The Complete Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

I’m giving this five stars because it’s Poe, but I’m going to call out something here.  If you call an anthology The Complete Short Stories, it needs to actually resemble the complete list.  This is probably about half of them if I’m recalling this correctly.  Even so… it’s Poe, and it’s about 16 hours of listening awesomeness.

Here’s what you get on this particular offering:

•”The Angel of the Odd”
•”Berenice”
•”The Black Cat”
•”The Cask of Amontillado”
•”The Maelstrom”
•”Eleanora”
•”The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”
•”The House of Usher”
•”Hop Frog”
•”Imp of the Perverse”
•”Island of the Fay”
•”Ligiea”
•”Man of the Crowd”
•”Message in a Bottle”
•”The Masque of the Red Death”
•”Mesmeric Revelation”
•”The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
•”Never Be the Devil Your Head”
•”The Oval Portrait”
•”The Pit and the Pendulum”
•”The Premature Burial”
•”The Purloined Letter”
•”Silence – A Fable”
•”Some Words with a Mummy”
•”The Spectacles”
•”The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather”
•”The Tell Tale Heart”
•”William Wilson”
•”The Raven”

Not a bad lineup by any stretch of imagination.  So long as it included “The Masque of the Red Death” — which it does — I’m a happy camper.  That was my first experience with Poe, and I still have my well-worn, incredibly illustrated copy of that short story to this day.  At any rate, it was nice to chip away at this collection a little at a time and revisit some of these old tales.  It’s been a while, perhaps too long.

5 stars

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