Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery, was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. He was an American writer, poet, editor and literary critic. Best known for his tales of mistery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American writers of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.
His most recurring themes deal with questions of death, including its physical signs, the effects of decomposition, concerns of premature burial, the reanimation of the dead, and mourning.