Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

This is not a complete list of works by Poe. These are my favorite stories and ones I feel are important and should be read by more people. Several sites listed on the links page have complete collections of Poe's works online. If you can't decide which story to read first, try browsing the summaries page.

It should be noted that the year in parenthesis is the year the linked text was published, not the year Poe actually wrote the story. Many of Poe's stories were published several times and some were not published until after he died. Look at the timeline for more information about dates.

  

"The Angel of the Odd" (1844) Comedy about being drunk

"The Balloon Hoax" (1844) Newspaper story about balloon travel

"Berenice" (1835) Horror story about teeth

"The Black Cat" (1845) Horror story about a cat

"The Cask of Amontillado" (1846) A story of revenge

"A Descent Into The Maelström" (1845) Man vs. Nature, Adventure Story

"Eleonora" (1850) A love story

"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" (1845) Talking with a dead man

"The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839) An old house and its secrets

"The Gold Bug" (1843) A search for pirate treasure

"Hop-Frog" (1845) A midget seeks revenge

"The Imp of the Perverse" (1850) Procrastination and confession

"The Island of the Fay" (1850) A poetic discussion

"Ligeia" (1838) A haunting supernatural tale

"The Man of the Crowd" (1845) How to follow someone

"Manuscript Found in a Bottle" (1833) Adventure at sea

"The Masque of the Red Death" (1850) The horror of the plague

"Mesmeric Revelation" (1849) Conversation with a hypnotized dying man

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841) A detective story

"Never Bet the Devil Your Head" (1850) A comedy with a moral

"The Oval Portrait" (1850) A tragic love story

"The Pit and the Pendulum" (1850) A torture chamber

"The Premature Burial" (1850) About being buried alive

"The Purloined Letter" (1845) A detective story

"Silence - A Fable" (1838) A dream

"Some Words With a Mummy" (1850) A mummy speaks

"The Spectacles" (1850) A great little comedy about love at first sight

"The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether" (1856) Inside an insane asylum

"The Tell-Tale Heart" (1850) A murderer's guilt

"William Wilson" (1842) Identical twins or something else?



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