Everyone can recognize the Raven, the one-eyed Black Cat, the Red Death....These are the legendary symbols of Edgar Allan Poe - one of the greatest gothic writers in history. His life was ruined by alcoholism, drug-taking and ignominy. His work was ignored or laughed at in his native country. Despite all this (sometimes even influenced by) he managed to create the most unusual and breath-taking images of the world literature. The short stories and gothic tales he had written now and then inspire thousands of people around the world. Claude Debussy dreamed about creating the score for "The Fall of the House of Usher", Charles Bodelair admired Poe and thought them to be "mind twins", let alone the enormous amount of filmmakers and actors. The brilliant theatre actor Vincent Price devoted his whole life to developing Poe storie's into movies and spectacles! Poe himself considered short stories to be a literature form as you can live through them instanly, without delaying till tomorrow. Edgar Allan Poe's short stories editon includes The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Mask of the Red Death, Metzengerstein, The Pit and the Pendulum, Ligeia and other notable stories which create a dark feast of strange murders, ghosts, madmen and Apocalyptic visions. The writer samples a sense of dread as a perfect delight and shows us dark sides of this world. A bold reader may also find numerous hints on the meaning of life and society which were so painfully plain clear for the author himself. His classic creepy stories mirror the absurdism and social problems from his days to the contemporary reality. If you're a lover of dark, symbolist stories with suspens and bad endings, you definitely should indul social problems from his days to the contemporary reality. If you're a lover of dark, symbolist stories with suspens and bad endings, you definitely should indulge in Edgar Allan Poe's short stories!