The setting takes place in an old castle that has seven chambers and each one is in a different color. The black chamber looks like death with its blood red windows and a grand clock with its spine-chilling chime. Poe illustrates to the reader, “the western or black chamber [had] the effect of … firelight that screamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes, was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so wild a look” (2) to add trepidation and mystery to the story. In addition the death of Prince Prospero was insanely bizarre when the narrator explains, “There was a sharp cry -- and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero” (Poe 6) portraying gothic horror at its finest by having death itself kill the protagonist in the short story.
Both Edgar Allan Poe short stories “The Black Cat” and “The Masque of the Red Death” are perfect examples of gothic horror. The short stories have delusional characters, sinister settings which include an old cellar and ancient castle that represents the mysterious, terrifying atmosphere showing the dark side of gothic quality. Also gothic literature is shown by the inexplicable deaths that each story portrays. Gothic horror uniqueness from other literature makes it more exciting and intriguing to