Day 12 of #31AuthorsofHalloween – Edgar Allan Poe

Now, I know everyone should know who this author is, even if you do not read the stories, you have seen them on the Simpsons. Usually when someone hears of Edgar Allan Poe, the automatically think of The Raven.

Every horror fan must have at least one story of Poe’s, if not, the whole collection (I do). My favorite has to be The Pit and the Pendulum, and then it would be The Raven. If you have not heard of The Pit and the Pendulum, it is about a man who is sentenced to death during the Inquisition. He loses unconsciousness, and wakes in total darkness. He tries to walk the perimeter of the dungeon, and eventually falls and goes unconscious again. He wakes again, and he trips. There he finds the pit. He believes he has been drugged through the bread and water that was offered to him. He falls asleep. He wakes again, and this time he is tied to a platform, with the pendulum above him. Swinging. He takes the food that was offered to him and rubs it on his strap that is used to tie him down, and have the rats chew on the strap, to set him free. Now, back to the pit, the walls start to heat up, and move toward the prisoner, moving him closer to the pit, to his possible death. It ends with him being saved by an army that took over the prison, to end the Inquisition.

Now, for The Raven. The Raven was a poem that was written while Poe’s wife was dying of Tuberculosis. And the Raven was the symbol of death. Therefore, the Raven will never leave, no matter what the narrator said or did. It was beautiful, chilling, and depressing.

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