Short Stories (Edgar Allan Poe)

Edgar_Allan_Poe_cropWhile Edgar Allan Poe commands beautiful poetic prose, most evident in his poetry works, I found most of his short stories lackluster.

The detectives, while being one of the first of their kind, have been since far surpassed and perfected by the likes or Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.

Horror stories feel less outdated, especially the ones dealing with torture (The Pit and the Pendulum) and which sound like a poem (The Cask of Amontillado). However, none of them are potent enough to instill the feeling of dread H.P. Lovecraft could.

Nonetheless, Edgar Allan Poe is still worth reading if only to experience the roots of detective and horror genres.

Positive: Negative:
Beautiful poetic prose Feels outdated, especially the detective stories
Stories dealing with torture can be quite dreadful No particularly memorable or thought-provoking stories

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