Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part XIV

Hi all!

I’m back with the last part of the Poe shortstories series and there are only 3 of them left. As it turns out, Poe also has a novel entitled “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” and it is the only know finished novel by him. But since this series is about his shortstories, I’m going to leave that for another time.

So here are the three remaining stories, and as usual, the titles are links to where you can read them online.

Shadow–A Parable

This story is a rather short one and not much happens, but I guess the emphasis isn’t really on the actions.

The story presents a group of people, who try to lock themselves away from the raging “Pestilence”. Then, one night, they have an unexpected visitor who fills them with terror, by his appearance and voice.

Von Kempelen And His Discovery

This story is again a shorter one, and presents, as the title says, the discovery of Von Kempelen.

The narrator presents his acquaintance with the main character, and claims that although they had more conversations, he never suspected him to have scientific aspirations. After this introduction, he presents an “anecdote” about Von Kempelen, and this anecdote is the story itself. The main idea is that Von Kempelen is arrested for counterfeiting, but it soon turns out that the case is something very different and much more interesting πŸ™‚

Morning On the Wissahiccon

This story is a pretty short one and it starts out as a description of the valley of Wissahiccon, which is a small brook in America. The scenery presented is beautiful, and it is put in contrast with the populated parts of England for example.

The narrator tells about the time he visited the brook and saw an elk, but as he went closer, his visions of untouched and unspoiled nature became immediately shattered.

So it seems I’m finally done with the series and I have to say that I’ve learned a lot while reading these stories. Not only did I get more familiar with the person of Poe, the way he thinks, the things he knows (which is amazing :D), but I also had the chance to get to think about various topics I never before considered contemplating on. And I think that is a definite plus if a writer, or anyone in fact, can make you really think πŸ™‚

So I guess this is all for now and I’ll be back shortly with something different for a change: Stephen King’s “The Eyes of the Dragon” πŸ˜€

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part XIII

Hi all!

I’m back with part 13, and as I said before, there’s not much left. And this is definitely a good thing, because as I have also mentioned, I’m done reading them, but not so much with the review part. Actually, I’ve already read another book, for which I can’t wait to post a review, because I really liked it. But first, let’s finish this series πŸ˜€

This time I’ll be presenting 6 works again, and as before, the titles are links to where you can read them online πŸ™‚

Lionizing

This story is a pretty funny one, and quite short, so definitely worth reading.

The main character and narrator is Robert Jones, who was said to be a genius from a very early age, because he “took hold of his nose”. He then studied Nosology and saw that as his true calling. And his nose was indeed admired by everyone who saw it.

But sadly, a change in his fate occurs, when he shoots off the nose of Bluddennuff in a duel.

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall

This story is a quite long one, but it’s actually pretty interesting. It presents the adventures of Hans Pfaall, who becoming very poor and in debt, decides to do something no one has done before: travel to the moon. And he does this in a really strange way. By balloon πŸ˜€

What I liked about the story was that this again presented another side of Poe, because it has a lot of astronomical and geographical references to it. Of course, the suppositions made about the moon are mistaken, but I can’t really decide if Poe just made that up or that was indeed what was believed at that time.

Anyways, I liked this one and I would recommend it πŸ™‚

King Pest

This is an interesting story of two seamen, who try to run from an inn, because they drank but didn’t want to pay.

They are chased into the part of the town that was quarantined because of the plague. They don’t hesitate in entering the district and they soon find an interesting company in one of the buildings πŸ™‚

The Landscape Garden (another title is The Domain of Arnheim)

This is a mostly descriptive story, that presents a friend of the narrator, Mr. Ellison, who has always been of good fortune, and therefore happy. Here, Poe describes the conditions of happiness, one of them leading to Art.

