Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Eight Tales of Terror 3. Eight classic stories by the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published February 1st by Scholastic Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eight Tales of Terror , please sign up. See 1 question about Eight Tales of Terror…. Lists with This Book. Jan 08, Keann rated it did not like it. I really did not like this book. It was boring and not interesting at all.
It's probably because I don't really like poetry. This is what I thought of Eight Tales of Terror. May 25, CDoyle rated it liked it. Apr 16, Nai rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Both of those take a whack of time to read, and while I do enjoy large windmills and Strauss, perhaps choosing to read both those books at the same time was a mistake.
Toooooo much philosophy makes brain go something something. The Simpson's have always had their Poe puns and parodies at the ready. I figured, why not get it out of the way right off the bat. The did some awesome Halloween specials centering around The Raven, and Poe makes regular appearances in the writing of course on the show. The first story is The Cask of Amontillado and I have to say - not one of my favorites, but worth the re-read. Short stories are exceedingly difficult to review sometimes, however, Poe gives the reader lots to think about.
This one is essentially a tale on 'getting even', there are catacombs, and it's a quick short read. The human condition is actually surprisingly similar to the time frame of Poe's writing. I'd suggest that we're basically the same, but on a more global scale. Reason Number 2 The second reason I enjoyed this read was because of the prefaces to each story.
At the beginning of each short, there is a paragraph or two about what the story is about, and what Poe was doing in his life at the time. The story appeared a few months before Poe's death, and was published in Clearly everyone needs a little bit of Poe trivia in their lives. It's much more descriptive of scene than the other short stories, and I find it convenient that it was placed third in the book because honestly, I find that I can only read a little Poe at a time.
This was a great break, and not nearly as dark or despair ridden as many of Poe's other short works. It also happens to be an earlier work, written in Reason 4 Ligeia Ahhh, reincarnation. Need I say more. Many of us probably spent hours day-dreaming about who we could have been in the past. While the tale brought back all those memories, it also opens up a dark corridor to what might go wrong, betraying love, killing the 'new' woman, being trapped and so on.
When I think of who I might have been all those bad parts are left out of course Clearly I was also the medieval princess and not the poor serf and the roman goddess, and part of they mystical civilization of Atlantis. Have I mentioned I love just perusing DeviantArt sometimes? This is an image from the artist sketchbook ] The things I find, when I'm bored are amusing. I also quite like his rendition of Atlantis.
I also enjoy this site. I'm not sure how anyone could dislike something called an unmuseum. The most interesting thing about Wikipedia pages is often the links at the bottom of articles. Interesting because whether you just want to kill time looking at more links, or want to decide just how 'accurate' wikipedia really is, it's useful. Useful is interesting to me. The story is also sort of the downside of finding Atlantis.
Poe writes such great dark fairytales. I'm sorry if anyone hates me for that statement. I'm not jesting about Poe writing fairytales, but I am suggesting that he wrote with 'morals' in mind, cleverly disguised as horror. It's the perfect creepy scene of dilapidation. I've always had a fascination with old houses and abandoned buildings. This story is probably why. Is it wrong to be more than a little excited when your brother buys farmland with an abandoned farm house on it?
Now he has to do it? P Criddle Vane will be a post all its own, and I'm really glad it's so close to Brandon. There is appeal to going out late at night to take photography, but also visit a 'haunted' house. Morbid appeal, Poe-esque if I must. This is the farmyard. I did take that photo. The purpose of that short caveat being I love the way Poe writes, as he makes it very easy to draw a picture or watch the movie in my mind while I'm reading the story. Each has a special meaning to me for it's own reasons, but the specifically fulfill this purpose: While this may not be the novel itself, it does result in contemplation on my own writing.
I choose the books I read on purpose, and I choose to do the things I do in real life like Community Supported Agriculture and the DigInChallenge for example for similar reasons. Reminder to self - update About page, and use badges. I'm terrible or extremely proficient at procrastination. However, doing things like the reading challenge, and the dig in challenge give me a good excuse to write, and increase my attention span for writing at the same time. I imagine if any of my old professors are reading this and depending on which degree they were from, I'm both shuddering and giggling at the thought.
I'm often up at dawn, though I'm not sure I took this picture. I have some sketchy memories from this time period.
I miss not having a schedule. On the days I work, I'm also usually up at dawn, but laying in bed staring at the alarm clock with one eye because I HATE the alarm clock, and I also hate schedules. I wish I could just enjoy this: Even if I do really like my job most days, and they let me do crafts That's right, my office supply store lets me do crafts at work cuz we sell them , and lets me do crafts at home that I can bring to work at people can see.
I have an awesome job, I just like sunrise and spooky stories and houses better. Back to my own spooky story for now. Jul 10, Justin Legido rated it liked it. Cask of amontillado- 4.
Oct 26, Clarice rated it liked it. Edgar Allan Poe is a great writer.
He seems to like getting inside the head of the characters in his works, which makes them unique. I thought that A Masque of Red Death was the best poem in this book. There is definitely a large variety of vocabulary throughout the book. Jun 27, Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it Shelves: I will add that, having had experiences with a hypnotherapist, the process is very well described.
Covino has obviously researched the subject thoroughly. The book's ending hints at future adventures with the same protagonists which I hope will be written soon! One person found this helpful. Drawing from an impressive catalog of Edgar A. Poe-inspired madness, he pulls us into a nightmare of insanity within a world of remarkable detail. The disorienting Mesmeric adventures of the protagonist lead the reader through a macabre series of dance-steps ending in a dizzying crescendo with a corkscrew-twist!
The author "out Herod's Herod" as they say, piling perversity upon perversity in a compelling tale that is an homage to Mr. Poe, but made this reader think of Hitchcock along the way. As an avid reader of Poe, it was fun to see how Mr. It's also a pleasure to witness such inspired creativity sprout from literary seeds planted so long ago. Outstanding writing, yet again! Covino accurately emotes the Poe style and feeling of dread, in a wonderfully crafted and multi-level novel set in San Fransico. If you like this, and you will, read the rest of this prolific writer's works as soon as you can.
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