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->"''Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?''"
-->-- '''[[Creator/ArthurConanDoyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]]'''

The [[TropeMakers inventor]] of the modern [[HorrorLiterature horror story]] and the modern [[DetectiveLiterature detective story]], as well as an early influence on the [[SpeculativeFiction science fiction]] genre. [[http://www.eapoe.org/works/essays/philcomp.htm Poe believed that all stories should be short enough to be read in one sitting.]] He also believed that the perfect subject for poetry is the death of a beautiful young woman[[note]]To be precise, he thought it perfect because it married the "most poetical subject"-- Beauty-- with the "most poetical emotion"-- Melancholy.[[/note]] (which should tell you volumes about [[CreatorBreakdown his own love life]], not to mention the death of his mother and his adoptive mother at a young age). Poe's life was plagued by rifts with his adoptive father, deaths of numerous loved ones, and alcoholism. [[CreatorBreakdown Typical]]. He was also a noted CausticCritic, which undoubtedly earned him a few enemies and tarnished his reputation, despite the critical acclaim that he received.

After Poe's death [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe#Griswold.27s_.22Memoir.22 his literary executor was also one of his greatest enemies in the literary world and sought to destroy Poe's reputation with lies and forgeries]]. ''The Life and Letters of Edgar Allan Poe'' by James Albert Harrison actually provides evidence from eyewitness accounts that suggest he wasn't quite an alcoholic at all. That said, even without it, he still had way more than enough "inspiration" for his work.

He also created the first notable introverted GreatDetective character of C. Auguste Dupin who, operating independently of the police force, solved crimes via his great observation and reasoning skills while assisted by his {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}} and roommate, who also narrates the stories. [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Sound familiar?]]

Along with his detective fiction and poetry, Poe is celebrated for his wonderfully {{goth}}ic and macabre horror fiction which did away with traditional themes of simple ghosts and witches. These stories would go on to influence dozens of authors who would expand and refine the genre, and they were loved most greatly by a certain [[Creator/HPLovecraft Mr Howard Phillips Lovecraft]], an introverted fellow who'd go on to set the tone of horror fiction for the rest of the 20th century. Poe also wrote quite a lot of humor (often ''[[BlackComedy dark]]'' humor, admittedly), which may come as a surprise to those who know his works only from assigned readings in high school.

Poe was a Baltimorean, and "Literature/TheRaven" is the namesake of the Baltimore Ravens.

His only novel was ''Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket''. That he had written a novel while preferring short stories could be explained seeing the {{Troll}} entry.

His works were the inspiration for the first album from Music/TheAlanParsonsProject.

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!!This author's works provide examples of:

* AfterTheEnd: "The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion"
* AluminumChristmasTrees: "Really? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amontillado There's a wine named Amontillado?]] Wow, I bet they named it after the guy in that Poe story!"
* AnsweringEcho: In "Never Bet the Devil Your Head".
--> "What right," said I, "had the old gentleman to make any other gentleman jump? The little old dot-and-carry-one! who is he? If he asks me to jump, I won't do it, that's flat, and I don't care who the devil he is." The bridge, as I say, was arched and covered in, in a very ridiculous manner, and there was a most uncomfortable echo about it at all times-an echo which I never before so particularly observed as when I uttered the four last words of my remark.
* ApocalypticLog: "M.S. Found In A Bottle". Also [[MessageInABottle the obvious]].
* AristocratsAreEvil: "The Cask of Amontillado" and "Hop-Frog" among others.
* {{Asexuality}}: He had a wife, Virginia, but he loved her only platonically.
** It may have helped that she was his first cousin, though the fact that he married and loved her, even knowing this, meant he would have been perfectly happy to never sleep with anyone for the rest of their lives together. So, [[{{Asexuality}} the shoe still fits]].
** Actually, the "platonic lovers" thing is up for debate.
* AssholeVictim:
** Many of the targets of retribution get what's coming to them... or [[UnreliableNarrator so we are told by the narrators]] [[BestServedCold pursuing their revenge]].
** Subverted with regards to the victim in "The Tell-Tale Heart": even the narrator knows the old man to be kind and generous... it's just that ''damned eye'' of his...
** The narrator of ''The Black Cat''.
* AuthorAppeal: ''Dead women''.
* AuthorTract: "The Imp of the Perverse".
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: In particular, the word "arabesque."
