In the first installment of the Campfire Classics Collection, in honor of the Halloween season, today we’re reading “The Story of William Wilson” (1839). In this odd tale of one man’s encounter with his own doppelgänger, we explore what it is to confront the best and worst of ourselves; how it is that we can move past these epiphanies of introspection in ways that leave us invigorated rather than hopeless. Enjoy this reading around a campfire or snuggled under a warm blanket. Feel free to follow the link and read along with us.
Edgar Allan Poe's best-known works include the poems “To Helen” (1831), “The Raven” (1845), and “Annabel Lee” (1849); the short stories of wickedness and crime “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843) and “The Cask of Amontillado” (1846); and the supernatural horror story “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839).
Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week.
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