Edgar Allan Poe Do you like reading stories or watching films that frighten you? Why/why not? What is the best horror story or movie that you have ever seen? Write a few sentences about it in your notebook and explain briefly what happens. What does it mean if someone/something is mad ? What is the meaning of horror ? Edgar Allan Poe led a difficult life and believed that he was mad. Is it necessary for a writer to be mad to be able to write real horror stories? Do the readers of horror stories like the stories more if they too have a difficult life? Can horror stories be dangerous for some people? How? What does superstitious mean? Are black cats ‘evil’ in our culture? Are you superstitious? If so, what about? If not, why not? Read “The Black Cat.” Take your time and concentrate on the words that you don’t know. Go back and re-read if necessary. This is an important skill for figuring out what is going on if the language is difficult. The Black Cat Write a summary of “The Black Cat.” Go back through the story, select the important details, put them into your own words, and summarize what happens. Vocabulary… succinctly- The teacher didn’t want a long, drawn-out answer. feeble- An old, old man sagacious- OWL fiend- Tybalt, Brutus, John Wilkes Booth… Loathe- I loathe refried beans! aversion- To lazy students, pickled herring, and having goosebumps in vain- Her efforts to play in the NFL were in vain. render- Picasso rendered many famous paintings.