"The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe was first published in 1843 in an edition of long-running periodical The Saturday Evening Post. The short story is a study in the psychological effects of guilt and is often compared to Poe's 1843 short story "The Tell-Tale Heart."
"The Black Cat" received positive critical reception upon publication and has remained in circulation and in scholarly debates for over 160 years. The lurid tale, while respected by most scholars and acknowledged as a literary classic, does not share the prominence of Poe's more popular tales such as his 1846 short story "The Cask of Amontillado" and its 1839 predecessor "The Fall of the House of Usher."
The widespread acclaim "The Black Cat" received has inspired numerous parodies, most notably by Thomas Dunn English in his 1844 short story "The Ghost of the Grey Tadpole." He was later renounced by Poe, who called English "a bullet-headed and malicious villain" in a letter.