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The third in the Modern Library's series of original compilations, The Raven and the Monkey's Paw is a collection of classic tales and poems to engage our fear-seeking senses. The beauty of these stories and poems lies in their readability: ideal for sharing aloud around the campfire or for a quick, thrilling dip . . . under the covers with a flashlight. The writing itself The third in the Modern Library's series of original compilations, The Raven and the Monkey's Paw is a collection of classic tales and poems to engage our fear-seeking senses. The beauty of these stories and poems lies in their readability: ideal for sharing aloud around the campfire or for a quick, thrilling dip . . . under the covers with a flashlight. The writing itself sends as many awe-inspired shivers down the spine as do the ghosts and goblins on these pages. Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the horror story and the chiming lyric poem, opens the volume with his best-loved stories: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Black Cat," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Premature Burial," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "Berenice," and "Ligeia." Every bit as chilling now as on the day they were written, these tales retain their power to stir the reader again and again. Poe, who was as well known for his poems as for his stories, is also represented by such verse standards as "The Raven," "Lenore," "To Helen," "Ulalume," and "Annabel Lee," among others. Numerous other practitioners of the supernatural story are included: Edith Wharton, with her gripping "Afterward"; Charles Dickens and his famed ghost story "The Signalman"; W. W. Jacobs, with this compilation's inspiration, "The Monkey's Paw." Also here are Saki's engrossing "Sredni Vashtar"; O. Henry's story of love lost and hopes dashed, "The Furnished Room"; Wilkie Collins's lively "A Terribly Strange Bed"; and "The Boarded Window," Ambrose Bierce's tale of the bizarre. A year-round collection for reading aloud--and frightening your friends--The Raven and the Monkey's Paw will gratify all manner of thrill-seekers. The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.


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The third in the Modern Library's series of original compilations, The Raven and the Monkey's Paw is a collection of classic tales and poems to engage our fear-seeking senses. The beauty of these stories and poems lies in their readability: ideal for sharing aloud around the campfire or for a quick, thrilling dip . . . under the covers with a flashlight. The writing itself The third in the Modern Library's series of original compilations, The Raven and the Monkey's Paw is a collection of classic tales and poems to engage our fear-seeking senses. The beauty of these stories and poems lies in their readability: ideal for sharing aloud around the campfire or for a quick, thrilling dip . . . under the covers with a flashlight. The writing itself sends as many awe-inspired shivers down the spine as do the ghosts and goblins on these pages. Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the horror story and the chiming lyric poem, opens the volume with his best-loved stories: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Black Cat," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Premature Burial," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "Berenice," and "Ligeia." Every bit as chilling now as on the day they were written, these tales retain their power to stir the reader again and again. Poe, who was as well known for his poems as for his stories, is also represented by such verse standards as "The Raven," "Lenore," "To Helen," "Ulalume," and "Annabel Lee," among others. Numerous other practitioners of the supernatural story are included: Edith Wharton, with her gripping "Afterward"; Charles Dickens and his famed ghost story "The Signalman"; W. W. Jacobs, with this compilation's inspiration, "The Monkey's Paw." Also here are Saki's engrossing "Sredni Vashtar"; O. Henry's story of love lost and hopes dashed, "The Furnished Room"; Wilkie Collins's lively "A Terribly Strange Bed"; and "The Boarded Window," Ambrose Bierce's tale of the bizarre. A year-round collection for reading aloud--and frightening your friends--The Raven and the Monkey's Paw will gratify all manner of thrill-seekers. The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.

