Halloween, Poe, and Gothic Literature

Edgar Allan Poe

“Edgar Allan Poe daguerreotype crop” by Unknown; most likely George C. Gilchrest, Samuel P. Howes, James M. Pearson, or Andrew J. Simpson, all of Lowell, MA.”

Halloween is always a good time to break out your Gothic literature collection. In America, we need look no further than our own Edgar Allan Poe. And of course, Poe’s work most often dragged out of the grave at Halloween is his immortal poem, “The Raven.”

But, to get the true sense of Poe’s Gothic nature, one need look no further than his short stories–the masterpieces of American horror. If you’re looking for some quick, but scary, reading this Halloween, let me suggest the following stories:

“The Cask of Amontillado” – My personal favorite
“The Masque of the Red Death”
“The Tell-Tale Heart”
“The Fall of the House of Usher”
“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
“The Pit and the Pendulum”

These will give you a good introduction to Poe’s works. You can find most of them online, in the NCTC eBook database, or in print at each campus library at NCTC. The Gainesville campus library also houses several film versions of the tales.

For good measure, here are two classic Christophers reading “The Raven.”

–Contributed by Dax Stokes, Librarian and Vampirologist

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