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The Black Cat

The Black Cat

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by Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe [RL 10 IL 7-12] The beast gets the last laugh. Themes: perverseness; guilt. Also includes Stinging. 54 pages. Tale Blazers.


Edgar Allan Poe [RL 10 IL 7-12] The beast gets the last laugh. Themes: perverseness; guilt. Also includes Stinging. 54 pages. Tale Blazers.

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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.

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Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.

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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.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year 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.
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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.
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
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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