’31 Tales of Terror’ #31: The Tell-Tale Heart

Note: This review is a direct copy of one completed for my own 100 Shots of Short challenge
*Title: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Date Read: 05 October 2008
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: A dark tale about the murder of an old man.
Afterthoughts: I absolutely loved this short story – Edgar Allen Poe at his best (and darkest). I didn’t think it possible to build tension and suspense in a work so short, but Poe achieves it triumphantly.
Notable Quote: ““In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim .”

Rating: ★★★★★

*Story read as part of the 31 Tales of Terror reading challenge.

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  1. I read this one since you gave it 5 stars–very chilling how proud he was of how patient he was in committing the murder. It does draw you in from the very beginning.

  2. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    It’s absolutely amazing Shelley – the work of a true genius!!

    Makes me shiver when I think of the murderer standing with his head in the door way for hours on end…brrrr!!