With my vast lack of experience I feel totally qualified to agree with people way smarter than me that he’s the best short story writer in the history of time. I’m very, very slowly working my way through a complete Ed Allen Poe, and Here’s some things you may not have known about his stories, because I know I didn’t:
Poe invented detective stories with the story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”. One of his most famous stories, “The Purloined Letter,” is actually the third in a series that began with Rue Morgue.
With “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether,” Poe demonstrated what would happen if “the inmates were running the asylum.”
Poe wrote from an unsympathetic character’s perspective so often I suspect he invented the trop.e
Poe was preoccupied with how to commit the perfect murder: where to hide the body, how to fool people, how long the preparation should take (years).
Poe murderers were heartless monsters who killed for insane reasons (that seemed perfectly reasonable to them)–proto serial killers.
You haven’t experienced body horror until you read “A Predicament,” which describes eyes popping out such that no one else ever need write on the subject. Please.
Poe had a very low opinion of publishers and editors, and spent a lot of ink satirizing them.
He wrote a good zombie.
Poe stories are freaky, often end with someone falling down dead in a surprising and dramatic fashion, and at least 80% of them are pure gold.