30 review for The Raven/The Monkey's Paw: Classics of Horror & Suspense

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nhi Nguyễn

    This collection of 20 poems and tales from the master of horror Edgar Allan Poe is really the ideal read for Halloween! I have read many tales in this collection before, including Poe’s famous stories “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Black Cat”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, “Hop-Frog”. Some other stories I have been familiar with from their retold versions in various Oxford Bookworms books that I read in the pa This collection of 20 poems and tales from the master of horror Edgar Allan Poe is really the ideal read for Halloween! I have read many tales in this collection before, including Poe’s famous stories “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Black Cat”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, “Hop-Frog”. Some other stories I have been familiar with from their retold versions in various Oxford Bookworms books that I read in the past, such as “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “The Gold Bug”, “The Oval Portrait” and “The Oblong Box”. And it was great to experience these stories again, this time with the original versions. Other stories I didn’t know before, and it was such an opportunity to get to read “The Spectacles” – a comedy tale among the horror stories that Poe wrote :D, “Berenice”, as well as “The Mystery of Marie Rôget” and “The Purloined Letter” – the two detective stories in Poe’s trilogy of detective stories, along with “The Murder in Rue Morgue”. “The Mystery of Marie Rôget” was the most challenging story for me to read in this collection, not only because of its unbelievable length compared to Poe’s other stories, but also because it reads more like a murder analysis, an essay on detective Dupin’s investigation into the murder of Marie Rogêt, rather than a murder story with life and progression. It was still cool to see how Dupin analyzed the case based on the information he received to build the profile of the murderer, although the ending gave no murderer’s identity, because this story was based on a real murder case happening in New York City – the murder of Mary Cecilia Rogers, and this real case was unsolved. The book also gave me the chance to read 5 of Poe’s poems, among them was “The Raven”, arguably Poe’s most famous poem. Lots of things to discuss and analyze about this one. P.S.: How I love the color of this book's cover <3 <3 <3 IT'S BLUEEEEE!!!! MY FAVORITE COLOR YAYYYY!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    aPriL does feral sometimes

    In this particular collection of a few of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories, I enjoyed with much delight the following: The Raven The Fall of the House of Usher The Tell-Tale Heart The Pit and the Pendulum The Black Cat The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar The Cask of Amontillado Hop-frog The Murders of the Rue Morgue The atmospheric and, omg, explicit, horror and depravity in each of these stories are absolutely perfect for Halloween! Rotting corpses, living dead zombies, characters buried alive, good pe In this particular collection of a few of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories, I enjoyed with much delight the following: The Raven The Fall of the House of Usher The Tell-Tale Heart The Pit and the Pendulum The Black Cat The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar The Cask of Amontillado Hop-frog The Murders of the Rue Morgue The atmospheric and, omg, explicit, horror and depravity in each of these stories are absolutely perfect for Halloween! Rotting corpses, living dead zombies, characters buried alive, good people undergoing torture, pitiless drunken ne’er do wells, homicidal madmen on the loose - Poe details dreadful deaths in dark lyrical prose guaranteed to haunt the reader evermore! Any movies you may have seen which were based on these stories left out a great deal of the madness and, yes, horrifying icky bits! The collection also included: The Mystery of Marie Rogêt The Purloined Letter Oh well. Poe did not reach perfection in every story. I found a collection which included the story ‘William Wilson’, a story which had been also recommended to me by Jay (thank you!). This story is not in this particular collection, but it can be found in many other compilations of Poe’s stories. Oooooooooh! 🕸 The webs we weave.... 🕷 Poe is evermore!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tiffani Reads

    This review is for the graphic novel adaptation of five of Poe’s tales. Honestly, the graphic novel took away from the creepiness of Poe’s tales. The illustrations do nothing for these stories. I quite prefer the original non-illustrated version to this one. Original stories done by Poe are so much better. Skip the graphic novel, just read the stories as they are.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aria

    What to say? It's a collection. Some stories are better than others. Aside from the obvious fabulousness of Poe, the best tale was a short 4 page story entitled Sredni Vashtar, by an author called Saki. I'm sorry to say that until now I had no idea who Saki was. Apparently, I've been missing out. What to say? It's a collection. Some stories are better than others. Aside from the obvious fabulousness of Poe, the best tale was a short 4 page story entitled Sredni Vashtar, by an author called Saki. I'm sorry to say that until now I had no idea who Saki was. Apparently, I've been missing out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeanny

