Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-01-19 — 1849-10-07) was an American author best known for his poetry and short stories which usually have dark macabre themes which have greatly influenced Gothic literature and romanticism.
I first learned about Poe from his poem, The Raven, when I was a boy, but I didn't start reading any of his other work until my mid thirties. In general, I find his writing to be certainly mood-inducing, but it always feels like he's trying too hard to be scary. He also uses the word "countenance" far too often. I like to read his work around Halloween time to help put me in the mood.
Works I've Read
|The Black Cat||1843-08-19||6|
|The City In the Sea||1836-08-??||4|
|The Facts In the Case of M. Valdemar||1845-12-??||11|
|The Fall of the House of Usher||1839-09-??||5|
|The Haunted Place||1839-04-??||9|
|The Masque of the Red Death||1842-05-??||2|
|The Pit and the Pendulum||1842-??-??||3|
|The Tell-Tale Heart||1843-01-??||7|
|To —— —— (Not long ago, the writer of these lines...)||1829-??-??||8|