Master of Macabre
I’m no literary buff but when I realised that I was near the Edgar Allan Poe house in Richmond, Virginia, I figured I should have a sticky. I read ‘The Raven’ to myself first to get into the mood of course, because it was the only one of his works that I actually knew (and I’m ashamed to say that this is only because of The Simpsons).
The house was informative and a bit creepy, and gave me a real appreciation for who he was. For instance, I learned that he was a literary ancestor of horror (Lovecraft), sci-fi (Wells/Verne), and detective fiction (e.g. Sherlock Holmes). It startled me that an American from nearly 200 years ago could be such a literary force. I’ve now read all of his best works and they’re wonderfully mysterious and macabre in a hack-your-mother’s-arm-off-then-eat-your-breakfast kind of way.
It was quite fitting that the house had 2 resident black cats, fittingly named Edgar and Pluto. Fortunately, they had both of their eyes.
The Raven on The Simpsons – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLiXjaPqSyY
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Extraordinary Tales – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQe5L542hoI