Sometimes whenever gold is mentioned around polite company the term ‘gold bug’ gets thrown out. This term was penned by Edgar Allen Poe in his short story ‘The Gold Bug’. Published in the early 1840’s and according to Poe it ‘made great noise’ and was his most widely circulated and read story.

In ‘The Gold Bug’ William Legrand appears to go insane after being bitten by a bug he thinks is pure gold. He confides in his closest friend, the narrator. Legrand asks the narrator to immediately visit him at his home on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. When the narrator arrives Legrand begins searching for lost treasure. The narrator doubts Legrand and thinks he may be insane. Do Legrand and the narrator find the mythical treasure?