The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion by Edgar Allan Poe Available January 5

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Halley’s Comet had just swung by and the infamous Baptist preacher William Miller was foretelling the end of the world.Edgar Allan Poe was quick to capitalise on the atmosphere of fear and curiosity that spread across America after this event.In ‘The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion’, a pioneer of the sci-fi genre, Poe has Eiros (who died when the world ended) talking about the apocalypse with Charmion, who died 10 years earlier.Eiros tells how a comet was spotted – an event that was followed by excitement, complacency, uncertainty, exhilaration and a final, awful reckoning.If you like this short story, you may also enjoy John Wyndham’s ‘The Day of the Triffids’, Mary Shelley’s ‘The Last Man’, and ‘The Stand’ by Stephen King.-

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Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe Available April 30

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

One of America’s most influential writers, Edgar Allan Poe belongs to the ages. His first work, Tamerlane and Other Poems, was published in 1827. And today, almost two centuries later, he remains just as relevant. With an uncanny ability to reflect in the atmosphere that which takes place in the mind, Poe never disappoints. A thoughtfully curated collection of some of his best short stories, this book will leave you asking for more. The Cask of Amontillado explores the psychology of a twisted mind driven by revenge, while in The Black Cat and The Tell Tale Heart, Poe warns that a guilty conscience can drive you insane. Set in a fictional country, The Masque of the Red Death reveals why death has long been called the great equalizer. Where The Eight Chained Ourang Outangs shows you how to plot the perfect revenge, in Some Words with a Mummy, Poe experiments with satire. In one of his shortest known stories, The Oval Portrait, he reflects on the relationship between life and art. The Pit and The Pendulum is a tale of terror, suspense, desperation, and survival, while The Fall of the House of Usher is a story that will keep you awake.

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