Top Ten Stories By Edgar Allen Poe


The Top Ten

1 The Tell-Tale Heart

This is the best story I have ever read. Edgar Allan Poe took the definition of creepy and took it to a whole new level and I love it.

My absolute favorite story of his. I especially like the theme. A madman murders a helpless old man and gets away with it, only to be eaten alive by his own guilt. - Alpha101

they are all great but this one was really awesome - Okami

I just read this story in English I Honors and it is a very dark, enjoyable read.

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2 The Masque of the Red Death

Captivating and meaningful Poe horror story; easy comprehension with a wealth of deeper meaning.

I think it would have been better if the allegory had been made more clear (you can't escape death).

One of my favorites from tenth grade US lit. After reading it listen to The Doors.

Its amazing

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3 The Raven

This isn't very scary, but it is debatable whether the guy dies or not.

You guys realise that this is a poem, right?

The man doesn't die, he is a young poet who lost his true love, Lenore, and the Raven is a sight or prophet telling him that the pain and suffering will never end he will have to deal with it his whole life. And Edgar Allan Poe wrote the story when his wife Virginia was dyeing of turboculosis so he knew he would soon be in the same place as his poet from the story

I want to read it over and over again

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4 The Cask of Amontillado

Showcasing Edgar's fear of being buried alive, this story of revenge is one of his greatest pieces.

This convoluted vengeance on god's behalf, captivates you and questions you, "are you quite insane? "

It was so twisted yet so simple and interesting

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5 The Pit and the Pendulum

Hell yeah. I read this story once and I was creeped out by it. I don't get creeped out by most scary stories, but this one had some sort of deathly aura... - Trivium

My favorite short story, mysterious, suspenseful, gross, this story is amazing - CaptainComedy17

Too good. Just too captivating, horrifying, grosteque. Like a roller coaster thriller, except many times better.

6 The Fall of the House of Usher

Few stories capture the imaginations and are as brilliantly constructed as this one. There are many great Poe stories, but this one in particular in my opinion, is the most brilliant

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7 The Black Cat

The creepiest of all the Poe stories I've read.

Favorite! This and the the fall of the house of user are his best works... besides, of course, his narrative.

This is the scaryest story I have red because of the two black cats

8 Annabel Lee

Annabel lee is a beautiful work about the love of two people so strong that even the angels are jealous of them. It isn't creepy but it's beautiful and powerful. It's not only my favorite work by Poe, but also my favorite work of literature in general

Is a true love at first sight kind of poem

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9 The Murders In the Rue Morgue

Well what can be more fearsome than the murderer being proved to be non-human!

Number 2 at least... This story was made into an Iron Maiden song. Am I right.

Overrated. Definitely not his best

10 Ligeia

Epic Tale of Mystery and Magic. Though debatble in some respects e.g satire, it succeeds in maintaining a darkly tragic, yet intelligently sustained atmosphere throughout its duration- perhaps Poe's, fantastic though he is, most common fault

The Contenders

11 The Oval Portrait
12 Eleonora


13 Hop-Frog

A story of a low-class fiend taking revenge.

Very underrated

14 The Angel of the Odd

this was probably one of the most confusing and creepiest by poe, but I absolutely adored the storyline

15 Silence
16 The Gold Bug
17 The Oblong Box
18 The Conqueror Worm

Excelent poem! The meaning behind this poem is so much deeper than it seems on the top once you really begin to think about it! Please people, read this poem! - llamabaconllama37

19 The Facts In the Case of M. Valdemar
20 William Wilson
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