The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

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However you try to escape it, horror is always there

Outside the abbey’s armoured walls, the common poor are ravaged by a grisly pestilence known as the ‘Red Death’, while within, safe and untroubled, the happy Prince Prospero hosts lavish entertainments. But, in their immodest comfort, the Prince and his guests are not as safe as they hope from the horrors of the outside world …

In ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ and other tales of gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe writes as no one else ever has of creeping, mounting terrors – of torments of ingenious, malevolent tormentors and of a mind’s own sickening madness.


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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American writer, poet, and critic.  Best known for his macabre prose work, including the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” his writing has influenced literature in the United States and around the world. Visit him online at Avi is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, including the 2003 Newbery medal winner Crispin: The Cross of Lead. He has won two Newbery Honors and many other awards for his fiction. He lives with his family in Denver, Colorado. Visit him at
Published October 2, 2008 by Penguin. 175 pages
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I'm not sure whether this is best classed as dystopian, steampunk, or sci-fi, but I know that I wouldn't want to visit the city Araby lives in - and believe me, you'll almost feel you are there with Griffin's evocative prose.

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Starburst Magazine

What could have been a brave, clever and intelligent novel filled with interesting concepts of a world gone wrong is instead a dull, cliché ridden tale filled with the sort of boring, nonsensical characters cynically marketed to a young adult audience because they’re the ones who haven’t had the ...

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Night Owl Sci-Fi

Purchase Bronze Summer is, for me, a good read because it has characters that you might meet next door (if you lived in that time frame).

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Horror News Net

I mean sincerely though, Price always gives a wonderful performance usually among extremely less gifted and charismatic actors.

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And we want to but it’s so hard without spoiling a show full of amazing secrets.

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