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Signora Psyche Zenobia. Only her enemies, she proclaims, ever refer to her as Suky Snobbs.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie:
** No, UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition didn't really kill people with a slowly lowering bladed pendulum, as seen in "The Pit and the Pendulum". Although considering the story is set during the Peninsular Wars, it was never meant to be historically accurate.
** "The Balloon-Hoax": a fictional short story written by Poe that was originally released as being a newspaper article of an actual event. He then showed up at the [[BigApplesauce place]] where the hot-air balloon was supposed to arrive and [[TheGadfly explained to everyone that he'd just fooled them all with his writing]]. It was a publicity stunt and it [[{{Trickster}} worked]].
* BeatStillMyHeart: "The Tell-Tale Heart."
* BedlamHouse: "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether," Poe's personal favorite of his stories.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Long-suffering dwarf Hop-Frog [[TheDogBitesBack finally snaps]] when the king dares to strike his beloved. His subsequent revenge is not pretty.
** Montressor of "The Cask of Amontillado" claims that he patiently bore a "thousand injuries" from Fortunato until Fortunato finally went too far. Of course Montressor may not be the most reliable narrator.
* BigNameFan: He was a great admirer of Nathaniel Hawthorne, saying that despite his own reputation, he couldn't come close to the level of darkness present in Hawthorne's stories.
* BloodFromEveryOrifice: In "The Masque of the Red Death," the Red Death is a mysterious infection or its personification, whose symptoms include profuse bleeding all over the face and the body, which kills within half an hour.
* BreatherEpisode: In between the heavy stories, Poe published comedies such as [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Angel_of_the_Odd "The Angel of the Odd"]] and [[http://books.eserver.org/fiction/poe/literary_life.html "Thingum Bob, Esq"]].
* BuriedAlive:
** Fortunato in "The Cask of Amontillado"
** Madeline in "The Fall of the House of Usher"
** "Berenice"
** "The Black Cat"
** Due to the narrator's deranged mind, the old man of "The Tell-Tale Heart"
** The story "The Premature Burial", which explores several nonfictional cases and has a protagonist terrified that it will happen to him. [[spoiler: It doesn't, but a frightening experience that simulates it helps him overcome his paranoia at the prospect.]]
** Whatever the opposite of 'AuthorAppeal' is, for Poe this was it; he was notoriously terrified of being buried alive, to the point where he would reportedly often go to sleep wearing a sign informing the reader that he was only sleeping, not actually dead. Being BuriedAlive was (and still is) a genuine PrimalFear. It was common back in a time of poor medical treatment to be declared dead when you're just in a fever-induced coma: waking up in a coffin was ''a real and terrifying'' possibility.
* CampbellCountry
* TheCaseOf: His horror story, "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" was an early proto-example of this, before it was properly codified.
* TheCatCameBack: Literally in [[spoiler: "The Black Cat".]]
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: "The Pit and the Pendulum."]] After all, otherwise we'd be stuck with an UndeadAuthor.
* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" contains gibberish that every listener identifies as a language they don't know. It turns out to be [[spoiler:the "speech" of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys an orangutan]]]] - which wouldn't sound much like any of the mentioned languages if Poe had ever heard it. Some of the information about corpse bloating in "The Mystery of Marie Roget" is also wrong, but Poe was working with the knowledge of his day, so ScienceMarchesOn.
** Of course the gibberish wouldn't sound anything like the languages the people thought they heard, but aural pareidolia can play some mean tricks on the ears.
* CreepyRavens: In "Literature/TheRaven", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin oddly enough]].
* DeadMansChest: "The Oblong Box." You'll be shocked to learn what is in the box... [[SarcasmMode so shocked.]]
* DeathTrap: "The Pit and the Pendulum" may be the TropeMaker - featuring, among other nasty things, a DescendingCeiling, [[TheWallsAreClosingIn Closing Walls]] and a BottomlessPit.
* DepravedDwarf: Subverted in "Hop-Frog". The king and his courtiers who torment Hop-Frog and his beloved Trippetta are the depraved ones.
* DepthDeception: "The Sphinx".
* DesignatedHero/[[DesignatedVillain Villain]]: Intentionally invoked in "The Cask of Amontillado," the designations are made by a very UnreliableNarrator. Montressor repeatedly muses on Fortunado's OffscreenVillainy, but never gets into the specifics of what he actually did, and the guy appears to be harmlessly affable (but then so does Montressor if you don't have access to his thoughts). Meanwhile our narrator, who goes out of his way to assure the reader he is MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, is the one very carefully planning murder. Not even a quick and clean death either, but a pretty nasty AndIMustScream scenario.
