Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Some quotes to inspire my horror writing;

* ‘And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me — filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;’ – The Raven

* ‘It was the work of the rushing gust — but then without those doors there did stand the lofty and enshrouded figure of the Lady Madeline of Usher.  There was blood upon her white robes, and the evidence of some bitter struggle upon every portion of her emaciated frame.’ – The Fall of the House of Usher

* ‘And then I fell suddenly calm, and lay smiling at the glittering death, as a child at some rare bauble.’ – The Pit and the Pendulum 

* ‘I took from my waistcoat pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket.’ – The Black Cat

* ‘I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.’ – The Tell-Tale Heart

* ‘And his eyes have all that seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming.’ – The Raven


Edgar Allan Poe – The Master of Macabre


I recently found this copy of Edgar Allan Poe‘s tales in a second handbook shop and of course with it’s disturbing front cover I had to buy it.

My favourite poem is The Raven and I had previously read The Tell Tale Heart but most of the stories in this book were new to me.

Poe does not disappoint, his stories are horrifying.  Here were some of my favourite’s tales from the book;

The Murders in the Rue Morgue – A clever murder mystery with quite a disturbing killer.

The Pit and the Pendulum –  A prisoner, guilty of an unknown crime is placed in a chamber and is subjected to tortures.  He is trapped under a slowly swinging pendulum and needs to escape.

The Black Cat – Perhaps the most gruesome of his stories.  A tale about a man, cats and murder.

The Tell-Tale Heart – The classic story of a man’s guilt taking over his sanity.   The beating of the heart coming from under the floor boards is genius.

The Fall of the House of Usher – A tale about a strange brother and sister who live in a creepy house where bizarre events  take place.