History Creator / EdgarAllanPoe

18th Jun '17 8:50:03 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** "A Predicament" takes a very Poe-esque horror set-up (a woman explores a church tower, sticks her head out through an opening in the clock face, and finds that her head gets stuck as the minute hand comes around and starts slicing through her neck) and tells it with massive amounts of StylisticSuck and [[UndeadAuthor the victim narrating her own death]].
18th Jun '17 8:43:25 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** Fortunato in "The Cask of Amontillado", though strictly speaking he is walled up rather than buried.


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* KarmaHoudini: In "The Cask of Amontillado", Montresor apparently never gets found out for murdering Fortunato.
** Subverted in "The Imp of the Perverse": the narrator ran absolutely no risk of being exposed as a murderer [[spoiler:unless he himself confessed. And once he realised that, he was doomed.]]
6th Jun '17 8:19:37 PM g3m1n1
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*TheDogBitesBack: In "Hop-Frog", the eponymous jester repays the abuse heaped upon himself and Trippetta by tricking the king and his advisors into letting him turn them into a chandelier. [[KillItWithFire And then lighting it.]]
2nd Jun '17 9:26:12 AM Ingonyama
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** "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" is written in a style which deliberately apes that of sensationalist stories of the time which were nevertheless purported to be true, and such was the realism of the "scientific" details that, when coupled with the fact that its initial publication occurred in a newspaper (not a literary journal) and without an author identified caused countless people to believe it was a true story. (It helps that the main conceit of the story, exploring the limits and possibilities of mesmerism, was something which was very much in vogue at the time it was written.) Eventually, after a fair amount of time during which Poe very much enjoyed {{Troll}}ing the public, and several reputable people claimed the case (or one they knew of similar to it) had actually happened, he finally admitted that it was a piece of fiction.


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* BodyHorror: Poe's works aren't normally known for this, other than the disturbing teeth removal in "Berenice"--which is why the exception at the climax of "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" is so very memorable, hair-raising, and macabre. There's a reason three different authors of the time described it as his most shocking, disgusting, and gruesome tale.
11th Apr '17 12:50:50 PM LordGro
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* LeaveNoWitnesses: In "The Gold-Bug", the narrator and his fellow treasure hunters succeed in finding the treasure of Captain Kidd. They dig up two human skeletons immediately above the treasure chest, and infer that the dead men were Kidd's companions who helped him bury the chest, and that Kidd murdered them so he would be the only one to know the location of the treasure.
24th Mar '17 3:47:33 AM Crino37
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Recurring in various of his stories, like "Ligeia" or "The Black Cat", which the weird things happened can be either from a supernatural source or just be the protagonist becoming mad.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Recurring in various of his stories, like "Ligeia" or "The Black Cat", which the weird things happened happening can be either be from a supernatural source or just be the protagonist becoming mad.
24th Mar '17 3:46:14 AM Crino37
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Recurring in various of his stories, like "Ligeia" or "The Black Cat", which the weird things happened can be either from a supernatural source or just be the protagonist becoming mad.
20th Feb '17 9:05:23 PM Angeldeb82
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* FunetikAksent: [[EthnicScrappy Jupiter's]] "Negro dialect" is written this way in "The Gold Bug," with a little bit of {{Engrish}} and BuffySpeak as well.

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* FunetikAksent: [[EthnicScrappy Jupiter's]] "Negro dialect" is written this way in "The Gold Bug," with a little bit of {{Engrish}} [[AsianSpeekeeEngrish African Speekee Engrish]] and BuffySpeak as well.
20th Feb '17 9:03:55 PM Angeldeb82
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The [[TropeMakers inventor]] of the modern [[HorrorLiterature horror story]] and the modern [[DetectiveLiterature detective story]], as well as an early influence on the [[SpeculativeFiction science fiction]] genre. [[http://www.eapoe.org/works/essays/philcomp.htm Poe believed that all stories should be short enough to be read in one sitting.]] He also believed that the perfect subject for poetry is the death of a beautiful young woman[[note]]To be precise, he thought it perfect because it married the "most poetical subject"-- Beauty-- with the "most poetical emotion"-- Melancholy.[[/note]] (which should tell you volumes about [[CreatorBreakdown his own love life]], not to mention the death of his mother and his adoptive mother at a young age). Poe's life was plagued by rifts with his adoptive father, deaths of numerous loved ones, and alcoholism. [[CreatorBreakdown Typical]]. He was also a noted CausticCritic, which undoubtedly earned him a few enemies and tarnished his reputation, despite the critical acclaim that he received.

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The [[TropeMakers inventor]] of the modern [[HorrorLiterature horror story]] and the modern [[DetectiveLiterature detective story]], as well as an early influence on the [[SpeculativeFiction science fiction]] genre. [[http://www.eapoe.org/works/essays/philcomp.htm Poe believed that all stories should be short enough to be read in one sitting.]] He also believed that the perfect subject for poetry is the death of a beautiful young woman[[note]]To be precise, he thought it perfect because it married the "most poetical subject"-- Beauty-- with the "most poetical emotion"-- Melancholy.[[/note]] (which should tell you volumes about [[CreatorBreakdown his own love life]], not to mention the death of his mother and his adoptive mother at a young age). Poe's life was plagued by rifts with his adoptive father, deaths of numerous loved ones, and alcoholism. [[CreatorBreakdown Typical]]. Typical.]] He was also a noted CausticCritic, which undoubtedly earned him a few enemies and tarnished his reputation, despite the critical acclaim that he received.



* TakeThatAudience[=/=]TakeThatMe: "The Premature Burial." In the end, having mistakenly thought himself buried alive and found that he wasn't, the narrator overcomes his fears. One of the changes is that he "read no bugaboo tales--''[[HypocrisyNod such as this]].''" (Italics Poe's.)

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* TakeThatAudience[=/=]TakeThatMe: TakeThatAudience[=/=]SelfDeprecation: "The Premature Burial." In the end, having mistakenly thought himself buried alive and found that he wasn't, the narrator overcomes his fears. One of the changes is that he "read no bugaboo tales--''[[HypocrisyNod such as this]].''" (Italics Poe's.)



* YourCostumeNeedsWork: "The Masque of the Red Death". The guests at the MasqueradeBall are all shocked by the tastelessness one fellow displays by dressing as the incarnation of [[ThePlague the Red Death]]. Then someone rips his mask off and finds there's [[NoFaceUnderTheMask nothing underneath...]]

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* YourCostumeNeedsWork: "The Masque of the Red Death". The guests at the MasqueradeBall are all shocked by the tastelessness one fellow displays by dressing as the incarnation of [[ThePlague the Red Death]]. Then someone rips his mask off and finds there's [[NoFaceUnderTheMask nothing underneath...]]
underneath]]...
6th Feb '17 4:23:29 PM ErebusElysium
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* "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado"

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* "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado"''Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado''



* "Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher"

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* "Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher"''Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher''
* ''Literature/TheMasqueOfTheRedDeath''



* "Literature/TheRaven"
* "Literature/TheTellTaleHeart"

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* "Literature/TheRaven"
''Literature/TheRaven''
* "Literature/TheTellTaleHeart"
''Literature/TheTellTaleHeart''
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