A Descent Into the Maelstrom

Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, A Descent into the Maelström was originally published in 1841.

Atop a Norwegian mountain a frail old man retells the story of a fateful fishing tip and a mysterious storm that enveloped one of his brothers, drove another to insanity, and aged him beyond his earthly years. A gripping tale of preternatural horror, A Descent into the Maelström is highly recommended for fans of Poe’s masterful fiction, and would make for a worthy addition to any bookshelf.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American author, editor, poet, and critic. Most famous for his stories of mystery and horror, he was one of the first American short story writers, and is widely considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre.

We are republishing this vintage text, A Descent into the Maelström, in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

Extract from Edgar Allan Poe’s A Descent into the Maelström:

“Not long ago,” said he at length, “and I could have guided you on this route as well as the youngest of my sons ; but, about three years past, there happened to me an event such as never happened to mortal man – or at least such as no man ever survived to tell of – and the six hours of deadly terror which I then endured have broken me up body and soul. You suppose me a very old man – but I am not. It took less than a single day to change these hairs from a jetty black to white, to weaken my limbs, and to unstring my nerves, so that I tremble at the least exertion, and am frightened at a shadow.


Here, at edgarallanpoe.co.uk, you can find the best of this fantastic author’s novels, short stories, essays, and poems.

You can also find a biography of Edgar Allan Poe, along with some of his most famous quotes and loved poems.

Through republishing works such as ‘A Descent into the Maelström’, it is hoped that the writing of this author of mystery and the macabre, can continue to delight – almost two centuries after its initial publication.