Stories About Cats Day-Part I
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 to 1849-Boston, Massachusetts, USA) is one of pioneers of the short story. His work is part of the Gothic horror tradition and he is considered the creator of the detective story. He is a tremendously influential author and all of his work is part of the canon.
I have previously posted on his "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The. Tell Tale Heart. Poe lived a short very troubled life (there is some background information on him in my prior posts). His work shows a fixation on madness, death, drugs and alcohol.
I have wanted to read more of Poe's short stories for some time. Almost everyday I check East of the Web: Short Storiesn to see what is their short story of the day. Yesterday it was Poe's "The Black Cat". Given that I am a sucker for any work with "cat" in the title I decided I wanted to read it.
"The Black Cat" is a very scary story. I ended up hating the central character in the story because of his cruelty to his cats. Poe creates a powerful atmosphere of impending doom in the story. He also makes reference to alcoholism as a disease. I do not want to tell the plot of the story as that will spoil the fun for those who have not yet had the pleasure of reading "The Black Cat".
"The Black Cat" is very knowing in its treatment of the mind set of a guilt ridden alcoholic. The lead character, to me, was a very unsympathetic figure. I did not see the surprise ending coming but I liked it a lot when I read it.
The Short Stories of Poe are fundamental reads for any lover of the form. "The Black Cat" is perfectly written and kept me very interested throughout.