The Black Cat
The Black Cat is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and published in 1943. It has a plot similar to The Tell-Tale Heart which was written just a few months earlier. It's about a man who loves animals, but, after becoming an alcoholic, begins hating them, and even becomes sadistic toward them.
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- I know that alcoholism tends to change a person's outlook on life, but I doubt that it would change an animal lover into one who enjoys killing them.
- I'm fine with a story having a moral, but I don't like them to be ham-fisted. This story basically says, if you drink too much you will purposely murder anyone and anything you love, and delight in how well you'll be able to hide their corpses.
- poestories.com/read/blackcat - Complete text.