"The Pit and the Pendulum":
A prisoner wakes up to find himself in a dark cell with a deep pit.
"The Gold Bug":
A golden insect leads to an incredible discovery.
"The facts in the case of Mr. Valdemar":
A patient is hypnotised minutes before he dies. Is he really dead?
"The Fall of the House of Usher":
A man visits an old friend and finds himself in a house full of horrors!
"Down in the Maelstrom":
A sailor describes a terrifying trip though the maelstrom.
"The Masque of the Red Death":
No one can escape the red death-not even a prince!
"The Oblong Box":
A traveller boards a ship to New York. What does he carry in the oblong box?
A Note About the Author
A Note About These Stories
A Map of the United States
A Picture Dictionary
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Gold Bug
The Facts in the Case of MR Valdemar
The Fall of the House of Usher
Down Into the Maelstrom
The Masque of the Red Death
The Oblong Box
Points for Understanding