Mr. Ellison chooses landscape gardening as his form of art, and describes what this means to him. We witness as an artist speaks of his art, which alwaysΒ  seems a beautiful thing to me, because I consider myself an artist and I think there is no greater beauty than presenting a part of your soul through your own creation. And this certainly leads to a form of happiness πŸ™‚

Landor’s Cottage

This story is a quite beautiful one, but it is again rather a description, than a story with an actual plot.

The narrator presents in great detail a beautiful and dreamy valley with a charming house. And as he describes it, you can actually feel his love for nature and art, and this, as I said before, is something I like to hear (or read, in this case :P).

The Power of Words

This story is much like The Colloquy of Monos And Una, having the same style (has the form of a dialogue between the characters) and has a similar philosophical theme.

The two characters Oinos and Agathos speak about the large effect that people have even by the wave of their hands or the words they speak. It’s a really beautiful story and it makes you think of what we really are capable of doing without even knowing it πŸ™‚

So I guess that’s all for now, and I’ll be back soon with the last part of the Poe series.

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part XII

Hi all!

I’m back with the next part of the Poe series and this time I’ll be presenting 6 stories again, just to go through them more quickly. There aren’t much left, so there will probably be about two more parts to the series, besides this one. So, let’s get to them πŸ™‚

As usual, the titles are links to where you can read them online.

A Tale of Jerusalem

This story is kind of funny I guess, but I didn’t really like it, because not much happens.

It’s about three Jewish people, who want to buy a lamb from the Romans to be sacrificed, but the Romans play a dirty trick on them. The story is not that bad, and really short, so you can give it a look if you’d like πŸ™‚

The Sphinx

This story is also really short, but I really liked it.

It presents the narrator, who spends time with his relative in a cottage on the banks of the Hudson. Every day they hear bad news about acquaintances dying because of the cholera, and this causes the narrator to be very edgy. This becomes worse when he sees a monster his relative can’t see, and thinks it is an omen predicting his death.

The end is pretty funny, because of the unexpected twist πŸ™‚

Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand In A Sling

This story is a bit more challenging than the rest, because it is written (on purpose of course) in the worst spelling possible πŸ˜›

The story itself is about the narrator and a Frenchman who both court the same lady, and for a funny reason, both think they have success over the other. As the truth is revealed, we find the answer to the question in the title πŸ™‚

Bon-Bon

This story was an interesting one, but a bit longer than usual.

It’s about a man named Pierre Bon-Bon, who the narrator says is a genius and a philosopher. One stormy night he has an unusual visitor, who is none other than the Devil himself. They have a quite peculiar conversation, and the story has an unexpected end πŸ™‚

Three Sundays In A Week

This story is another interesting one that I liked.

It’s about the narrator, who wishes to marry his cousin, but his uncle says that he can marry her only when three Sundays will occur in one week. And the narrator, along with his betrothed and some friends do the condition justice.Β  Read it to find out how πŸ™‚

The Devil in the Belfry

This is an interesting little story about a little town named Vondervotteimittiss.

The town, along with its citizens, is pretty strange, and the people stick to really weird rules. But one day, a stranger arrives in town, who, in a matter of seconds, turns the whole town upside down πŸ™‚

It’s a really amusing story and I would recommend it πŸ™‚

I guess that’s all for today. See you next time with Part XIII of the series πŸ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part XI

Hi all!

I know I haven’t been really active these past few weeks, but I have good reasons, I promise πŸ˜€

I had to work overtime a bit, because last week I wanted to take a vacation, which I did. And it was great πŸ™‚ It felt good to travel a bit, see some new places. And, of course, some already familiar places, that are close to my heart πŸ™‚

But time is passing, March is almost over, and I’m still not done with the Poe series. To be honest, I’m done with the reading part, the reviewing part is all that’s left. So let’s get to it πŸ™‚

This time, I’ll be presenting 6 stories, just to get through them more quickly, because as I said in a previous post, I have other interesting books waiting to be read/reviewed πŸ™‚

As usual, the titles are links to where you can read them online.

Mystification

This story is a shorter one, with not much of a plot, and frankly, not my favorite.

