YMMV / Edgar Allan Poe

  • Genius Bonus: In "The Masque of the Red Death". While most readers can probably tell that Prince Prospero's name is a Shakespeare Shout-Out, comparatively few people probably noticed that the story's entire premise is a subtle Shakespeare Shout-Out as well: it was inspired by Caliban's line "The red plague rid you for learning me your language!" in Act I, Scene 2 of The Tempest.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "The Masque of the Red Death" is about a particularly nasty disease that causes people to die in agony, sweating blood. This was and still is all very fine and creepy, standard for Poe. This plague's symptoms superficially match those of Ebola, discovered more than a century after Poe's death.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Minister D. (who pities the fool), Dupin's nemesis in The Purloined Letter, was the inspiration behind Moriarty and had Magnificent Bastard written all over him.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Poe is an undisputed grandmaster of this, rivaled only by H.P. Lovecraft.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Griswold's attempt at ruining Poe's reputation after his death did absolutely nothing to Poe's popularity despite the wide acceptance of his outlandish claims. People were thrilled at the idea of reading the work of an 'evil' man.
  • Older Than They Think: Detective Dupin is the direct literary precursor of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Poe almost single-handedly invented the suspense and psychological horror genres. As a consequence, a lot of his work seems tame and cliched in hindsight.