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Edgar Allan Poe proves that a plague and an uncaring ruler are not new horrors

Edgar Allan Poe short stories

To think of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe is to experience at least one incontrovertible shudder. How can an early story like “The Masque of the Red Death” so ably reference our current pandemic? How can a late story like “The Cask of Amontillado” make us laugh so willingly at another person’s misfortune?