Edgar Allen Poe, writer of such stories as the Tell-Tale Heart, (personal favorite) The Masque of the Red Death, and of course that legendary poem The Raven. He’s associated with the gothic style of writing. His work is dark and depressing but captivating. Almost from the very start you’re immersed in the story that unfolds before you. While a lot of what happens is fantastical, the story is spun with such a dark realism that you can’t help but be drawn in. I first got into Poe not long after I had started writing. In his works I had found that tinge of darkness and complexity in characters that I was searching for in my writing. Anyone who wants to read true gothic horror or mystery should do themselves a favor and pick up a volume of his collected works. Either buy it, go to the library ( those are the buildings where you can go and rent books for free, for you kids out there) are even go and find a couple of his poems on the net somewhere. His work is interesting to say the least, but it helps to be in a certain mood when reading his stories because light reading they’re not.