During the Spanish Inquisition, our unfortunate narrator is sentenced to death and put in a chamber of imprisonment. Through darkness, confinement, rats, and borderline insanity, the reader is brought alongside the narrator on this bumpy ride in an attempt to escape certain death. Will the narrator die a gruesome death, or will he escape against all odds? The only way to find out is to make it to the very end- if you can.
THIS WAS EXCEPTIONAL. Oh my goodness, people, this was amazing! Not only is the setting incredibly unique and fascinating on its own, but the way Poe sets up the story is beyond suspenseful. I literally could not put this story down once I started reading it because I just HAD to know what happened to the narrator at the end! Poe is a master at all things frightening and disturbing, and “The Pit and the Pendulum” is certainly both. It’s not too graphic as to be disgusting or revolting, but it’s not a comforting read in the slightest. And the ending- I never ever saw it coming!
If you’re going to start reading Poe’s work, you MUST add this short story to your list! You won’t be disappointed!