Brooding and atmospheric,
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This review is from: The Complete Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe (Annotated) (69 stories) (Kindle Edition)
The brief biographical intro' gave some indication of the man but more interestingly you sometimes see Poe, the grave and somewhat manic depressive, mirrored in the deeply brooding themes of his stories.
Mercifully, though The Pit and the Pendulum and such stories skirt on what we now call 'Horror', they are not so much a celebration of visceral and bloody encounters with the body and, where there is blood or carnage, it suits the context.
I wouldn't recommend reading some of the stories if already feeling depressed and, for me, some of the early stories like "Four Beasts in One" and "The Devil in the Belfry" tended to leave me gloomy. Perhaps, though, this is partly the success of Poe to affect the reader.
I liked being able to click through to the commentaries on each work.