’31 Tales of Terror’ #8: The Cask of Amontillado

*Title: The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
Date Read: 20 October 2008
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: Fortunato has in some way insulted the narrator and he wishes to seek his revenge. He leads Fortunato to his (the narrator’s) wine cellars on the premise of wishing to draw on his experience of wine. Unsuspecting, Fortunato willingly follows.
Afterthoughts: I’ve only just begun reading Edgar Allan Poe and I absolutely adore him. Everything I read of his is dark and evil to the core, and this story is no exception. Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!
Notable Quote: “I took from their sconces two flambeaux, and giving one to Fortunato, bowed him through several suites of rooms to the archway that led into the vaults. I passed down a long and winding staircase, requesting him to be cautious as he followed. We came at length to the foot of the descent, and stood together upon the damp ground of the catacombs of the Montresors.”

Rating: ★★★★★

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

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  1. we performed this short story in theatre as a radio drama. it’s definitely a good one!

  2. I failed to see what was so great about this story. I didn’t like the narrator at all, so I had no sympathy. Fortunato, however, seemed pretty normal. But I’m very curious, why did you like it so much? What grabbed you in to it?

  3. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    brittney – Did your group publish the drama online? I’d love to listen to it

    Rebecca – The sprawling dank, nitre encrusted vaults! The method of dispatch! Fortunato’s ridiculous attire! And most of all the suspense, as Fortunato is led jingling and jiggling (for I see him as a rotund man) through the vaults. I just loved it!

  4. Rob, yes, probably he is rotund! I got that image too. Thanks for explaining….and again, sorry I can’t say I love Poe….I’ll give him a try again next Halloween, though.

  5. unfortunately we didn’t. this was back in 2005 when i was in high school.

  6. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    Oh well Brittney. It was worth a try :o)

  7. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    Rebecca – No need to apologise for not liking Poe. His psychotic, twisted and evil ways probably makes him more of a ‘guy’ attraction anyway – no offense to any female Poe lovers :o)