Originally written by Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of Red Death is the tale of Prince Prospero’s attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, has a masquerade ball within seven rooms of his abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. Prospero dies after confronting this stranger, whose “costume” proves to have nothing tangible inside it; the guests also die in turn.
The Masque of Red Death is, by far, my favorite of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories. The imagery of the suite and the effect the clock has on the party-goers is extremely disturbing, in the best sense of the word.
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