This lesson plan introduces students to Edgar Allan Poe by providing interesting information about his background and early life. The lesson also focuses on Poe's creation of horror within his writing, particularly in "The Cask of Amontillado." Students are lead to relate their ideas of terror to the style of writing Poe uses in this short story. Primary to this lesson is the exploration of what makes a story/movie a horror story and what appeal this has on readers. The lesson includes several activities in which students link their individual notions of horror to the terror Poe includes in his stories.