The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
The macabre and gruesome gothic style of Edgar Allen Poe is timeless and the author holds his place as one of the greatest horror authors. Ever! There are various works of Edgar Allen Poe available providing complete coverage of his short stories, poems, essays and his novel. This latest collection, The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, provides an introduction from Daniel Stashower who gives a very interesting overview of Poe’s life and his bizarre and unsettling death. His death followed a strange set of events where he was found collapsed outside a tavern in Baltimore and then treated in the Washington College Hospital for drunkenness where he remained delirious and agitated suggesting something untoward happened him, until he passed away, after muttering “Lord help my poor soul.”
Poe’s fascination with dark, sinister tales gives us classics such as The Pit and the Pendulum, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat.
“Down—steadily down it crept. I took a frenzied pleasure in contrasting its downward with its lateral velocity. To the right—to the left—far and wide—with the shriek of a damned spirit! to my heart, with the stealthy pace of the tiger.”
The Pit and the Pendulum
Along with the seventy-three short stories, essays and a novel, he wrote forty-nine poems which were often fuelled with his alcoholism and difficulty in finding a female partner. His poem Annabel Lee may have been inspired by four different women he was with during that period. His most famous poem is the brilliant Raven
“And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted—nevermore!”
As a collection this version is complete with his short stories and poems, the introduction provides a fascinating insight into Poe and there is a useful timeline for his works.
My big criticism of this Advanced Reader Copy is that it is only available for the Adobe Digital Editions application or the new NetGalley app, both of which are impossible to read ‘PDF’ files on a smartphone and are not available for the Kindle. I already own a complete set of works of Edgar Allen Poe so for the stories I could switch to that version and use a computer to read the pdf file for the Introduction and other material specific to this publication.
The rating is difficult because for the literary contribution of Edgar Allen Poe it would be 5 stars but for the practical use of the electronic book, it would be 2 stars. I would like to thank Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in return for an honest review.