It"s hard to overstate the tremendous influence that poe had over horror in the english language. He is probably the single most important influence on modern horror. Has a reputation as a man that practiced what he wrote; drunk, half-mad, addicted. Began the detective fiction genre: amateur detective inspired sherlock. Has become a pop culture character in and of himself. American writer and journalist, one of the most influential authors of gothic literature. Worked in publishing, as a magazine editor, and as a journalist. Well known for his short stories and poems but also made a lot of other works. Never made a lot of money with his work, despite earning a certain amount of notoriety during his lifetime. Worked primarily in the genre of the short story, and one of his most well known works is the narrative of arthur gordon pym: a narrative about an adventure at the edge of the world in the.