* DetectiveLiterature: Inspired [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Arthur Conan Doyle]] and Creator/AgathaChristie. In fact, Poe is generally credited with inventing the entire genre. [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} ''Hamlet'']] [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples could be considered an]] UrExample, but [[TropeMaker Poe made the genre what it is today]].
* DiseaseBleach: Roderick in "The Fall of the House of Usher."
* DisproportionateRetribution: Possibly, in "The Cask of Amontillado". Fortunato gets BuriedAlive for insulting the narrator.
* DrugsAreBad: Well, alcohol is bad, in the sense that it's used to set up misdeeds in "The Black Cat" and "Hop-Frog." Poe was generally realistic about it, thanks in part to personal experience. Maybe.
** And the eponymous "Angel of the Odd" is a divine entity made of bottles and kegs who ruins the narrator's life through a series of {{Contrived Coincidence}}s.
** Fortunato, in "The Cask of Amontillado," is already drunk at Carnivale before he is lured to his doom by the prospect of taste-testing a cask of valuable wine. As he and Montressor walk deeper into the catacombs (used doubly as a wine-cellar), Fortunato is given more and more to drink, slowing his reactions to the revenge awaiting him.
* EmpathicEnvironment: "The Fall of the House of Usher".
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Subverted in "Murders in the Rue Morgue".
* EvilTwin: "William Wilson" is something of an inversion; the narrator is a VillainProtagonist with a {{Doppelganger}} who deliberately foils his schemes. Ultimately, said doppelganger is revealed to be [[spoiler:the living personification of his conscience.]]
* EyeScream: "The Black Cat" and, in some interpretations, "The Tell-Tale Heart".
* FailOSuckyname: The narrator of "William Wilson" hates his name, because the first name is common and the surname is lower-class, and this is one of the first reasons that he gets annoyed at his namesake. (Incidentally, "William Wilson" is ''not'' his real name, but a pseudonym that somewhat resembles it.)
* ForbiddenFruit
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: "The Bells" is divided into "Sleigh Bells," "Wedding Bells," "Fire Bells," and "Funeral Bells". Guess which is lingered on longest?
* ForTheEvulz: The narrator in "The Black Cat" killed his pet cat, as he explains, for no other reason than knowing that it was wrong to do so.
* FunetikAksent: [[EthnicScrappy Jupiter's]] "Negro dialect" is written this way in "The Gold Bug," with a little bit of {{Engrish}} and BuffySpeak as well.
** The eponymous character of "Angel of the Odd" has his dialogue typed out as it were in a German accent. [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent Or French. Maybe Spanish?]]
* GasChamber: The narrator of "The Imp of the Perverse" manages this with a "poisoned candle".
* GeniusLoci: The House of Usher.
* GentlemanDetective: Dupin, considered the TropeMaker.
* {{Goth}}: UnbuiltTrope.
* GothicLiterature: Popularized the genre in public consciousness.
* GrandTheftMe: "Ligeia." It's a variation though involving swapping bodies ''and'' transformation.
* GrayEyes: He was said to have always-changing light grey eyes.
* GreatDetective: C. Auguste Dupin.
* HandicappedBadass: Hop-Frog may be a midget with deformed legs, but that doesn't stop him from getting his revenge.
* HerCodenameWasMarySue: Signora Psyche Zenobia in "How to Write a Blackwood Article" writes a story about a lovely and refined lady named... Signora Psyche Zenobia.
* HiddenInPlainSight: ''The Purloined Letter''.
* HowWeGotHere: Quite frequent, always overlapping with ForegoneConclusion.
* IllGirl: He was especially fond of this one. Incidentally, they tend to be [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette pale]] from sickness, but in a pretty way.
** Arguably TruthInTelevision; Poe's wife was ill for several years prior to her death, but he never saw her as anything less than beautiful.
*** Pretty much all of the women he loved became one of these, which also included his adoptive mother and his friend's mother.
* IncestIsRelative: Finally found love with his teenage cousin, though their love was [[{{Asexuality}} only ever platonic]]. He never had any children with her. Subverted in that under the laws of most lands, marrying one's cousin isn't incest; before widespread travel it was the rule rather than the exception.
* InnerMonologueConversation: Dupin is famously capable of responding to his companion's inner monologue, by deducing from body language what he must have been thinking about.
* InspiredBy: The murder of Marie Roget, a Dupin mystery.
** Also, his unfinished play ''Politian'' was a fictionalization of a famous duel case of the time.
* InTheBlood: Implied to be the case with the titular family in "The Fall of the House of Usher".
