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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2013
I have a large collection of Edgar Allan Poe publications - well... not large, but several hardback books. I have been a fan of the master since I was a demented teenager back in the 1960s! Anyway, I decided to buy this Kindle version because I noticed some titles that I did not have copies of, so I am completely satisfied - and in addition there is a list of films, TV series directly and indirectly inspired by the writer and a reading guide included. An essential addition to any collection for any fan of Edgar Allan Poe...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A great collection of tales and poems without equal. Horror to make your skin crawl and poems to sooth it
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
These stories really are spine chilling and also translated well to the big screen.

I don't think anyone of that era can compete with Poe for the sheer grotesque value of his stories.

I learnt the Raven off by heart as a teenager and still recall most of it now.

A brilliant book worth having as a paperback, hardback and as an e-book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2013
I've wanted this for ages and was delighted to find it on Amazon for such a great price! Great buy
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2013
Well tried and tested, macabre, chilling, interesting: dip in , hop out , enjoy! The perfect travelling companion for solo trips, with head under the duvet on spooky nights!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2013
no words for that really... powerful, atmospheric, emotional... if you looking for some beautiful words that is read for you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Edgar Allan Poe's stories are excellent and it is hardly surprising that many have had very good film and TV adaptations. They are the stories that stick in your mind *even when you don't want them to*. Edgar Allan Poe had a fear of premature burial for example. Anyone who has read his tales will now share that fear to a greater or lesser extent.

The close and strange relationship between the brother and sister in The Fall of the House of Usher creates a narrative which stays with the reader. This is helped by the "texture" of the language used in the tale. The way he presents the tales is at least as important as the (sometimes groundbreaking) content.

Read it late at night when you are alone in the house :)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2014
EA Poe is so classic and I love his thinking.

As he is an American author, maybe not a lot of people in England seem to know much about him, however, it's well worth a read, I highly recommend.

A musical album entitled Tales of Mystery and Imagination by The Alan Parsons Project, British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, was based on this collection of Poe's works and borrowed its title. It contains individual scores based on some of these tales, including narration by Orson Welles. Parsons also used the title "The Gold Bug" for a track on his The Turn of a Friendly Card album. I highly recommend this music, too...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2014
This is a great collection for Poe completists as it has a whole lot of stories which you probably won't have heard of. Did you realise, for example, that there exists a companion piece to Murders in the Rue Morgue? It soon becomes obvious why, unlike classics such as Pit and the Pendulum, Tell Tale Heart, Fall of the House of Usher and so on, these lesser stories have not stood the test of time - they are generally pretty weak and often rely up preposterously dated and laughable science. However as the complete output of a compelling writer who tightroped the border between genius and madness everything within is of interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2013
I read this first as a young teenager and then agIn in my late twenties. I long since lost my paper version so bought this. It's still an immensely enjoyable read. If you like short stories about love, death and the macabre you might like this.
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