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The human mind is a dark, bottomless pit, and sometimes it works in strange and frightening ways. That sound in the night... is it a door banging in the wind, or a murdered man knocking inside his coffin? The face in the mirror... is it yours, or the face of someone standing behind you, who is never there when you turn round? These famous short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, The human mind is a dark, bottomless pit, and sometimes it works in strange and frightening ways. That sound in the night... is it a door banging in the wind, or a murdered man knocking inside his coffin? The face in the mirror... is it yours, or the face of someone standing behind you, who is never there when you turn round? These famous short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, that master of horror, explore the dark world of the imagination, where the dead live and speak, where fear lies in every shadow of the mind...


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The human mind is a dark, bottomless pit, and sometimes it works in strange and frightening ways. That sound in the night... is it a door banging in the wind, or a murdered man knocking inside his coffin? The face in the mirror... is it yours, or the face of someone standing behind you, who is never there when you turn round? These famous short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, The human mind is a dark, bottomless pit, and sometimes it works in strange and frightening ways. That sound in the night... is it a door banging in the wind, or a murdered man knocking inside his coffin? The face in the mirror... is it yours, or the face of someone standing behind you, who is never there when you turn round? These famous short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, that master of horror, explore the dark world of the imagination, where the dead live and speak, where fear lies in every shadow of the mind...

30 review for Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Oxford Bookworms Stage 3)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abrar Alarjan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. أود أن أقرأ أكثر لإدغار ألن بو ،هذا الرجل أذهلني بالفعل . محتوى القصص :القصة الاولى عن رجل مع آرشر وعن مرضه بسبب الكآبة المتواجدة في منزله ثم يتأثر بسماع قصصه ويعتقد بأن القصة تتحدث عنه فيموت بعده هو وأخته . القصة الثانية عن القطة الاسود الذي قلعته عينه بوساطة صاحبه ومن ثم خنق بوساطته أيضا لينتقم منه قط لديه وشم يذكره بالذي فعله مع القط السوداء فيغضب ثم يقتل زوجته ويخبئها خلف الحائط ثم يتعرف بلسانه أمام الشرطة عندما بحثت عن ذلك . القصة الثالثة عن الرجل الذي كأني منع رجلا أخرى من ارتكاب الجرائم ولاي أود أن أقرأ أكثر لإدغار ألن بو ،هذا الرجل أذهلني بالفعل . محتوى القصص :القصة الاولى عن رجل مع آرشر وعن مرضه بسبب الكآبة المتواجدة في منزله ثم يتأثر بسماع قصصه ويعتقد بأن القصة تتحدث عنه فيموت بعده هو وأخته . القصة الثانية عن القطة الاسود الذي قلعته عينه بوساطة صاحبه ومن ثم خنق بوساطته أيضا لينتقم منه قط لديه وشم يذكره بالذي فعله مع القط السوداء فيغضب ثم يقتل زوجته ويخبئها خلف الحائط ثم يتعرف بلسانه أمام الشرطة عندما بحثت عن ذلك . القصة الثالثة عن الرجل الذي كأني منع رجلا أخرى من ارتكاب الجرائم ولايعرف بأن هذا الرجل إنما هو نفسه إلا عندما يقتل الرجل فيعرف بأنه قتل نفسه وكأنها (صورة رمزية عن الضمير ) القصة الثالثة عن رجل لديه إذن حادة أراد قتل رجل عجوز لأنه لديه عينان مثل النسر في الحدة فيقتله ثم يقطع أجزاء جسده وخبأها جيدًا ححتى جأت الشرطة بسبب ان الجيران قد سمعوا صوتًا قويًا لتتأكد بأنه لم يحدث شيء يعترف الرجل بأنه قتل الرجل العجوز عندما يمسع نبضات قلب الرجل العجوز مع أن الشرطة لم تكن تسمع النبضات

  2. 5 out of 5

    ثامر الحمدان

    The book has fantastic tales , you will not get bored when you read it , and it is type of books that you could take only one tale in each session.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Namiko

