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5: Awesome Edgar Allan Poe Tales

          Edgar Allan Poe is possibly the most famous horror story writer, and yet, a lot of people haven't taken the time to read his incredible stories. For that reason, here's a quick guide so you can begin reading some of his best stories. 

5: The Tell-Tale Heart

         This story's interesting in the sense that it's about a man who tries to prove (to himself) that he is sane. Driven mad by his roommate's vulture-like eye, he takes upon it himself to murder the man, and more or less like Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, the narrator finds himself unable to bear with the guilt. 

4: The Cask of Amontillado

           You're sure to like this one if you're into carnivals. In some European town in some unspecified year, there is a man named Montresor who's holding a grudge against the (ironically named) wine connoisseur Fortunato. He says that he has some fine Spanish sherry in his cellar, and the drunken, dull Fortunato, of course, is eager to try it. The rest, of course, I won't spoil.

3: The Black Cat

          This one was the first Allan Poe story I read and as a child it disturbed me a lot. In here the narrator lives with his wife and they have a few pets, one of which is a black cat. One day the narrator gets drunk and enraged for some reason, blinds Pluto, his black cat, and hangs him from a tree. Then the house burns down and the narrator finds a cat similar to Pluto. He gets drunk and tries to kill the cat but something even worse happens...

2: The Masque of the Red Death

          This is my favorite Poe story. The plague of the Red Death was ravaging the land, and prince Prospero locked himself in his abbey with all his friends and noblemen, leaving the poor to succumb to the disease that apparently made you bleed through your every pore and orifice. Prospero holds a masquerade where everybody dresses as a nightmare, and during the dance they see a mysterious figure in red. The rest, of course, I'll leave up to you to figure out.

1: The Raven

          The Raven is Poe's most famous poem, and if you've heard of this author you're almost sure to have heard of this poem. It is, of course, heavily inspired by the author's life, and it's about a man, a grieving lover, who is visited by a raven in the middle of a cold winter night. The raven only speaks one word: "Nevermore". The narrator believes the raven to be a messenger from another word and when asking him whether he'll ever be reunited with his lost love the raven only gives back the same answer and slowly, but surely, the narrator descends into his own madness and the raven sits forever above his chamber door, torturing the man forever with his call.

Quoth the raven: Nevermore