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Free Resource (#559) - May 13th, 2008
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The Masque of the Red Death

One of Edgar Alan Poe's most influential short stories is brought to life by Voices in the Dark in this free MP3 download. A classic example of Gothic fiction, in this tale we follow Prince Prospero as he and his nobles wall up their castle in an attempt to escape a plague that has ravaged the nearby countryside. After months of living aloof to the outside world, Prospero holds an extravagant masquerade ball and finds he has an unexpected guest bearing dark tidings. Enjoy this short story download from Voices in the Dark.

The Masque of the Red Death

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The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares: premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.

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Edgar Allan Poe Audio

Edgar Allan Poe was a 19th century author and poet, best known for his Gothic short stories and mysteries, including the "Cask of Amontillado" and "The Purloined Letter". Poe was born in Boston and lost both of his parents in the first few years of his life. He was taken in by John Allan, a Virginian merchant from Scotland who gave Poe his middle name. After attending school in London, England for some time, the family moved back to Virginia where Poe pursued his post secondary education.

Despite his wealth, Allan would not finance Poe's college education and the future writer decided to join the United States Army to support himself. Meanwhile, Poe began writing, releasing his first book in his early twenties. Eventually, Poe decided to try to pursue writing as a full-time career. He received numerous rejections until he won a contest for the short story "Manuscript Found in a Bottle", which landed him a job as an editor. Poe continued to struggle financially, holding editor positions at various magazines that did not pay well despite Poe's ability to vastly increase their circulation. The author was a recognized literary critic, but he never achieved financial success. In 1849, Poe was discovered on the streets of Baltimore delirious and in need of immediate medical attention. He died later the next morning and was never able to explain how he got into his dire condition.

If you're looking for some of Poe's best work, The Best of Edgar Allan Poe, available as an audio download, contains some of his most notable poems and stories. Another collection, The Fall of the House of Usher & The Pit and the Pendulum, consists of two of his most famous stories of the macabre along with a number of other short stories. The Dupin Stories will be of interest if you're looking for a good Poe detective story and is available as an audio CD or MP3 download.

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