Edgar Allan Poe's grim storytelling and love for the macabre has been a source of inspiration for heavy metal lyrics, despite the fact that his stories were all written during the 1800s; in the past few years, many hard rock and metal artists have retold or even rewritten some of his best horror tales. From murders to mysteries and from poems to short stories, Poe always delivered chilling accounts with shocking twists.

This list examines some of the artists who paid tribute to the iconic horror author.

Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music, without the idea, is simply music; the idea, without the music, is prose, from its very definitiveness,” – Edgar Allan Poe, “Letter to B___."

Scroll through the gallery below to see which artists turned to the dark works of Poe for lyrical inspiration and follow this list on Spotify.

10 Macabre Rock + Metal Songs Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

Macabre Rock + Metal Songs Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe Playlist