The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Pit and the Pendulum" is a dramatic short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, though Poe skews historical facts. The narrator of the story describes his experience of being tortured. The story is especially effective at inspiring fear in the reader because of its heavy focus on the senses, such as sound. If you like suspense, this story is for you.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012604811
Publisher: Jeanne Gibson
Publication date: 01/18/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 49 KB

About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849, was an American writer, poet, and editor who has been credited with being the father of modern detective-fiction. His short stories, especially, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Premature Burial,” are often included in high school literature classes, and who could ever forget the haunting line, “Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore,’” from his well-known poem, The Raven?

His real name was Edgar Poe, but he was raised by the Allan family of West Virginia, who took him in after the death of his mother. His father had abandoned the family years earlier.

After failing at an army career, Poe turned to writing poetry and later switched his focus to prose which included short stories, literary criticism, and an effort at writing a journal of his own life. Unfortunately, this last endeavor was cut short when he died at the young age of 40.

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Pit and the Pendulum 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was honestly not a very good story.i felt the comics took away from the emotion and detail of the story.
AnnieK54 More than 1 year ago
Despite the high quality of the writing itself, its content was quite dark. It was a frightening story, leaving the reader imagining what it would be like to be in that position. Its lifelike descriptions left one shuddering at the grossness of the story. Creepily, it showed the reader some more detail about the Inquisition. With this in mind, I would say that "The Pit and the Pendulum" was worth reading because of its superb writing, but need not be read often due to its cruel and unusual subject matter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended and read it with great imagination to get the full affect. I am a fan of Silent Hill format horror and having that style of imagery will enhance this story. In my opinion I felt bad for the prisoner and yet not realizing the horrors he commited made me wander if he was a murderer who deserve such torment. I can't wait to read more Edgar Allan Poe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS SPINE-CHILLING STORY IS THE MOST SCARY BOOK I'V EVER READ AND ITS VERY CREATIVE BUT I WAS MOST FRIEGHTENED BY THIS BOOK. THE COVER THROWS YOU OFF THOUGH IT DOESNT LOOK AS SCARY BUT ONCE YOU READ YOU LEARN THAT YOU CANT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. AND EDGAR ALLEN POE IS AN OUTSTANDING AUTHOR.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really a good read. The only real gripe I have about it is the legnth. It's ONLY 15 PAGES!!! I need a longer version of this story. By CHRIS21
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Edgar Allan Poe has so many great books, and was definantly a gifted author. This book, though, was my favorite of them all. In enjoyed how the man wondered his cell, calculating each footstep, so as to find out what he was being held prisoner in. I also enjoyed the way the Pendulum was mysterious to both the character and the reader, at first. After he realized what it was he was frightened, and then it almost hypnotized him. This book has some great suspense, as well as amazing despcriptive naration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not like it. Cudnt follow
ashley holland More than 1 year ago
If you' ve never read this story, don' t get this before the standard edition. Beside s being very difficult to read via Nook, I feel the "comic book" images take away from the powerful expierience this story offers first time readers. The narrative style delivers, very potently, all that is needed to be seen, heard and felt, easily making this story one of the most immersive tales ever written. The art work in this version is indeed worthy of Poe's vision, but I assure you, the chilling images these words are sure to paint in your mind will linger much longer !
Capt-Nemo More than 1 year ago
Couldn't really read this on my Nook, but just looking at the models by Ray Harryhausen makes it a must for his fans.