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09-23-2002, 11:55 AM
What is your favorite Edgar Allan Poe story, and why? My favorite is Tell Tale Heart, which is a nail biting psycholoical horror story with a fantastic finalle. My next favorites are The Cast of Amontillado and Masque of the Red Death, plus Fall of the House of Usher.
09-23-2002, 04:29 PM
BERENICE, no contest. Very creepy stuff, masterfully written.
09-23-2002, 07:41 PM
Had to go with Other. LIGEIA is my fave!
09-24-2002, 12:51 AM
"The House of Usher," is one my all time favorites. In "The House of Usher," Poe's descriptions of the house, its surroundings, and of Frederick Usher, (His presentation of Frederick Usher IMHO was that of a strung out addict.) all detailed his personal torments, The loss of his wife, his addiction to opium. An amazing canvas.
A Descent into the Maelstrom, Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether are also favorites.
09-24-2002, 11:07 AM
I had to go with Cast of Amontillado... Darkly humorous and very creepy stuff! :)
09-24-2002, 12:50 PM
I must say that I love LIGEIA and THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. Well, actually, I love most of them, but those two are my faves. I notice a tendency in Poe to be redundant at times, particularly in such titles as BERENICE, LIGEIA, and MORELLA. Likewise, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, THE BLACK CAT, THE OBLONG BOX, THE PREMATURE BURIAL.
09-27-2002, 12:09 PM
An interesting story that mixes cloning and Edgar Allen Poe is the pseudo-Lovecraft tale called The Dark Brotherhood, which deals with an alien race(I think) that turn themselves into clones of Edgar Allen Poe, and have plans of ruling earth.
10-18-2002, 12:18 PM
I also like the story William Wilson, which is an interesting prelude to Dostoeovsky's The Double, to which it has a lot in common. The two writers were similar in their fascination by psychological imprisonment, and were both heavy gamblers, except Dostoeovsky incorporated this aspect into his work(ala, The Gambler, and The Adolscent).
10-18-2002, 12:44 PM
I'm torn, though I voted for "The Masque of the Red Death" because of it's stunning imagery. I also really enjoy the morbid, horrible love story in "Berenice" and the exceptionally gruesome "The Black Cat". So many great, great stories from Poe!
10-18-2002, 01:18 PM
I had to choose 'The Tell Tale Heart'. Very creepy stuff and it was the first Poe story I read. Read it when I was 10 and it scared the crap out of me. :) Read it again a couple of years later and it still had the same effect. YAH POE!!! :D
10-18-2002, 01:50 PM
Actually, this came up between my wife the other day...she even pulled his complete works out from wherever she had it. We both agreed that "The Tell-Tale Heart" was our favorite...it was the first we both had read. However, I also quite like "The Facts of M. Valdemar's Case"...great ending..."detestable putrescence" and all. I'm personally more apt to read H.P. Lovecraft, though...currently trying to get my wife to start reading his stuff...probably a hard sell due to his rather peculiar manner of writing. My favorite Lovecraft stories are "Cool Air," "Pickman's Model," and "The Rats in the Walls."
10-18-2002, 01:51 PM
Of all his works, although there are just slivers of difference between my favourite short stories, I'd go with LIGEIA as my personal preference of Edgar ALLAN Poe.
10-18-2002, 02:09 PM
Like others,my choice was Tell tale Heart because it was my first exposure to him.It was in an English Lit. book in 5th or 6th grade.I wonder if that`s still the case.The story still manages to creep me out.
Cask (not Cast, right?) of Amontillado. It's location, location, location, people, with that foul catacomb. Masque is a close second--serves those decadent pukes right! I can imagine the deserted, corpse-riddled castle after the plague has swept through--the parking lot outside packed with the dead revelers' abandoned Lincoln Navigators and Caddy Escalades, just gathering dust...
10-18-2002, 03:29 PM
No one's mentioned the NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM which has scenes of cannibalism that would make any 80s Italian horror film-maker proud. It also has an ending that almost makes the ending to CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD seem coherent by contrast.
10-18-2002, 04:18 PM
I have a terrible memory for stories but I think my favorites are Fall of the House of Usher and The Black Cat. Creepy stuff.
11-13-2002, 11:28 PM
The mysteries such as the Rue Morgue seems to serve the inspiration for the sherlock Holmes stories.
03-26-2005, 02:54 PM
Poe's William Wilson and Dostoesvky's The Double would make for interesting companion pieces.
08-23-2008, 03:50 PM
Is there any Poe short story that has yet to be made into a film?
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