The Black Cat and Other Stories by David WharryEdgar Allen Poe weaves words until they coil around you without observation that you are under his spell. This short story is a read now one from the Goodreads free ebook section and one I had not read before even though a long term fan of Poe.
Somewhat darker than some of his tales, this one is quite graphic and disturbing and if you are an animal lover some scenes may disturb (they did me). We experience the descent of a mind, the changing of a mans heart. A house full of loved pets becomes a torment too much too bear.
Such a clever story, but unnerving and uneasy to read. Even so, we are mesmerised by Poes way with words, almost poetic in their nature. Its a very short but intense story ideal to be read at night, by candlelight, under a full moon.
The ending I found to be excellent, unexpected and victorious.
As for the cat? Well to quote from another of Poes works, we shall never know - Nevermore, Nevermore.
Hiss, Spit, Purr, Meow.
4 paw print stars from Booklover Catlady for this dark and interesting tale from one of the true masters of early horror, suspense, dark writings.
The Black Cat and other stories
Some of the best loved stories and tales have been penned by this remarkable author. Exciting stories of the Supernatural provide exciting themes for his books. The following selection of his famous short stories will provide hours of reading pleasure. These famous Edgar Allen Poe Tales and Stories have been included along with some lesser known, but equally enjoyable tales. Tarr and Prof. Edgar Allen Poe - His own story!
It is a study of the psychology of guilt , often paired in analysis with Poe's " The Tell-Tale Heart ". The story is presented as a first-person narrative using an unreliable narrator. He is a condemned man at the outset of the story. This cat is especially fond of the narrator and vice versa. Their mutual friendship lasts for several years until the narrator becomes an alcoholic. One night, after coming home completely intoxicated, he believes the cat to be avoiding him. When he tries to seize it, the panicked cat bites the narrator, and in a fit of drunken rage he seizes the animal, pulls a pen-knife from his pocket, and deliberately gouges out the cat's eye.
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The Black Cat and Other Stories. EDGAR ALLAN POE. Level 3. Retold by David Wharry. Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jocelyn Potter.
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