The Vampire Motif in "The Fall of the House of Usher"

, I uplifted myself upon the pillows" (italics mine), and now he hears "low and indefinite sounds." Shortly he is joined by Usher, radiating "mad hilarity" and restrained hysteria, who rushes to a casement window and throws it "freely open to the storm." It is not difficult to imagine that all the old fiendish Ushers in the distant cemetery are, disembodied, somehow present.

"The Fall of the House of Usher" exemplifies perfectly Poe ..
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Roderick discloses, further, that he is enchained by superstition in regard to the Usher house, and that "much of the peculiar gloom which thus afflicted him could be traced to a more natural and far more palpable origin--to the severe and long-continued illness--indeed to the evidently approaching dissolution--of a tenderly beloved sister." And the invalid reveals immediately that is ironically intended by speaking with a "bitterness which I can never forget" of Madeline's impending death.


Annotated Bibliography | The Fall of the House of Usher

My New House and Paintwork must enter my top ten, despite having only heard about a third of the Fall's output.
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It features an October 1995 Cambridge Show with Dave Bush and Craig Scanlon, followed by segments from two shows recorded nine months later after Bush and Scanlon had gotten the old "Fuck-You." Among the cherries on this wallopping EIGHTY-minute double disc of MUST-OWNs that could have easily fit on one disc with no problem had they cut out some of the audience applause, you will find: - "The Chiselers" with the wrong guitar line and Mark making "Brapp" noises on the keyboard - bland-tastic renditions of the three least interesting songs in the entire Fall discography ("The Coliseum," "Edinburgh Man" and "The Mixer")- "US 1980s-90s" without the riff - "Pearl City" recorded on a defective tape so the audio sucks in and out -- kinda like the performance!- Yet another rendition of Infotainment mediocrity "Glam Racket" with Brix's dumb-as-a-doorknocker mid-song rap: "You tell me you're a star/But I don't give a FUCK!/I watch your head expanding/As you're running out of LUCK!/I feel empty, 'cuz baby you suck me!" There's that word 'suck' again.