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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Edgar Allan Poe - b. 19 January 1809

The man to whom we owe, well, pretty much everything as far as modern horror goes was born on this date in 1809. Just think - in three short years, we will be observing Edgar Allan Poe's bicentennial.


Blogger Bella said...

Whao! Bicentennial! Damn, I didn't realize his poetry was that long ago.

I have quite a few books on him. There is one favorite of mine and I can't remember the name of it. It was the story about the cat in the wall and how the home owner could constatnly hear it in the wall....later in the story, the cat was found hanging by it's neck in a tree out front of the house. Which one was that?????

1/19/2006 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger Carnacki said...

I'm glad you remembered. Totally slipped my mind. Great picture. Looks perfect for the site.

1/19/2006 04:19:00 PM  
Blogger protected static said...

Bella: I think you may be mixing and matching stories, but the text of The Black Cat is here.

1/19/2006 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought Poe was a southerner. Interesting he was born in Boston Massachusetts. My High School English teacher said Poe used too many adjectives and that's why a lot of critics did not like him. Although dark romanticism is my cup of tea I have never read too much of Poe.

1/19/2006 08:40:00 PM  
Blogger protected static said...

He also lived on-again/off-again in New York City; just last year or so, NYU demolished the last building in NYC that Poe lived in.

1/19/2006 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger Carnacki said...

bella, the other story I think you're referring to is The Tell-Tale Heart. Both tales are excellent.

1/19/2006 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Poe is the undisputed master, no doubt about it. The shadows of genius don't stretch any farther than his.

I'll have a bit of brandy and read "Annabel Lee" in his honor.

1/19/2006 11:28:00 PM  

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