i love poe, too! if one is looking for eery short stories with substance, his works truly fill that need. as for hawthorne, back in high school i tried reading his novel "the scarlet letter" but i lost interest before the half of the book. maybe i should get back to it now that i'm older and more mature (i think ) what hawthorne short stories do you recommend, mamab? i didn't know before that he's into short stories. are you also fond of novels, mamab? what do you usually read?