    I was (forcibly) introduced to many of these poems & short stories during my American Literature class. Edgar Allen Poe is a hit or miss with me. The poems & stories I enjoy I love others I find incredibly drab. I will however readily admit the man was brilliant. Confession: The poet himself is absolutely fascinating to me. I've always been more interested in Mr. Poe's personal affairs than his life's work. I believe if he'd been born in the twentieth century he'd have a cabinet full of prescripti I was (forcibly) introduced to many of these poems & short stories during my American Literature class. Edgar Allen Poe is a hit or miss with me. The poems & stories I enjoy I love others I find incredibly drab. I will however readily admit the man was brilliant. Confession: The poet himself is absolutely fascinating to me. I've always been more interested in Mr. Poe's personal affairs than his life's work. I believe if he'd been born in the twentieth century he'd have a cabinet full of prescription medication & a biweekly appointment with a professional. Who's to say he didn't ? It was an open secret the literary critic was considered to have lived a troubled life style. At the minimum Mr. Poe was surely a clinically depressed alcoholic. Would I recommend this? Sure if you have a love for American poetry, Mr. Poe is a must read for you. Otherwise, not particularly entertaining ============= Girls, Guns and Grimoires discussion Challenges > Book Bingo Category: NOVEL PUBLISHED BEFORE 2000 Reason: The Raven debuted in 1845 to instant success. That poem is included in this book along with E.A.P's short stories. Book:The Raven and Selected Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

  6. 5 out of 5

    Helga Cohen

    Edgar Allan Poe is an author that I have read numerous times. I liked them as much this time as previous times. These are a terrific set of short stories and it contains one of the best and most recognizable poems, “The Raven” about loss, isolation and loneliness. The Raven distresses the narrator with the constant repetition of “Nevermore”. “The Cask of Amontillado” is about a drunken man who is lured to his death in Italy’s cellars and is buried alive in an act of revenge. In “The Tell Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe is an author that I have read numerous times. I liked them as much this time as previous times. These are a terrific set of short stories and it contains one of the best and most recognizable poems, “The Raven” about loss, isolation and loneliness. The Raven distresses the narrator with the constant repetition of “Nevermore”. “The Cask of Amontillado” is about a drunken man who is lured to his death in Italy’s cellars and is buried alive in an act of revenge. In “The Tell Tale Heart” the narrator tries to convince the reader of his sanity while describing a murder he committed. The effects of his guilt descent him into madness. It’s a very chilling story. In “The Mask of the Red Death”, Prince Prospero attempts to avoid a dangerous plaque by hiding in his abbey. But regardless of wealth, social position or popularity, death arrives as an uninvited guest. This was a superb set of stories by a master writer to be read and reread when in the mood strikes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    This collection took me ages to complete, but it is no fault of the collection solely in and of itself, I am sure. However, I will say that Poe often has a way of making his passages at times seem like overenthusiastic thought dumps with many unimportant details clogging up the story that cause my eyes to glaze over at times: I.E. Exact descriptions of the placement of random trees, overly lengthy explanations of a specific type of grass or foliage that lends nothing to the story or atmosphere, This collection took me ages to complete, but it is no fault of the collection solely in and of itself, I am sure. However, I will say that Poe often has a way of making his passages at times seem like overenthusiastic thought dumps with many unimportant details clogging up the story that cause my eyes to glaze over at times: I.E. Exact descriptions of the placement of random trees, overly lengthy explanations of a specific type of grass or foliage that lends nothing to the story or atmosphere, etc. However, there were most definitely some incredible pieces in the collection that are inspiring to say the least. My favourites being "The Telltale Heart", "Pit and the Pendulum", and "The Premature Burial", and most of the poems were quite enjoyable. Overall I am glad I have read it, and would recommend this to anyone wanting to become more acquainted with Poe's works.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tara Chevrestt

