tales of macabre

“The wildest hath not such a heart as you.
Run when you will, the story shall be changed:
Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase;
The dove pursues the griffin; the mild hind
Makes speed to catch the tiger; bootless speed,
When cowardice pursues and valour flies.”  
 ―    William Shakespeare

Robert Louis STEVENSON “Le pourvoyeur de cadavres”

cover art:Jacques Tardi

Collection Marginalia (1976)

Contained 6 short stories chosen and translated by François Rivière.

Here is the short-short one unabridged:

                ”L’habitant de la ville et le voyageur”

“Regardez autour de vous , dit l’habitant de la ville, voici le plus grand marché du monde.

-Oh! Mais certainement, répond le voyageur

-Ma foi, peut-être pas le plus grand, reprend l’habitant de la ville, mais assurément le meilleur.

-Vous devez certainement vous tromper sur ce point, dit le voyageur. Je puis vous affirmer…

On enterra l’étranger à la tombée de la nuit. “

Publisher:Jacques Glénat, Grenoble, France


source:amsaklapper’s collection

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Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, at age 40; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents. X