With the coming ghouls and ghosties, that new chill in the air, pumpkin flavored everything, and nature dressed all in her best colors, I thought that this month I’d give you a truly creepy tale from the grand master of horror himself. But when I looked at the sheer number of amazing stories on offer, I was overwhelmed. How do you pick ONE great story out of so many? Then, I remembered my very favorite story by our lovely Poe.
“For the love of God, Montresor…!!” Ah! Wonderful. It’s got costumes, dark catacombs, and murderous intent. Perfect for Halloween! Sure, it might not be the scariest Poe story, but I think it’s one of the very best. If you’ve never read it, you must read it this instant! If you have read it before, wallow in the nostalgic awesome with me.
This was actually the first Poe story that I ever read myself, when I was about 12 or 13. If I’m perfectly honest, reading these masterful, dreadful, brilliant words had a huge influence on me. Young little me, my eyes alight with true wonder, vowed that day to write something even half as good, even if it took the rest of my life. And I’m still striving for that same goal today. Enjoy!
THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO
by Edgar Allan Poe