American poet, critic, and short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe is universally recognized for his cultivation of the macabre in fiction. His stories are characterized by an original kind of supernatural horror, often using the awareness of death as a catalyzing force in its own right. His tales and poems brim with psychological depth and intense imagery, made vivid through his musical language and hypnotic rhythms, which are especially captivating when heard aloud. This special audio collection features some of Poe's best-known stories, including "The Tell Tale Heart", "Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", "Hop Frog", "Murders in the Rue Morgue", "Masque of the Red Death", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "Fall of the House of Usher", "The Black Cat", and "The Cask of Amontillado".
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"Poe constantly and inevitably produced magic where his greatest contemporaries produced only beauty." (George Bernard Shaw)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 13-04-11

Halloween galore

Edgar Allan Poe. What else is needed to be said? A collection of short stories it's a good read for October and really get's you in the mood for October 31st! Not exactly known for in depth plots the power he wields over descriptive narrative is unparalleled even today.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Shay Warner on 11-06-16

Give it a chance

Poe's classic works! I do have to admit I was initially turned off by the narration. It seemed like such a strange accent for Poe stories, but after listening for a while, it really grew on me and enhanced the stories. If you don't like the narrator at first, give him a chance. It definitely gives an eerie atmosphere to already awesome stories.

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