Disclaimer *This post is not about Poe theories like how he died, his mental state etc. It is about his mystery short stories.*
SAY WHAT!? Yeah, that’s right. Poe wrote mystery stories. Ya know what else? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle based his infamous mystery short stories off of Poe’s. :O Yes, for you literary nerds out there, you recognize Sir ACD as the creator and author of Sherlock Holmes. When it comes down to it, Poe was the creator of the mystery short story. It is here he also beautifully executes two of the main short story requirements:
1-2 Main characters that are static. There’s no time for them to change in a short story.
1-2 Locations, usually just one. Again, no time to run around the world in 1-10 pages.
I will admit, until I took my detective literature class in college, I had no idea Poe wrote mysteries. Everyone knows The Tell Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pendulum….all of his morbid horror works. Of course there’s the occasional poem. I was fortunate enough to find a Poe Anthology that includes all 3 genres of writing. Though we only read two or three of his mystery shorts in class, I have continued to read them.
Better than any CSI, Bones, Sherlock or any other mystery series on TV nowadays. The Murders in the Rue Morgue- DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! How in the world he came up with that kind of crazy twist is beyond me. The Murder of Marie Roget is actually based on the real murder of Mary Cecillia Rogers in 1841. Do some research, it’s quite an interesting story and was HUGE in the news when Poe wrote it.
Even if you don’t necessarily like Edgar Allan Poe, it’s ok. Thankfully, he had multiple skill sets and talents. If you like a good mystery, sit down with a Poe and a good cup of tea, you won’t be disappointed!