One of the author’s best, this story interrogates the notion of societal visibility through the prism of a middle-aged-woman working as a labourer flooding ice rinks in the middle of the night.
If the novel is a regal lion king, the short story is a cackling hyena.
Cather’s use of a close third-person narration lends her story an uncanny element of unease and creepiness.
Poe’s 1843 tale is not only one of the greatest horror stories ever written; it is also a pristine example of internal integrity in the short form.
Conrad’s story is at once a version of a doppelgänger story and an examination of repressed psychology and moral ambiguity.
This story of a man and his malevolent doppelgänger recalls Poe and includes a critique of apparent social respectability.
Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849 under conspicuously mysterious circumstances. A Buzzfeed mini-documentary speculates on what might have happened to him.