It presents the Baron Ritzner von Jung, who attends the same university as the narrator and they are close friends. On one occasion, the Baron is insulted an proposes an unusual method of settling the score. The story is actually about the outcome of the “duel”.

Loss of Breath

This is a story I read previously during an English class in highscool and it’s pretty funny.

It presents the narrator, who, arguing with his wife, literally loses his breath. He then feels that he has to leave his old life behind, and he does. His journey is quite eventful, one episode more amusing than the other, and in the end, he does find his breath again, but in the most unexpected place πŸ˜€

The Man That Was Used Up

This story is an interesting one, with no great plot, but pretty amusing nonetheless. And in amusing I don’t actually mean funny, because although it has a funny side to it, it has a pinch of sadness.

The story presents the narrator, who is introduced to Brevet Brigadier General John A. B. C. Smith, an interesting and very good looking man. The narrator is quite intrigued by his story and questions all his acquaintances about him, but they are always interrupted before they can actually reveal anything important. As a last resort, he goes to the general himself and is quite surprised by what he finds.

Mellonta Tauta

This story is a longer one, but quite interesting. Actually, not much happens, but it’s the ideas portrayed that really catch your eye.

The story is actually a sequence of letters, whose author is on a balloon ride in the year 2848. I really got interested when I saw the date, because I knew this meant that we will have a glimpse in the future as Poe sees it πŸ™‚

It has interesting ideas, for instance that instead of the individual, the mass will be important. The narrator also talks about the “old” days, about the philosophies and science of actually the present. I really liked this story, and I would recommend it, because it is always interesting to see how a man from the past sees the future πŸ™‚

The Thousand-And-Second Tale of Scheherazade

This story is a really interesting one, with bits of humor and satire here and there.

Basically, it presents the not well known last story of Scheherazade, which is a later adventure of Sinbad. ThisΒ  adventure consists of a journey around the world, during which Sinbad witnesses a lot of things he never thought possible to exist. As we see from the footnotes, these are all real occurrences in an imaginary form, but the king, Scheherazade’s husband, thinks that it is nonsense. And this, of course, leads to a unexpected ending.

X-Ing A Paragrab

This is another shorter story, with a not really elaborate plot.

It presents Mr. Touch-and-go Bullet-head who moves to a new town and starts a magazine. To his disappointment, he finds out that there already is a magazine issuing there and the story basically presents the rivalry between the two.

Their confrontation is pretty amusing, and so is the end, when we find out what exactly the title means πŸ™‚

Well, that’s all I got for today, but I’ll be back shortly with the next part πŸ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part X

Hi all!

It seems spring is finally coming and I personally can’t wait for the sunshine! πŸ˜€ It’s actually pretty amazing to see how a clear sky or a patch of green grass can change someone’s mood πŸ™‚ And personally, I could really use some brightness about now πŸ˜›

Anyway, speaking about gloomy atmosphere, I’ll be presenting 5 stories again (thankfully not all gloomy πŸ˜› ), and just like before, the titles are links to where you can read them online πŸ™‚

The Oblong Box

This is a quite interesting story about a boat trip turned disastrous. But that’s not all πŸ™‚

The narrator speaks of an artist friend, Cornelius Wyatt on the ship, who claimed to have married a seemingly perfect girl, but as he meets her, she doesn’t seem anything like what he heard of. Besides that, Wyatt has in his room an oblong box, which the narrator believes to contain a painting, but, as it turns out, not all things are as they seem πŸ™‚

Metzengerstein

This story is a really interesting one, and for some reason it was familiar, but I’m almost sure I never read it before.

It’s about two rival families, the Metzengerstein and the Berlifitzing, who owe their rivalry not only to their differences in wealth and stature, but also to a prophecy, claiming one’s victory over the other. The story gets more interesting when the stable of the Berlifitzing family catches on fire and a wild demeaned horse is caught by the servants of the Baron Frederick Von Metzengerstein. Frederick is fascinated by the horse and spends a lot of time with it. After a while, he starts to change in behavior, but this is only noticed by one of his servants. But as the Baron’s own house catches on fire one night, a really strange thing happens, that makes you wonder about the true character of the demonic horse.

