The Tell-Tale Heart

Let’s say you’re having roommate issues. The guy’s really getting on your last nerve. So, you come up with a plan, and you’re sure you’ll never get caught, because you’re just too smart for that.

Your roommate, poor guy, doesn’t know what’s coming.

And here’s where it gets interesting.

When the cops come by to ask about it, you take them right up to the room . . . the one that used to be your roommate’s. You answer all their questions. Sure, why not? You can sweat it out, because you’re smarter than them, right?

But then, you hear something, and it’s really loud, and it’s coming from under the floor and . . .

You have to read The Tell Tale Heart to find out the rest.

Edgar Allan Poe’s short story was first published in 1843 in The Pioneer. He probably got about ten bucks for it.

You can pick up a collection that includes this story at Amazon, or for seriously creepy listening, you can download it from Audible.

Favorite line: “In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I pulled chairs into the room and desired them here to rest from their fatigue, while I myself in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim.”

h. Raven

Raven’s Bookshelf


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