Sunday, March 2, 2014
Top Shelf Short Stories: The Black Cat
The Black Cat
by Edgar Allan Poe
*sigh* Sorry readers - I'm trying to get over my Oscars-depression. I really wanted Leo to win.
Anyway, today's story comes from a collection of Poe's stories and poems that I've had for oh-so-many-years and only today opened it up. The story is The Black Cat and it was fantastic!
The story is about a man who, at first, has his stuff together. He has a wife and a love of animals that results in their acquiring of many pets. Among them, a black cat named Pluto who becomes a favorite of the man. Slowly, however, the man delves into a downward spiral with his alcoholism. Then, one day, in a fit of alcohol-induced rage and frustration, the man kills the black cat. Believing he has cleaned up his tracks regarding the cat, he is astounded to find a cat who bears a striking resemblance to Pluto around. The cat follows him everywhere - haunting him.
That isn't the end of the story because you, dear reader, should really go and read this for yourself. Chilling and haunting - now I understand the lure of Poe's writing.
Read it because you deserve to read something good.