The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq.

This story is again a funny one, but in a satirical and critical way. The narrator of the story is Mr. Thingum Bob himself,Β  and he presents his road to success, starting from the moment he wanted to become “great” by being an editor and poet.

This is a satire of article writing and criticism, because in the story, the pieces of literature we might consider valuable (such as Dante’s “Inferno”) is claimed to be nothing more than a “rant”. And of course, ironically, a “poem” (if we can even call it that) by the narrator is a great sensation which marks his first steps in becoming well known.

This is definitely an interesting story, and I think worth reading πŸ™‚

How To Write A Blackwood Article

This story is a pretty funny one, and has as protagonist a very vain Signora Psyche Zenobia. In her endeavors to write a great article, she meets with Mr. Blackwood, who tells her about the substances of brilliant articles. The points he makes are funny, and the whole just seems to be a mockery of writers who present so called sensations.

A Predicament

This story is a sequel to “How To Write A Blackwood Article”, and it is the actual article of Signora Psyche Zenobia.

As Mr. Blackwood suggested in the other story, this lady presents a most terrifying experience of her life. She uses the agreed style and quotes, which make the story hilarious, because she often emphasizes things that are not at all important, and the quotes are awfully misspelled, as she wrote them down before as she understood them.

It’s a really funny story and I would recommend it, because it certainly made me laugh a couple of times πŸ˜€

Well, I guess that’s all for now. Stay tuned for Part XI of the series πŸ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part IX

Hi all!

February is almost over and I’m still not done with Poe’s stories πŸ˜€ It seems there are more than I expected. But I guess it’s not a problem, because most of them are really interesting, many in more ways, and some really make me think πŸ™‚

Even so, I want to finish them soon, hopefully, because I have planned many interesting books for the future and I can’t wait to read them πŸ™‚

Anyway, this time I’ll be presenting 5 works again, and as before, the titles are links to where you can read them online πŸ™‚

The Mystery of Marie Roget

This story is a longer one, but I really enjoyed it. It is subtitled “A sequel to The Murders in the Rue Morgue“, and as expected from this, we meet some of the characters from that story.

This story presents the mysterious case of the assassination of a girl named Marie Roget, and since the Parisian police cannot seem to find the murderer, the Prefect calls upon the services of M. Dupin. M. Dupin with his notorious powers of observation and analysis, reflects upon theΒ  case and the many questions concerning it.

I found this a really good mystery story and I would definitely recommend it πŸ™‚

The Assignation

This is another interesting little story with a twist at the end, which you don’t really expect πŸ™‚

The story starts by presenting the narrator in Venice, who witnesses a heroic act done by a very known figure: he saves the child of Marchesa Aphrodite di Mentoni. The narrator overhears the words murmured by the Marchesa, and is intrigued by their meaning. The next morning, the narrator is invited to the home of the man, where he finds out more about the man and his relationship with the Marchesa.

A Tale of the Ragged Mountains

This story is also an interesting one, with a quite mysterious plot.

The main character is a Mr.Β  Augustus Bedloe, who, due to an illness, has a very peculiar appearance. We find out that he has been treated by his doctor with hypnosis, a fact that made me wonder at the end about what really happens in the story.

A weird experience of Bedloe is presented, something seemingly impossible, and something that might also have anΒ  unexpected outcome πŸ™‚

Morella

This story reminded me of “Ligeia”, especially the first part, but I guess, in essence it was different.

In this story theΒ  narrator marries a woman who he is not in love with, but shared another kind of bond. But as time passed, he became frightened of her, and when she grew ill, he wished she would die soon. When she did die, she gave birth to a daughter, whom the narrator names, for causes beyond his knowledge, Morella, after her mother. As she grows, she resembles her mother more and more, and this strikes the narrator with terror.

