After purchasing his complete works last year, I finally finished it today. Yes, it took me a year. 973 pages was a struggle especially when you squeeze in classes, graduation requirements and exams. What an accomplishment to actually read all his works and smother myself with his dark twisted stories. Another literary companion while I was reading that was a handy-dandy dictionary. It helps when I realized what the master of short stories was talking about.
I've highlighted some stories that were most riveting such as The Spectacles, The Pit and The Pendulum, Hop-Frog, The Oval Portrait, The Black Cat and a lot more. The Narrative of Gordon Pym of Nantucket is Poe's only full-length work and one fine adventure story ever written which gave me a handful of pirate and terrorism dreams for days. Originally, the ending lacked about 2 or 3 chapters so it's forever a mystery and it left me hanging. Maybe that's why my subconscious is trying so hard to complete it and transcend the ending in my dreams. Hmmmm... (Poe channeling himself through my dreams? Haha)
It was an adventure conversing with Poe and now I'm off to decide which book to read next.