Edgar Allan Poe – the first King of Horror and his Mustache

http://www.poestories.com/

This site contains short stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe (Edgar Allen Poe is a common misspelling), story summaries, quotes, and linked vocabulary words and definitions for educational reading. It also includes a short biography, a timeline of Poe’s life, and links to other Poe sites.

Most people recognize Poe by his famous poem, “The Raven”. Others may have read one of his more popular dark and creepy tales like, “The Fall of the House of Usher” or “The Tell-tale Heart”. Poe wrote quite a few gothic stories about murder, revenge, torture, the plague, being buried alive, and insanity. Many modern books and movies have “borrowed” ideas from Poe. Some of Poe’s stories were not well accepted in his day because people were just not ready for them- they were too scary.

Many people don’t know that Edgar Allan Poe also wrote stories about adventure on the high seas, buried pirate treasure, and a famous balloon ride. Poe invented the detective story with tales like “Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Purloined Letter”. Sherlock Holmes and other fictional detectives would later be based on the characters that Poe created. Poe wrote love stories and even a few strange little comedies. He attempted to explain the composition of the universe in a way that sounds a little like quantum physics. Explore this site and you’ll see why I think Edgar Allan Poe deserves to be recognized as one of the most original, imaginative, and ingenious authors of our society.

Summaries

Poe wrote many stories on many different topics. If you don’t know where to start, you can browse short summaries of Edgar Allan Poe stories, so you can find something that interests you. Don’t worry, I don’t give away the endings!!

Wordlist

This site makes it easy for you read Poe’s stories. Poe knew several languages and had quite a large vocabulary. Poe’s works are not hard to read but sometimes he uses obscure words or references that the average user may not know. Because of this, I’ve created an ever growing wordlist containing many of these words and their definitions. When a word in the wordlist appears in any story, it becomes hyperlinked to its definition.

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