This story was an interesting one, with a twist at the end and what I loved about it was that it had that eerie atmosphere that some of Poe’s stories have.

“Thou Art the Man”

This story is a kind of mystery-story I guess, because it involves the murder of a very wealty man, Mr. BarnabasΒ  Shuttleworthy.

One day, he heads for town, but a few hours later not only does his horse appear without him, but the animal is shot and dies shortly. The search for Shuttleworthy is led by a good friend of his, Charley Goodfellow, and soon enough the murderer is found. But is he really the one who committed the deed? And where is the body? Maybe a wine-party can answer these questions πŸ™‚

Well, this is about it for now, but I’ll be back shortly with Part X of the series πŸ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part VIII

Hi all!

I’m back with Part 8 of the series, and like before I’ll be presenting 5 works again. These are similar in the fact that it’s not the plot itself that is emphasized, because some of them don’t even have that much of a plot. The important thing in these works is actually in the idea behind the plot and characters. Some are meant to make you laugh, but they all give you something to think about πŸ™‚

So here they are, and as before, the titles are links to where you can read them online πŸ™‚

The Colloquy of Monos And Una

This is a really beautiful philosophical story in the form of a dialogue between Monos and Una, two lovers.

Monos speaks of science and art, comparing reason with sentiment, claiming the first to be the death of nature and the second, the only way in which we could truly understand it. Then he talks about the time after he died, his sensations and of Time itself, as he then truly witnessed it.

The story is a really fascinating one, the atmosphere is calm and tranquil and the ideas portrayed are really interesting πŸ™‚

The Conversation of Eiros And Charmion

This story resembles the one presented before, because this also has the form of a dialogue between the characters presented in title.

The story presents Eiros, arrived to Aidenn after death, and presents the circumstances in which he died. From what he tells us, we understand that a comet was spotted and said to bring the end to the world.

I liked this story because it gives us a view of how Poe perceived the apocalypse, it’s causes and outcome.

Diddling

This is a quite funny story, because it presents the science of diddling, meaning committing frauds.

The narrator first presents the character of a diddler, and claims that it is in human nature to diddle. Then, he tells a few stories where people were diddled.

The story isn’t all that long, and quite amusing, so if you’re bored, don’t hesitate to spear a few minutes πŸ˜€

The Duc De L’Omelette

This story is pretty short one and kind of amusing but, it’s not my favorite.

It’s about the Duke De L’Omelette, who dies and meets the Devil. The surroundings are quite interesting, as the Duke looks around and it’s a bit creepy when he notices that the music he heard is not music at all. At the end, the Duke and the Devil play cards, that has an unexpected result.

So I guess, this story wasn’t that bad. The only thing I didn’t really like was that it had a lot of French phrases and I don’t
really know French πŸ˜€

Four Beasts In One – the Homo-Cameleopard

This story is also an amusing one, but also not my favorite.

It presents Antiochus Epiphanes, king of Syria, in the city of Antiochia Epidaphne, celebrating the fact that he has just murdered a thousand Jews. With a large group of people, who admire him and sing about his glorious deeds, he heads for the hippodrome dressed as a cameleopard. The wild animals, who previously seemed domesticated and friendly, attack him and start to chase him.

The story is quite funny, especially in describing the chase, because the narrator has a really ironical tone in addressing the king.

I noticed that these last couple of stories are a bit different than the ones I presented in earlier posts and this gives a us new perspective into the mind of Poe, because of the various themes he addresses in his stories.

These are all for now, and I’ll be back shortly with Part IX πŸ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part VII

Hi all!