    Of course, The Raven and Tell Tale Heart were superb, but the rest of the stories.. bit dull. Also, the videos and graphics do not work on kindle. Why make a kindle book with video if it won't work? I don't understand that. Of course, The Raven and Tell Tale Heart were superb, but the rest of the stories.. bit dull. Also, the videos and graphics do not work on kindle. Why make a kindle book with video if it won't work? I don't understand that.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    The illustrations in this are gorgeous, and suit the stories well, but Poe's works being abridged took away from them greatly. The ones I had read before in their original form felt less creepy and in depth. A good book for those who want an entry to Poe's writing and great as a graphic novel, but not all that I had hoped for. The illustrations in this are gorgeous, and suit the stories well, but Poe's works being abridged took away from them greatly. The ones I had read before in their original form felt less creepy and in depth. A good book for those who want an entry to Poe's writing and great as a graphic novel, but not all that I had hoped for.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This is an excellent graphic novel adaptation of the Classic Gothic Poem and other short stories by the American father of The detective fiction genre. I'll be hanging onto this one for my collection, just for those odd bursts of Nevermore..... This is an excellent graphic novel adaptation of the Classic Gothic Poem and other short stories by the American father of The detective fiction genre. I'll be hanging onto this one for my collection, just for those odd bursts of Nevermore.....

  11. 4 out of 5

    Regina Black

    DNF audiobook. I'm need to actually read these stories. DNF audiobook. I'm need to actually read these stories.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wesley Blackburn

    Absolutely loved listening to the audio of this. As always, whenever I read Poe I get the chills!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Torretta

    Received by Audiobookreviewer.com in exchange for an honest review. ALL 5's for the narration! Full review coming soon! Edit for full review: I want to say with Halloween right around the corner that this was the perfect read but to be honest IT IS PERFECT AT ANY TIME! Yes, caps were needed, and here is why. I love Edgar Allan Poe but I haven’t read his stories in quite some time. My daughter did a play for The Telltale Heart a few years ago and since that story has been my favorite. But this collec Received by Audiobookreviewer.com in exchange for an honest review. ALL 5's for the narration! Full review coming soon! Edit for full review: I want to say with Halloween right around the corner that this was the perfect read but to be honest IT IS PERFECT AT ANY TIME! Yes, caps were needed, and here is why. I love Edgar Allan Poe but I haven’t read his stories in quite some time. My daughter did a play for The Telltale Heart a few years ago and since that story has been my favorite. But this collection has all the greats! The Cask of Amontillado is another favorite and of course Mask of the Red Death! There are many that I had not read, however, and I was pleasantly surprised (but not really, I mean this is Edgar Allan Poe), that they were just as great as my long time favorites. This starts with The Raven, a tale that many already know. I had chills listening to the fantastic story and great narration. This was able to bring it to life like never before. What really did it for me was not only the stories but the narration by Bronson Pinchot and Stefan Rudnicki was better than perfect! For many of these stories there needs to be a crescendo, that feeling of anticipation that builds and builds until you want to explode! And explode the narrators do, with pizzazz. With the Telltale Heart especially, that crescendo has to hit perfectly, and the narration was spot on. I could feel the terror rising up until finally it all breaks over. I have listened to quite a few audio books and there are few that get to the end and I have to double check to make sure I listened to the entire thing. This is one of those. Of course there are some stories that do not quite hit as well as The Raven or Cask of Amontillado, but this is definitely going to be one that I listen to again. And again. And again. Superb!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Qais

    "The Raven and Other Poems" by Edgar Allan Poe is a stunning collection of short stories and poetry containing thought-provoking and entertaining mainly horror stories. This book contains arguably one of his best and most recognisable poems, "The Raven". This poem depicts loss, isolation, and loneliness. This book is so well worded that it makes you feel so much emotion as you read and easily paints a picture in your head. Edgar Allan Poe's word choice and use of poetic devices made you feel how "The Raven and Other Poems" by Edgar Allan Poe is a stunning collection of short stories and poetry containing thought-provoking and entertaining mainly horror stories. This book contains arguably one of his best and most recognisable poems, "The Raven". This poem depicts loss, isolation, and loneliness. This book is so well worded that it makes you feel so much emotion as you read and easily paints a picture in your head. Edgar Allan Poe's word choice and use of poetic devices made you feel how much emotion and passion Edgar Allan Poe had while writing these poems. His rhymes in these poems were so unforced and came so naturally that it gave a creepy yet rhythmic feel to his poems. His poems had such a deep meaning that I sometimes had to read his poems again and again so I could understand his message. However, with the exception of "The Raven" and "Anabel Lee" which undisputedly were amazing poems, his other poems were too dull and repetitive. I didn't enjoy those poems and turning page after page felt more and more like a burden to my uncontrollable apathy. I would recommend this book to experienced readers because of this book's word choice and because most of these poems are difficult to understand. And although it is a short book it is not a short read. You will probably have to re-read some of the poems several times to understand the message. If you want to explore the world of poetry this is a good book to start on.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Cavazos