    I finally embarked on famous stories written by a famous writer - Edgar Allan Poe!!! There are five short stories in this book. All plots are familiar, because, I think, many comtemporary writers are affected by him. Most of all the main characters are crazy do cruel or brutal things, like taking out his pet cat's eyeball. And in the end they are all crazy enough to tell the truth. The Fall of the House of Usher The Black Cat The masque of the Red Death William Wilson (this plot is similar to the sto I finally embarked on famous stories written by a famous writer - Edgar Allan Poe!!! There are five short stories in this book. All plots are familiar, because, I think, many comtemporary writers are affected by him. Most of all the main characters are crazy do cruel or brutal things, like taking out his pet cat's eyeball. And in the end they are all crazy enough to tell the truth. The Fall of the House of Usher The Black Cat The masque of the Red Death William Wilson (this plot is similar to the story written by Takashi Atoda) The Tell-Tale Heart

  4. 4 out of 5

    Khitam

    I don't like it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    frani

    Read this in high school (but the cambridge version) and revisiting them was actually quite enjoyable

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    Muy interesante

  7. 5 out of 5

    Abidin

    it was scary and gripping

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sara Abadía

    I read this back in 2016 and I liked it a lot, it sparked my interest in gothic literature and I’ve been wanting to read the original thing since

  9. 4 out of 5

    هُـدى

    This supposed to be scary but I am too strong to be scared; it would be more enjoyable if I wasn’t. 😏✌️

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robert Lucas

    Most interest of the lot: The Black Cat, and The Masque of the Red Death.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patri

    Ha sido mi primera lectura en inglés y la verdad que genial. Las historias aún siendo cortas consiguen en poco engancharte. Para leerse relatos cortos de terror lo veo muy bien.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Muhnnad Balbaid

    It contains 5 strange and horror short story I liked the second one and the fourth most, who like horror book I advise him to read this book

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peng He

    It was my favorite book of the Oxford Bookworm series

  14. 4 out of 5

    Naohiro Hotta

    1. Edgar Allan Poe; Oxford Bookworms Library; Level 3 2. 6/1 = 30 mintes 6/2 = 60 minutes 3. terrible, awful, strange, separated, human, darkness, unhappiness 4. "One morning I woke, found a rope and calmly tied it round Pluto(the name of the main character's cat)'s neck. Then I hung the poor animal from a tree and left it there to die. I cried as I did this terrible thing." Actually, I was impressived with these awful passages because mainly I thought two things through reading this part of whole 1. Edgar Allan Poe; Oxford Bookworms Library; Level 3 2. 6/1 = 30 mintes 6/2 = 60 minutes 3. terrible, awful, strange, separated, human, darkness, unhappiness 4. "One morning I woke, found a rope and calmly tied it round Pluto(the name of the main character's cat)'s neck. Then I hung the poor animal from a tree and left it there to die. I cried as I did this terrible thing." Actually, I was impressived with these awful passages because mainly I thought two things through reading this part of whole texts. First, in my case I couldn't believe and forgive the man because I really like several kinds of animals, especially dogs and cats. In this part of the book, the main character really likes animals in fact, however, after marrying his wife, his life was changing gradually. For example he drunk too much and shout at his wife many times. I thought his wife always had a hard time with him because she might have some pressures. In my case, I will marry my current girlfriend in the future if I have capacity to breed her and our children. However the most noticeable thing will be that I will be accostomed to being married my wife in the future. Now often I drive my girlfriend mad because of my careless saying or acts. I want to pay attention to those things. Secondly, I never regret what I have done like this part of the story because sometimes it might be returned forever in my age. That's why we're already adults and have to have our responsibilities to everything that we do. In a society, to say extremely, we can never fail to do something or work tasks. That's why we have to consider and review my plan many times before it is performed. 5. Actually in this book, there are five separated terrible and awful stories. All stories are really scared to readers. That's why in the introduction of this book, it is said, "Don't read them alone!" If I image that I read this book at midnight alone, maybe I will stop reading it on the way. You know "Yonimo-Kimyouna-Monogatari" in Japanese called "Strange stories"? On a TV program in Japan in spring, summer, autum and winter, it is broadcasted every season. This book is really similar to the TV program.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sayaka Moriyama

