“I felt that my senses were leaving me. The sentence, the dread sentence of death, was the last of distinct accentuation which reached my ears” Edgar Allan Poe ~ The Pit and the Pendulum The Pit and the Pendulum is a claustrophobic tale of horror and suspense with an overpowering atmosphere of dread that has prompted much discussion about the writer’s mental state. We could consider this masterpiece though as a compelling work of a gifted imagination. Source 1001 books