The Shadow: A Parable by Edgar Allan Poe (1835)
Tuesday’s Tale of Terror September 12, 2017
In the city of Ptolemais, seven men meet at night in a closed chamber. They are drinking purple wine. An unquiet glare of the seven lamps penetrates. Inside the chamber is a shrouded body.
Olinos is our narrator: “YE who read are still among the living; but I who write shall have long since gone my way into the region of shadows.”
This is a 12-minute read with a thrilling edge. It has been called a “rhapsody of gloom” and is one of Poe’s early stories. Great prose!
Read the short story here at Xroads Virginia Eduction web site.
Listen to the audio (8 minutes) on You Tube.com.
More stories at eapoe.org
Poe is credited for defining the short story form. He created the first recorded literary detective, Dupin, in “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Poe was known to be obsessed with cats, and often wrote with a cat on his shoulder. His cat Catterina died the same day as Poe. In 1848 the author attempted suicide. Some time later he posed for this daguerreotype.
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