Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Book Review

Here’s the Eighth review in my blogging tour. First came here –

Merv Reads – Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Book Review – Link




About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.


Tales of Mystery & Imagination is a popular title for posthumous compilations of writings by American author, essayist and poet Edgar Allan Poe and was the first complete collection of his works specifically restricting itself to his suspenseful and related tales.


I’m not that much into classics but I had made a promise to read some. And this book may just change my opinion on the genre.

This book is a compilation of short stories written by this really really imaginative person. The stories are very unique, different and versatile. The ending is never as it seems and while some did turn out to be not as good as others, overall, most were awesome.

The writing of the book was very exhausting, to be honest, but after a while, you catch up. For example, the first story, the gold bug was not the best one and that may have been because of the writing style. My favourite story would be The Pit and the Pendulum and that was a long way into the book.

I have to say this guy’s imagination was incredibly huge, vast and very much ahead of his time. And the story of the stories proves that.  Just… bordering on the insane.

Favourite Stories

The Pit and the Pendulum
The Masque of the Red Death
The Black Cat
The Tell-Tale Heart


Writing – 8/10
Story – 10/10
Cover & Title – 9/10
Total – 9/10


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