    @period date&time 7/14 60min, 7/15 60min @7 word summary killed cat payed back man with horror @discussion question Have you ever made some violences on animals? @my discussion question answer Yes, I have. When I was young, there were a lot of kinds of animals in my house because my family like animals so much. And we had a dog named Bell. He actually is my sister's one, so he were not got much train. Because of that, I often hit him, also even when it was no needed. I think I was cruel about animal. @period date&time 7/14 60min, 7/15 60min @7 word summary killed cat payed back man with horror @discussion question Have you ever made some violences on animals? @my discussion question answer Yes, I have. When I was young, there were a lot of kinds of animals in my house because my family like animals so much. And we had a dog named Bell. He actually is my sister's one, so he were not got much train. Because of that, I often hit him, also even when it was no needed. I think I was cruel about animal. @what I think about this book There are 5 stories, so I used second one for 7-word-summary. Anyway, these stories were interesting. I don't like horror movies, but I could enjoy horror stories by reading. If these stories became a movie, I think I will not be able to watch them. Especially second one, there were many scenes with bloods. It will be gross. I don't wanna see any piece of a body.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Yuka Sugiura

    1. 11/21=30m,11/22=60m,11/24=30m 2. Oxford level3 3. sound similar hide hung cat castle eye 4. There are 5 horror stories in this book. Every story is scary and its picture made me more scared! My favorite story is about a man who named William Wilson. He was worried about one thing since he was a boy. One of his classmates looked like him at all. William couldn't win anything to that boy. That boy seemed to know everything about William. Even after graduated, every time William thought about evil thin 1. 11/21=30m,11/22=60m,11/24=30m 2. Oxford level3 3. sound similar hide hung cat castle eye 4. There are 5 horror stories in this book. Every story is scary and its picture made me more scared! My favorite story is about a man who named William Wilson. He was worried about one thing since he was a boy. One of his classmates looked like him at all. William couldn't win anything to that boy. That boy seemed to know everything about William. Even after graduated, every time William thought about evil things, that men was appearing and whispering something. Who was he?? He was really strange! 5. I like some phrases which express fear. ”At once -I do not why- a strange feeling of deep gloom came down on me and covered me like a blanket." I think I cannot imagine fear from blanket, but I like this expression.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Haruka Hasegawa

    1.oxford level 3 2.6/1-35minutes, 6/3-50minutes 3.love, black cat, drink, kill, wall, alive 4.a I had put the horrible thing into the wall, alive, with my wife! B. This passage is in the end of the story. Actually the man who is the main character killed his black cat, Pluto and his wife because he was angry and he hided his wife's dead body into the wall. But finally they were found in the wall, alive!! It's a big mystery. 5. This book has some mystery story and I wrote a review focus on the one sto 1.oxford level 3 2.6/1-35minutes, 6/3-50minutes 3.love, black cat, drink, kill, wall, alive 4.a I had put the horrible thing into the wall, alive, with my wife! B. This passage is in the end of the story. Actually the man who is the main character killed his black cat, Pluto and his wife because he was angry and he hided his wife's dead body into the wall. But finally they were found in the wall, alive!! It's a big mystery. 5. This book has some mystery story and I wrote a review focus on the one story. Almost story is kind of horror and it made me scared. Also some story is grotesque so I rated only three stars for this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Keiko Kawashima

    1. Oxford Bookworms library, level 3 2. 5/3 = 60minutes, The Secret Garden; 5/5 = 50 minutes, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination 3. mind, dark, Usher, black cat, red death, imagination, gallows 4. a. I find it difficult , here in my prison, to write the word. It was the shape of the GALLOWS! Yes, those horrible wooden posts from which they hang men by a rope around the neck! b. I don't like it because I don't like blood-curdling story actually. I shudder at the mere image of that. 5. I read it alone at 1. Oxford Bookworms library, level 3 2. 5/3 = 60minutes, The Secret Garden; 5/5 = 50 minutes, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination 3. mind, dark, Usher, black cat, red death, imagination, gallows 4. a. I find it difficult , here in my prison, to write the word. It was the shape of the GALLOWS! Yes, those horrible wooden posts from which they hang men by a rope around the neck! b. I don't like it because I don't like blood-curdling story actually. I shudder at the mere image of that. 5. I read it alone at night, so I felt shivers down my spine. I can't read this any more, so I will change books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chiaki Kinpara

