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Why am I reminded whenever I look around of a story by Edgar Allen Poe. I forget the name, of course, being terrible with names. But it was about aristocrats throwing a party during the days of the Black Plague. Seemingly isolated from the death in the surrounding countryside they had provisioned themselves with food and drink and were holding a costume ball. Overlooked by them in their revelry was a figure in a black mask. At the end of the story he is revealed as the spectre of death, a carrier of the black plague.
-- Alison Tieman (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 30, 1999
Your thinking of "The Masque of the Red Death",
Then there's always "The Fall of the House of Usher"
-- Vincent Price (email@example.com), April 30, 1999.
the catatonia suffered by the Ushers reminds me of the reaction of IT managers when told about the y2k problem
-- dick of the dale (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 30, 1999.
Masque of the Red Death
-- Blue Himalayan (email@example.com), April 30, 1999.