The tale centers around a black cat and the subsequent deterioration of a man – from one of enjoying family life with his wife and numerous pets through his radical change for the worse.
This short story is one of the most darkest stories written by Edgar Allan Poe. So keep that in mind, if you are easily scared. This story is also very disturbing but at the same time very interesting and entertaining.
This story is very similar to “The Tell-Tale Heart”, which I have reviewed one month ago. However I personally feel like there is much more into this story than the “The Tell-Tale Heart” have.
We have only 4 characters in this story, which again Edgar Allan Poe doesn’t fail us on the “Quilty over quantity” term. Every character in this story is unique in some way.
There are death involved in this story as well as animal abuse and alcohol abuse, which isn’t for everyone. So keep that in mind as well before you read this story.
There is a scene in this story where the killing of a cat is very brutally described. Which might be triggering for some readers.
This book doesn’t fail to show the process of someone very stable slowly going madder and madder, and how someone can suffer from hysteria or something very close to hysteria. This tale also shows how a pet or a small thing can make you lose your sanity.
The writing style is just brilliant, it is written in again a very typical 1800s style. A horror story together with the 1800s writing style is really something which more authors should do now on days.
This story is told from a distant and very calm + very sane perspective. Which makes this story even more interesting especially when you are an Edgar Allan Poe lover like me.
I give this story 4 / 5