Musings in the Dark: Horror 101: "The Cask of Amontillado"


Horror 101: "The Cask of Amontillado"

I first read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” when I was in elementary school and I remember being shocked at the ending.  I do believe that was my introduction to all things Poe and I read every available story and/or book the school library had.  

For those of you unfamiliar with this sordid little tale (spoiler), it’s about a man named Montresor who is fed up with the bullshit of a man named Fortunato.  Apparently Fortunato has insulted Montresor in such a way that Montresor can’t get over it.  He meets Fortunato at a carnival and lures him home with the promise of some good wine, Amontillado in this case.  Montresor buries the inebriated Fortunato alive in the walls of the catacombs underneath his house, and gets away with it.

After reading, I was like, “Please sir, may I have some more?”  

I love this story, so much so that I attempted a pastiche...but I know my effort is bland compared to the master.

1 comment:

  1. Come on. He didn't have to take it that far

    And I do remember reading that story of yours. Nice!


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