The Tell-Tale Heart, a classic short horror story created by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1843 and is regarded as one of Poe’s best known short stories.
Poe, widely regarded as a central figure of romanticism, is best remembered for his poetry and short stories and is generally accepted as one of the earliest specialists of the detective fiction genre—something that would later develop into science fiction.
His story of The Tell-Tale Heart, first published in James Russell Lowell’s Boston magazine The Pioneer back in 1843, is a first-person tale of an unnamed narrator who, despite suffering from a disease which strengthens his senses, insists that he is sane.
With mystery and ambiguity surrounding the narrator, the gender has remained uncertain. The story goes on to detail an old man—of whom the narrator shares a house with—who has distressing blue “vulture-like” eye which is later desired as an “evil” eyes as they plot to murder him. The story tends to focus on the specific details of committing the perfect crime, but the story becomes shrouded in paranoia and fears of insanity.
In the years that have followed this pioneering short story a number of creatives have put their spin on Poe’s work in a varying assortment of adaptations. A couple of years back though, Iggy Pop stepped up and added had his domineering and snarling voice to the character of the narrator for an audiobook series.
“True!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them,” Iggy Pop reads for the story. “The old man was dead. I removed the bed and examined the corpse. Yes, he was stone, stone dead. I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation,” he continued.
“He was stone dead.”