Tales Of Mystery And Imagination
Locked doors, sealed cavities, bricked-up alchoves and premature burial close in on Poe's narrators as they, like their victims, are cut off from light, air and human society. Partly, Poe's stories resonate as the 'disordered chambers' of the narrator's minds, but also they suggest archetypal, if extreme, psychological states. Yet Poe was an incurable hoaxer, and in telling some wonderful short stories he also told some excessively tall tales. Horror stories, science fiction, detective stories and satirical sketches - the variety of Poe will chill and delight.
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