* IronicName: "Fortunato" is a very ironic name for the guy who gets buried alive...
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: "The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade" is written as an epilogue to the Arabian Nights, in which Scheherazade makes the mistake of putting modern (for Poe's time) inventions in one of her stories, causing the disbelieving sultan to have her executed.
** Also invoked in RealLife by "Eureka" which postulates absurd theories the modern reader will recognize as the Bohr model, the Big Bang, and general relativity... in 1848.
* KarmaHoudini: The narrator of "The Cask of Amontillado"
* KillTheCutie: Poor Virginia.
* KissingCousins: Subverted. According to historians, his marriage with his cousin was [[LikeBrotherAndSister comparable to that of a pair of siblings.]]
* LetThePastBurn: The story "The Fall of the House of Usher" ends this way, and the curse of the Usher family is brought to closure through the destruction of the house, as well as the protagonist's love interest.
* LockedIntoStrangeness[=/=]DiseaseBleach: The old man in "A Descent Into the Maelstrom" [[YoungerThanTheyLook isn't nearly as old as he seems]]...
* LockedRoomMystery: ''The Murders in the Rue Morgue''
* TheLostLenore: The TropeNamer, courtesy of "The Raven." A love interest of a main character in a story is dead before the story begins, or dies during its course, and their death has significant ongoing impact, consequences, and relevance for the remainder of the story.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Parodied and gleefully deconstructed in "The Spectacles", in which a short-sighted young man falls in love with a [[UnreliableNarrator beautiful young]] woman at the theater, and ends up marrying her, only to find out she [[spoiler:is actually his own great-great-grandmother from France who wanted to teach him a lesson for not wearing glasses and hitting on unknown women at the theater. The wedding was a fake wedding, of course.]]
* LoveHurts: Let's put it this way - if the character loves a woman, [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality she's on death row]].
** This was probably inspired by the fact that basically every woman he ever loved in any way (his mother, foster mother, girlfriends, and his wife) all died young, mostly from tuberculosis.
*** Averted in "Hop-Frog" [[spoiler: when Hop-Frog and his beloved Trippetta escape to their own country at the end of the story.]]
* LovecraftCountry: Helped inspire Lovecraft.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Certain critics think D, in "The Purloined Letter," is Dupin's father. Others think the two men may be brothers, as indicated by the reference Dupin makes to the ancient Greek twins Atreus and Thyestes. Still others say certain critics are completely nuts.
** Played for laughs in the comedy story (yes, really) "The Spectacles," where the [[BlindWithoutEm extremely near-sighted]] narrator falls in love with a beautiful woman who turns out to be [[spoiler: his great-great-grandmother.]]
* MacabreMothMotif: In ''The Sphinx''.
* MasqueradeBall: "The Masque of the Red Death"; "Hop-Frog".
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Contemporaries noted that Poe wasn't as gloomy or spooky as everyone thinks he was, and he often mocked his own persona.
* MeaningfulName: Allamistakeo in "Some Words With a Mummy."
* MoodDissonance: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in "Thou Art the Man": the narrator [[spoiler:is the one who set up the apparent "miracle," and knows what really happened.]]
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: [[spoiler:"Annabel Lee"]], though [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness it takes a while to realize it]].
* {{Mummy}}: "Some Words With a Mummy", appropriately enough. This is an unusual case where the mummy isn't [[TheUndead Undead]]- he [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum went into a cataleptic state and didn't come out for thousands of years]]. Since he was of a particular group known as the Scarabeus, he was fortunate enough not to get his internal organs removed during embalming.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Roderick Usher when he realizes he has [[spoiler:entombed his twin sister while she is still alive]].
* MysteriousAntarctica: ''Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket''. Also a LostWorld.
** This inspired a ''lot'' of the later uses of this trope, particularly by Creator/JulesVerne and Creator/HPLovecraft.
* NarrativePoem: Several shortish examples, most famously "Literature/TheRaven".
* NightmareRetardant: [[{{Invoked}} Done intentionally in ''The Premature Burial''.]] The whole point of the short story was to serve as NightmareRetardant for the Poe himself.
* NoEnding: "The Devil in the Belfry", among others.
* NoImmortalInertia: "The Facts in the Case of M.Valdemar"
* NoNameGiven: Dupin's {{sidekick}}.
** This is actually quite frequent in Poe. It's generally an omission as a result of first-person narration, with the exception of the protagonist of "William Wilson," who refuses to give his name because he's piled too much infamy upon it.
