Tales of Terror and Mystery - The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
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Poems and Prose Edgar Allan Poe. About the Author. The line between soundness and insanity. None of these are sacred to Edgar Allan Poe's tinkering, and you can't help but admire Poe for the artful way he manipulates the reader's preconceptions. His methods inspired hosts of other writers to explore the same themes H. Lovecraft obviously, and some of Robert Louis Stevenson's work can all be traced to Poe's influence , yet Poe remains an independent, unique, and terrifyingly brilliant voice.
In short: Read Poe! You might hate him and go insane ah well, can't get them all , you might love him and still go crazy face it, you were probably crazy to begin with , OR you could become entranced by Poe's stories and start a "Poe Boy's" fan club. Whichever way, you should never be forgiven for not reading as much Poe as you can. View all 3 comments. I have to open with a confession, for those of you who do not know I am a self-confessed Poe obsessive so there is every possibility that this review is a tad biased. Having said that this collection of 10 tales and poems shows his genius at capturing the darker side of humanity, from the ability to torment and torture to the sometimes unbelievable determination to survive, even when pounding on death's door.
This collection includes some of my absolute favourites from Poe including The Raven, w I have to open with a confession, for those of you who do not know I am a self-confessed Poe obsessive so there is every possibility that this review is a tad biased. This collection includes some of my absolute favourites from Poe including The Raven, which for me is one of the darkest and most heartbreaking poems ever, and The Tell-Tale Heart, which is more than disturbing with it's glimpse into the mind of the guilty. An excellent collection and a good introduction to one of the masters of the macabre should you need it.
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Valdemar A Descent into the Maelstrom Partly, but quite sufficiently different selection of Poe's stories compared to Selected Tales , which I also have and re-read from time to time. Absorbing, suspenseful, chilling and very very good! This collection was a good mixture of horror and mystery, and I highly recommend checking out Poe's works if you haven't already!
I read this compendium of Poe's stories while still at high-school.
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Loved it then and love it now. Poe was a trailblazer in the mystery, suspense and horror genres and his writing has been hugely influential, changing the world of literature. Grisly and gory by the standards of its day, this tale is well worth a read today, as are all the other wonderful tales in this collection of Poe's works.
I I read this compendium of Poe's stories while still at high-school. First who reads Poe to their kiddies though I suppose it's no worse than some of the fairy stories the kids like. Speaking of fairy tales, though I know it's not his best, I couldn't help wishing 'The Island of the Fay' was included not because it's his best story but because I think it would make for an evocative illustration. Obviously not all of Poe's stories are included in this volume though probably two-thirds are.
I think every story has a picture though not all have a color illustration. Some of the black and and white pictures are as good as the color ones. Oddly the color illustrations aren't with the story they depict but scattered throughout the book. None have more than four or five colors and I believe I counted ten color illustrations in all.
The black and white pictures are with thei proper text and two that stood out are of 'The Pit and the Pendulum' and 'The Muders in the Rue Morgue'. The Pit pic is notable for the horrified expression and the Rue Morgue because the shadowed figures trail lacelike tendrils from he ladies gowns and some of th gents clothes and hair and even the dogs fur which helps depict their made race to find the killer.
The pictures are evocative of the 19th century though per the back of the title pages it states that Arthur Rackham's Poe work was first shown in A word about the volume itself; it has no dust jacket to lose in the nursery but it's sturdy and has a small set in color illustration on the cover. There's also a slate gray silk cord to mark your place in the book. Personally, his hort stories did not entice me that much. Poe Seems to save the weirdest things he could came up with for the shortest ones. I especially enjoyed the detective stories: they are just dripping with gruesome details, which for me, makes it oh so much more enjoyable.
This edition of his collected works is just beautiful.
The gorgeous drawings and lay-out take the experience of reading this work to another level. Why do I always assume the voice of Robert Downy Jr. I came to understand, while reading this collection, that Poe is remembered for his ideas, rather than his writing. He is often credited as the origin of such innovations as the unreliable narrator and the modern detective story, and such inventiveness is amply on display in these stories.
In I came to understand, while reading this collection, that Poe is remembered for his ideas, rather than his writing. His ability to tell one, however, is middling. Too often he provides a first-person narrator at a remove from the story, so that the narrator is being told a summary of the actual story by another character who is more central to it. The detective stories featuring C. Auguste Dupin, for instance, are related by a first-person narrator to whom Dupin tells the actual story, in summary masquerading as dialogue.
The trouble with this kind of narrative distance is that it sucks the energy out a story. There is no suspense at all in the decipherment of the treasure map, because the reader has already seen the treasure discovered. All that technical complaining aside, there are some superb stories in this volume, and the ones that are best known are generally also the best executed. I read that Patricia Highsmith was particularly influenced by Poe, and I believe it; one can see quite distinctly in these stories the embryos of men like Charlie Bruno, Guy Haines, and Tom Ripley.
Averages out to 3. Buddy read reading list based off of this list of stories for ToMaI, plus some additional ones.
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Fether : 4 stars The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar : 4. The introduction is worth a read too. I have been a reader of Edgar Allan Poe for years, for at least most of my childhood and adulthood. Due to this, I had read a few of the stories in the collection, but I was relatively impressed by the other ones I had not yet heard of.
I personally enjoyed this, because it reminded by of "The Most Dangerous Game". We start to suspect that the narrator's friend has a threatening motivation behind the hunt for treasure on which they have embarked. Valdemar" is a strange sort of "campfire" story or story that you'd tell at a sleepover.