The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia is where the author lived for six years, and comes across as the ideal spot for a writer of haunting tales. You can find many of his works available online for free at www.gutenberg.org. Poe was not only a master of scary plots but also of writing short stories, with most published between the 1830s and 1850s.
When you visit his home, check out the staircases, the basement, and the Gothic furnishings. Ask about the cat, and pose with the raven before you leave. (Also see his Maryland, New York, and Virginia pages on our site.)
This is the third stop on our Pennsylvania Trail!