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eerie and atmospheric,
This review is from: The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Penguin Classics) (Kindle Edition)
The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death were all exceptionally creepy plots which fascinated me first in their film versions but on now reading Poe,first hand,I realise why a man with so little output as an author nevertheless achieved such fame. Clearly his own somewhat dissolute and tragic life, from orphan to outcast and then marrying his own young cousin are events which seem to get indirectly mirrored in his work, so that the fictional takes on enormous power when driven by the intensity of emotion which must have shaped Poe's own life. Troubled and weird, yes, and yet I thought moving and thoroughly engaging stories which deserved their production as films.