Edgar Allan Poe (Part IV)

PoeBerenice
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Okay, a man with some sort of blackout disorder has an episode around the time of his cousin-wife’s death while focusing on her teeth. A little time later, the man learns that her grave had been disturbed then finds a shovel in his room and a container with her teeth. Um, I might have overrated this.

Morella
My rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Short story of a man whose wife is named Morella, who gives birth to a daughter that he is afraid to name Morella because when he does she dies as well. I’m starting to understand why there is a stereotype for Poe’s writing.

King Pest
My rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

This could have been something interesting especially with the Pest Royal Family descriptions (thus why it’s higher rated than Morella), but then it fizzles.

Mystification
My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

College practical joker Baron Von Jung sets up a duel enthusiast into a confrontation then defuses it by referencing a duel manual that appeases the enthusiast. Only it turns out Von Jung gave the man the book, which is actually a joke about two baboons having a duel when reading every 2nd or 3rd word. Nice funny twist to the story that makes it better overall than what it was trending.

Ligeia
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

A man’s first wife, Ligeia, is a smart woman who helped him in his research but early in the story dies. The man remarries but his second wife has health issues until just before she dies he notices something putting drops in her medication. After her death, he is the only one at her all night wake but over the course of the night it almost seems like she’s still alive, but then suddenly the body of his second wife rises looking different before she says she’s “Ligeia!”. A bit meandering, but rather good nonetheless.

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2 thoughts on “Edgar Allan Poe (Part IV)

  1. Haha, that’s interesting! I enjoyed most of Poe’s ‘death of beautiful women’- stories. Ligeia was a bit long but I still liked it. Not a fan of Poe’s detective stories though, they couldn’t keep me interested and the narrator was rambling too much in my opinion.

    His best are his pure horror stories if you ask me 🙂

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    • Ligeia is probably one of his better “death of beautiful women” stories, mainly because of the twist ending of her taking over the second wife’s body. I’ve only read one of the Auguste Dupin detective stories and enjoyed it, but still have the other two to go.

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