I wrote this as a class assignment. We'd just read Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles, and were supposed to rewrite one of the stories from our own viewpoint, as if we ourselves were in the story. I chose 'Usher II,' a story about a man who resents that society is trying to make fantasy go away, and wants to make a point by recreating some of the old stories in a new and much more solid way. It supposedly takes place on a Mars where it is easy to breathe. Bradbury might have written the story for a similar assignment after reading works by Poe.