Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is a pioneering writer of weird fiction. His intense focus on the psychology of terror, his mastery of both psychological and supernatural horror, and his utilization of a dense, frenetic, and hypnotic prose style have made him not merely a master of the weird tale but the virtual founder of the short story.
This volume contains all the major weird works of Poe, from such early tales as
Berenice to such masterworks as
The Fall of the House of Usher to such late stories as
The Cask of Amontillado and
Hop-Frog. Poe’s one novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is included, as is his landmark detective story,
The Murders in the Rue Morgue, which features a considerable dose of physical horror. In addition, many of Poe’s weird poems —
The City in the Sea,
Annabel Lee, and others — are included. The most accurate and authoritative texts are used, and the volume concludes with a bibliography of first apparances of all the items included.
The volume is edited by S. T. Joshi, a leading authority on weird fiction. Joshi is the author of The Weird Tale (1990),The Modern Weird Tale (2001), and Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (2012), and he has prepared editions of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, Lord Dunsany, Arthur Machen, Ambrose Bierce, and many other weird writers.
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