Top Ten Stories By Edgar Allen Poe

The Top Ten Stories By Edgar Allen Poe

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

This is an amazing story and it's so good that the first time I heard it my reading teacher read it to us in 8th grade

2 The Masque of the Red Death

I have an Edgar Allan Poe graphic novel with illustrated versions of the stories, and I read this one and every time I take it off my bookshelf I ALWAYS skip to that one, it's so good.

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.

3 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

Not only my favorite Poe story, but one of my favorite works of literature. The way Montresor just jokes at the fact Fortunado is going to die right in front of him is just entertaining. He hates this guy and his words and definitely his actions prove it. I was actually scared at Montresor for a second or two. This was definitely my favorite, and in my opinion, his best.

4 The Raven

I just can't stop reading it - theferbinator

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

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

You guys realise that this is a poem, right?

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.

So smart and clever.
Love how the man is smart enough to escape all these near impossible traps
Great work. way better than masque of red death. VOTE FOR THE BEST EDGARR ALLAN POE STORY HERE

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

Sooo good and creepy! Must read!

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

Simply beautiful.

9 The Oval Portrait
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 Eleonora


12 Hop-Frog

A story of a low-class fiend taking revenge.

Very underrated

very underrated

13 Silence
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 The Gold Bug
16 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

17 The Facts In the Case of M. Valdemar

An underrated gem that depicts true horror in elements fit for both those fond of reality nor fantasy

This one is the scariest of his

18 William Wilson
19 The Oblong Box
20 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

21 Never Bet the Devil Your Head

Read this if you have a gambling problem. This will fix you. - Alpha101

22 A Descent Into The Maelstrom
23 Alone
24 Berenice

"Why then, as I Perused them, did the hairs of my head erect themselves on end, and the blood of my body become congealed within my veins? "- A perfect quote for this story from it precisely.

25 The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall
26 The Purloined Letter
27 Lenore

It has a slight connection to the Raven and needed to be here, as well as more which he had made.

28 The Bargain Lost

This one is the most scary and thought provoking of all his works and feels so different the more you read it over and over. Highly underrated!

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