* NoodleIncident: Readers rarely get to learn ''why'' the narrator - especially the one in "Cask of Amontillado" - is pursuing a cold and cruel revenge against his nemesis/victim. There was some slight made back well before the story, but it's never mentioned and most of the time [[ButForMeItWasTuesday the victim doesn't even remember]] what it was.
** In "Cask of Amontillado", while the full nature of the "insult" may never be known, Poe scholars have narrowed it down to being related to class conflict. Montressor is the scion of an ancient noble family, while Fortunato appears to be "new money." Arrogant, vulgar, and ignorant of the manners of high society, Fortunato inadvertently slighted Montressor's family honor in such a way that could only be redressed through violent retribution. Some have even theorized that Fortunato made his money by fleecing Montressor or one of his fellow ancient noblemen.
*** This is addressed in Music/TheAlanParsonsProject song based on this story:
---->Ye who are rich and whose troubles are few\\
May come around to see my point of view;\\
[[NightmareFuel What price the crown of a king on a throne]]\\
[[NightmareFuel When you're trapped in the dark, all alone?]]
* NothingIsScarier: In "The Pit and the Pendulum", [[spoiler: we ''never find out what is in the pit''.]]
* TheNounAndTheNoun
* NoOntologicalInertia: "Fall of the House of Usher"
* OneBookAuthor: He produced a long list of poems and short stories, but ''Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket'' was his only novel.
* PirateBooty: "The Gold-Bug" involves three men - one of them [[SanitySlippage recently bitten by a golden scarab]] - going off on a treasure hunt for Captain Kidd's buried loot.
* ThePlague: In "Masque of the Red Death."
* {{Profiling}}: How Dupin figures out that the thief of "The Purloined Letter" hid the letter [[spoiler:in plain sight on a letter rack]], and how he figures out that the killer in "The Murders in the Rue-Morgue" is [[spoiler:an orangutan]].
* PsychologicalHorror: A lot of the horror stories have no gore at all, and when there is some it's dealt with quickly.
* PsychologicalTormentZone: The house of the Ushers.
* RiddleForTheAges: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_allan_poe#Death Poe's own death]], fittingly enough.
* SanitySlippage: Many a Poe protagonist ("The Tell-Tale Heart" and "Fall of the House of Usher" are two examples) suffers this plight.
* ScarecrowSolution: Used in ''Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket'', to scare mutineers into abandoning ship by convincing them it's haunted.
* SceneryPorn: "The Domain of Arnheim" is arguably Scenery Porn Without Plot.
** "The Island of the Fay" to a lesser extent.
* SelfParody: In "The Sphinx", the narrator is terrified and thrown into full-blown Poe melodramatics by what appears to be a terrifying apparition of death. It turns out to be [[spoiler:just a harmless [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death%27s_Head_moth moth]] magnified by the window he was sitting next to.]]
** "Eureka" takes Dupin's method of reasoning to absurd conclusions. Which were [[HilariousInHindsight mostly]] [[ScienceMarchesOn right]].
* SerialProstheses: [[spoiler:"The Man Who Was Used Up"]]
* ShaggyDogStory: Although Dupin solves the case of "The Murder of Marie Roget," the audience isn't informed of more than Dupin's complex reasoning. This is partly because the story is inspired by real events, which themselves were never solved.
* SherlockScan: Helped establish this trope [[OlderThanTheyThink pre-Sherlock]] with his C. Auguste Dupin stories.
* {{Sidekick}}: The narrator of Dupin's stories.
* SpoofAesop: "Never Bet the Devil Your Head", one of his less serious stories.
* StableTimeLoop: "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains".
* SpringtimeForHitler: A certain Rufus Wilmot Griswold had a thorn in the side of Poe. After Poe's death, Griswold tried hard to ruin Poe's reputation. Most famously, he wrote a subversive biography where Poe was depicted as arrogant, evil, constantly drunk or high and very mentally unstable. Unfortunately for Griswold, this didn't deter people from enjoying Poe, instead spawned interest in the author and made him a legend surrounded by myths. [[EvilIsCool Who wouldn't want to read a story written by a man who was described as being "evil"]]?
** While Poe's reputation in America suffered thanks to Griswold, Poe's reputation and influence in France kept growing, and eventually worked its way back to the United States where Poe's name was rehabilitated.
* StartOfDarkness: "William Wilson".
* StealthParody: "How to Write a Blackwood Article," in which "sensation stories" (i.e., stories that chronicle the narrator's descent into madness and/or death) are dissected and mercilessly mocked, hints that some of Poe's best-known psychological horror stories like "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" might have been [[{{Troperiffic}} sly jabs at the genre.]]
