Title: Berenice Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Year of First Publication: 1835
The grave of Edgar Allan Poe. Attribution: By KRichter via Wikimedia Commons
“Dicebant mihi sodales, si sepulchrum amicae visitarem, curas meas aliquantulum forelevatas” (Ebn Zaiat). Translated, Zaiat’s words read something like this, "My companion said to me, if I would visit the grave of my friend, I might somewhat alleviate my worries".
There is often a sense of calm that comes with honouring the memory of a loved one at their final resting place. But, what if we couldn’t do this? What if we slipped in and out of some morbid irritability that stood between us and those we love?
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This is the short story of Edgar Allan Poe’s Egaeus and his cousin Berenice. First published in 1835, 'Berenice' is not the easiest read, but it is everything we expect from this macabre mastermind.
Entwining clever first person narration with mystery, morbidity and suspense, Poe draws us into his gothic storyspace. Here, Poe delves into the disturbing to create a truly horrific tale that will make your teeth chatter.