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The masque of the red death is a short story dealing with the fatal unavoidable fate. "And darkness and decay and the red death heald illimitable demonion over all". When recognised and spoiled Prince Prospero invites his richest guests to his catle, they have a large party to avoid the sickness that was causing so much commotion and death in the city. However, at the middle of the night the situation gets out of hand as a man dressed of the red death appears. Everyone in the story, starting The masque of the red death is a short story dealing with the fatal unavoidable fate. "And darkness and decay and the red death heald illimitable demonion over all". When recognised and spoiled Prince Prospero invites his richest guests to his catle, they have a large party to avoid the sickness that was causing so much commotion and death in the city. However, at the middle of the night the situation gets out of hand as a man dressed of the red death appears. Everyone in the story, starting by Prince Prospero finishes with a tragical ending as so do his guests. [image error]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    I purchased this book in 2001 and hadn't made time to read in until late 2016. Two thirds of the contents come from Edgar Allen Poe, and --although no classic suspense anthology would be complete without Poe--I confess I slogged through some of his short stories included here. After awhile, the prose just gets too turgid, heavy-handed, and melodramatic (even for Poe). Of course, it was great to revisit "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," I purchased this book in 2001 and hadn't made time to read in until late 2016. Two thirds of the contents come from Edgar Allen Poe, and --although no classic suspense anthology would be complete without Poe--I confess I slogged through some of his short stories included here. After awhile, the prose just gets too turgid, heavy-handed, and melodramatic (even for Poe). Of course, it was great to revisit "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "The Tell-Tale Heart." But I'd have happily skipped the others. For me, the surprise highlight of this anthology was Edith Wharton's "Afterward" a short story of understated creepiness and an ending I couldn't have foreseen. This story is the best in the entire collection. The last third of the book definitely contains the best stories. Give the whole anthology a whirl, even if it's not Halloween season.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Keith

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Sylvester

    The graphic novel adaptation of 5 Edgar Allan Poe stories mostly stayed true to the original sources, it was nicely drawn but I think it was made a lot darker than my imagination. Worthy of a read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leah Menegay

