Until I read this short, I hadn’t realised how good Poe was at comic writing. This is a tongue-in-cheek dig at the horror genre that had me laughing out loud. Although some of the constructed names are a little juvenile, I suspect they would have been thought quite revolutionary at the time.
The story, inasmuch as there is one, is very simple. It’s the descriptions of locations and characters that most deserve comment. There’s great detail, almost pedantic attention to the smallest features, all edged with a sarcastic tone that makes the reader smile.
A fun short read, and one I’m glad I came across.