This volume contains Edgar Allen Poe’s 1841 short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”. Widely considered to be the first modern detective story, it follows C. Auguste Dupin’s attempts to solve the horrific incident that left two women murdered, the only clue being a hair that does not appear to be human in origin. A tense and chilling tale, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is a must-read for fans of detective fiction, and is not to be missed by devotees of Poe’s fantastic fiction. Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) was an American author, editor, poet, and critic. Most famous for his stories of mystery and horror, he was one of the first American short story writers, and is widely considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre. Many antiquarian books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.