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Children's LiteratureWith illustrations as dark and disturbing as the tales themselves, McCurdy hauntingly brings to life six of Poe's most famous tales in this collection of unabridged short stories. Shorter classics include, "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Black Cat," "The Tell Tale Heart," and "The Cask of Amontillado." All are included on a CD attached to the book's back cover. In addition, the collection also includes two longer stories, "The Pit and The Pendulum," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." The illustrator provides a short biography of Poe's life, discussing the sad and disturbing events that inspired his writings. He also provides a brief note before each story, supplying the reader with some history about each tale and an easy-to-read summary of the plot. This collection is a must-have for any high school or junior high school literature class, depending on the reading ability of the students. 2005, Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 12 to 14.