Poe was a brilliant, troubled soul. His stories resonate powerfully, even as he wrote from an era that was probably easier to shock. Like a 19th century H.P. Lovecraft, Poe writes the best kind of horror- the creepy, supernatural sort. None of his stories are particularly bloody, and they don't need to be. Poe isn't trying to deliver a jolt of terror, as modern slasher movies imagine themselves doing; he is more about creating that slowly building dis-ease you might get alone at night in a large unfamiliar house when you hear noises you can't explain. In addition to his imaginative story telling, Poe is a fun read for his interesting language. Some of this might be attributable to the 150 years which have passed since the time of writing.