"The Cask of Amontillado" is probably my favorite Edgar Allan Poe story. I remembered reading it for the first time in ninth grade and feeling a chill as I realized: This is what I've been waiting for. "Amontillado" is a scant eight pages dedicated to the execution of an act of revenge, cruel and premeditated revenge...
I'd read Poe before, of course, memorizing "To Helen" and most of "The Raven"for a presentation in seventh grade, and even though I liked it, Poe didn't strike me so viscerally then. I was obsessed with "Amontillado" for at least a year and strove to achieve the same diabolical effect in my short stories. My English teacher did not love it--she asked me if I might want to consider writing something happier. I replied: I can't write what I don't know and probably gave her one of my dark times looks. So glad I'm not a teenager anymore.
It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation. --Edgar Allan Poe
Now's the time to read Poe, I'm telling you.
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