The Cask of Amontillado

Path lined with casks

So much of our literature seems to spring from dark imaginations sparked by the dying days of autumn and the fear of the lifeless winter that lies ahead.  Macabre tales of horror become particularly poignant when read in the atmosphere of a cold October evening and nothing heightens ones imagination better than a good story by Edgar Allan Poe read on just such a night.

 

Casks enclosing in on the path to….

 

The father of the short story and the king of terror, Poe and his tales awaken the dread in all of us by exploring the darker nature of the human condition and the human mind.  Poe’s Cask of Amontillado, being such a story, juxtaposes the cold self-justified and sometimes comedic retelling of the narrator’s act of revenge against the gruesome reality of a torturous death.  Filled with irony, imagery and allusions, Poe wittingly engages all of the reader’s senses to instill a sense of dread so often sought, but not always found, by fans of horror films today.

Over 160 years after his death, his stories still permeate our popular culture through modern retellings, songs, and even parodies.  Major groups to private YouTube contributors are just some of the people who still honor and interpret the works of Poe.  Embedded below is a particularly interesting animated video using a musical tribute to The Cask of Amontillado by the Alan Parson’s Project.  Definitely worth a watch.

Personally one of my favorite stories, it has become an ‘October tradition’ of mine to dim all of the lights, light a few candles and settle in on the couch for an evening of reading and reflection starting with The Cask of Amontillado.  Download an annotated version here.

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One Response to “The Cask of Amontillado”
  1. Mr. Hyde says:

    I love this Edgar Allan Poe story. I first read it in college and it has haunted me for a long time. I too take it out and read it ever so often. Its a great story about the darkness behing obsession and revenge. Love the vid too.

    I love your tradition….

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