I’m back with Part 7 of the Poe stories and it seems that this series is getting larger than I expected. But the “good” news is that I’m definitely done with at least half of them, so I guess pretty soon you’ll be able to read about something else πŸ™‚

That reminds me, if anyone knows any good books that are really worth reading don’t hesitate to say so πŸ™‚ I currently have a pretty huge to-read list, but that doesn’t mean I’m not open to suggestions πŸ˜€ Besides this, if you would like some information about a certain book or novel or what ever and I’ve already read it, let me know and I’ll post a review πŸ™‚ And if I haven’t read it, be sure it will get on my list πŸ˜€

So let’s get back to what this post is about πŸ™‚ I’ll be presenting 5 works again and as before, the titles are links to where you can read them online πŸ™‚

The Spectacles

The first story this time starts out as a love story, but ends unexpectedly as a comedy. Even though it’s a bit long, it’s actually a fun read and gets really funny by the end πŸ˜€

The story is about the narrator, a Mr. Napoleon Bonaparte Simpson (previously Froissart), who falls in love with a beautiful woman at the theater. He claims it to be love at first sight and does everything he can to meet the wonderful woman.

He tries to convince her, with words dripping of passion (which seems really funny btw :D), to marry him. She agrees, but with one condition: from the day that they are officially husband and wife, he must wear a spectacle.

The happy day finally comes and the narrator fulfills the wish of his beloved. But what he witnesses through the glasses makes him regret his decision of marrying her. But how will he get out of it? Well, maybe there’s more to the story than we originally thought πŸ˜‰

The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether

This is again an interesting story, and maybe one of the most amusing ones yet πŸ™‚ This, too, is a bit longer than the usual stories, but definitely worth reading πŸ˜€

The story presents the narrator who wishes to visit a private insane asylum that he has heard of from his friends, because at this asylum a new method, called “system of soothing” is applied. He is received by the superintendent, Monsieur Maillard, who invites him to diner, attended by an unusual party.

The night grows stranger and louder, and the narrator learns about the works of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether, and he is ashamed to admit that he hasn’t heard of them. But as he starts to see what is really going on inside the asylum, something unexpected happens.

I loved this one, because I expected it to be scary with the asylum and all, but it wasn’t so much scary as in really interesting. This is another thing I think some people (myself included) find interesting, because I find the mind of a mad man to be quite fascinating and unexplainable, thus object of many speculation πŸ™‚ (Just to be clear, I don’t agree with the methods used in old days of “curing” the mentally ill.)

The Tell-Tale Heart

This story is a short one, but very interesting from a psychological point of view.

The narrator presents his perfect plan to kill an old man, whom he didn’t really have a problem with, but could not stand the gaze of his vulture-eye. He tries to prove throughout the story that he is not insane, but the more he mentions it, the more you know the opposite is true.

We follow in his footsteps as he commits the deed, but witness how his conscience eats him up and makes him hear the pounding of the heart of the killed man. This of course causes him to do what he would have never done otherwise.

William Wilson

One of my friends, also a Poe-lover, said that this is one of her favorites. And I can understand why πŸ™‚ Although it is indeed a bit long, it’s very interesting with a twist at the end πŸ™‚

The story presents the life of the narrator, William Wilson, starting from when he was in school. There he meets a fellow student, who not only has the same name, but is very similar to himself.

The story goes on, presenting the not really healthy lifestyle of the narrator and his many vices in later years. He is seemingly followed by his “twin”, always interfering when he is about to do something wrong. The narrator grows more and more angry with his unpleasant shadow, and decides to settle the score with him once and for all.

The end of the story may not be all that unexpected, at least it wasn’t for me, but it is interesting from a psychological point of view in the analysis of the relationship between the two William Wilsons πŸ™‚

The Business Man

The last story this time is a funny one, once you realize what it’s about πŸ˜€

It presents the narrator and his vision about method in the business world. He shares his thoughts about geniuses, and how he did everything he could to not become one.

He tells us about some of his businesses, each described in a very formal and serious manner, which only adds to the comedy, when you understand what the actual business is πŸ˜€

It’s a pretty good story, but not my favorite. But of course this doesn’t mean that you can’t read it or like it, for that matter πŸ˜›

So I guess that’s all for now and stay tuned for Part VIII of the Poe series πŸ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part VI

Hi all!

