January 11th, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe/Writing

"whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence"

Edgar A. Poe
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Happy birthday to scribblerworks, and best wishes for many happy returns of the day! scribblerworks is the author of the wonderful The Scribbler's Guide to the Land of Myth: Mythic Motifs for Storytellers, which is terrific reading for anyone interested in myth, writers and non-writers alike.

And, speaking of birthdays, I'm hosting a 200th birthday party, and you're invited! Edgar Allan Poe turns 200 years old this month, and today I've taken over the StarShipSofa Audio Science Fiction Magazine to host an hour-long tribute to this pioneer of the short story, luminary of Gothic horror, father of detective fiction, and giant of science fiction. You can stream the podcast live at the StarShipSofa website, or download it here, or access it via iTunes. I hope you enjoy my celebration of Poe's life, works, and legacy!

The following are some of my favorite links about 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

"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect."
- Edgar Allan Poe, "Eleanora"