man was well read and an unusually skilled wordsmith in his own time.There is a quality to some of his work that suggests he is trying very hard to induce a thrill of horror in his audience with the device of having this reaction reflected by the narrator or characters of the story, and to a fan of modern horror their responses may seem artificial or hyperbolic, given the accompanying exposition. He's much more likely to hit his mark, though, than later 'pulp' authors of the early 20th century.I list the book now because I've been led to reread particular selections of it rather than the whole thing straight through, but simply skimming the titles calls to mind the details and impressions left from previous readings, a prompts me to give this recommendation to anyone in the appropriate mood: It's a body of work from an excellent (and, fortunately, prolific) story-teller, and if his work is best suited for reading alone, late at night, especially in the autumn or winter, I think it's worth the concession. I have to wonder if, in the summer months, sitting on a bench in an old graveyard wouldn't hit just the right note.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carla Simoes

    I had this book for quite some time now on my TBR list, it was given to me by my mom because she see an owl and thought it was something related to Harry Potter. It turns out to be a collection of short stories by none other that Allan Poe and end up being my very first read from him. His writing style is quite unique and different, the tales are not what we usually are used to, they are a little bit darker and the HEA don't always happens. This book contains 7 tales and my favorite was "The Gol I had this book for quite some time now on my TBR list, it was given to me by my mom because she see an owl and thought it was something related to Harry Potter. It turns out to be a collection of short stories by none other that Allan Poe and end up being my very first read from him. His writing style is quite unique and different, the tales are not what we usually are used to, they are a little bit darker and the HEA don't always happens. This book contains 7 tales and my favorite was "The Gold Bug". I end up giving 2.4 out of 5* to this book just because the tales are so little that i could not really appreciate much any of them (besides the gold bug that is a lot bigger than the others). I will try and read more from this author since i like his style but i think i will go with a bigger book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Baker St Shelves

    A great book where you can see the evolution of horror fiction. We see works from Poe, Stoker, and even Doyle here, along with writers that aren't household names who had a helping hand in shaping the genre as we know it today. Some stories don't hold up as much, but it's still cool to see where these tropes came from.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie "Jedigal"

    This particular collection/selection of Poe works may not be available PER SE, but Poe works are widely available in various formats and collections. Adding to my TBR. Read a few stories and enjoyed, not sure why I haven't read more yet.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joe Horney

    if you like horror stories and classics this is the book for you

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jose Echevarría

    Super awesome, book translate on Spanish of Edgar Allan Poe. 100% recommended 👌🏻

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