The Masque of the Red Death is an 1842 short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, has a masquerade ball within seven rooms of his abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure in red enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. When Prospero confronts this stranger, he falls dead.