"Lord, help my poor soul"
It was on this date in 1849 that Edgar Allan Poe died under famously murky circumstances. The Cemetery Project's site on Poe is here; a fun EAP fan site can be found here (warning - annoying music upon the page loading...). The Poe Museum in Richmond, VA is here[*]; the Baltimore Poe Society, here. The National Park Service's page on his Philadelphia home is here. Science fiction, horror, the detective story - I don't know how much longer it would have taken for these to evolve, but Poe certainly pushed them along to what we know and love today. (Both images link to the sites where I found them... The 2nd link points to "The Fall of the House of Usher" translated into Esperanto.) [*] True story time... should you ever visit the Poe site in Richmond, you will get funny looks from the locals if you ask for directions to the po' house. "Nope, I don't think we gots one of those any more". [hat tip to our Anonymous commenter - I'd have forgotten without the reminder]