Tales of Terror (Unabridged) by Edgar Allen Poe

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Author: Edgar Allen Poe, narrated by Jack Foreman                  

Title: “Tales of Terror” Unabridged – “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Black Cat”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: copyright 1981

Number of Pages: N/A; 5 hours and 3 minutes

Geographical Setting:  Varied

Time Period:  Varied

Series: N/A

Plot Summary:  This audio book tells nine chilling classic tales about unstable psychological states, murder, and supernatural events.  Poe’s frequented usage of an untrustworthy narrator vastly increases the chilling tales.

Subject Headings:  Scary stories; Literature classics; Murder; Psychological thriller

Appeal:  chilling, measured plot, suspenseful, patient, compelling

3 terms that best describe this book: Eerie narration, Unstable, Dark

Similar Authors and Works
3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

“Killer Clown:  The John Wayne Gacy Murders” by Terry Sullivan and Peter Maiken.  As burying victims beneath houses is a common occurance in Poe’s literature, some factual details about a man famous for the very same thing would be a good supplementary read.

“Edgar Allan Poe:  Poet of the Macabre” is a biography detailing all the struggles of the poet and how they may have influenced his writing.  This text also explores the eerie elements of Poe’s life, such as his marriage to his cousin.

“A Paranormal Casebook:  Ghost Hunting in the New Millenium” by Loyd Auerbach.  This text documents cases or eerie and unexplainable activity, using scientific research as a means to record and possibly understand strange encounters and occurrences.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

“Pet Sematary” by Stephen King (audiobook).  A chilling tale of pets who have died only to have returned with menace and vengeance, similar to “The Black Cat”.  This is narrated by a full cast (BBC Radio), so it may alleviate the monotony of a single narrator (Jack Foreman).

“Coffee with Poe” by Andrew Barger.  This text combines fact and fiction, using actual letters written by Poe to his love interests and enemies.  The author then creates fictional dialogue between these people for a unique and fun read.

“Turn of the Screw” by Henry James.  An eerie tale of ghosts, apparitions, and psychological suspense that, like Poe, will leave the reader quite unsettled.

Name:  Melissa S

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