What a difference 39 years makes! I read this book in approximately 1975 (I think I was 3 :D) and loved it. If there would have been goth at that time period, I would have been part of it. I read all of scary, sad, occult books I could get my hands on and read all of Poe's works.
Now when I picked up this book the first couple of pages were making me think, "What the hell!" Then I started noticing the obvious comparisons to Sherlock Holmes so I was a little more interested, but I ended up being almost bored by this book. I found a few other "classics" that have not done well with a re-read. This is one of them. 2-1/2 stars.