13 Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe
Has a bit of everything.
A group of men are sitting around having their usual cigars and drinks, telling stories, when our narrator mentions he has seen a ghost. Then he tells his tale, A splendidly gothic, creepy tale taking place aboard a steamer ship crossing the ocean. My favourite so far. Morrow Oh sweet revenge! He will have it at all costs.
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Thievery is punished by the removal of an arm, thence revenge steps in. His re-capture turns his sights upon the Rajah who punishes him with the removal of the second arm and so and so on. This is the type of story that can only be read. Visualization would take away the cringeful moments the imagination can create better.
Hoping to find they've been left financially secure now that they are free at last, instead the timid sister curses the man and his generations who cause them to remain dependent on what they can earn from garden and spinning wheel. A fairly straightforward story, and predictable, but well-written and atmospheric. I really enjoyed it. Fascinating piece for its historical value as Ms. Gilman is protesting the common treatment, at the time the story was written, given to women who were suffering "nervous" disorders.
A cautionary tale but extremely frightening because of its reality. Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin - Whoa! I didn't see that coming. Short, but powerful! The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers - This is a creepy, haunting, otherworldly tale which gets weirder right up to its abrupt ending.
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One of the best stories in the collection. It leaves you a little baffled; is it ghosts? Leaves you thinking. A Tragedy of Bones by George MacDonald - Chapter 17 of the novel "Lilith" - A man out walking in the forest at night happens upon some incidents involving skeletons. MacDonald's work is all very theological and in essence, this is a little tale on the afterlife, taking place in a dream I suppose I haven't read Lillith showing the narrator what goes on in Purgatory or Hell since MacDonald believed Hell was actually more like the Catholic Purgatory.
If you don't get the theology going on it's basically just a story of dancing and arguing skeletons. A Night of Horror by Dick Donovan - The classic haunted house ghost story where the ghost is looking for his remains and the truth of his death to be discovered. Well written and very gruesome for the times. The Corpse-Rider by Lafcadio Hearn - This is supposed to be the retelling of a Japanese tale though it's been Anglicized somewhat. The premise of the vengenance of a scorned woman outlasting death is frightful and so is the set-up of the story.
But then it plays out to a boring end and let down. The Leather Funnel by Arthur Conan Doyle - A story of the occult which is tied to a real true crime of the s. Very good! The Shadows on the Wall by Mary E.
Wilkins Freeman - Absolutely delicious little tale of terror; perhaps murder, perhaps ghosts. Brothers and sisters gather at the family home they all live there except for a married sister after the abrupt, sudden death of the youngest brother under suspect, but hardly dared spoken of, circumstances. The suspense and tension slowly mount to a chilling end. Loved it! Lost Hearts by M. James - In a strange editorial choice this one story has been placed out of chronilogical order; this being because the story gained its popularity once it was reprinted in a collection in It would have been better placed earlier in the collection.
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Going back to the early s this story brings together a practitioner of the dark pagan arts and his newly arrived orphan nephew, only 12 years old. I's easy to guess where it goes from there. The Moonlit Road by Ambrose Bierce - I like this author but this story isn't terribly haunting even though it is a ghost story.
Told in three parts we read the testimony of three participants; first the son, then the father and finally the mother through the aid of a medium. Perhaps my favourite in the collection! Expertly told. Some might, but I wouldn't, call this a ghost story, more a tale of the macabre. A medical student registers himself up in a room whose last three occupants have hanged themselves in rather an unnerving manner the past three consecutive Fridays between the hours of five and six pm.
These are the journal entries found in his room in which he did stay longer than the next coming Friday. Haunting and well-written for a story in English translation. The Woman with the White Hood by L. Meade - Perfect Gothic ghost haunting. A familiar take today but quite shocking for its day especially for the description of the girl's terror. I enjoyed the female protagonist especially in a story written at this time for her pluck.
Of course, she was utterly stricken almost mad with terror before the apparition but she was determined to see the affair through and lay the poor spirit to rest no matter her own suffering. Great story! Munro - Saki is hit and miss with me and this one was pretty good. A Clovis tale though he doesn't appear in which a very weak and nervous grown son has one brief shining moment of half-courage before his mother.
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Rather macabre. The Squaw by Brahm Stoker - Again an editorial choice to place the story out of order because it was published in a collection for the first time in Stoker is easy to read though and the story not time specific feels good here as the finishing story. The "dumb" American is over-the-top, but I took him to be intentionally so making one have little feeling for his horrific ending. Quite a disturbing story, violent with a disturbing act by one character leading to a final disturbing act by another.
A good story with which to end the collection. You ladies rock! The volume is a collection of short horror fiction written by various co-scary story writers of Edgar Allan Poe. They cover a time period from to Some of them were old friends of mine and some I read for the first time in this collection.
Horror fiction can be about ghosts, the supernatural, vampires, werewolves, zombies and other dwellers in the dark. The can be about strange cities, haunted houses, deserted towns, ships, trains, buses, cars, and a gentle stroll by the sea. Whether dreams or delusions, the mind can cause horror like no other.
I thought maybe watching the movie would help. One such object is a leather funnel, with ragged marks around the spout.
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Nov 27, Rat Boy Hedonist rated it it was ok. I Poe'd my pants at how spooky they were!! Aug 31, starry night rated it it was ok. Jun 05, Adam Fenderson rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. I had read a few of the stories previously in school, and remember enjoying them.
Poe definitely has some recurring themes throughout this collection, but that doesn't make them necessarily less memorable in execution. His prose evokes very vivid image in the mind of the reader not by detailed descriptions of characters and settings, but by the atmosphere the events play out in. Having not ready widely of his work, I suspect it is characteristic of them but don't know for sure. Interestingly, the I had read a few of the stories previously in school, and remember enjoying them. Interestingly, the final short story in this book, MS.
Found in a Bottle, isn't included in the table of contents. Apr 11, Vincentp rated it liked it. I still liked it, even though it was not my type of book. The tales kept me going to know what other stories there are, especially because of the first one The Pit and the Pendulum made me shiver.
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This book was okay because the stories were amusing and they also gave descriptive things to make you feel like how the main character was like. This book was also bad because i felt like the stories were a little too short, and I am also kind of biased against this book because it is not my type of I still liked it, even though it was not my type of book. This book was also bad because i felt like the stories were a little too short, and I am also kind of biased against this book because it is not my type of book, especially when I read action and fantasy books, but it was still okay.