For a drunk who died in a gutter in Baltimore, Edgar Allan Poe did pretty well for himself as a writer. He is considered one of the central figures of Romanticism, the inventor of detective fiction, a science-fiction visionary, and one of the true masters of horror.
He was also a notably creepy dude. Here are some of the creepiest Edgar Allan Poe quotes from his works...and from his life.
1. "Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears." -- Poe on beauty
2. "Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence." -- from "Eleonora"
3. "Beneath the pressure of torments such as these, the feeble remnant of the good within me succumbed. Evil thoughts became my sole intimates -- the darkest and most evil of thoughts." -- from "The Black Cat"
4. "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before." -- from "The Raven"
5. "The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?" -- from "The Premature Burial"
6. "The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led." -- from "Marginalia"
7. "I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect -- in terror." -- from "The Fall of the House of Usher"
8. "Vastness! And Age! And Memories of Eld! Silence! And Desolation! And dim Night! I feel ye now -- I feel ye in your strength." -- from "The Coliseum"
9. "And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain thrilled me -- filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before." -- from "The Raven"
10. "And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all." -- from "The Masque of the Red Death"
11. "One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture -- a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees -- very gradually -- I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever." -- from "The Tell-Tale Heart"
12. "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity." -- Poe describing his reaction to his wife's tuberculosis
13. "And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door." -- from "The Raven"
So yeah...I can't imagine that Poe was the most cheerful drinking buddy. But if you ever need a good scare on a stormy night, there's no better companion than one of his short stories.