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Having killed in a fit of passion, an unnamed narrator quickly hides the victim’s body only to be haunted by the victim’s relentless heartbeat.

A pioneer of the short story genre, Poe’s stories typically captured themes of the macabre and included elements of the mysterious. His better-known stories include “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”.

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The Tell-Tale Heart

by Edgar Allan Poe

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“I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.”

A Tell-Tale Heart is one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most popular short stories.  It is an engaging story about a man who is convinced that his neighbor has a vulture’s eye and believes he must kill him to have peace of mind, while trying to convince his audience of his sanity. As the story unfolds, more is revealed about the narrator than his victim, as he desperately reaches for peace and quiet. Intriguing, creepy, funny and much too short, this classic dark tale is very entertaining and will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good thriller. 

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Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A character plots a murder; a character scares another when breaking into his home; a character murders another; a character dismembers a body; a character destroys furniture.

Sex/Nudity:  None

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Insanity, murder.

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