Creator of the modern detective story, innovative architect of the horror genre, and a poet of extraordinary musicality, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) remains one of America’s most popular and influential writers. His books of collected tales and poems brim with psychological depth, almost painful intensity, and unexpected — and surprisingly modern — flashes of dark humor and irony.
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Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
There is not a mystery writer in the world like Edgar Allan Poe. The stories he writes capture your imagination like a fish on a hook. The suspense has you biting your nails for the rest of the day. The stories are quite innovative, too. There was one story in particular that got me thinking. It's called 'Descent Into the Maelstorm'. In the book '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea', fiction writer Jules Verne described a whirlpool called ¿The Maelstorm¿ that eventually pulled down Captain Nemo¿s submarine. Captain Nemo is the only person that has explored it, no one else has even dared. In Edgar Allan Poe's version, scientists went into the Maelstorm and found giant squid other mythical creatures and Captain Nemo's submarine. Edgar Allan Poe is expanding on Jules Verne¿s fantasy when they find the submarine intact, without a crack, or even a scratch. The mystery here is that the Maelstorm has enough power to pull down a ship, but not enough power to damage it. It is here the world of science fiction and mystery meet. The rest of the stories were great as well. Another story I found fascinating was ¿The Murders In Rue Morgue.¿ It is about a murder that takes place before a ball at a fancy restaurant. The story is so confusing, it almost tampers with a certain lobe in your brain. Edgar Allan Poe weaves a story like a spider weaves a web. Every little strand of information, like in a web, connects to the right place at the end and the mystery unravels like the red carpet at the ball itself. Over all it was a great book and I would definitely recommend it.
I think it had some great stories, and is a great short story book.