Poe's dark, masterful brooding rumination on lost love, death and hopelessness.
The Black Cat:
Poe's powerful psychological study of mayhem, guilt and the "irrevocable
perverseness" of the primitive impulses of the human heart.
The Cask of
"...The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne the best I could, but
when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge."
The Tell-Tale Heart:
You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me.
Imp of the Perverse:
We peer into the abyss. By slow degrees our sickness and dizziness and horror
become merged in a cloud of unnamable feeling. Some invisible fiend, I thought,
struck me. The long-imprisoned secret burst forth from my soul.
Madness is no comfortable feeling. As for myself, I am simply Hop-Frog, the
jester - And this is my last jest.
The Conqueror Worm
Poe's ode to human mortality and the inevitability of death.
The Pit & The Pendulum:
The torments, tortures and terrors of the pit!
did the hairs of my head erect themselves on end, and the blood of my body
become congealed within my veins?"
The Oval Portrait:
...while he yet
gazed, he grew tremulous and very pallid, and aghast, and crying
with a loud voice, "This is indeed Life itself!"
"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
Robert Louis Stevenson
...has inspired analysis from a multiplicity of points-of-view, variously lauding it as
a classic case study of good and evil, an examination of 19th century morals and
psychological states, an inquiry into the essence of personality, personality
disorder, and the nature of addiction. Of the work Stevenson himself said:
"I send you herewith a Gothic gnome, interesting I think, and he came out
of a deep mine, where he guards the fountain of tears." And elsewhere:
"Jekyll is a dreadful thing, I own, but the only thing I feel dreadful
about is this damned old business of the war in the members. This time it came
out; I hope it will stay in, in future."