Even though his work is so much more than just tales to read for Halloween, it’s hard to deny that Edgar Allan Poe’s spooky stories work best around this time of year. Poe is, without a doubt, October’s writer, his relevance to month cemented by the fact that his death occurred on its seventh day, back in 1849.
The Morgan Library & Museum is also getting into the spirit, with “Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul,” which opened earlier this month and runs through January. The exhibit showcases close to 100 items, most from the Morgan’s holdings and The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at The New York Public Library. The museum has shared with us a selection of images of the man himself, and we’ve paired them with a handful of Poe’s stories that — while brilliant at any time of year — are perfect to read while the cold autumn rain falls and the temperature drops at night.
How far would you go to get revenge on somebody who insulted you? Another of Poe’s tales told from the point of view of the murderer, this 1846 story is the last thing you want to read if you frighten easily at the thought of buried alive.