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Book Title: Eight Tales of Terror|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.54 MB
v The author of the book: Edgar Allan Poe
Edition: Scholastic Books
Date of issue: February 1st 1978
ISBN 13: 9780590411363
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Read full description of the books Eight Tales of Terror:& eight short? tales on why I re-enjoyed reading this book for the books that made me love reading challenge.
Reason number 1
This way, I don't have to rush myself to finish either Don Quixote or Also Sprach Zarathustra. Both of those take a whack of time to read, and while I do enjoy large windmills and Strauss, perhaps choosing to read both those books at the same time was a mistake. Toooooo much philosophy makes brain go something something.
Just like this:
The Simpson's have always had their Poe puns and parodies at the ready. I figured, why not get it out of the way right off the bat. The did some awesome Halloween specials centering around The Raven, and Poe makes regular appearances (in the writing of course) on the show.
The first story is The Cask of Amontillado and I have to say - not one of my favorites, but worth the re-read. Short stories are exceedingly difficult to review sometimes, however, Poe gives the reader lots to think about. This one is essentially a tale on 'getting even', there are catacombs, and it's a quick short read.
I think in each story's case, I was consistently surprised at how 'current' or alternatively 'timeless' each story really was. The human condition is actually surprisingly similar to the time frame of Poe's writing. I'd suggest that we're basically the same, but on a more global scale.
Reason Number 2
The second reason I enjoyed this read was because of the prefaces to each story. At the beginning of each short, there is a paragraph or two about what the story is about, and what Poe was doing in his life at the time.
Hop Frog is another getting even story, but I honestly find it more endearing than The Cask of Amontillado. It strikes me as a bite-sized Princess Bride and is endearing even if it's also dark and dire.
The story appeared a few months before Poe's death, and was published in 1849. Clearly everyone needs a little bit of Poe trivia in their lives.
Everyone needs a good ghost/ghost ship story every now and then.
MS. Found In a Bottle is a wonderful tale of just that. It's much more descriptive of scene than the other short stories, and I find it convenient that it was placed third in the book because honestly, I find that I can only read a little Poe at a time. This was a great break, and not nearly as dark or despair ridden as many of Poe's other short works.
It also happens to be an earlier work, written in 1833.
Ahhh, reincarnation. Need I say more. Many of us probably spent hours day-dreaming about who we could have been in the past. While the tale brought back all those memories, it also opens up a dark corridor to what might go wrong, betraying love, killing the 'new' woman, being trapped and so on.
When I think of who I might have been all those bad parts are left out (of course) Clearly I was also the medieval princess (and not the poor serf) and the roman goddess, and part of they mystical civilization of Atlantis. (Who wasn't?)
Have I mentioned I love just perusing DeviantArt sometimes?
This is an image from the artist sketchbook
The things I find, when I'm bored are amusing. I also quite like his rendition of Atlantis. I also enjoy this site. I'm not sure how anyone could dislike something called an unmuseum.
*note: The most interesting thing about Wikipedia pages is often the links at the bottom of articles. Interesting because whether you just want to kill time looking at more links, or want to decide just how 'accurate' wikipedia really is, it's useful. Useful is interesting to me.
The story is also sort of the downside of finding Atlantis. Poe writes such great dark fairytales. (I'm sorry if anyone hates me for that statement. I'm not jesting about Poe writing fairytales, but I am suggesting that he wrote with 'morals' in mind, cleverly disguised as horror).
The whole reason I picked up the book was because I wanted to read The Fall of the House of Usher again.
It's the perfect creepy scene of dilapidation. I've always had a fascination with old houses and abandoned buildings.
This story is probably why. Is it wrong to be more than a little excited when your brother buys farmland with an abandoned farm house on it?
There's also the Criddle Vane farm which I've never been to, and would like to go take (or watch dexotaku take, more likely) photos under a full moon. (Now he has to do it? :P) Criddle Vane will be a post all its own, and I'm really glad it's so close to Brandon. There is appeal to going out late at night to take photography, but also visit a 'haunted' house. Morbid appeal, Poe-esque if I must.
This is the farmyard. (I did take that photo).
This, is a creepy house in BC we were driving by.
I hate to leave it there, but you'll have to read the follow up post for more on The Fall of the House of Usher on Criddle Vane farm.
The purpose of that short caveat being I love the way Poe writes, as he makes it very easy to draw a picture or watch the movie in my mind while I'm reading the story.
Reason 6, 7 and 8
The three stories are William Wilson, The Mask of the Red Death and The Imp of the Perverse. Each has a special meaning to me for it's own reasons, but the specifically fulfill this purpose:
The books that made me love reading, keeps me both reading and writing. I find while I'm writing my first novel that I'm constantly looking for distraction and/or inspiration to keep writing. While this may not be the novel itself, it does result in contemplation on my own writing. I choose the books I read on purpose, and I choose to do the things I do in real life (like Community Supported Agriculture and the #DigInChallenge for example) for similar reasons. (Reminder to self - update About page, and use badges.)
I'm terrible (or extremely proficient) at procrastination. However, doing things like the reading challenge, and the dig in challenge give me a good excuse to write, and increase my attention span for writing at the same time. I imagine if any of my old professors are reading this and depending on which degree they were from, I'm both shuddering and giggling at the thought.
I'm often up at dawn, though I'm not sure I took this picture. I have some sketchy memories from this time period. I miss not having a schedule. On the days I work, I'm also usually up at dawn, but laying in bed staring at the alarm clock with one eye because I HATE the alarm clock, and I also hate schedules.
I wish I could just enjoy this:
and never have to worry about reporting for work. Even if I do really like my job most days, and they let me do crafts... That's right, my office supply store lets me do crafts at work (cuz we sell them), and lets me do crafts at home that I can bring to work at people can see. I have an awesome job, I just like sunrise and spooky stories and houses better.
Back to my own spooky story for now.
Read information about the authorThe name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.
Just as the bizarre characters in Poe’s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself. He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles. This is the Poe of legend. But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author’s name.
The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second of three children. His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe’s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls’ school. Within three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families. Mr. Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron. Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe’s handwriting on the backs of Allan’s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.
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