The short story, The Black Cat, may not be as well known as such Poe tales as Annabel Lee or The Tell-Tale Heart, but it is one that is just as well-written. Poe does not disappoint. He continues with another story filled with terror (once again beginning with an evil eye!). The main character again is truly believed to be a good, kind, and gentle man, but a force beyond his control brings out the worst in him. The force this time . . . alcohol. I do not deny that alcohol can bring out the evil in some individuals (we have probably all seen evidence in this), but I do find it interesting that once again Poe's characters and their evil doings all are rooted in outside sources . . . sickness, alcohol, black cats, evil eyes, etc. I was glad to see, however, that the main character was caught in the act; that he would suffer the consequences of his actions.
Before I say too much, I had better stop there. If you would like to read this short story in its entirety, click here.