This is Part 6 of the Poe stories and this time, I’ll be presenting 5 works again. I thought about this being the last part in the series for now, finishing it later and reading something else. It’s not that I don’t like the short-stories, because I do. It’s just that it seems reading short-stories online is more tiresome than novels. But I guess, I won’t do that after all, because I have a tendency to not finish what I started, so I’m kinda in self-motivation mode right now πŸ™‚

Anyway, here are the stories, and you can read them online by clicking the title πŸ™‚

The Pit and the Pendulum

This story is a very interesting one, as it presents the sufferings of the narrator in the torture chamber of the Inquisition. As I read the story, many images of scenes I read in books popped into my head, and even the song “The Poet and the Pendulum” from Nightwish. I guess this really added to the effect, but in all it was a great story.

Poe did a good job in portraying the terrors the man faces, and it is really fascinating from a psychological point of view. I’m sure many people have wondered, what they would do in situations like these. How would they react, how would they face the danger. This story really makes you wonder, and it’s actually pretty fascinating when you try to picture something you don’t really want to experience.

The pit in the story is said to contain something so terrible that the man cries out: “any death but that of the pit!”. This made me think of the end of the book 1984 By George Orwell. And I guess that was the point, that’s why the narrator didn’t tell us what was in the pit. Because everyone has their own version of Hell.

The Premature Burial

This story has as theme the fact that in many cases throughout history, people have been buried alive, because they had some sort of disease, making their doctors believe they were indeed dead.

The narrator of the story suffers of such an illness, and is in constant terror that he will be buried alive, because of his seemingly dead state. He, therefore makes arrangements, so that he could easily escape his tomb and be immediately noticed, if this shall occur.

But as he finds himself in a narrow, coffin-like place, with the smell of wet earth in his nose, he fears the worst. The realization of what is, in fact, going on has a changing effect on him.

This story contains a lesson for all of us, because we are the ones who decide how and in what circumstances do we wish to live.

The Purloined Letter

This is another detective story, in which me meet M. Dupin again as he, yet again, solves a case the Parisian police could not.

This time the case involves a letter stolen from a woman of high rank, and the thief, Minister D, is known. But the problem is that the letter, even though the police knows it is with the minister, can not seem to be found.

M. Dupin, with his amazing talent at observation, inspects the premises of the minister’s home and makes an interesting discovery, thus solving the odd, yet so simple case πŸ˜€

This was an interesting story and it was nice to see recurring characters, especially if it’s M. Dupin, who I quite like πŸ™‚

Silence – A Fable

This is an interesting and beautiful story. Well, not a story exactly, because it doesn’t really have a plot.

It is actually the monologue of a demon, visiting the narrator. The demon speaks of a hauntingly beautiful place, ruled by desolation. The demon watches the figure of a man, sitting on a rock, and apparently contemplating on something.

The surroundings are beautifully described, and the atmosphere of the story is fascinating. The style itself is also very interesting, with the repetitions.

Some Words With a Mummy

This is another interesting story, because it is, again, different. This is actually the first story of Poe that I read, in which he shares his thoughts about the society and age he lives in.

The story presents the narrator, with a few companions, who are given permission to inspect a mummy. Upon applying electricity, they encounter a shocking result: the mummy is in fact alive!

This, of course, causes great amazement, and the gentlemen begin to question the many thousand years old mummy about the time he lived and the advancements in many fields of that age. With the answers of the mummy we actually hear Poe’s own vision of his age, and it’s not a pleased one.

