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Burial The horrors of the Spanish Inuisition with its dungeon of death and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the uniue imagination of Edgar Allan Poe Unerringly I've been slowly working my way through this over the past six months reading a story here and there Initially I was uite daunted by the idea of Edgar Allan Poe but as I progressed through the collection I found myself relaxing into it and just enjoying the writing There were many standout stories in this collection but I did especially enjoy The Fall of the House of Usher The Pit and the Pendulum The Premature Burial The Black Cat The Masue of the Red Death The Tell tale Heart and The Spectacles which was a rather funny story The Domain of Arnheim and Landor's Cottage were the only two stories that I found myself having to make an effort to maintain my focus they were beautifully written though and not too long I'm glad I read this and intend to read Poe soon Lost Innocence past six months reading a story here and there Initially I was uite daunted by the idea of Edgar Allan Poe but as I Woman of Iron progressed through the collection I found myself relaxing into it and just enjoying the writing There were many standout stories in this collection but I did especially enjoy The Fall of the House of Usher The Pit and the Pendulum The Premature Burial The Black Cat The Masue of the Red Death The Tell tale Heart and The Spectacles which was a rather funny story The Domain of Arnheim and Landor's Cottage were the only two stories that I found myself having to make an effort to maintain my focus they were beautifully written though and not too long I'm glad I read this and intend to read Poe soon

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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings

He touches upon some of our greatest nightmares premature burial ghostly transformation words from beyond the grave Written in the 1840s they have retained their power to shock and frighten even n The opening seuence right away sets up the mood of the story – “the soundlessness of the autumn day low hanging clouds dreariness of the countryside waning of the day the melancholy house itself” The descriptions are so amazing of the inside of the Usher House which intensifies the impression of gloom and decay given by the outside Such symbolism too The way that Roderick’s studio is reached “through many dark and intricate passages” suggest that access to his mind is hidden and convoluted as well The crafting of the tone is brilliant

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The Fall of the House of Usher The Pit and the Pendulum The Black Cat The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar The Cask of Amontillado Ligeia The Tell Tale Heart The Masue of the Red Death The Premature The Balloon Hoax Wow That was really boringMs Found in a Bottle Good suspense but the ending confused meA Descent into the Maelstrom Not too memorableThe Murders in the Rue Morgue A rather silly Holmes esue mystery taleThe Purloined Letter Not bad but far too wordyThe Black Cat Deliciously disturbingThe Fall of the House of Usher Not as interesting as his others but good atmosphereThe Pit and the Pendulum A delightful tale of suspenseThe Masue of the Red Death Meh Weird for no reason and kind of boringThe Cask of Amontillado I think makes Poe so memorable is his vivid first person accounts from the point of view of a killerThe Assignation I couldn't follow this one What did the drowning child and the art aficionado have to do with one another?The Tell Tale Heart Funnier than I'd remembered One of my all time favoritesDiddling A random essay on swindlingThe Man That was Used Up Silly amusing but ends a bit too abruptlyNarrative of A Gordon Pym Some good bits but I think I just don't like maritime fiction


10 thoughts on “The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings

  1. says:

    I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity Before reading this book I had a misconception that Edger Allen Poe was a horror writer Oh how wrong I was Yes Poe might be known for his stories of macabre and gothic horror But it was his versatility that I found attractive in his writings Without much further ado let's see what this collection holds MacabreHorror TRUE – nervous – very very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I AM MAD? Most of the stories in this collection are Gothic horror I found his work on this genre not scary but thoroughly enjoyable Poe presents some of his signature stories in a uniue way Through the eyes of the killer mad man The most famous one being Tell Tale Heart which features an unreliable madman as the narrator Likewise Poe's The Cask of Amontillado is narrated by a reliable killer Another tale The black cat borrows its plot elements from Tell tale heart and delivers a wicked little tale The Pit and the Pendulum is about a prisoner of Spanish Inuisition and presents a uniue imagery in the minds of the readerGasps While I was reading Fall of House Usher I understood that Poe had a thing for the burial of bodies Seriously he was in love with that plot elementEven though all of the above were excellent stories my favourite in this genre no scratch that in this book is The Masue of Red death which oddly had something Shakespearian about it I loved the allusion and the imagery it invoked Adventure The very memorable The Descent into Maelstrom is a ride like no other It tells a tale of a man who survived a terrible maelstrom at sea with the help of reasoning skills Manuscript found in a bottle is yet another nautical adventure which tells a tale of a man who got stuck in a ghost ship I was a bit confused with the story and apparently so is the good people of Internet The story is even analysed as a satire by certain pundits Sci Fi The Balloon Hoax Even though this story could give Jules Verne run for his money the science is too outdated to enjoy this one Yet this story is uniue because of its publication history This was written by Poe as an actual news report which was published in the newspaper in the year of 1844 People got so excited about the whole thing until it turned out to be a hoax Hence the name Detective fiction C Auguste Dupin Anyone know who that is? Because I had no idea From Wikipedia Seriously if Poe were not to write these stories we might have ended up not having a Sherlock Holmes Holmes character resembles Poe's Dupin in terms of method and style The first story The Murders in the Rue Morgue introduces us to this character and his methods Even though this was the pioneer detective story it is bogged down by lengthy narrative and a well weird reveal Everything associated with this story is weird Have you listened to the song Murders in Rue Morgue by Iron Maiden? WeirdThe second story The Purloined Letter featuring Dupin clearly shows that he is Sherlock Holmes The story features incriminating documents being used for blackmailing and police's struggle to retrieve it I remember reading an exact replica of this story featuring Holmes written by Doyle I can't remember the name Satire The man who was used up is a pretty funny satire Yes SATIRE He even writes satireThere were also two other stories Diddling and Assignation which were uite boring and forgettable Ahoy A Novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket is the only novel written by Poe and it is a mixed bag in terms of storytelling Opening with a sea voyage that went wrong the narrative presents some excellent chapters But it falls flat in the second half as the story changes its directionFor a detailed review of the novel HereOverall Poe is a legend He is a pioneer and a brilliant writer Don't believe me? Read these stories


