The Black Cat

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Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story, "The Black Cat," tells of a good man slowly deteriorating into evil. Now, Robert Poe retells the story, expanding upon the dark forces that drive men to evil deeds. A vulnerable young woman claiming to be a witch arrives in Crowley Creek. Is she simply disturbed, or does she represent darker forces? John Charles Poe, town journalist and descendant of Edgar Allen, is haunted by the eerie resemblance of the events unfolding in Crowley Creek to his ancestor's classic tale. ...
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Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story, "The Black Cat," tells of a good man slowly deteriorating into evil. Now, Robert Poe retells the story, expanding upon the dark forces that drive men to evil deeds. A vulnerable young woman claiming to be a witch arrives in Crowley Creek. Is she simply disturbed, or does she represent darker forces? John Charles Poe, town journalist and descendant of Edgar Allen, is haunted by the eerie resemblance of the events unfolding in Crowley Creek to his ancestor's classic tale. Guided by a secret cache of papers left to him by Edgar Allan Poe, he sets out to discover what is behind the outbreak of evil in his town.

After enduring many injuries of the noble Fortunato, Montresor executes the perfect revenge.

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Poe, a distant relative of Edgar Allan, follows up his debut psychological thriller, Return to the House of Usher (1996), with another variation on a classic Poe story, again set in Crowley Creek, Virginia.

Returning as protagonist is John Charles Poe, also a distant relative of Edgar Allan, who writes a "barely syndicated" column for Fannie Boynton's Crowley Creek Sentinel and who's inherited a brassbound oak casket bearing the papers of the great dead writer. It appears that Margaret Cully, the wife of the veterinarian, has vanished under mysterious circumstances; Julie Noir, a waifish raven-haired girl with a tiny gold stud in her nose, shows up and quickly replaces Margaret in Dr. Cully's clinic; and John Charles seems to be haunted by a small black shape that follows him around. Julie, who carries her black cat Asmodeus about on her shoulder, advertises the fact that she fancies herself a witch. After John Charles helps Dr. Cully deliver a two-headed calf (in the best scene here), the bad omens begin piling up. When Poe's story of "The Black Cat" seems to be coming to pass in Dr. Cully's own person, John Charles opens his cache of Poe letters and notes, looking for insight. Julie holds moonlit rites and dances naked, and the Reverend Rollie Fairchild whips up the town's antiwitch fever. Finally, Julie discovers a buried ax, seemingly having the missing Margaret's hair and blood on it. A town meeting is called, and some demand that Julie be arrested—or at least run out of Crowley Creek. (The town's rabid feelings are the plot's most feeble device.) Then Dr. Cully starts hearing rats in his cellar behind a freshly bricked wall. John Charles has a drinking habit meant to mimic Poe's, but Poe had an allergy to, not a craving for, alcohol. Gentlemanly, undemanding variation on the master's work.

Marc Guerrero
In this tale we experience first-hand the gradual deterioration of the narrator, as he moves from total innocence and love of humanity and animals, to hatred and ultimately to madness which leads him to cruelty and homicide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606158510
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998

Meet the Author

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement.

Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2005

    kitty cat

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2004

    Zero laughs

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Suspensful

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Not really a book...

    Its like you cant really read it... lile it wasnt meant to be read... and its just a bad figure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Cat news room

    Report here advertise next res apply for a job res 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Very strange...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Dwrp

    Pussycat

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Sparxstar

    This book is so scary! I read it before i went to sleep... big mistake!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    I wanted to kill the guy.

    If I ever meet someone like that I will kill them

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Public domain- should be for free

    This book is public domain, can be downloaded online for free.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2011

    Burn Them and the guy who killed the Cat

    Worst piece of literature I've ever read

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    Robert Poe Brings A Classic to Life!!!!!!

    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.

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    Posted June 29, 2014

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