In the last paragraph he actually states his views, not minding to slumber himself for a couple of hundred years. I guess, I wouldn’t either πŸ˜€

Well, it seems that’s all for now and I’ll be back shortly with Part VII πŸ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ˜€

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part V

Hi all πŸ™‚

I’m back with Part 5 and this time I’m going to present 5 works. I guess I’m actually not that fast in reading them, but truth be told, I was a bit busy this couple of days. But I think that the other part of the problem is that I’m reading them online and not from an actual book. And personally, I prefer books. But sadly, the books I’m planning to read in the near future are all on my computer. But that’s enough whining for today, so let’s take a look at the stories πŸ˜› Like before, the titles are links to where you can read them online πŸ™‚

The Masque of the Red Death

When I saw the title, I knew I’ve read this before. I think it was in highschool and I distinctly remember loving it πŸ˜€ It’s really creepy and bizarre, but when something creepy and bizarre is excellently written, it becomes great. Well, for me at least πŸ˜›

The story is about Prince Prospero, who gathers a thousand people from his court and they seclude themselves in a castle, trying to get away from the “red death”.

The prince organizes a masquerade ball and the guests and rooms are beautifully described in their uniqueness, as well as the atmosphere with the ghastly sound of the ebony clock. But at midnight a new guest arrives who stirs disapproval and indignation. And as the prince and the guests try to get a hold of him, they soon realize that their guest is not someone they can easily deal with.

Mesmeric Revelation

This story reminded me of “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” (click to read it online), because both present a conversation with a hypnotized man on his deathbed.

But this one’s a bit different, because the theme is not the fact that he is speaking to Mr. Vankirk in this state, but rather what they are talking about.

This story is again a great example of Poe’s intellect, because he not only touches philosophical questions, but also scientific ones. He and his patient talk about the mind of God and creation, about life and death and about pain and happiness. This point of view is a very interesting one and there were aspects that I could actually imagine being true. I would definitely recommend reading it, especially for those of you who like this kind of stuff πŸ™‚

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

This story is again a different one in theme, because it’s a detective story. And a pretty good one, actually πŸ™‚

It presents a gruesome murder (I can’t even describe how disturbing it is… ) of two women, mother and daughter, and the police find no clues thus labeling the murder unsolvable. The narrator and his friend, a M. Dupin, are drawn to the case and decide to investigate themselves.

M. Dupin, as presented, has a great intellect and an analytical mind, able to almost read someones mind only by observing. This ability helps them unravel the mystery behind the murder, which has shocking and unexpected results.

I would definitely recommend this story, even though it’s a bit long, because the deductions of M. Dupin are just amazing and the story itself is really interesting πŸ™‚

Never Bet the Devil Your Head

As the subtitle says, this story is “A tale with a moral”. It’s actually pretty funny and pretty tragic at the same time, especially when presenting the narrator’s friend, Toby Dammit.

In the first part of the story, the narrator talks about stories without morals and how he will tell us a story with one. He presents the background and habits of his friend, emphasizing that he likes to bet by saying “I’ll bet the Devil my head!”. The narrator tries to make him stop this habit, but fails every time.

But as the two of them go for a walk, heading over a covered bridge, a new figure emerges from out of nowhere and things start to get weird. The last paragraph has again a tragicomic impression, and it’s weird, because it makes you laugh at first, but then you think about it and feel bad for laughing. At least I did πŸ˜›

The Oval Portrait

This is a really short story, but a very sad one. The plot itself may not be entirely credible, but I think the true meaning is beyond it.

The story presents the narrator in a room with many portraits and he passes the time by observing them and reading about their history from a book.

He discovers a painting of a girl, which he had not noticed before, and which has a great effect on him. He reads the story of the portrait from the book and finds out that the girl in the painting married the painter, thus having as enemy for the heart of the painter nothing more that Art itself.

The painter wants to paint the portrait of his beautiful wife and for weeks he does nothing else. But his actions, every stroke of his brush, seems to take away bit by bit the life from the beautiful girl.

I think the story is definitely worth reading, because it presents beautifully how two forms of love collide. And it’s really short πŸ˜›

So, I guess this is all for now and soon I’ll be back with Part VI πŸ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ™‚