The Black Cat

The Black Cat

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by Edgar Allan Poe
     
 

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Allan, living with his wife and Pluto, his black cat, has been having problems. He reads about microwaves jumping off power transformers. He thinks this might be causing the problems. His problems become more intense. One night Allan returns home drunk and gouges his pet cat's eye out with a knife. A few weeks later, apparently because he feels guilty when he looks at…  See more details below

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Allan, living with his wife and Pluto, his black cat, has been having problems. He reads about microwaves jumping off power transformers. He thinks this might be causing the problems. His problems become more intense. One night Allan returns home drunk and gouges his pet cat's eye out with a knife. A few weeks later, apparently because he feels guilty when he looks at the one-eyed cat, Allan takes the cat into the back yard and hangs him. That night his house burns down. Later, when Allan looks at the ruins, he discovers what he thinks is the shape of a cat hanging from a noose outlined on the one standing wall, that above his bed.
Allan and his wife move to a new house. Allan continues to drink, and, one night, in the local bar, he finds and adopts another black cat exactly like Pluto. Several weeks later, when Allan, axe in hand, goes down to the cellar to break up some kindling for the winter, his new cat runs under his feet and nearly causes him to fall. He raises the axe, intending to hurl it at the cat, but his wife grabs his arm, and he kills her instead.
He thinks of ways of disposing of the body and eventually decides to tear down a brick wall in the cellar and seal her body up behind it. He does this and is very proud of his work. A policeman questions Allan about his wife's disappearance, but the officer's questions are too easily answered; he doesn't even search the house. Allan feels he needs more of a challenge. A few days later, two more policemen search the house thoroughly. They search the cellar last, and, as they are about to leave, Allan proudly slaps on the very wall behind which he has buried his wife's body. The officers hear something that sounds like a baby crying from behind the wall. They get crowbars and break down the wall to find Allan's wife's body with the one-eyed black cat sitting on her head.

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ISBN-13:
2940013872950
Publisher:
Balance Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/06/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
18 KB

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The Black Cat 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Edgar Allan Poe is a great author I'm facinated by his style, he's dark and glommy but also sarcastic and funny.The black cat is a great storie, it shows how easily you can tormente a person,making them go crazy.It also embrasses the sphycopath inside and the clevernest and crazinest of a killer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A most gripping story yet. The black cat presonifies the wife because she sweet and loving while the husband on the other hand despises her. When he decides to do away with the black cat with an ax, his wife is the one that dies.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wrote a story about a black cat, I haven't heard of this, and so I'm not sure if it's similar..I had wrote of a demonic black cat that would only come out at night, and has only black holes for eyes and sharp protruding teeth. And tortures with it's demonic game. By the end the cat had torn out the eyes of the person it was constantly torturing by night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so scary! I read it before i went to sleep... big mistake!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edgar Allan Poe We all know the extrordinarie works of Edgar Allan Poe but he still seems to take us by suprise.With a title like that you think that Snow White is a scary storie but you are dead wrong.This is a thrilling mind blowing storie that makes you think twice before buying a cat.I knew that cats had 9 lives but he's like 'Jason'from 'Friday the thirdteen'he just keeps coming back.And trust me when you read this book you will see that his a animal lover and a loving husband.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Poe does a fantastic job at taking his relatives book and making one of the best adaptations i have read from any Poe story. As you read, you feel like your an detective and don't be surprised if you find yourself writing down who you think the killer is. Always fast paced and always a twist around every corner. One will also see how religion, prejudice and the Wicca culture conme into play in this book, soon to be a classic.
MysteryChristieluv 3 months ago
Love him or hate him You either love or hate Poe's work. I love him and his writing style and this does not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I ever meet someone like that I will kill them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its like you cant really read it... lile it wasnt meant to be read... and its just a bad figure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pussycat
Karine Alves More than 1 year ago
This book is public domain, can be downloaded online for free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst piece of literature I've ever read