  2. says:

    This selection of short stories reveals Edgar Allan Poe in all his moods All the stories have been reviewed but some have their own separate reviews and star rating These are indicated with links at the end This review and star rating is for the remainder of this selection The Fall of the House of Usher published in 1839 is the title story of the collection It may well be one of the stories which started the current interest in the gothic genre although Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho for instance had been published much earlier in 1794 Apart from its parody in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey Radcliffe's work has now largely been forgotten along with other great gothic works from the time Yet The Fall of the House of Usher remains perennially popular and influential Poe regarded it as his most successful example of totality in that every detail and event in the story is relevant to the plotThe viewpoint character has been invited to the house of a childhood friend Roderick Usher in order to cheer him as he is weak ill and depressed view spoiler Once there Usher is found to be a hypochondriac suffering greatly with nervous agitation He and his sister Madeline who also has the similar ghastly affliction are the last of the line hide spoiler


  3. says:

    The Balloon Hoax Wow That was really boringMs Found in a Bottle Good suspense but the ending confused meA Descent into the Maelstrom Not too memorableThe Murders in the Rue Morgue A rather silly Holmes esue mystery taleThe Purloined Letter Not bad but far too wordyThe Black Cat Deliciously disturbingThe Fall of the House of Usher Not as interesting as his others but good atmosphereThe Pit and the Pendulum A delightful tale of suspenseThe Masue of the Red Death Meh Weird for no reason and kind of boringThe Cask of Amontillado I think makes Poe so memorable is his vivid first person accounts from the point of view of a killerThe Assignation I couldn't follow this one What did the drowning child and the art aficionado have to do with one another?The Tell Tale Heart Funnier than I'd remembered One of my all time favoritesDiddling A random essay on swindlingThe Man That was Used Up Silly amusing but ends a bit too abruptlyNarrative of A Gordon Pym Some good bits but I think I just don't like maritime fiction


  4. says:

    I've been slowly working my way through this over the past six months reading a story here and there Initially I was uite daunted by the idea of Edgar Allan Poe but as I progressed through the collection I found myself relaxing into it and just enjoying the writing There were many standout stories in this collection but I did especially enjoy The Fall of the House of Usher The Pit and the Pendulum The Premature Burial The Black Cat The Masue of the Red Death The Tell tale Heart and The Spectacles which was a rather funny story The Domain of Arnheim and Landor's Cottage were the only two stories that I found myself having to make an effort to maintain my focus they were beautifully written though and not too long I'm glad I read this and intend to read Poe soon


  5. says:

    This was my first ever collection i have read of mr Poe and I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection The collection was my pick for all hallow's read to read for Halloween this year I also hosted a readalong of this collection online on facebook andat the all about books book club on goodreads This month from october 20th through tonight we read and discussed the stories by poe that was in this collection along with the novel A narrative of A Gordon Pym It also included my favorite poe story The Masue of the Red Death which I first read in middle school It is still a favorite to this day The only stories I did not enjoy were diddling and the man that was used up I would definitely reccomend this colle ction to others Go to the all about books book club on goodreads to see my comments on these stories at this link and enjoy


  6. says:

