This book contains a fantastic collection of some of Edgar Allen Poe's best and best known short stories, including: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat", "The Mystery of Marie Roget", "The Spectacles", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "Diddling", "The Gold-Bug", "Mesmeric Revelation", "A tale of the Ragged Mountains", "The Oblong Box", "The Baloon-Hoax", and "The Premature Burial". This volume is highly recommended for those who enjoy tales of mystery and macabre, and would make for a worthy addition to any bookshelf. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American author, editor, poet, and critic. Most famous for his stories of mystery and horror, he was one of the first American short story writers, and is widely considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre. Many antiquarian books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.