Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. He is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in financially difficult life and career. King Pest the First is the main antagonist of the story King Pest. He is the supposed ruler of a kingdom, in reality, the kingdom is a basement, and his subjects are a group of six drunken beggars. He first appears, drinking merrily with his subjects, and graciously, allows Hugh and Legs to join their merriment. The King introduces himself and his peers, but this arouses Hugh's suspicion, for the King's lair used to belong to Hugh's friend, Will Wimble the Undertaker. The King becomes slightly offended, but keeps his cool, and speaks politely, warning that rebels will be drowned in October Ale. When Hugh simply calls the King and the other royals as frauds and actors. This causes the King to angrily declare them treasonous and orders their death sentence. You can listen online to free English audiobook “King Pest” by Edgar Allan Poe on our website.