Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe

Three short stories 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Cask of Amonillado'. All delightfully dark, macabre and chilling in true Edgar Allan Poe style. 'The Tell-Tale Heart' is a heart that beats loudly enough in the murderers ears, enough for him to confess to his ghastly crime otherwise undetected till then. 'The Fall of the House of Usher' brings murder and ghosts into a mansion - witnessed by the author who is a guest of the Usher lineage. And in 'The Cask of Amonillado' the narrator lures a man who he believes insulted him and buries him alive in a wine cellar.

Edgar Allan Poe died when he was 40. Most of these writers started writing early and kept writing prolifically till the end. Somehow they also had early and unusual deaths. 

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