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In October 2011, the Library hosted The Big Read Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Contest for teens and adults. For the teen contest, "The Mysterious Case of Mr. Casslowe," was awarded third place. This story has many strengths. It uses interesting language and description that are similar to Poe's short stories. The second place winner, "The man looked around..." has many strengths and is well-written. It is evocative of Poe's dark and terrifying style. The first place winning entry, "The lament..." is the most well-rounded story and is especially reminiscent of Poe's style. It has good pacing and creates tension as the story progresses.

For the adult contest, the entries showed imagination, a love of words and writing, and an appreciation for the work of Edgar Allan Poe. A few were right behind the three chosen by the judges for the top spots, and those three were very close in ranking. "The Haunted Heart," in third place, exhibits wit and a sense of playfulness in its modern riff on Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." "Pity," in second place, draws inspiration from "the lost Lenore" in Poe’s poetry and shows the story author's skill with poetry as well as prose. The untitled entry that begins "Lucy's routine felt off" was chosen for the top spot because it displays a strong use of everyday detail to set its scene and build tension and a sense of foreboding, telling a complete and scary tale.

Take a moment to read these Poe inspired stories. Congratulations, winners!

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment
for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Library Programs

Chris Semtner, curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, discusses the life, death, and legacy of America's most famous author.

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Library Online Resources

Biography in Context

Consider this to be a one-stop-shop to learn all about this great American author. In addition to biographical information, features of this database include news articles, academic journals, images, audio, and links to websites.

Literature Resource Center

This database is a robust online literary resource for everything Poe. The resources include literary criticism, topic and work overviews, reviews, and multimedia, to name but a few.


Horror Novels

Browse these horror titles available for download with your library card number and PIN. These entries consist of both eBooks and audiobooks.

Mystery Fiction

Check here if you are looking for a good 'whodunit.' Consisting of over 4,000 titles, this is a full list of mystery fiction available in downloadable audiobook or eBook formats.

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Library Materials

Works by Edgar Allan Poe

Read the classic works by this one-of-a-kind author. These titles are presented in a variety of formats, including books, audiobooks, downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, graphic novels, and more.

Biographies and Literary Criticism

Discover the life and times of Poe. This collection also includes academic assessments of his stories and poems.

Detective and Mystery Stories – History and Criticism

Learn about the history of detective and mystery fiction. These titles also include guides to the best reads in these genres.

Gothic Novels

This fictional genre combines elements of romance and horror. Some of the themes include those of mystery and suspense. This list includes the first recognized literary work to be credited as gothic fiction: The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story by Horace Walpole, published in 1765.

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Edgar Allan Poe Letters

Read actual letters written to and from Poe on this website, brought to you by the University of Virginia Library Special Collections. Other contributors to this virtual collection include the Poe Museum and the Valentine Richmond History Center, both located in Richmond, Virginia.

Edgar Awards

These awards are given to mystery writers in the spring of every year by the Mystery Writers of America. There are multiple categories of mystery fiction recognized, including juvenile, young adult, first novel, short story, play and more.

Poe Museum

Established in 1922 and billed as 'The World’s Finest Edgar Allan Poe Collection,' the Poe Museum is located in Richmond, Virginia, in close proximity to Poe’s first home. The museum houses many fine treasures, such as manuscripts, artwork, furniture, letters, possessions, and other relics.

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The Complete Edgar Allan Poe for iPhone

Imagine having the works of Poe right in your hand and with you wherever you go. This $.99 iPhone application does exactly that.


This free Android application consists of numerous quotes from the inimitable author Edgar Allan Poe. You can even share the quotes via email, SMS, or Twitter.

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The Master Edgar Allan Poe

If you enjoy this seminal author, be sure to "Like" this Facebook page dedicated to Poe!

The World of Edgar Allan Poe

The focus of this blog, dedicated to investigating the life and work of Poe, is an attempt to dispel falsehoods and myths regarding the author.

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