    1, Oxford level3 2, 7/6 95min 3, dark, illness, sister, dead, storm, book, sound 4a, There, outside the door, dressed in the white clothes of the dead, stood the tall figure of the Lady Madeleine of Usher. 4b, I was frightened by this scene because I think she must have been dead but she stood there. 5, There are 5 scary stories and I wrote the review of first one. I think the main character is very kind because he spent all the time with Roderick. He is his friend but he hadn't seen for many years. 1, Oxford level3 2, 7/6 95min 3, dark, illness, sister, dead, storm, book, sound 4a, There, outside the door, dressed in the white clothes of the dead, stood the tall figure of the Lady Madeleine of Usher. 4b, I was frightened by this scene because I think she must have been dead but she stood there. 5, There are 5 scary stories and I wrote the review of first one. I think the main character is very kind because he spent all the time with Roderick. He is his friend but he hadn't seen for many years. In the first page, there is a sentense ” Don't read them alone!” You may should follow it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    La Souris de la Bibliothèque

    Malheureusement, je n’ai pas vraiment « accroché » aux différentes narrations. Pourtant, elles respectent le style de l’auteur et sont très faciles à lire mais je m’attendais à plus. Elles ne m’ont tout simplement pas fait ressentir la peur, le doute ou l’angoisse auquel on s’attend en ouvrant du E. Allan Poe. Lien : https://sourisdelabibliotheque.blogsp... Malheureusement, je n’ai pas vraiment « accroché » aux différentes narrations. Pourtant, elles respectent le style de l’auteur et sont très faciles à lire mais je m’attendais à plus. Elles ne m’ont tout simplement pas fait ressentir la peur, le doute ou l’angoisse auquel on s’attend en ouvrant du E. Allan Poe. Lien : https://sourisdelabibliotheque.blogsp...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angela Jr.

    I've always been interested in Edgar Allan Poe, even more so after reading The American Boy a few years ago. This collection is a leftover "souvenir" from my school days and I decided it was time for a reread before I got rid of it for good. My favourite stories have always been The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher. I've always been interested in Edgar Allan Poe, even more so after reading The American Boy a few years ago. This collection is a leftover "souvenir" from my school days and I decided it was time for a reread before I got rid of it for good. My favourite stories have always been The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ryo Suzuki

    Publiser: OXFORD BOOKWORMS LIBRARY, Level 3 Time: 10/19=60 minutes, 10/21=45 minutes 7-word summary: dark-mysterious-dead-cat-black-imagination-eye Discussin Questions: 1. Have you ever had a bad dream related to death? Well, I've had that dream once or twice. I was murdered by someone. It was so scared! 2. Have you ever seen a strange cat? I mean it has a special color or things like that. Yes, I've seen it on TV. It has a peculiar color. It was devided two colors accurately! It is amazing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Saki

    Oxford level3 Time= 10/7=180 minutes Seven words sumarry= black, cat, dark, dead, drink, man, mad Have you ever felt fear when you see a black dog?? I sometimes felt fear to see it. Especially when it is rainy, I feel scaried. This book has many stories. I especially scared to read black cat. It was very cruel story, and it made me so bad. If you don't like horror, I don't reccomend you this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Takuya Kitaura

    -Oxford level3 -Time 12/15 45 minutes 12/16 20minutes - 7 word summary mystery- short- stories- written- Edgar- Allan- Poe -Discussion question 1. Have you ever read mystery stories? A. Yes, I have. But I read an English mystery book for the first time. 2. Have you ever had a bad nightmare? A. Yes, I have. I often have a bad nightmare when I was very tired. Edgar Allan Poe is very famous author. This book is thrilling and exciting!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Keiichi Yamamoto

    Oxford active reading level 3 Time Janualy 24th 90 minutes 7words summary midnight friend sick mind sister revive break 1 Do you believe the dead man could revive? No, I do not. I believe ghost, but I do not believe it. 2 If you can meet dead man, who do you want to meet? I want to meet my grand father. When I was nine years old, he was dead. so I want to meet and talk him.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gerard Braad

    Retold for learners of the English language. Style between the stories is very similar (and even to me too similar). Didn't have this with he original by Edgar. Also, stories are slightly morbid for young learners...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Soggiorno

    it is a strange book and for this i like very much it.. in this book there are many differents stories about horror or strange situations. i prefer the second story because there is a strange house where a lot of people are died. i like very much this theme.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    I didn't like this edition, was a special edition for English beginners.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pricila Almeida

    A classic!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hale

    Don’t read them alone!

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