Poe starts off by telling the readers of 4 different premature burial incidents including one where the man climbed out of his shallow grave.
Poe openly states his fear of being buried alive due to his condition catalepsy, and connects his fear to his real life events.
Poe starts off his experience when he talks about how he had a catalepsy attack and imagined a dark figure demanding him to awake whilst he was in a coffin like place.
Poe wakes up in shear terror entrapped in a coffin like place while smelling dirt, which makes all of his worst fears come to life, he screams after he is moved and is let out.
After Poe is let out his memories returned. He was with his friend and a bad storm came. They went to a ship and stayed in a sleeping berth for the night, they moved container and heard Poe which persuaded them to open it.
Poe explains how this experience has changed him along with how he views spending his time.