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The Fall of the House of UsherThe Pit and the Pendulum & Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Edgar Allan Poe

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The Fall of the House of Usher

By: Edgar Allan Poe

Narrarated by: William Roberts

Includes:
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Pit and the Pendulum
Ligeia
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Black Cat
The Masque of the Red Death
The Cask of Amontillado
The Premature Burial

The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares – premature burial, ghostly transformation and words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.

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Total File Size: 133 MB (4 files) Total Length: 4 Hours, 52 Minutes

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09.17.07
Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher
2007 | Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Classic short stories from the man who basically invented the mystery and horror genres as we know them.
If not for Edgar Allan Poe’s spine-chilling stories and poems written in a too-brief period more than one hundred and fifty years ago, there would be no mystery and horror genres as we know them — or the veritable cottage industry that surrounded the author almost immediately after his mysterious death at the age of 40 in 1849. Poe had the singular knack of creating a sense of dread from the very beginning lines, ratcheting up the suspense in a way that most of his literary descendants would kill to emulate. Collected here are many of Poe classic short stories written in the 1840s such as “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death,” their complex plotting belied by an elegant simplicity that still resonates with contemporary readers. William Roberts is a good choice of narrator, his voice a combination of playful panache and escalating terror with only the barest hint of scenery-chewing.

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