Post-Halloween: Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories I assigned to retell in a dramatic storytelling one of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. Today we did half of the class and ALL , yes all, dazzled and frightened us and bursts of laughter erupted. Poe's writing is macabre and horror reigned. I am most impressed with resourcefulness, imaginations, and creativity. Fabulous dialects, costumes ( just putting on a cloak changes everything) , and props ( even an ipad showing different animals)--- My daughter and another student ( the one in the post below) did the same story: THE BLACK CAT.