Book of the Week: The Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Okay, okay, of all the Poe collections…I bet you’re wondering why I’m recommending this one in particular for the book of the week, and I’ll keep it fairly simple. It’s available free on Amazon Kindle, and it’s most of the best ones. That, of course, would be: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Purloined Letter, and The Pit and the Pendulum.
Now, there are plenty of other amazing works by the man who I’d go so far as to say was the greatest American author of Gothic literature, not the least of which being ‘The Raven‘, which don’t find themselves in the confines of this digital (or paperback) book, but I do think these are an ideal start for a young reader making his or her first foray into spooky classic works. Each of them have found their way onto the silver screen in anthology and feature length incarnations for very good reasons. They’re timeless. They’re awesome. They’re how you should be spending the evening tonight, and if you’re an adult…perhaps with a nice glass of wine, though I’d say avoid the sherry. Then again, if it can’t be helped, maybe try to obtain your own amontillado…some people aren’t too generous with it.