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The Fall of the House of Usher


The Fall of the House of Usher (2023) is an American gothic horror miniseries centred on the rise – and fall – of twins Madeline and Roderick Usher.
The Usher twins were orphaned as teenagers and then went into the US foster care system.
When the series opens, Roderick Usher is the CEO of Fortunato Pharmaceuticals, a business known to be unethical and harmful. Madeline Usher is COO of Fortunato Pharmaceuticals.
Two things are happening as the story gets underway:

1. A trial is underway; the assistant US Attorney is wanting to hold the company responsible for causing the opioid epidemic and the deaths of many people.
2. Roderick’s 6 children begin dying, and he begins to question his past behaviour.

The series is loosely based on a 1839 short story by another former foster child, Edgar Allan Poe.

The title of the 1st episode, “A Midnight Dreary” is a phrase from Poe’s famous poem, The Raven and the final episode is called The Raven. Other episodes are named after short stories written by Poe.

The assistant US Attorney in battle with the Ushers and Fortunato Pharmaceuticals is C. August Dupin.

C. August Dupin is a character created by Edgar Allan Poe. He first appears in Poe’s 1841 short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (the title of Episode 3 in The Fall of the House of Usher (2023)).

Dupin is widely considered the first fictional detective and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, the first detective fiction story.

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