Review: The Fall of Usher and The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (Canterbury Classics) - Edgar Allan Poe The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allan Poe The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe

Fills in Classic Horror square

 

I picked up the flack and gold book (first book pictured) from the library. Man, what a beautiful book; even the built in ribbon book mark is quality. Highly recommend for your physical keeper shelf or to give as a present.

 

I chose two stories to read to fill the square. I vaguely remember reading The Tell Tale Heart in middle or high school which was a long time ago. This was my favorite of the two stories, as I felt the plot was tighter and brought out more of the immediate madness of the narrator. The creep factor was realistic and came from a direct source, which I prefer. 3 stars. 

 

The Fall of Usher started out very gothic and set up a great picture of the house through beautifully creepy imagery, but I felt the story lagged after meeting Roderick Usher. I really didn't need a play by play of their bonding time over the week. The story picked up again at the end and that ending was great. 2.5 stars.