Edgar Allan Poe is often considered to be the father of the horror or thriller genre. He wrote extremely suspenseful and dark stories. Poe is known for creating eerie and macabre, yet intelligent, literature. Symbolism and mood played major roles in his writings; his use of imagery was powerful and was often aided by his talented use of word choice and description to add to readers' experience.
Poe lived a troubled life. The loss of loved ones, including his parents (at an early age) and wife, as well as problems with gambling, drinking, and other issues is assumed to have greatly influenced Poe's writing style and focus. He lived a dark life and wrote dark pieces.
Eventually, Poe was found in a delirious condition on the street; he died shortly after. Modern medical professionals have suggested that he may have died of rabies. At any rate, he left behind some of the world's best known short stories (and poems), as well as great literary legacy. Some of his best known works are "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat, and "The Masque of the Red Death."