    I don't like these kind of genres that much But Poe is a beautiful exception He is brilliant at creating weird atmospheres although sometimes it seems those descriptions are too long with women dying all over the place However it is not difficult to get into the stories and feel real emotionI really liked William Wilson I liked Ms Found in a Bottle The Oval Portrait the art of losing a wife by gaining a painting Ligeia I don't uite get it yet but it has a frightening beauty That one and others are creepily fine Death terror murders madness vulnerability loneliness A nice journey in a truly interesting writing style I need some Seinfeld nowJuly 17 13 Also on my blog


  7. says:

    35 stars I did not read or listen to all of the books in this collection so this review is for the books listed below I will periodically update as I listen to of the storiesThe Pit and the Pendulum 25 to 30 stars The best way I can think of to describe Poe's writing is atmospheric and he certainly does a good job creating atmosphere in this short story A good solid story but not the classic I was hoping for The Tell Tale Heart 40 stars My favorite Poe story Of the ones listed here A short well written and powerful story about guiltThe Masue of the Red Death 30 stars Another good solid short story by Poe and one that I think I liked better for not having overly high expectatons for it going in


  8. says:

    Inspired MadnessA Book Review of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher and Other TalesThere’s no denying that much of modern horror fiction — as we know it anyway — grew out of the gloomy chaotic depth of the 19th century when a few demented souls were churning out tales of things that go bump in the night These were writers who were dubbed freaks during their time and as if the patina of age hasn’t wore off are still considered as such today They broke taboos infringed established rules attacked the sensibilities of their era and twisted genres to the breaking point Sure thing they died broke scorned or both yet in the process gave birth to some of the great works of literature became a pioneer and initiated many of the conventions that are now considered commonplace in much of today’s horror fictionThus in my exploration and bid to become the most annoying know it all in matters concerning the horror genre I looked back and was lead on this dark alleyway in the hall of one of the most venerable Old Masters of Horror Edgar Allan PoeLooking at Poe’s life one gets a fair idea that the man led a tragic if not a horrific life He was a poet at heart aching for personal losses and hopping from job to job in the publishing world while he tried to find something fulfilling amid alcoholism and depression To help pay the bills like so many writers before and after him he turned to sensationalismLucky for us he was good at it and the results were among the most vivid and chilling horror tales ever written You’ve got your buried alive tale The Premature Burial your revenge tale The Cask of Amontillado your torture tale The Pit and the Pendulum your plague tale The Masue of the Red Death your haunted house tale The Fall of the House of Usher and perhaps the most vivid of all the internalized ghost story The Tell Tale Heart It is the last of these that always struck me as the most effective at least among Poe’s work All of these stories are important to the genre Many of them are flat out revolutionary and have been imitated ever sinceBut there’s something about The Tell Tale Heart on the relentless psychological hell it seems to hurl into the reader’s head that makes it stand out as a masterwork among masterworks It speaks to the fear that we might lose control of the one thing we always thought we could manage ourselves We all have our own little bodies under the floorboards and even if we’re not murderers it’s a story that suggests we could be — which in my opinion might be among the scariest feelings of all Poe was a master at conveying this kind of internal torture and for all the unapologetic sensationalism of his work it’s that internalized agony that makes it all too real for usThe reader of an Edgar Allan Poe story — we could also throw in his splendid poems I presume — may expect to encounter characters in the grip of extreme experience Murder is common as is madness and life at times can seem a horror Reading his stories is a retreat from humanity into a ghastly realm where as much as possible of the human is left out where our weaknesses became wobbling strengths and our trembling gasping cries But what we forever owe to Poe is he dared to look when others have no guts even to take peek at the door where horror lurks opening a worm of possibilities that slithered in and out of the genre to which he may have the bloody? hand of creating More than anything else it is Poe who sculpted with such fine craftsmanship a form out of our very own fears and nightmaresBook DetailsPublished by Signet ClassicsMass Market Paperback 1980 Edition383 pagesStarted October 6 2010Finished October 23 2010My Rating ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦


  9. says:

    The opening seuence right away sets up the mood of the story – “the soundlessness of the autumn day low hanging clouds dreariness of the countryside waning of the day the melancholy house itself” The descriptions are so amazing of the inside of the Usher House which intensifies the impression of gloom and decay given by the outside Such symbolism too The way that Roderick’s studio is reached “through many dark and intricate passages” suggest that access to his mind is hidden and convoluted as well The crafting of the tone is brilliant


  10. says:

    Hearing your name given to literary characters is a weird experience I guess I should be thankful I don't have a common name like Sarah or Kate or whatever Sharing a name with a fictional character doesn't happen to me often the last one I can remember is The Departed where the single female character was named Madeline but it didn't really matter because she got called by name a whopping one time but when it does it's weird Especially when you're reading this story by Poe and the girl in the coffin is named Madeline It made the story even creepier than it already was


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