Edgar Allan Poe is the master of the horror genre. Did you read any of his stories in high school or college? If so, maybe you found his style too old-fashioned and complex? Or, since Poe tends to go hand-in-hand with Halloween, you just might be in the mood for something gruesome.
Tomorrow will be the last day to download a FREE Kindle Download of Popular Poe Stories in Plain English. I can give you Poe’s horrible tales, but rewritten with a modern sense of readability.
- Learning how to format and convert text for upload to Kindle.
- Designing a cover using a photo purchased from iStock.
- Starting an author’s platfrom.
- Promoting an eBook.
- Getting over a bad case of writer’s block.
In case you are curious, I’ve included the first paragraph from my version of “The Cask of Amontillado” followed by Edgar Allan Poe’s original opening.
Halloween Skulls by Jiri Hodan
“The Cask of Amontillado” as rewritten by JeriWB
Countless times I had done my best to tolerate Fortunato’s put-downs, but when he started bad-mouthing me, I swore payback would be mine. Those who know me well know I would never give voice to such intentions. I knew I must have my revenge, but my certainty on that decision prevented me from being too risky. I knew I had to teach Fortunato a lesson and that I had to do so in a way where I wouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of my actions. The insults against me could not be properly corrected if the desire for payback became too overwhelming. Such wrongdoings cannot enjoy proper payback if the punisher does not make himself felt as a threat to the person who has mistreated him.
“The Cask of Amontillado” as written by Edgar Allan Poe
THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. AT LENGTH I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled — but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.[signoff][/signoff]