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"The Tell-Tale Heart" (Literature)

"That sound in your head, Pop, it is the beating of this hideous heart!"

A short story penned by that jolly paranoid alcoholic Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart is a gothic short story about a man who faces his ultimate undoing at the hands of his own guilt. After killing an elderly defenseless man because of an unsettling facial abnormality, dismembering him, and burying the remains beneath his home's floorboards (as you do), the narrator of the tale descends into madness, thinking he hears the still-beating heart of his victim taunting him. At the climax of the story, he exclaims: "I admit the deed! -- tear up the planks! -- here, here! -- it is the beating of his hideous heart!" Now THAT's embarrassing! The short story is among Poe's most famous and has been inspirational throughout the history of pop culture, from Lou Reed to The Simpsons. Here, Veronica uses it as bait to capture a suspected thief who winds up just being a bug-eyed cheater.

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