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DURING the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was; but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasurable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible. I looked upon the scene before me—upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain—upon the bleak walls—upon the vacant eye-like windows—upon a few rank sedges—and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees—with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveler upon opium—the bitter lapse into every-day life—the hideous dropping off of the veil.

“The Fall of the House of Usher”
Poe

1 comment:

  1. amazing amazing story...it's just one of those stories that repeatedly comes to my mind for many different reasons.
    Had a look at the other posts here and thought I'd let you know about this magazine a friend of mine is the editor of.

    The launch is happening in London so, not very handy for you, but I just thought I'd let you know anyway.

    SEX, MAGIC, UTOPIA, MONEY
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    1. COSEY FANNI TUTTI in conversation with ANDREW WHEATLEY
    2. DAVID BURROWS (Plastique Fantastique) & ANDY SHARP (English Heretic). Chaired by John Cussans
    3. CHAD MCCAIL in conversation with ESTHER LESLIE
    4. ANTHONY DAVIES & BENEDICT SEYMOUR. Chaired by Ian Hunt

    Series Editor: Dean Kenning
    Published by The Centre for Useless Splendour


    see ya

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