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This month’s creepy classic is Edgar Allen Poe’sThe Fall of the House of Usher and it's astoundingly freaky. Poe is one of my favorite authors, which is no
surprise, since practically everyone with dark sensibilities loves him. For those that don’t know, I posted a review
of three of his classic creepy tales last November here.
The cliché of “a friend in need is a friend indeed” comes to mind
when I read this classic. The unnamed
narrator describes Roderick Usher as his childhood friend and ventures to visit
him after receiving a distressing letter.
The beginning sets to tone of this popular tale. As the visitor rides towards the withering
estate, he eyes the dilapidated and eerie surroundings and the reader
instantly feels the creeping sensation of despair permeating from the Usher
house. When he finally sees his friend,
Usher, it’s no surprise that his disposition mirrors the image of its master’s
home; all frail and deteriorating.
Upon visiting Usher, he learns just how sick he is – not just
physically but mentally. Naturally, the
creepy classic has a sinister doctor who’s completely useless. Usher ails from serious mental issues, which
affect how he treats others, including his sister, Lady Madeline, who’s sick too. Despite his visit and the many days spent
comforting Usher, the narrator witnesses Usher unravel.
Only the wealthy would sit idle day after day in a bizarre state of nothingness
until the inevitable doom arrives. God
forbid the narrator suggests a different doctor for his sickly friend. But he doesn't and so he witnesses his
friend’s sister die and agrees to bury her with Usher. Creepy, indeed, but intriguing, nonetheless. The vivid descriptions and
build up alone was what captivating me throughout this tale. My favorite part is right before Usher’s
destruction, at the climax, when the narrator reads Usher a classical story. While he reads various verses
in the tale, spine-chilling clamorings happen simultaneously. Usher starts ramblings incoherently, and admits he's buried his sister alive. And then, of course, once Lady Madeline comes back from the dead, all hell breaks loose.
In the end, I was frustrated when the tale ended too abruptly - just
when it was getting really good. Obviously I
wanted more. Alas, that will ever
be. If you get a chance to read this
brilliantly written tale, please do. You
won’t be disappointed. I picked my up a manybooks.net - you should too.
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