Poe's Gothic Fiction

Sources (and abbreviations) linked on this page: [QN] = Qrisse Nilsson's Poe page (at The Poe Decoder); [PS] = Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore; [LoF] = The Literature of the Fantastic; [UNC-Chapel Hill] = UNC-Chapel Hill "Documenting the American South" Project. Note: the UNC-Chapel Hill texts are available only as part of a 595K file.


"The Angel of the Odd" — first publ. 1844
- [QN] (22K)
- variant A, [PS] (26K)
- variant B, [PS] (26K)


"The Assignation" (a.k.a "The Visionary") — first publ. 1834
- [QN] (28K)
- variant A, [PS] (34K)
- variant F, [PS] (31K)


"Berenice" — first publ. 1835
- [QN] (20K)
- variant A, [PS] (25K)
- variant E, [PS] B (23K)


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"The Black Cat" — first publ. 1843
- [QN] (23K)
- [UNC-Chapel Hill]
- variant B, [PS] (24K)


"Bon-Bon" — first publ. 1832 as "The Bargain Lost"
- [QN] (39K)
- variant F, [PS] (44K)


"The Cask of Amontillado" — first publ. 1846
- [QN] (15K)
- variant A, [PS] (18K)
- variant B, [PS] (18K)


"The Colloquy of Monos and Una" — first publ. 1841
- [QN] (22K)
- [UNC-Chapel Hill]
- variant B, [PS] (23K)



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"The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion" — first publ. 1839
- [QN] (13K)
- [UNC-Chapel Hill]
- variant D, [PS] (14K)


"A Descent into the Maelstrom" — first publ. 1841
- [QN] (40K)
- [UNC-Chapel Hill]
- variant B, [PS] (43K)


"The Devil in the Belfry" — first published 1839
- [QN] (20K)
- variant F, [PS] (20K)


"The Duc de l'Omlette" — first publ 1832
- variant F, [PS] (9K)


"Eleanora" — first publ. 1841
- [QN] (15K)
- variant C, [PS] (16K)


"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" — first publ. 1845
A fictional (though many of Poe's first readers thought it was a true account) exploration of the power of "mesmerism" (hypnotism) to bridge the gap between life and death; compare to E. Nesbit's "Hurst of Hurstcote."
- [LoF] (23K)
- [QN] (22K)
- variant D,[PS] (23K)
-- brief summary and commentary
[Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, NYU School of Medicine]


"The Fall of the House of Usher" — first publ. 1839
- [QN] (44K)
- [UNC-Chapel Hill]
- variant D, [PS] (49K)


"How to Write a Blackwood Article" — first publ. 1838 (a.k.a "The Seignora Psyche Zenobia")
- variant E, [PS] (24K)


"The Imp of the Perverse" — first publ. 1845
- [QN] (15K)
- variant C, [PS] (16K)
-- brief summary and commentary
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"Ligeia" — first publ. 1838
- [QN] (36K)
- variant G, [PS] (37K)


"The Light-House" - first publ. 1849
Not well known, due to the fact it's an incomplete work not published in Poe's lifetime.
- [PS] (6K)


"Loss of Breath" — first publ. (as "A Decided Loss") 1832
- [QN] (29K)
- variant E, [PS] (29K)


"Maelzel's Chess Player
- not strictly a "gothic" tale, this one's well within the purview of the weird and uncanny


"The Man of the Crowd" — first publ. 1840
- [UNC-Chapel Hill]
- variant B, [PS] (23K)


"MS. Found in a Bottle" — first publ. 1833
- [QN] (29K)
- variant G, [PS] (26K)


"The Masque of the Red Death" — first publ. 1842
- [QN] (15K)
- variant C, [PS] (15K)
-- brief summary and commentary
[Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, NYU School of Medicine]


"Mesmeric Revelation" — first publ. 1844
- UNC-Chapel Hill
- variant A, [PS] (23K)
- variant B, [PS] (28K)
- variant C, [PS] (28K)
- variant D, [PS] (28K)


"Metzengerstein" — first publ. 1832
- variant A, [PS] (25K)
- variant E, [PS] (23K)


"Morella" — first publ 1835
- variant H, [PS] (13K)


"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" — first publ. 1841
- [QN] (81K)
- [UNC-Chapel Hill]
- variant C, [PS] (87K)
- variant D, [PS] (85K)


"The Mystery of Marie Roget" — first publ. 1842-43
- [QN] (119K)
- [UNC-Chapel Hill]
- variant B, [PS] (121K)



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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym — first publ. (in complete form) 1838
- [QN] (419K)
- variant B, [PS] Table of Contents


"Never Bet the Devil Your Head" — first publ. 1841
- [QN] (23K)
- variant C, [PS] (24K)


"The Oval Portrait" (a.k.a. "Life in Death") — first publ. 1842
- [QN] (8K)
- variant C, [PS] (8K)


"The Pit and the Pendulum" — first publ. 1842
- [QN] (37K)
- variant C, [PS] (36K)


"The Premature Burial" — first publ. 1844
- [QN] (34K)
- variant C, [PS] (34K)


"The Scythe of Time" (a.k.a "A Predicament") — first publ. 1838
- variant E, [PS] (22K)


"Shadow - A Parable" (a.k.a. "Shadow - A Fable") — first publ. 1835
- variant F, [PS] (7K)


"Silence - A Fable" (a.k.a. "Siope - A Fable") — first published 1832
- variant E, [PS] (9K)


"Some Words with a Mummy" — first publ. 1845
- [QN] (39K)
- variant C, [PS] (39K)


"The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether" — first publ. 1845
- variant C, [PS] (42K)
-- brief summary and commentary
[Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, NYU School of Medicine]


"A Tale of the Ragged Mountains" — first publ. 1844
- variant D, [PS] (25K)
-- brief summary and commentary
[Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, NYU School of Medicine]


"The Tell-Tale Heart" [first publ. 1843]
- [QN] (13K)
- variant C, [PS] (13K)
-- brief summary and commentary
[Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, NYU School of Medicine]


"William Wilson" [first publ. 1839]
- [QN] (48K)
- variant F, [PS] (51K)
-- brief summary and commentary
[Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, NYU School of Medicine]


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Etexts of Poe's poetry

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Poe's Gothic and Supernaturalist Poems

Sources (and abbreviations) linked on this page: [QN] = Qrisse Nilsson's Poe page (at The Poe Decoder); [EB] = Edward Bonver's Poe poetry page; [LoF] = The Literature of the Fantastic. Not currently included here due to the large number of variants are the etexts of the poems available at The E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore.




"Al Aaraaf"
- [EB]
- [QN]


"Alone"

"Annabel Lee"

"Bridal Ballad"
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"The City In The Sea" (a.k.a "The Doomed City")
- [EB]
- [LoF]
- [QN]


"The Conqueror Worm"
-[EB]
- [QN]
-- brief summary and commentary
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"Dreamland"
-[EB]


"Dreams" ("Oh! that my young life were a lasting dream")
- [EB]


"A Dream Within A Dream"
- [EB]
- [QN]


"Fairy-land" (a.k.a "Heaven")
- [EB]


"Lenore"
- [EB]


"The Raven"

"The Sleeper" (a.k.a "Irenë")

"Sonnet - To Science"
- [EB]
-- brief summary and commentary  [Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, NYU School of Medicine]


"Sonnet - Silence"

"Spirits Of The Dead"

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"Tamerlane"
- [EB]
- [QN]


"Ulalume"
- [EB]


"The Valley Of Unrest" (a.k.a "The Valley Nis")
- [EB]
- [LoF]





E-texts of Poe's fiction

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