I was fourteen when I first read Edgar Allan Poe. And even at that invincible age, that no-werewolves-or-zombies-could-possibly-make-me-faint age, I was spooked by his disturbing tales.
Waves of chills drowned me when I read 'The Black Cat' and then 'The Tell-Tale Heart.'
Eyes. Dead cats. Houses of Death. Night. Darkness that smothered. Screams that chimed and ticked another nerve. Guilt-ridden hearts. Vengeance. Blood.
Mister Poe wrote good pace and rhythm. Some years ago, I'd learned from an English professor that Edgar Allan Poe wasn't considered a 'literary' writer, or that he wasn't such a great writer. It was because he wrote a different genre from the classic literary greats.
I think my Ray B. would've said 'Hogwash' to that. Mister Poe was one of his greatest influences.
Recently, I got the chance to re-read 'The Black Cat' with two of my Korean students (both also fourteen, both also tremendously creeped out).
I asked one of them for help on picking out a book to share for this week's post. (I'd found several picture books on Halloween but they weren't really too exciting for me to want to share with you all here. There were two on Cinderella, the ghoulish version. Does anyone know why Cinderella in particular?)
Jo Eun went bravely to the stacks of books and picked this:
I think she was trying to tell me: If you want to share chills, don't pick a cutsey-scary book. Go all out and pick the scary-scary one.
Have you read Edgar Allan Poe's stories? Were you spooked, too?
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