** Some critics suggest that [[http://www.eapoe.org/works/essays/philcomp.htm "The Philosophy of Composition"]] is one of these, but it's more than likely that this isn't the case.
* TheSummation: "The Purloined Letter"
* TakeThatAudience[=/=]TakeThatMe: "The Premature Burial." In the end, having [[spoiler:mistakenly thought himself buried alive and found that he wasn't, the narrator overcomes his fears. One of the changes is that he "read no bugaboo tales--''[[HypocrisyNod such as this]].''"]] (Italics Poe's.)
* TarAndFeathers: "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether"
* TerribleTicking: "The Telltale Heart" is the TropeMaker and the TropeNamer, as well as a case of BeatStillMyHeart.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Too many times to count. Interestingly, these protagonists are almost always [[TalkativeLoon Talkative Loons]] who're clearly nuts, with the exception of the one in "Ligeia", who's merely on drugs and may have seen clearly.
* The WindowsOfTheSoul: "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether".
-->'' "Keeping these impressions in view, I was cautious in what I said''
-->''before the young lady; for I could not be sure that she was sane;''
-->''and, in fact, there was a certain restless brilliancy about her eyes''
-->''which half led me to imagine she was not. "''
* TitleDrop: A few times, most dramatically in "The Man Who Was Used Up" and "The Man of the Crowd".
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Quite a few of Poe's stories have a recurring theme of young, beautiful, strong and intelligent women falling [[IllGirl terminally ill]], suffering a slow death and [[VictorianNovelDisease ultimately leaving their partners in deep depression]]. Many point to Poe's cousin, Virginia Eliza Clemm, whom he married when he was 27 and she was 13 and, according to sources, had a LikeBrotherAndSister relationship with, up until her death from tuberculosis at age 24, for being the inspiration for those.
* TheToothHurts: "Berenice" is about a young man with a tendency to go into trance states where he can't remember his actions afterward and a growing obsession with the teeth of his cousin/fiancée Berenice. Eventually he wakes up from one such state, surrounded by bloody dental implements and holding a box full of Berenice's teeth.
* TreasureMap: The encrypted message that leads to [[PirateBooty Captain Kidd's buried gold]] in "The Gold-Bug" is essentially a treasure map.
* {{Troll}}: Most of ''Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket'' is trolling readers of exploration narratives.
* {{Twincest}}: Implied in "The Fall of the House of Usher"
* TwistEnding
* UndeadAuthor: Parodied in "A Predicament", where Signora Psyche Zenobia narrates a story that ends with her [[spoiler: having her neck sliced off by the minute hand of a church clock.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: Poe practically ''created'' the trope, at least in traditional Western literature.
** Hell, the narrator in "The Cask of Amontillado" tells the reader that they of course should trust him, [[LampshadeHanging because he is the narrator of the story, and therefore must be reliable.]]
** Perhaps the most obvious example is in "The Tell-Tale Heart," which is delivered as a borderline rant by an insane [[AmbiguousGender wo/man]] (trying to convince the audience s/he is sane). The entire point is that the Narrator is certain of things that are obviously untrue.
* VictorianNovelDisease: See above.
* VideoGameAdaptation: Several of his stories have received/are receiving these in the ''VideoGame/DarkTales'', a series of PC {{Hidden Object Game}}s from developer ERS.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: "The Pit And The Pendulum".
* WikiWalk: In "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," C. Auguste Dupin shows off his general awesomeness by tracking the narrator's train of thought through fifteen minutes of silent walking and several mental topic shifts, and saying exactly the right thing at the end.
* WouldHitAGirl: The king in "Hop-Frog" who throws a glass of wine at the dancer Trippetta because she asked him to stop tormenting Hop-Frog. He and the courtiers who laughed [[spoiler: pay for their cruelty when Hop-Frog turns them into a human chandelier.]]
** [[spoiler: A [[IncendiaryExponent LIT]] human chandelier, to clarify. ]]
* YouCantFightFate: "The Masque of the Red Death" and ''The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". Each also fits a second trope, respectively WhileRomeBurns and BalancingDeathsBooks.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: "The Masque of the Red Death". The guests at the MasqueradeBall are all shocked by the tastelessness one fellow displays by dressing as the incarnation of [[ThePlague the Red Death]]. Then [[spoiler:someone rips his mask off and finds there's [[NoFaceUnderTheMask nothing underneath...]]]]

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