    The Tale of Eight Authors "The Raven and the Monkey's Paw" is a collection of horror and suspense stories from eight different authors, whose writing changed horror. This book was published in 1998 by The Modern Library in New York, it includes short stories and poems from authors like Edgar Allen Poe, Edith Wharton, Saki, Charles Dickens, O. Henry, Wilkie Collins, Ambrose Bierce, and W. W. Jacobs. Some of the most famous stories and poems that continue to catch the reader's attention include Th The Tale of Eight Authors "The Raven and the Monkey's Paw" is a collection of horror and suspense stories from eight different authors, whose writing changed horror. This book was published in 1998 by The Modern Library in New York, it includes short stories and poems from authors like Edgar Allen Poe, Edith Wharton, Saki, Charles Dickens, O. Henry, Wilkie Collins, Ambrose Bierce, and W. W. Jacobs. Some of the most famous stories and poems that continue to catch the reader's attention include The "Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," and "The Monkey's Paw". Those four horrifying tales create a suspenseful novel and imaginative read. The stories by Edgar Allen Poe in this novel give an in-depth look at Edgar Allen Poe's mind and his unique writing style. "Annabel Lee" tells of a love story between a man and his Annabel Lee who was taken from him too soon in a kingdom by the sea. "The Raven", a poem that recounts a man grieving the lost love of his Lenore, as he mourns he is greeted by a knock on the door only to find a lone bird, a raven. The man speaks to the raven but is soon enraged at the raven but the bird sits upon the bust of Pallas Athena. Another famous tale from Poe included in the collection is "The Tell-Tale Heart", a story able to scare anyone. It speaks of a man trying to defend his sanity after confessing to killing another man for fear of his pale blue eye. The man would often watch the blue-eyed man sleep and after a week of observing he decides to kill the man. On the eighth night, it was time to strike, worried that the neighbors might hear the old mans night terrors he kills the man and leaves the dismembered old man scattered under the floorboards and as the hour four approaches the police come to check and are invited inside the house, the murderous man is soon given up as the pounding of the old man's heart begins again and leaves a man caught at the crime scene. "The Monkey's Paw" is another horrifying story told by W. W. Jacobs, it is a great story that can easily be compared to many of Poe's work. The story tells of the White family who is visited by Sergeant-Major Morris who tells of a magical monkey paw. It is said to grant three people three wishes, two men have already used up their wishes including Sergeant Morris, Mr. White is quick to take the paw, after the sergeant leaves the family joke about the wishes they could make. They make a wish for the two hundred pounds they need for the house and in the morning their wish is granted but not in the way they expected, their son was killed at work and the company plans to pay the Whites two hundred pounds. Grief-stricken Mrs. White forces her husband to wish their son back to life and when they look outside after a knock at the door they are shocked to see an empty street. All of the stories in this collection are shocking and truly horrific in the best way possible. As an avid reader I believe this book is a great collection of stories and poems, they show a wide range of authors and showcase different styles of horror, "The Raven and The Monkey’s Paw" offers a spectacular view of classic horror stories. The book is a wonderful collection of stories that I would recommend to anyone who loves a good scare. “Just as the bizarre characters in Poe’s stories have captured the public imagination, so too has Poe himself. He is often seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles” (The Poe Museum). Edgar Allen Poe and the many authors of "The Raven and the Monkey’s Paw" all defined horror and created timeless stories that will be read for years to come. Works Cited Poe, Edgar Allen, et al. The Raven and the Monkey’s Paw : Classics of Horror and Suspense from the Modern Library. New York, Modern Library, 1998. The Poe Museum. “Poe’s Biography | Edgar Allan Poe Museum.” Poemuseum.org, 2019, https://www.poemuseum.org/poes-biography

