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It has been such a long time since I read one of his stories and it was one of my favorites. However, I do not know the title of the work. It is about the voices the walls of the house and I believe a body in the basement. Please tell me the title if you know it. Thank you.

-- Anonymous, September 21, 2004


What you are evoking, if from Poe's pen, seems, distantly at almost the x-treme, like some curious mingling from "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart"... Good luck. Yours sincerely, Raven's Shade (Belgium).

-- Anonymous, September 23, 2004

.... and I must add naturally the nearest one: Poe's "Black Cat"! Yours, Raven's Shade (Belgium).

-- Anonymous, September 23, 2004

Annette, Your English language phrase "It is about the voices the walls of the house..." is not very easy to understand.

Using Poe's method, I would guess that Raven's Shade (Belgium) is correct.

Try struggling through "The Black Cat." It is only 8 1/2 pages long. Let us know if it is the story that you have in mind.

-- Anonymous, September 23, 2004

i do not care about edward poe he was gay

-- Anonymous, October 27, 2004

i do not care about edward poe he was gay i agree

-- Anonymous, October 27, 2004

I agree with the previous posts. An additional suggestion: Your description immediately made me think of "The Fall of the House of Usher." Especially your reference to walls of the house. In many of Poe's stories, sounds echo from cavern walls ("Amontillado") or from beneath floorboards ("Tell-Tale Heart"). Poe turns the structures themselves into a sort of Greek chorus.

It's in "The Fall of the House of Usher," though, that Poe most vividly creates the effect of walls that speak, and of a house that seems to be a character itself. The House's walls are constantly echoing---with the sounds of the raging storm, with sounds from Usher himself---his strange music, his unsettling speech, his unhinged thoughts. Finally, the walls echo with metallic grating noises while the narrator is trying to read. All in the narrator's imagination? Is the house "providing" the narrator with a "soundtrack" for his book? "Fictional" sounds morph into real ones. The increasingly creepy grating noises are coming from----[guess where] the basement. Where there is--voila--a body.

So "Usher" may be your story (or it may easily be one of the tales posted above). Your description suggests one of Poe's more impressionistic tales. And few of his tales are more dreamlike than the images that arise out of---and sink back into---the miasma of "Usher."

-- Anonymous, November 04, 2004

"The Fall of the House of Usher." about an anthropomorphic {i like that word} house

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-- Anonymous, November 10, 2004

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