Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. This delightfully creepy story ushers in (that pun was NOT intended, but let’s go with it) chilling fall breezes, spooky October vibes, and atmosphere galore. We walk through a close reading of this classic horror story and cover Poe’s signature writing style and the horror tropes he plays with here, leaving a legacy for modern authors and even filmmakers in the horror genre. As always in Short Story Club, we offer four contemporary pairings to add to your gothic reading pile this fall.
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“The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
Picks of the week:
Chelsey – For students: The Poe Museum & Common Lit For teachers: Drunk History, Edgar Allan Poe feuds with Rufus Griswold