Tales, by Edgar Allan Poe, is a collection of twenty-five stories from the literary father of the mysterious and the macabre. These individual pieces, which include 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. And 'Silence: A Fable', together make up the body of both Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, and Tales of the Folio Club. Taken as a whole, Poe's writing has cast its dark and exquisite shadow over many genres of literature, from the mysteries of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the science fiction of Jules Verne, but in this collection the author's ability to explore the darker corners of the readers' psyche comes to the fore. Such is the power of his story-telling that his tales retain their eerie power to delight and terrify in equal measure more than a century and a half after his death.
While many details of Edgar Allan Poe's life are shrouded in mystery, it is generally accepted that he was born on 19 January 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts. He worked as both critic and editor with several literary magazines, but it was for his own macabre fiction that he is best-remembered. Through stories such as 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' Poe is thought to have originated the genre of detective fiction, and influenced both horror and science fiction. He died under oft-contested circumstances on 7 October 1849.