Study Guide

The Fall of the House of Usher Genre

By Edgar Allan Poe


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.