1 Hitchcock: Influences on Him–Edgar Allan Poe

Several of Hitchcock’s movies were inspired by and/or owe a debt to the seminal short stories writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe, an American writer, editor, and literary critic, was born in 1809; he died young, in 1849.

Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly tales of mystery and the macabre. He is perceived as a central figure of Romanticism and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story. He is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is credited as contributor to the emerging genre of science fiction.


Psycho was influenced by Poe’s “The Raven.”

Rear Window

This movie was inspired by Poe’s “The Man on the Crowd” and “The Murders in the Avenue Morgue.”


Rope was influenced by Poe’s “The Tell-Tall Heart”

Strangers on a Train:

Influenced by Poe’s “William Wilson”


It owes to Poe’s “Ligeici”


See Dana Brand