Hello and welcome to another self indulgent spooky themed list of my favorites! Today I’ll be listing my top five Edgar Allen Poe works. Poe was one of my favorite authors from a young age, and I have owned multiple collections of his works through the years (some very interesting illustrated ones included!).
5. The Black Cat
I love this story. It narrowly beat out “The Fall of the House of Usher” for this spot in my countdown, mostly because everybody discusses Usher at some point but this story? Just as much madness and weirdness, but with a demonic revenge cat!
4. The Bells
One of my illustrated Poe books had a haunting image for this poem, and so “The Bells” has stuck with me for years! I find it so captivating and interesting, and I don’t feel like I get to discuss it often enough. For my fellow Bells readers out there, throw me a comment so I can finally talk about this poem!
3. The Raven
What a classic, am I right? I memorized almost half of this poem at one point because, well… I’m a good little goth!
2. Masque of the Red Death
Unsurprisingly, the reason I picked this story for my recent archive review is because it’s my favorite Poe story! Sure, Poe has some huge hits and classics, but I rarely hear this one discussed. It’s especially relevant today (as some viral tweets have pointed out).
1. Annabel Lee
This poem is a classic, beautiful and lyrical. I love the soft way the verses roll like waves, and the love written into the lines. There’s nothing really that can compare to the sad imagery of this poem. It’ll always hold a special place in my heart.