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex of Yoe

    It's been many, many years since I read Edgar Allen Poe. What a delight to read him again! He is truly the quintessential Gothic author, not to mention the father of the modern mystery. I thoroughly loved becoming reacquainted with him. This is a collection of a variety of Poe's short stories and poetry. It includes all the big names such as "The Raven", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Tell-Tale Heart", and "The Purloined Letter" as well as many lesser known poems and stories. Poe is truly the m It's been many, many years since I read Edgar Allen Poe. What a delight to read him again! He is truly the quintessential Gothic author, not to mention the father of the modern mystery. I thoroughly loved becoming reacquainted with him. This is a collection of a variety of Poe's short stories and poetry. It includes all the big names such as "The Raven", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Tell-Tale Heart", and "The Purloined Letter" as well as many lesser known poems and stories. Poe is truly the master of description and suspense. Many of his stories include a horror element and most of his poems revolve around death and loss. However, he is able to build that horror and suspense without overly descriptive gore or trauma. You feel the thrill and dread without being scarred by it. It's art at its best. The writing style is complex. I wouldn't recommend this to the casual reader since it is an older, more complicated style and the terminology can be stuffy. I would have liked if the editor had added translation notes for all the French Poe uses as well as details behind many of his cultural references to help the modern reader understand him better. "The Gold-Bug" has racist undertones in it as well, which was uncomfortable to read. Overall, if you love dark, creepy tales or the intrigue of mystery, you'll enjoy Poe. But if you aren't used to reading older, classic literature, you might find him hard to wade through. I enjoyed it very much! "The Pit and the Pendulum" is still one of my favourites, though I grew in appreciation for "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher". "Eleonora" was amazing and rather haunting. I'll be chewing on that one for a bit.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    “THE RAVEN & OTHER TALES : A GRAPHIC NOVEL” by Edgar Allan Poe, Pete Krantz (Illustrator) “The Raven” NEVERMORE! … “The Fall of House Usher” Munificent = great generosity “What is this sickening of heart that I feel? What is it that unnerves me so? What is this dull, sluggish atmosphere that surrounds the house? I must be imagining it. I am tired from the ride after all.” Catalepsy = a medical condition characterized by a trance or seizure with a loss of sensation and consciousness accompanied by rigid “THE RAVEN & OTHER TALES : A GRAPHIC NOVEL” by Edgar Allan Poe, Pete Krantz (Illustrator) “The Raven” NEVERMORE! … “The Fall of House Usher” Munificent = great generosity “What is this sickening of heart that I feel? What is it that unnerves me so? What is this dull, sluggish atmosphere that surrounds the house? I must be imagining it. I am tired from the ride after all.” Catalepsy = a medical condition characterized by a trance or seizure with a loss of sensation and consciousness accompanied by rigidity of the body. - - - “The Masque of the Red Death” The Red Death had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal - the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men. Child - “Coz I know who you are.” Red Death - “Oh yes? And who am I?” Child - “You're Jesus.” Red Death - “HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!” … “The Black Cat” “When the wall fell, there sat none other than the hideous beast whose craft had seduced me into murder. I had walled the monster up within the tomb!” … “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether” “Gracious heavens! The lunatics have most undoubtedly broken loose!” “Oh, Monsieur. I very much fear it is so.” …

  22. 4 out of 5

    Madeline O'Rourke

    The Raven: 5 The Bells: 4 Annabel Lee: 4 The Haunted Palace: 5 The Conqueror Worm: 2 The Murders in the Rue Morgue: 3 The Mystery of Marie Rôget: 1 The Fall of the House of Usher: 3 The Masque of the Red Death: 5 The Pit and the Pendulum: 5 The Tell-Tale Heart: 5 The Gold Bug: 3 The Black Cat: 4 The Spectacles: 2 The Purloined Letter: 2 The Cask of Amontillado: 3 Hop-Frog: 3 The Oval Portrait: 3 The Oblong Box: 3 Berenice: 1 My experience with The Raven and Other Tales really ran the gamut between love and hate. O The Raven: 5 The Bells: 4 Annabel Lee: 4 The Haunted Palace: 5 The Conqueror Worm: 2 The Murders in the Rue Morgue: 3 The Mystery of Marie Rôget: 1 The Fall of the House of Usher: 3 The Masque of the Red Death: 5 The Pit and the Pendulum: 5 The Tell-Tale Heart: 5 The Gold Bug: 3 The Black Cat: 4 The Spectacles: 2 The Purloined Letter: 2 The Cask of Amontillado: 3 Hop-Frog: 3 The Oval Portrait: 3 The Oblong Box: 3 Berenice: 1 My experience with The Raven and Other Tales really ran the gamut between love and hate. On the whole, I was a fan of Poe's poetry, and there were a few standouts amongst the short stories. But I will never ever willingly read any story about Dupin again. As it was, I could have cried when he popped up again in The Purloined Letter. Ultimately, I'm glad I read this collection for the sake of variety and exposure to classics, but I don't foresee myself reading more of Poe's works anytime soon.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arwick

