Mystery author/blogger Margot Kinberg delves into the legacy of Edgar Allan Poe on what would have been his 208th birthday. She goes on to compare some of the elements used by Daphne DuMaurier, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, and others. If you’re a mystery lover, you won’t want to stop where her post ends on this page but will click to read more of this extremely fascinating article. Enjoy my Sunday Reblog!
As this is posted, it would have been Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday. Whether you’re a fan of Poe’s writing or not, it’s hard to deny his impact on literature and culture. Personally, I like it that the Baltimore (US) professional football team is called the Ravens.
Certainly, Poe had a tremendous influence on crime fiction. In fact, he is often regarded as the creator of modern detective fiction. His C. Auguste Dupin stories featured a detective in ways that hadn’t been done before. And fans can tell you that that he also created memorable horror stories.
What’s interesting about those horror stories is that they rely much more on psychological suspense and tension than on gore and violence. And, for many people, that psychological approach can build more tension, and is more frightening, than outright violence is.
Poe is by no means the only author to create stories…
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