Book review: Tales of Mystery and Terror

Tales of Mystery and Terror is a book with a collection of 13 stories written by the master of terror and suspense himself: Edgar Allan Poe.

The 13 stories in this book are: The Sphinx, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Oval Portrait, MS found in a bottle, A Descent into the Maelstrom, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Oblong Box, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop-Frog, Some Words with a Mummy, William Wilson, The Black Cat and finally The Pit and the Pendulum.

I remember some of these stories such as The Tell-Tale heart, Hop-Frog and The Black Cat were some of the stories that were written in such a way that it made me terrified. Some of the stories actually became nightmares due to the details of the story. However, the short story ‘Some words with a Mummy’ wasn’t very frightening at all, in fact I found it rather amusing especially the ending of the story. That was some good reading. There are is a mix of stories that aren’t horror based but rather set into the suspense such as ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ story where you wonder whether the character would die or not.

So there were some stories that kept me on the edge of my seat and others….left me absolutely frightened to sleep alone and paranoid. I admit that.

However, this book is a great read if you want something to make your hairs stand on ends at the back of your neck, keep you in the edge of your seat, stories that you have to know the ending of or if you are just into horror and suspense type of books.

Nevertheless, I’ll probably not read some of the stories in the book again anytime soon. I do however have some favorites in this book.


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