Poe wastes little time in setting the mood in his famed short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart." From the opening sentences, he assaults the reader with an atmospheric barrage of evil thoughts and ideas. Dreadful nervousness, madness, supernatural senses and murder are just a few of the ideas presented in the first two paragraphs. He grabs the reader's interest immediately and continues to build the tension as his narrator tells the rest of his story. When the murder is finally committed, Poe does not stop there. The dismemberment of the body only magnifies the horror of the act, leaving the reader wondering what can happen next. But unlike the narrator of Poe's other short story of macabre murder, "The Cask of Amontillado," the killer in "The Tell-Tale Heart" has not covered all of his bases: His crime is not perfect; screams have been heard and police have come to investigate. More tension arises and the narrator's nervousness increases until he does the unthinkable: He cracks and reveals all.