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The Tell-Tale Heart

the tell-tale heart“The Heart” is a short horror story by Edgar Allen Poe. In it, the describes how cleverly and carefully he or she has planned and carried out a murder. The narrator’s purpose in telling the story is to convince the audience that he or she is not . There are a number of aspects to the story, perhaps the greatest being that in trying to prove his or her sanity, the narrator clearly demonstrates the opposite.

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tell-tale(adj: tell-tale also telltale) Indicating that something exists or has occurred (often something a person would not wish to be known). She found lipstick on his shirts - the telltale sign that he had another girlfriend.
(n: tell-tale pl tell-tails) A device or object that automatically gives a visual indication of the state or presence of something.

dracula book cover(adj: gothic) Used to ​describe writing or ​films in which ​strange things ​happen in ​frightening ​places. Common characteristics are depressing settings (haunted houses and other dark or mysterious places), supernatural beings (ghosts, vampires, zombies, etc), and high emotions (isolated or fallen heroes, romance, tragedy, madness, etc). 8000

narrator(n: narrator pl narrators) Someone who tells a story; a storyteller. 7000

insane(adj: insane) 1. Not sane, mad; having or showing severe mental illness. The murderer was found to be insane. 2. (informal) Very foolish. It was insane to think he would give you the money. 4000
Note: Nowadays, some people consider this word to be offensive. The phrase mentally ill is preferred.

(adj: ironic) 1. Used to describe a result or situation which is the opposite of what was intended or expected. It is ironic that the robber's car crashed into a police station. 2. Using words that mean the opposite of what you really think, especially in order to be funny. “What a beautiful view,” he said, as he looked out the window at a brick wall. 3000

The Moonlit Road

the moonlit roadIt will soon be again, so here is another famous ghost story. In this one by Ambrose Bierce, a rich man has a loving wife who he doesn’t trust. He sets a trap that leads to her murder, and her unfortunate ghost accidentally sets off events that ruin the lives of both the rich man and their only son.

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halloween(n: Halloween pl Halloweens) A festival celebrated on October 31 each year in the United States, Canada, and the Britain where children go to houses dressed up as ghosts, witches, monsters, etc. and ask for candy. 7000

There is a Reaper

there is a reaperIt’s month again so today we are bringing you the short horror story “There is a Reaper” by Science Fiction writer Charles de Vet. In English, death is often referred to using the the ““. This name is also given to the or of Death who comes to collect a when someone dies. Our story begins with the following words: Doctors had given him just one month to live. A month to wonder, what comes afterward? There was one way to find out – ask a dead man!

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halloween(n: Halloween pl Halloweens) A festival celebrated on October 31 each year in the United States, Canada, and the Britain where children go to houses dressed up as ghosts, witches, monsters, etc. and ask for candy. 7000

(n: idiom pl idioms) An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but has a meaning of its own which is generally understood by the native speakers of a language. It's a piece of cake. [= It's very easy.] It costs an arm and a leg. [= It's very expensive.] He has kicked the bucket. [= He is dead.] 8000

Grim Reaper(idiom: Grim Reaper) The representation of death in the form of a cloaked man or skeleton carrying a farm tool used for cutting grass, grain, etc.
In English literature, giving human qualities to a general idea like this is called personification.

angel(n: angel pl angels) 1. A messenger or attendant of God. 2. A person (such as a child) who is very good, kind, beautiful, etc. Your son is such an angel! Be an angel and get me a cup of tea, would you?
(adj: angelic) Like an angel. 4000

devil(n: devil pl devils) The most powerful spirit of evil; The ruler of Hell; Satan. 3000
(adj: devilish) Looking or acting like a devil; wicked, evil.

soul(n: soul pl souls) The spirit; the non-physical part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever. (วิญญาณ) 3000

The Return

the returnIt is month again so today we have a short horror story by Argentinean writer Fernando Sorrentino. At first it reads like a “campfire” horror story about a dead beggar who returns to take revenge on a mean man who accidentally killed him. However, the has cleverly created the character of the narrator so that if readers look a little harder they might question if this is what really happened. After you have read the story, you might like to read our comments below.

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halloween(n: Halloween pl Halloweens) A festival celebrated on October 31 each year in the United States, Canada, and the Britain where children go to houses dressed up as ghosts, witches, monsters, etc. and ask for candy. 7000

(adj: typical) Normal for a person, thing, or group; average or usual. (ตามแบบฉบับ) 2000

author(n: author pl authors) The person who has written something; someone who writes books or stories, especially a person who has written many books or stories. I enjoyed the book, but I can't remember the name of its author. 3000

The Monkey’s Paw

the monkey's pawThis is our second Halloween month on xpressenglish.com, so today we are bringing you “The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs. This is one of the most famous horror stories of all time. It was first published in 1902, and has since appeared in many different forms such as live plays, movies, TV shows, radio plays, books, s and cartoons (including a !). But first a word of advice. If you haven’t read “The Monkey’s Paw” before, don’t try to do it now if you are at home alone on a dark and stormy night !!!

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comic(n: comic pl comics) A book made up of sequences of drawings telling a story. 4000

simpsons(n: The Simpsons) A very popular American cartoon series.

(n: episode pl episodes) A radio or television show that is part of a series. 5000