The cask of Amontillado – Edgar Allen Poe
The cask of Amontillado is a highschool favorite of mine. Easily one of the most memorable stories I know. I remember in my youth thinking how terrifying it must have been for poor Fortunato, how ironically unfortunate. There are comedy elements throughout the story, but it’s hard to fathom the mindset of a psychopath with the determination to kill. This story is about a Montresor man who is great friends with a man of Fortunato, he seeks revenge for an unknown reason and buries him alive in his family’s catacombs.
Don’t think about it – William W. Stewart
This story is messed up. It leaves food for thought that it could be about a real monster that a toddler has difficulty conveying information to his parents about, or it could be about how the child, Tommy, set his aunt and his house on fire because of anxiety. Either way, the story is about a three-year-old named Tommy who can see a mousehole in his closet. He has trouble communicating with the grown-ups and he understands that their perspective is closed off from his reality. So the mousehole contains a monster that’s bloodthirsty and the kid just wants to take matters into his own hands. In the end, it’s a happy story because he gets a new house and a baby sister.