supernatural fiction Poe usually dealt with paranoia rooted in personal psychology, physical or mental enfeeblement, obsessions,
the damnation of death, feverish fantasies, the cosmos as source of horror and inspiration, without bothering himself with
such supernatural beings as ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and so on. Some of his short stories are humorous, among them 'The
Devil in the Belfry,' 'The Duc de l'Omelette,' 'Bon-Bon' and 'Never Bet the Devil Your Head,' all of which employ the Devil
as an ironic figure of fun. - Poe was also one of the most prolific literary journalists in American history, one whose extensive
body of reviews and criticism has yet to be collected fully. James Russell Lowell (1819-91) once wrote about Poe: 'Three fifths
of him genius and two fifths sheer fudge.'"