Required Reading: The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Written in 1841, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is dark, sick, and twisted... Three adjectives that best describe the master American Gothic writer's lesser-known short story, which follows a leisurely aristocratic Parisian's hunt to solve the brutal murders of a woman and her daughter who live on... where else? Rue Morgue.

In the usual style of Poe, this early detective work is full of disturbingly vivid details of the murders and enthralling twists that will make you miss your subway stop on the morning commute. 

Get a copy of the notorious author's work on Barnes & Noble or check out a free copy of the text for "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" here. Just don't read this immediately before bedtime.