    I initially started listening this book, recorded and published by Blackstone Audio, because of ''The Raven'' and continued with listening because Poe's way of storytelling appealed to me. My initial reason for listening this book, together with ''The Telltale Heart'', are the stories that I liked best. The later stories featuring C. Auguste Dupin, a supposed genius and literary predecessor of Sherlock Holmes, were narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. His supposed French accent confused me on multiple oc I initially started listening this book, recorded and published by Blackstone Audio, because of ''The Raven'' and continued with listening because Poe's way of storytelling appealed to me. My initial reason for listening this book, together with ''The Telltale Heart'', are the stories that I liked best. The later stories featuring C. Auguste Dupin, a supposed genius and literary predecessor of Sherlock Holmes, were narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. His supposed French accent confused me on multiple occassions however and sometimes made me lose track of the details in the story. I think the stories on Dupin are more enjoyable when read as opposed to listening. Overall, this book had some nice stories and prose, but the stories on Dupin (which account for around 4 out of 8.5 hours) were a slight letdown.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    4 stars, because even though this collection is 80% amazing, it includes the 3 detective tales of C. Auguste Dupan, and man have they not aged well. I got through 1 1/2 of them before I gave up. I just could not get into them. (I guessed the killer of the first one incredibly early, too, with an accompanying groan.) But Stefan Rudnicki's reading of The Raven is seriously amazing, as well as Bronson Pinchot's reading of the short stories. The Cask of Amontillado is perfect, and the Tell-Tale Heart 4 stars, because even though this collection is 80% amazing, it includes the 3 detective tales of C. Auguste Dupan, and man have they not aged well. I got through 1 1/2 of them before I gave up. I just could not get into them. (I guessed the killer of the first one incredibly early, too, with an accompanying groan.) But Stefan Rudnicki's reading of The Raven is seriously amazing, as well as Bronson Pinchot's reading of the short stories. The Cask of Amontillado is perfect, and the Tell-Tale Heart close enough. I had not read The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar before, and it was fantastically creepy. This collection also included The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Black Cat, and Hop-Frog. All classics for a reason. It's worth an Audible credit for the professional narration.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cecelia

    I absolutely love reading this in my spare time. Edgar Allan Poe was a pure creative genius. His works are addictive and will leave you in awe. I love how this book contains his older poems from his youth as well as his famous poems and stories. The language used at the time can be a bit tricky to overcome - but the creative idea is still expressed. If you love poetry, scary stories, darker inclined stories and gore expressed in 19th century literacy - this is the book for you.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Holloway

    While I really enjoyed several of the stories in this collection, some of them (and Poe's writing, in general) are just not really my style. Ones like "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget" are very interesting and clear inspirations for Sherlock Holmes, but not really in my typical interests. The audiobook was spectacularly read by Bronson Pinchot and Stefan Rudnicki. While I really enjoyed several of the stories in this collection, some of them (and Poe's writing, in general) are just not really my style. Ones like "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget" are very interesting and clear inspirations for Sherlock Holmes, but not really in my typical interests. The audiobook was spectacularly read by Bronson Pinchot and Stefan Rudnicki.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    I envy all writers, but especially writers from pre-1900. They were the "first," so to speak, in many genres and just know what words to use. Sadly, too many of these words are forgotten to readers and writers of today. Another good fun read for this time of year by some serious masters of the craft! I envy all writers, but especially writers from pre-1900. They were the "first," so to speak, in many genres and just know what words to use. Sadly, too many of these words are forgotten to readers and writers of today. Another good fun read for this time of year by some serious masters of the craft!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Viktorija B.

    Well, now I know why everyone loves Poe. And such a great collection! I got to know his gloomy, horrific, and terrifying sides. I got to know Dupin and the mysteries he solved... and I even got to know some comedic aspects of Poe's writing. Amazing! Well, now I know why everyone loves Poe. And such a great collection! I got to know his gloomy, horrific, and terrifying sides. I got to know Dupin and the mysteries he solved... and I even got to know some comedic aspects of Poe's writing. Amazing!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    When I read this in high school, I remember really liking the short stories. This time around I found that I really preferred the poem section. Turns out, I don't like short stories. I just feel like Poe's poems moved me more. Overall it was a long, fun read. When I read this in high school, I remember really liking the short stories. This time around I found that I really preferred the poem section. Turns out, I don't like short stories. I just feel like Poe's poems moved me more. Overall it was a long, fun read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    SanaBanana

    Some of the stories in this were properly spooky! I quite enjoyed the general spooky ominous air in all the tales. I think I would have massively preferred it in written form, rather than graphic novel style, but I immensely enjoyed the art.

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