Dive into this classic from the singular mind of Edgar Allan Poe, who is widely regarded as the master of short horror fiction.
The Fall of the House of Usher recounts the terrible events that befall the last remaining members of the once-illustrious Usher clan before it is — quite literally — rent asunder.
With amazing economy, Poe plunges the reader into a state of deliciously agonizing suspense. It’s a must-read for fans of the golden era of horror writing.
I know not how it was–but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart–an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. What was it–I paused to think–what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?
“The Fall of the House of Usher is considered the best example of Poe’s “totality”, where every element and detail is related and relevant.” It might be important to know before you read it. I’ve read this story many times, trying to grasp all those relevant elements, but it’s not easy. Not only because it’s complex, but also because it’s mesmerizing. As you read it, you forget about literary instructions.
“There were times indeed when I thought his unceasingly agitated mind was laboring with some oppressive secret.”
I like it, though it’s totally not my type of story. It’s a real horror. Dark, mysterious, and morbid. But it’s also has lyrical elements, and the writing style is a thrilling delight to read.
“Not hear it? –yes, I hear it, and have heard it. Long –long –long –many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it –yet I dared not –oh, pity me, miserable wretch that I am!”
The setting, the characters, the plot, the atmosphere – creepily perfect! A must read!