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A selection of spine-chilling tales by the Godfather of Goth

The midnight hour approaches. You lie in bed and try to sleep, but there is the howling of the wind outside, the creak of a floorboard, the scream of a cat, the ticking clock...

Your heart beats, your skin crawls, and despite yourself you reach for this book and enter a world like a nightmare, haunted by dark fears, guilty secrets and the bloody consequences of rage, revenge and obsession.

You cannot tear yourself away, these tales will appall and yet enthrall you, for no mere mortal can resist the master of Gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe.

Reviews

For their supernatural grotesquerie and graveyard doom,[Poe's stories] foreshadow Stephen King and the "southern gothic" of Truman Capote... his work continues to enthral. His greatest tales radiate a dark humour and mockery that strike an oddly modern note.

Sunday Times

The modern horror novel owes an enormous debt to Poe, and the novel of psychological horror owes him almost everything

Spectator

If you love thrillers, you have to read these stories

Observer

Poe's work as a whole is a series of haunting improvisations on themes from the macabre that are hard to categorise, dazzlingly original and posthumously influential on an extraordinary range of writers from Baudelaire and RL Stevenson to Yeats, Wilde and Borges

Observer

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  • EBook

    9781473520554

    July 30, 2014

    Vintage Digital

    208 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099577126

    October 15, 2013

    Vintage Classics

    208 pages

    RRP $26.99

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