© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher

by Edgar Allan Poe

Analysis: Genre

Horror or Gothic Fiction

A sentient house, a dead body (or two), an underground tomb, dark and stormy nights…this is a horror tale. One of the sub-genres of Gothic fiction is “Supernatural Gothic,” in which the weird stuff that happens really can be attributed to bizarre supernatural happenings (as oppose to the figments of a crazy person’s imagination). The presence of inexplicable diseases – both of the body and of the mind, in Usher and his sister, is another great indication that we’re dealing with the horror genre.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement