The film The Raven, starring John Cusack, is a fictionalized account of Edgar Allan Poe's last days, as he tracks a serial killer whose murders imitate those in his writings.
The title work in this collection of ten short stories and poems is widely regarded as the most famous of Edgar Allan Poe’s writings. This unsettling tale in verse tells of a man’s slow descent into madness as he mourns the loss of his lover. The mysterious visit of a talking raven that utters only one word sparks the man’s steady decline.
Now the inspiration for a major motion picture starring John Cusack, these tales of mystery and terror are here brought vividly to life by Blackstone Audio. Poe, the inventor of the modern detective story, was an expert at weaving suspense and horror into tales that thrill and chill. Included in this collection are:
- The Raven
- The Pit and the Pendulum
- The Tell-Tale Heart
- The Fall of the House of Usher
- The Masque of the Red Death
- The Cask of Amontillado
- The Murders in the Rue Morgue
- The Black Cat
- The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
“Poe constantly and inevitably produced magic where his greatest contemporaries produced only beauty.” —George Bernard Shaw
“Certain of Poe’s tales possess an almost absolute perfection of artistic form which makes them veritable beacon lights in the province of the short story…Poe’s weird tales are alive in a manner that few others can ever hope to be.” —H. P. Lovecraft
About the Author - Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, and literary critic who transformed the American literary landscape with his innovations in the short story genre and his haunting lyrical poetry, and he is credited with inventing American gothic horror, detective fiction and with contributing to the emerging science fiction genre. Orphaned at three years old, he was first published in 1827 and then began a career as a magazine writer and editor and a sharp literary critic. In 1845 the publication of his most famous poem, “The Raven,” brought him national fame. He began his literary career with the anonymous publication of a collection of his poems entitled Tamerlane and Other Poems. He then turned to writing prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming well known for his particular style of literary criticism. He served for a time on the staff of the New York Mirror, in which his poem "The Raven" was published. Poe's other well-known works include his stories "The Purloined Letter," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "The Mystery of Marie Roget."
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