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His name alone stirs the imagination with visions of horrible crimes, crazed killers, sheer terror, and hauntings from his short stories and poetry, which have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics of horror and dread such as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” The January 1845 publication of “The Raven” made Poe a household name. But its not just his literary work that have captured the public imagination, but with Poe himself.

Sadly, what most people think they know about Poe is completely wrong, and was the product of an obituary then biography written just days after his death by one of his most vicious enemies, Rufus Griswold, in an attempt to defame the author’s name. Fortunitely, Griswold’s libelious attacks had the opposite effect he wanted and Poe’s books sold better than ever, in fact more than when he was alive.

Poe was born on January 19, 1809 and died on October 7, 1849 at the age of forty, with the exact cause of death still a mystery. I bought my first and favorite copy of Poe's works when I was a teenager. I remember searching through used book stores looking for the oldest copy I could find and finally came across "Tales of Edgar Allan Poe" published by Random House in 1944, which I treasure to this day.


Edgar Allan Poe:
The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe

He is the uncontested master of the macabre a genius whose melancholy nature made his own life as tragic as one of his strange tales. Edgar Allan Poe's haunting poems and chilling stories established him as one of the most important men of American letters.

But behind his popularity and artistic success was a personal life defined by broken hopes and failure. This extraordinary program tells Poe's complete story from the death of his parents when he was three to his tragic collapse on the street at age forty.

Dramatic readings recall the devastation of his broken engagement and the loss of his child bride. And experts explore the bouts of depression and addiction that tormented the man and gave birth to his dark and brilliant art. Take an intimate look at one of literature's most complex and fascinating figures. A&E's Biography - 27 October. 1994

America: Facts vs. Fiction - Trick or Treat and The Real Edgar Allan Poe
In this episode, that writer Edgar Allan Poe was not the madman that others have made him out to be. AHC - Original Airdate: 2013

Hauntings and Horrors
Made for the Travel Channel, Hauntings and Horrors investigates spooky stories, unusual people and strange tales. In season one, episode two, the grave of Edgar Allan Poe is visited with some ghostly results. 2013

Movies About Poe

The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe
While Edgar Allan Poe is best known for his tales of the macabre, the film "The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe", shows a different Poe, one of a troubled writer whose personal tradegies throughout his life, including the lose of his mother, wife and aunt, molded his very existence. The movie covers much of his life all in just sixty-seven minutes. B&W 1942

The Raven
John Cusack and Luke Evans star in this blood-curdling tale of terror that's as dark and haunting as the legendary master of the macabre who inspired it - Edgar Allan Poe. Baltimore, 1849. While investigating a horrific double murder, police detective Emmett Fields makes a startling discovery: the killer's methods mirror the twisted writings of Edgar Allan Poe.

Suspecting Poe at first, Fields ultimately enlists his help to stop future attacks. But in this deadly game of cat and mouse, the stakes are raised with each gruesome slaying as the pair races to catch a madman before he brings every one of Poe's shocking stories to chilling life...and death. 2012


"Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" (South Park)
The ghost of Edgar Allan Poe is summonded by the Goth and Vampire kids to help fight off the emos. Once summoned, Poe insults the emos as being "wannabe conformists", the vampires as "douchey", and Pete as a "poser".

On the way to stop the emos, he states that his "goth name" is Nightpain, thus making him a goth. After helping to infiltrate Troubled Acres, Poe abandons the group, choosing to drink coffee at the local Village Inn, but does return just in time to reveal that the "emo plants" are actually just regular ficus plants from Lowe's Home and Garden.

The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror
Originally titled the "Simpsons Halloween Special", it is the third episode of second season and first aired on October 25, 1990. In this episode Lisa reads "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. In this adaptation, Bart is depicted as the raven, Homer finds himself in the role of the poem's lead character, while Lisa and Maggie are seraphim.

Marge appears briefly as a painting of Lenore. James Earl Jones narrates. The episode then returns to the treehouse and Bart, Lisa and Maggie, who are not frightened by any of the stories. They climb down from the treehouse and sleep peacefully the whole night. Homer, on the other hand, lies in his bed terrified.

Stage Plays

Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe
Horror movie icon Jeffrey Combs portrays Poe at the Somerville Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts on Halloween night, October 31, 2014.

In this ninty minute one-man, one-act play set in 1848, Combs is so good in his preformance that it is said that he doesn't just play Poe, but must be channeling his Poe's spirit.

This is one play that we would really love to see!





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