The Masque of the Red Death

I couldn’t resist recommending another of Poe’s gothic short-story masterpieces:

Genre: Gothic Horror

Publisher: Various – Public Domain

When the Red Death follows Prince Prospero and his revellers to their masquerade ball, no one is spared. Poe’s ruthless allegorical tale of human mortality is saturated with gothic tradition: from the castellated abbey setting; to the visceral description of the Red Death’s victims. Poe’s narrative is swift and the atmosphere he evokes is at once unsettling, frenzied, and claustrophobic.

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