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Happy Halloween, Day 7

Happy birthday to fory_san! May you have a marvelous day today and your very best year yet.

On this day in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died under mysterious circumstances. For more information, read "Mysterious for Evermore" by Matthew Pearl, an article on Poe's death from The Telegraph. Pearl is the author of a recent novel about the subject, The Poe Shadow. I finished reading it a couple of weeks ago, and I found it to be quite interesting.

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Links of the Day: The following are some of my favorite links on Edgar Allan Poe:

* PoeStories.com: An Exploration of Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

* The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

* The Poe Museum of Richmond

Literature of the Day: Here is one of Poe's chilling poems:

"The Conqueror Worm"
by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Lo! ’tis a gala night
Within the lonesome latter years!
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
In veils, and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre, to see
A play of hopes and fears,
While the orchestra breathes fitfully
The music of the spheres.

Mimes, in the form of God on high,
Mutter and mumble low,
And hither and thither fly—
Mere puppets they, who come and go
At bidding of vast formless things
That shift the scenery to and fro,
Flapping from out their Condor wings
Invisible Wo!

That motley drama—oh, be sure
It shall not be forgot!
With its Phantom chased for evermore
By a crowd that seize it not,
Through a circle that ever returneth in
To the self-same spot,
And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
And Horror the soul of the plot.

But see, amid the mimic rout,
A crawling shape intrude!
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
The scenic solitude!
It writhes!—it writhes!—with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued.

Out—out are the lights—out all!
And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
Comes down with the rush of a storm,
While the angels, all pallid and wan,
Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, “Man,”
And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.



( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 7th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! :::bows::: Isn't it a coincidence I was born the day Edgar Allen Poe died? ^~v
Oct. 7th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
Whoops! ^^;;
Forgot to log in. ^^; lol That was my post btw. ^.^;
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Whoops! ^^;;
That's a crazy coincidence, isn't it?!
Oct. 7th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
John Astin does a fantastic one-man show based on Poe and includes the various theories surrounding his death. It's mesmerizing how he can transform himself into the tortured Poe and bring him to life. I learned more about the author in those two hours than I ever learned in pubic school English!
Oct. 7th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a great show. I interviewed Astin when he appeared at a local theater about it. What a great guy! Very smart and had a good perspective on Poe.
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
Everything I've ever read about him has been very positive. I'm glad the interview and show were good experiences.
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
I would've loved to see that! I bet it was fantastic.
Oct. 11th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Did you ever see the Showtime Master's of Horror version of "The Black Cat"?
Jeffrey Coombs played Poe a bit pompously and over the top, but it was still a harrowing hour of grisly melodrama. Gives new meaning to the phrase "the old axe wound".

I've never seen Astin's show, nor have I ever gone to Poe's grave during the Jan 19th vigils. Partly out of respect for the annual visitor's privacy, and partly because it's damned cold.

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Oct. 8th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
Lol tis a galla nite!

*cackles* Changes the entire mood of the poem, doesn't it?

"Ur mortality haz a flavor. Nom, nom, nom." LOL!
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Oct. 9th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Im in ur study, drivin' you mad.

*cackles out loud*

Oct. 7th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Hey ---I need to talk to you about a couple of things but I can't seem to get through on your phone. Can you give me a call?
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
Sorry! The phone company is working on our line today - we've been having some problems. I got in from my Indanapolis conference later than expected last night, but I'm back now. I'll email you.
Oct. 8th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
I like Poe and the mysterious things surrounding his death. Cool stuff:)
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! His mysterious death is one of those "the truth is stranger than fiction" stories, I think. Thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the post.
Oct. 8th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Have you seen the Masters of Horror episode Black Cat? I wouldn't recommend it. But it is about Poe, sort of. And it stars Jeffrey Combs.
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
I just got my hands on that DVD, so I'm going to see it very soon. Thanks for mentioning it! I don't care how crazy it is: Combs as Poe is a "must see." From the pictures, it looks like they altered his appearance quite a bit, and I'm anxious to see how he gets into the character.
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