Thursday 30 March 2023



The Fall of the House of UsherThe Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been meaning to read this story for ages, but have no idea why it kept escaping my attention. So, this afternoon I decided it was finally time to check it out.

After he receives a letter from his old friend, our unnamed narrator decides to visit the ill Roderick Usher. What he finds is a house that seems as sick as his friend. And when Roderick's sister, Madeline, dies everything gets so much worse...

I have to admit that at the beginning of this tale, I kept wondering when the super creepy horror would hit. But that was my mistake, because the dreadful gothic horror was there all along. Woven into the intricate observations of the location, the descriptions of the mansion, the strange behaviour of his sickly friend. Even in the wild weather.

This says a lot about how good a writer Poe really is, and how well he sets up the mood.

The events sneak up on you, and before you realise it, hit you right at the very end. Everything comes together as soon as you finish reading the last word.

I can already tell that this is one of those stories that I'll subconsciously carry with me and will keep coming back at the most unexpected and random times, because something new has unravelled inside my head.

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