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The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe This is one of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe short stories. The tinkling of the bells on drunken Fortunato's jester cap as revenge is taken upon him is a wonderful touch. Much of Poe's work is dark. But his dark works are even darker when the deeds in them are being done against a backdrop of festivity and merriment. Reading The Cask of Amontillado is like walking into a fun house from which you can't escape, and where depravity rules the day.